Are you a responsible Wildlife Tourist? Check it out

Are you a responsible wildlife tourist? Check it out

Responsible Tourism for the host community means sustainable and efficient use of local assets including human resource, raw materials, etc to benefit the local community. And, a responsible tourist respects the ethos and culture, including the ecosystem of the host community. Though tourism contributes a great deal to the economy of an area, the effects of mass tourism can nullify all those positives in no time. This is especially pertinent to ecologically fragile areas, and Kaziranga is one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Hence it is the duty of all to practice responsible tourism and contribute to the existing biodiversity rather than destroying it. Everyone can and should contribute to responsible tourism by following some basic rules.

Are you responsible?

  • Responsible tourists don’t litter, whether inside the park or outside. Every resort and eatery would have a dustbin where you drop your wrappers.
  • Responsible tourists minimises single use plastic. 
  • Responsible tourists understand that there are no effluent treatment plants in Kaziranga to convert used water bottles and plastic wastes to anything constructive. They understand that plastic garbage has destroyed oceans and Kaziranga is a tiny place in comparison. Most of the resorts and eateries have water purifiers which are safe. In short, responsible tourists shun all plastics. 
  • Responsible tourist doesn’t create noise pollution by speaking loudly or shouting. They show tolerance towards other tourists, hosts or wildlife.
  • Responsible Tourist doesn’t waste food and water.
  • Responsible tourists respect the local culture and people.
  • A responsible tourist understands that they are not at home. So they try to limit their expectations. 
  • Responsible Tourist encourages and patronise local handicrafts. 

Responsible Tourism inside Kaziranga

  • During safaris, cover your head with a headgear for protection against the sun and dust. A wide-brimmed hat or a Bandana is suitable. 
  • Wear full sleeves for protection from the sun and dust. It is better to wear layered clothing as the temperature varies from early morning to late evening. 
  • Wear trousers and shoes.
  • Hand gloves are very handy in December and January.
  • Carry protective gears for your cameras. If you donn’t have any, even a shawl or towel will do just fine.
  • Wear jungle friendly colours like Khaki, Grey and Olive. Do not wear bright colours like Red and White.
  • Do not wear perfumes when you enter the park. Animals have a strong olfactory senses and might give you the slip.
  • Please do not shout or talk loudly or disturb the animals inside the park. Never get down from your vehicles, except in the designated places. You might endanger your life and well as others by doing so. 
  • Listen to your guide or jeep driver. They know better than you.

Weather fact sheets in Kaziranga

October: Between 21° and 30° Celsius.

November: Between 16° and 27° Celsius.

December: Between 12° and 24° Celsius.

January: Between 10° and 23° Celsius.

February: Between 13° and 25° Celsius.

March: Between 16° and 29° Celsius.

April: Between 19° and 30° Celsius.

May: Between 21° and 30° Celsius.

Bhaskar J Barua

Bhaskar J. Barua is the founder of Agoratoli Resort and co-founder of Kaziranga Foundation and Kaziranga Organics. He is passionate about wildlife conservation, empowerment of locals, ecotourism, and wildlife photography. Having lived in Agoratoli from 2010, he is closely associated with the local community of the fringe areas of Kaziranga. He believes in empowering the local community for conservation works through ecotourism and sustainable agriculture.
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