For years now Heritage Tours & Safaris has offered clients , visitors & students the chance to see the great Big 5 both in Hluhluwe / Imfolozi , Isimangaliso Wetlands Park , Mkhuze ,Tembe and Ndumo game reserves.
As a tour operator it has been interesting to see operators operate and on numerous occasions to meet the clients and guides afterwards. It supprises me that in todays world game rangers do still sometimes forget that clients onboard have maybe saved for years to finally see the African Lion , Elephant , Rhino , Leopard and the list goes on for ever. However on most occasions one will get the feeling that both guides and clients have seen almost all their is to see in the park once the clients have diembarked to only hear that they saw virtually nothing.
This is the Game Rangers job in Africa , if you climb of that Game drive vehicle and feel that you not only have seen something spectacular but also learnt something you will never forget. This is when the rangers job has been done correctly. Please dont get me wrong we all want you to see the the Big 5 , Elephants rampaging through fences or Rhino’s chasing Cheetahs however the reality is that this just not happen.
All game rangers be it ethiopia , Botswana , Zimbabwe or South Africa all have tales of wonderful and magical sightings , why not ask them to tell you of the time the Elephant rubbed his trunk against his back while looking in a different direction or when the Rhino chased him and wounded his game drive vehicle , Im sure every guide has a unique experience.
Game rangers study for years only to realise that they still have only touched the surface, like that of a doctor their is always something or somebody that thinks we know it all.
Game rangers have a unique ability to very quickly realise what you would like to see , what type of personality you have and then hence forth the safari. With books in hand and a good reliable game drive you are wisked off to the Park , your expectations high and his hopefulness to get you that sighting.
At Heritage Tours & Safaris we take every game drive safaris seriously , the game ranger has to enquire what it is that you would like to see , ( That Lion or Leopard in a tree ) or maybe a Elephant on musk stampeding.
To get that Wow factor your guide must have an understanding of who you are , what you like , what he can guarantee you in sightings , a great deal of knowledge of the area in which he is and ofcourse if he was in the park the day before he will have a better idea of where the last sightings where.
Game drive specialist’s need not be expensive , or drive the best or latest Landrover its his knowledge.
So next time you are in Africa venturing on a safari we at Heritage Tours & Safaris can assure you that we have what it takes to have that experience Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Reserve will provide the rest.
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