Tiger Safari Guidelines Post Covid
As the world starts rebooting and we brace ourselves to adopt the 'new normal' rules of the game are changing constantly. The disruption caused by this pandemic has forced us to revisit old habits/ ideas/ processes and adapt to new skills/ ideas/ strategies. We may like them or not at this point but may not have much option and as always, we will forget the older version pretty soon.
Indian Jungles are opening again slowly and cautiously for visitors starting 8th June with Ranthambhore and other wildlife parks in India likely to follow soon. As always is the case there are conflicting opinions regarding the opening of forests and jungle safaris for visitors and I am sure you would read arguments from both sides already. In a world full of experts, I prefer to call myself a non-expert so I am staying away from giving my opinion on the subject and letting the reader decide.
The fact is Jungles are reopening- you have a choice to go or not to go and if you decide to go this blog will give you information on new guidelines and rules applicable for Jungle safaris post covid
It is not a comprehensive guideline for the way forward and the rules are likely to be modified over the next few days. We will continue sharing new protocols applicable for Jungle safaris from each wildlife park as they open.
- Thermal screening of all stakeholder's compulsory- forest staff, drivers, guides and other people involved in tourism management
- Masks and gloves are compulsory for all guests, drivers and guides while going on safari
- Details like address/contact info for all visitors to be captured for all visitors
- Safari permits to be booked online only (already in place at most parks)
- Regular sanitisation for safari vehicles and other contact points like toilets/ waiting areas
- Mandatory availability of hand sanitisers in safari vehicles
- No of persons allowed in Jeep to be restricted to 3/4 per jeep and 10 per cantor
We are still awaiting more details from authorities on additional measures if any and will continue to update the list. If you wish to seek any additional information, feel free to reach out to us
Measure Taken by Tigerwalah: For us at Tigerwalah, the safety of our guests and our team of guides and drivers is paramount and we are constantly working with our teams to provide a safe, hygienic yet authentic jungle safari experience to our guests.
- We are discontinuing shared safari services for jeeps and cantors till further notice at all destinations as we do not have control over who shares safari with our guests.
- Our team of ground handlers, safari guides, and drivers are to wear gloves /masks or face shields while on safari.
- Guests are to be provided hand sanitisers/ gloves/ mask/ face shields onsite on prior request at a nominal cost.
- Wherever permissible as per rules- guests will be provided dedicated guides/ drivers and the same jeeps on all drives.
- In parks where safari vehicles can be fixed at an additional cost, we will give the option to choose a fixed safari vehicle if the guest wishes to opt for it. It is expensive as compared to jeeps available on a rotation basis at parks but worth it. We will ensure regular sanitisation of all such vehicles used for our guests.
- Regular screening / medical examination of our pool of guides and drivers at each park. The certificate will be shared with guests before the safari. Please note that this will only be possible in the parks where the option of a fixed guide/driver is allowed.
You are keen to travel again and we at Tigerwalah are committed to providing you with a hassle-free, safe and authentic wildlife experience as always.
Stay safe and healthy, we look forward to hosting you again soon.