Clothing for Safari

Introduction

Bandhavgarh National Park  remains open for visitors, throughout the year. Here core safari zones, which are most popular zones also, are open from mid October to June end. In monsoon season,  i.e., from July to September, core safari zones (Tala, Magadhi, Khitauli zones) remains closed for visitors. Bandhavgarh Tiger  Reserve is located in Madhya Pradesh State of Central India where winter  prevails from November to February and summer prevails from March to June. During jungle safari drives or nature walk visits, we should must follow clothing ethics of jungle safaris. Wearing proper clothes in not just a safari ethic but this will also decide your jungle safari experience. Your clothes, its material, color may enhance or ruin your safari experience in many ways. Although their is no laid rule regarding clothing or its color but it is our own duty to follow this ethics to enhance our own safari experience and also to become part of responsible tourism. Thus we have made separate page for this topic.

Basic ethic for any season

This rule applies to color of your outfit, wearing during jeep safari or foot safaris. Regarding outfit color, we should  avoid shiny or reflective or attractive clothes during safari drives or nature walks. We often notice that despite of slow movement of your safari vehicle, or while standing still at jungle, birds and animals often ran way and disappear from sight. For wildlife lovers especially wildlife photographers, such moments are really very disappointing and this often made us think that how we have disturbed them ? In majority of such cases, we are responsible for such disappointing moments. Unknowingly we have attracted their attention and made them uncomfortable due to which they decided to move away from sight or maintain more distance from us. Sometime it is our striking clothing color, using or any strong perfume or our loud voice. such reflective or  colors often diverts or attracts wild animals & birds attention  which may become cause them leaving the place. Clothes color should  be matching with surroundings like dark green, muddy-brown and rocky-grey are the  ideal clothing color. Cotton or linen outfits are always considered good for wildlife safaris. As safari track inside Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve are on  raw earth so safari is often dusty so clothing should be decided accordingly. Prefer to wear cloths that are comfortable to wear and cover most of the body parts especially during safaris in summers as straight sunlight often make you feel itching in uncovered skin. Full-sleeve outfits help to avoid dust on skin that often faced during safari especially when you are following safari vehicle.  Some other important things to carry for safaris are Cap or Hat, sun-glasses, camera covers, water-bottles, binocular, sufficient camera  memory-cards. Although these items are not part of clothing but often proves very helpful during safari.

Clothing as per Season

During jungle safari in Bandhavgarh National Park it is important to wear clothing as per season. National park is open for visitors from October . During this time, you will be introduced to high grassland area, dense bushes and wetland areas inside reserve. Climate remain cool. In the month of October &  November, temperature remains in between approx. 22 to 35 ° Celsius so a pair of  woolen outfits may do the work. In winter months December-January-February,  temperature ranges between 2 to 8 degree Celsius during morning game drives and  in afternoon safari temperature ranges between 15 to 20 degree Celsius. So  accordingly we can arrange the woolen outfits to cope with the chilling breeze  during open safari jeep rides. At the threshold of Summers, during March their is no need to keep woolen outfits in day-time but of course we may require thick  clothing in morning safari. From the month of April to June, pair of cotton  garments (with light colors) are the most suitable outfits to wear which covers most of the body  part as straight sunlight causes itching effect on skin.