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Top 8 Most Dangerous Wildlife Safaris In The World

Adventure junkies have a good sense of how quickly something adventurous can turn into a dangerous encounter. Wildlife Safari is one of those “something adventurous” that can take the form of a potential threat in a jiffy. You might be enjoying a joy ride into the jungles while spotting wild beasts but if you make even a small mistake and your worst nightmares can come to life.

There are places that are considered safe for a ride into the jungles but aren’t as much spunky. And then, there are those places that are famous for the most dangerous wildlife safaris that will raise every hair on your body. Here we have talked about those places where you can challenge yourself.

Top 8 Dangerous Wildlife Safaris In The World

Wildlife Safaris that are not for faint-hearted people. Have a look!

1. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya is an abode to many wild beasts such as Lion, Hippo, Cheetah, Leopard, Crocodile, Elephant, and a center for the migrating wildebeests. Over 95 species of mammals live inside the reserve making it one of the biggest grounds for a wildlife safari. The reserve shares a border with the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania and together they form Africa’s most diverse ecosystem.

The wildebeest migrate between the months of July and October that attracts big cats in the region that are unpredictable. During this time, Maasai Mara turns into one of the most dangerous places for a wildlife safari.

2. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

The Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana covers over fifty thousand square kilometers of land, most of which is inaccessible to save the animals. The central Kalahari reserve is famous for being the ultimate location for an adventurous wildlife safari in remote areas. A variety of species that are more prolific here than elsewhere in Botswana, such as brown hyena, aardwolf, oryx, bat-eared fox, and ostrich attract the main predators of the region like lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

The reserve in Botswana receives very few tourists as compared to other forest reserves. There are no human colonies or infrastructure near the reserve that can reach with pace in any case of emergency. But, it is restricted to go for a safari on your own. Hiring a wildlife expert and a guide is necessary according to the rules.

3. Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger National Park of South Africa is a scenic and magical place that makes tourists return again and again. Perfectly nestled between the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa and sharing a border with Mozambique, the park is home to the big five animals and is a center of wildlife research. But as we have talked about earlier that any paradise can turn into a disastrous dystopia if you don’t follow the rules. A simple act of feeding the wild animals can be hazardous for you as feeding the animals will make them lose their natural fear of humans and in some cases could become aggressive and dangerous. Kruger National Park is one of the most dangerous travel destinations in the world. So, ask your travel agent about all dos and don’ts before going for a jungle safari.

4. Jim Corbett National Park, India

Situated in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India, Jim Corbett National Park is famous for its Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Wild Elephants, and rich flora and fauna. Named after the British hunter, Edward James Corbett, the Jim Corbett National Park is a prominent destination amongst nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. 

But, there are many instructions that everyone should follow for their safety such as maintaining proper distance from the animals, wear khaki or olive green colored clothes that could merge with the natural surroundings, going outside after dark is prohibited, and non-vegetarian food is prohibited because it could attract the carnivores living in the jungle.

5. Zambezi River, Africa

Zambezi River is the longest east-flowing river in Africa that makes its way through 6 different African countries - Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Together with its tributaries, it creates the fourth largest river basin in Africa that attracts all kinds of mammals, reptiles, and birds in search of water and food.

Zambezi River is famous for exploring the region on a boat flowing with the water that is not recommended for the faint-hearted. Maybe a story of an unfortunate incident might give you a better idea of why a boat safari on the Zambezi River could be dangerous.

A dangerous safari encounter happened with a couple from Florida. The river is filled with hippopotamuses that are known for their unforeseeable nature. The couple was celebrating the birthday of the lady and suddenly a hippo, trying to save its calf, tackled the boat and started dragging the lady underwater. But, luckily she was saved with the help of her guide.

Now you get it, right?

6. Ranthambore National Park, India

Another dangerous jungle safari from India! Ranthambore is an old princely state that is famous for two things - Ranthambore Fort and Ranthambore National Park. You can enjoy exploring the ruins of the past at the fort and a thrilling jungle safari in Ranthambore. It is a former royal hunting ground and home to tigers, leopards, and marsh crocodiles. 

The rich wildlife and flora attract many foreign and domestic tourists that visit the place for adventure and to witness the wild predators. But, there have been few incidents in which the Tigers have attacked the tourists. Don’t believe us? YouTube “Tiger attacks in Ranthambore” and see it yourself.

7. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

One of Africa’s oldest and Tanzania’s largest wildlife reserves, Selous is amongst the world heritage sites because of the high number of active poachers in the region. Selous Game Reserve is home to the African elephant, black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, giraffe, and cheetah. In the early 1970s, there were more than 110,000 elephants in the reserve that are now reduced to only 15,217 because of extensive killing for their white teeth. Now, the forests are filled with armed guards to protect the wildlife.

It is advised to follow the professional guidelines for a safe yet adventurous safari experience. Tourists are advised to keep their voices down when the animals are nearby or they could get aggressive and attack. Also, it would be safer if you keep your distance from the animals.

8. The Namib Desert, Namibia

A safari, in a remote area, is not dangerous just because of the wild animals but it could also be dangerous because of the harsh climate that could send you to the hospital and that’s why the Namib Desert is on this list. These dry and dusty wastelands are the oldest in the world if not the largest. The Namib Desert has strange weather. As you drive towards the interior dunes, dense fog will cover you and you will start feeling cold that could be unsettling and dangerous.

The famous Skeleton Coast is part of this desert land where no one knows how many skeletons of marine life are buried under the sand. The lions who have adapted to the harsh environment of Namib can be found lurking in the Kunene region. Black Rhinos and Damaraland Elephants have also picked up a few surviving skills to sustain a life here in these barren lands.

The animal attack in Africa and other places happens now and then but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t witness the spunky dude in you. All we are trying to say is that if you decide to go to any of these places for a wildlife safari then please follow the guidelines that are created to keep you safe and sound.

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--- Published By  Vineet Gupta