No trip into the wild can be considered truly complete without a full-on jungle safari! While there doesn’t appear to be much difference between a game drive and entering the jungle in theory, reality paints a very different picture.
For this reason, it is imperative that you cross your “t’s” and dot “i’s” before even attempting to venture on a jungle safari.
Before going deeper into this topic, it is necessary to point out that it isn’t uncommon for some people to experience allergic reactions to certain things while outdoors. To prevent this, make sure that where you’ll be exploring isn’t going to trigger such reactions before moving forward. Also, be sure you’re up to date on all necessary shots.
If you’ve gotten that out of the way, here are some key things to have at hand when heading out for a jungle safari.
Proper Jungle Clothes
Your normal clothes simply won’t do here. Apart from the fact that they are likely to stand out in sharp contrast to the background, there is also the possibility that they may be ill-equipped to protect you from the elements within the jungle.
Depending on how long you plan on spending on the trip, you can pack a pair or two of convertible cargo pants, two pairs of long and short-sleeved tops each, your sweater, two pairs of socks, waterproof windbreakers, and pants.
The Right Shoes
You’ll be walking through uneven terrain, so you have to do as much as you can to reduce the stress that this will place on your legs. In addition to getting comfortable footwear for your adventure, make sure that they are waterproof as well. Considering the fact that even the best rain-proof treads aren’t completely impervious to letting in rain, it always helps to carry along a pair of flip-flops you can wear when you inevitably have to spread your wet shoes to dry.
Cater to Your Power Demands
You aren’t likely to find anywhere to plug in your phone or camera in close proximity when in the jungle. So, make sure you don’t start your journey on anything less than a full charge. Also, don’t forget to carry along a universal power cable/plug adapter so you can use the charging facilities at your lodge or safari camp.
Camera with the Right Specs
This is especially important because in most cases, you won’t be able to get too close to the animals. As such, you need a camera that is powerful and can cover long distances without loss of resolution. It doesn’t have to be SLR, but make sure you’re able to take clean images with it.
Keep Your Hat, Sunscreen, and Mosquito Repellant Handy
As you can imagine, bugs are in abundance in the jungle. And because most safaris are located in tropical areas, you have to deal with the intensity of the sun as well. To that end, two resources you can’t do without are your sunscreen and mosquito repellant. Pack enough so you can be liberal with its use. Also, use your hat to get that extra bit of protection from the sun.
Don’t Forget Your Binoculars and Flashlight
Most of the animals you’ll encounter on your adventure won’t be so close by, so you need a pair of binoculars with a strong objective lens and a good zoom. Your flashlight comes in handy here when you have to make your way about after dark for any reason.
While some people favor jungle tours over safaris, even they can’t deny that exploring the depths of the vast jungle has its perks. All you have to do is make sure that you go about it right and stay safe.
And on that note, happy hunting!