These handy tips will keep you prepared for your trip to Chitwan Jungle Lodge
How to improve your animal sightings
Wear clothing in muted colours
Deer raise their tails to expose the bright white underside as a warning call – so leave those crisp white shirts at home! Rhinos do not respond kindly to bright colours, such as white and red. Please do not wear these colours so you do not provoke a rhino to charge at you
Blending into the jungle colours helps camouflage you, so you can spot animals more easily
Recommended colours: Olive green, Sand, Brown, Black.
Most animals in the jungle have excellent hearing, so you might scare them away without realising it if you talk
Animals are used to the lumbering sounds of the elephant and the drone of the LandRover, but respond to our speech with alarm.
If you must converse, do so in a lowered voice
Most wild animals blend excellently into their surroundings, so they are nearly invisible to us. The key to successfully spotting wildlife is to watch out for movement – our eyes are naturally trained for that, you just need to practice it! Also keep your ears tuned for odd rustlings, often it is an animal quietly slipping away!
How to prevent leeches, ticks from exploiting you
- Wear a pair of comfortable shoes that cover your feet completely, such as walking shoes or sneakers. Leave your flipflops and sandals for lounging around the camp instead.
- Wear socks with your shoes, preferably those that are higher than ankle-length.
- Sprinkle some salt just inside and around the edge of your socks
- Cover exposed skin
- Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts
- Keep a hat on
- Insect repellent
- If the weather is hot, excess clothing might be uncomfortable. In this case, apply insect repellent liberally on all exposed skin.
- If you end up with ticks or leeches on you anyway
- DO NOT attempt to pull it off! You might end up with either a tick head embedded in your skin, or a leech stuck to your finger!
- Apply a concentrated salt solution/camphor medication to the area until the insect drops off
- Remember that these insects only take a miniscule amount of your blood, so you could just let them drop off naturally.
- Apply a topical analgesic (if you have one) to the affected area to treat itching.
Use this checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything
- A warm jacket for those chilly mornings (winter months only)
- Reading material for when you’re lounging about
- Your camera to capture the views
- A hat/pair of shades and sunscreen for those blazing hot days
- A bathing suit for those cool dips in the river (Summer months only)
- Cotton/breathable clothing for those sultry afternoons
- A pair of binoculars for those rare bird sightings
- Toiletries for keeping clean (toothbrush/toothpaste/shampoo)
- A torchlight/flashlight for the starry nights
- Insect Repellent for those bloodthirsty critters