The best way to experience wildlife and nature in their purest forms is to visit a national park. National parks are specially created with the aim of conserving particular environments and the animals they support. The jungles, deserts, savannas, mountains and other terrains are raw, rugged and ravishing.
So the next time you want to take a few days off and plunge deep into nature, we suggest you head to a national park. To help you decide what’s best, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. Know When to Go
Always research and note down essential national park visitor information, like days and hours of operation, as a tool in deciding where and when to travel. Many national parks are open all year round, but not all of them, and even those that remain open may not promise access to all areas at all times. For example, many national parks close during periods of heavy rain.
2. Dress Appropriately
While inside a national park, try to blend in with the surroundings. Do not wear loud, flashy colored clothes as they not only attract unnecessary attention, but also may detract from others’ experience of the park. Also make sure to wear long sleeves and pants, and good-quality shoes. Give serious thought to sun protection too or special gear for any other forms of adverse weather.
3. Stay Inside the National Park
Many parks offer a wide range of accommodation options inside the park boundaries. This includes campgrounds, lodges and even private bungalows. Amenities may sometimes be basic, but all are pleasingly rustic. While days can be spent hiking, nights deliver quiet slumber under a canopy of a million stars.
4. Keep It Down
Keep noise levels in check while inside a park. Whether listening to the radio or talking to buddies, be aware of your surroundings. Do not disturb the peace as others are often counting on it.
5. Be Ready to Disconnect
Deep inside a park, there may be no cellular networks. While wi-fi is sometimes available at a few places, such as lodges or visitor centers, it is not always assured. Also, in some parks, overnight accommodation does not include electricity. Be prepared with flashlights/torches and extra batteries.
6. Be Health-Ready
Deep inside a natural area, critters usually outnumber human visitors. Make sure to carry appropriate insect repellants and all necessary medication. Also be sure to have enough water and oral rehydration therapy products.
7. Keep the Batteries Charged and Bring Spares
The moment is finally at hand! The tigers are visiting the waterhole and it’s time to take that epic shot. That’s always when your batteries are dead. Make sure that doesn’t happen by planning ahead. Charge your batteries when you can and always bring extras.
8. Follow the Rules
National parks are special zones set aside for the conservation of nature and protection of animals. Fittingly, there are rules that visitors are expected to follow. This may include wearing certain kinds of clothes or not using flash photography. Be a responsible tourist and follow both the spoken and unspoken rules.
9. Do Not Litter
A good rule of thumb is to leave a park cleaner than when you entered. Make a point of not throwing your waste anywhere but in designated garbage bins. If there aren’t any around, store the rubbish until you find an official place to dispose of it.
10. Respect Your Hosts
When you are in a natural area, it is important to respect its full-time inhabitants.