South Africa wins the wildlife game

For out­bound travel agents, wildlife tourism is a grow­ing sec­tor as more and more In­di­ans are pac­ing to­wards ad­ven­tur­ous hol­i­days over­seas, ex­plor­ing for­eign wildlife. More­over, when it comes to nam­ing a favourite wildlife des­ti­na­tion among In­di­ans, the t

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Kenya and South Africa un­doubt­edly rule the roost for wildlife tourism. South Africa of­fers a va­ri­ety of gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, with so many na­tional parks avail­able in the en­tire coun­try from north to south. Be­sides na­tional parks, there are also pri­vate game re­serves. A lot of game re­serves also have Big 5. The wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence here is like nowhere else and the en­tire world knows about it. Thus, in South Africa, wildlife, com­bined with a va­ri­ety of other tours, makes it a great ex­pe­ri­ence. Apart from South Africa, Tan­za­nia, Zam­bia, Botswana are also com­ing up.

There are many prod­ucts in In­dia for wildlife tourism, and In­di­ans can eas­ily ex­plore each to view the myr­iad flora and fauna that the coun­try is blessed with. Ran­tham­bore, Kanha and Band­hav­garh are the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in In­dia for wildlife tourism. How­ever, there are not many good jun­gle or wildlife re­sorts to sup­port wildlife tourism in In­dia. Hence, most In­di­ans pre­fer to go to South Africa, Kenya and Latin Amer­ica for sa­faris be­cause the in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided there are highly de­vel­oped.

While tra­di­tion­ally Kenya has been one des­ti­na­tion that has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of In­di­ans, for an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence as well as a lot of en­rich­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, South Africa seems to be the flavour of the sea­son. There are di­verse sa­faris of­fered here with a range of price points, cater­ing to dif­fer­ent mar­kets and seg­ments. While there is also Tan­za­nia and many other places in Africa, ac­cord­ing to me, South Africa has caught the at­ten­tion of the In­dian imag­i­na­tion.

Wildlife tourism in In­dia is still in its nascent stage, so people are ex­plor­ing des­ti­na­tions in other parts of the world. One of the many pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for wildlife tours and ex­pe­ri­ences is Kenya. South Africa also in­ter­ests a lot of In­di­ans. This is be­cause the wildlife parks there are ex­cep­tion­ally good. There is com­plete dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion as com­pared to any other wildlife des­ti­na­tion. There is a huge va­ri­ety of an­i­mals there and the ar­range­ments to take a look at them are very good. People en­joy the kind of sa­faris they get in these coun­tries.

There are many des­ti­na­tions around the world that in­ter­est In­dian trav­ellers for wildlife specif­i­cally. In­di­ans are warm­ing up to the idea of this kind of ad­ven­ture holiday and it is vis­i­ble. A num­ber of In­di­ans are choos­ing wildlife-spe­cific itin­er­ar­ies. Kenya and Tan­za­nia al­ready have many tak­ers. Now, even Rawanda is pick­ing up for the guer­ril­las. In South Africa, apart from the usual parks there are game parks, close to Dur­ban as well, where tourists can spot the Big 5. Wildlife tourism is only go­ing to in­crease from In­dia.

South Africa and Kenya are un­doubt­edly the top-spot hold­ers in the list of best wildlife tourism des­ti­na­tions in the world. In­di­ans love to ex­pe­ri­ence the sa­faris in these coun­tries, as they of­fer un­for­get­table sight­ings of many rare an­i­mals. In fact, these coun­tries have seen a huge growth in In­dian tourists com­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence their wildlife prod­ucts, es­pe­cially be­cause wildlife tourism is grow­ing within the coun­try as well. A lot of new re­sorts and sanc­tu­ar­ies are com­ing up in all the states and are be­ing pro­moted on a na­tional level.

Suzanne Pereira Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Trade Re­la­tion­ships & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Thomas Cook

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