A sound engineer by profession, Hans Dalal has spent the last few years of his life in and out of tiger reserves. He is well known for recording a five-track album with music from the Moghiya tribe of poachers. And also a documentary, With A Little Help, featuring the recording process of the same. He now devotes all his time to PROWL (Preservation of Wild Landscapes), a trust for wildlife conservation that he set up in 2013.
For any wildlife enthusiast, a trip to the African continent is a bucket list-worthy affair. The vast number of wildlife regions and game parks allow the sighting of diverse wildlife in their most natural behaviour across varying landscapes in close proximity. The diversity and variety, make the task of planning a wildlife trip to Africa very daunting. The way out is to have a clear idea of all the best-offered experiences and decide accordingly.
Kenya Wildlife Safari
8 Days | Start and end in Nairobi
If you are looking for some luxury in the wild, and some interesting African travel secrets, South Africa is the place to go. Home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo), Kruger National Park allows self-drive safaris and walking foot safaris. That too in the company of two guards – both extremely thrilling experiences. If you are looking to go off-road into the bushes, check into one of the top safari lodges in private game reserves bordering Kruger as they provide expert rangers, trackers and vehicles.
Discover African Wildlife Secrets at Chobe National Park
If you are feeling adventurous, visit Chobe National Park in Botswana. Take a river cruise surrounded by African crocodiles, hippopotamus and elephants. Uganda and Congo, with safety measures and prior permission, can be exploited for gorilla tracking. Equally dangerous and thrilling is visiting the Tsavo Lions. They are known to actively participate in hunting, in Tsavo National Park, Kenya.
To photographers, I would strongly recommend visiting Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to witness the Great Migration. Visit between July and October to experience the surge of energy in the forest. Zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and Wildebeest migrate to and from the Serengeti.
If you, choose to visit in February, which happens to be the wildebeest’s annual birthing season, you will see thousands of calves being born in Serengeti every day. Even though the calving season draws thousands of tourists to the National Park it does not limit the high chances of closely experiencing a kill by the wild predators.
Kenya has something to offer to bird enthusiasts as well.
Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is home to around 450 species of birds. I remember believing the lake was pink for a second during my visit. Then realise that I was looking at millions of Flamingoes.
Kenya provides visas on arrival to Indian tourists, making it a hassle-free holiday choice to explore African wildlife secrets.
Hans Dalal spoke to Sarita Santoshini from Team Travel Secrets
Photographs by Hans Dalal and Supriya Kantak
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