JEEP SAFARI IN KAZIRANGA
JEEP VERSUS THE ELEPHANT SAFARI
Though at first glance, the elephant safari appears to be the ultimate sought after wildlife activity in Kaziranga, it is a matter of fact that the Jeep Safari which allows a proper exploration of the park. The advantages of the open-hooded jeep compared to the elephant are too obvious to miss.
While the elephant safari spans out over three-fourths of an hour, the jeep safari can stretch from a couple of hours to even four hours. Since the elephant safari starts at the crack of dawn, the light at this time of the day would typically be insufficient for decent photographs. Additionally, being on an elephant back with its constantly swaying motion is not a very comfortable proposition. No amount of anti-vibration technology in today’s cameras would be able to nullify the effects of the massive elephantine shakes.
Wildlife safari, and consequently photography is more a test of one’s patience than anything else. The ability to correctly identify a location and anticipate an action offers the split second advantage between a great sighting and an average one. An important prerequisite, thus for photographers and wild-lifers would be the flexibility of choosing one’s angles and evaluating the situation for better compositions. And, this is what precisely these four-wheeled vehicles have to offer. Additionally, the fact that these vehicles traverse a large distance, the opportunities of wildlife sightings can multiply manifold.
IMPORTANCE OF THE JEEP DRIVER
An often neglected aspect of a jeep safari is the importance of the driver of the vehicle who would invariably be a local with intimate knowledge of the habitat and animal behavior. For, it is these drivers who can anticipate the wildlife sequence of events based on years of experience. Moreover, a wildlife safari is also more about keeping your ears open for any out of the ordinary sounds emanating from the forests. For, that is what can lead to prejudging a sequence of events that are likely to unfurl. Imagine a scenario of a Hog Deer call – warning others of its herd of the impending presence of a tiger, and one fails to understand the significance of the call.
Because that split second is enough to transform the safari to a memorable one.
TIMINGS FOR JEEP SAFARI IN KAZIRANGA
Morning Session: Entry is from 7:30 to 10:00 am and ends before noon.
Afternoon Session: Entry from 1:30 to 3:00 pm and ends before sunset.