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Winter has arrived, here are the best tips for your safari adventure

Posted by: Jenny Middleton
Posted on: 06 Dec 2017
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Animals, winter

Now that winter is here we have settled into our winter pricing of £15 per car! This runs until 9th of February 2018.

To make the most of your winter safari we thought we’d give you some tips for your visit. Winter brings less daylight hours and colder weather, and as our animals have free access to their shelters, this means that sometimes they choose to stay in – who can blame them? But there’s still lots to look out for on the safari drive in winter so here are top tips;

 

1. Lions become more active! With less sun, the lions spend less time sunbathing and more time up and about. Plus those autumnal colours mixed with the lion's gorgeous tan coats, make for a beautiful photo.

 

lion

 

2. The Pere David deer are the only deer species to grow two complete sets of antlers per year. They have a large set for the breeding season (the rut) and a smaller set during winter. They also have an impressive shaggy coat during the colder months and you’ll be amazed how they transform in the spring. Top tip is to look out for the females at the birthing time, the mothers that give birth are the first to lose their winter coats.

3. The kiang and camel are two species that are perfectly adapted to the cold weather. They grow a new winter coat each year and always give guests amazing pictures at this time of year.

 

kiang

 

4. Elds deer have recently had their birthing season and so you can spot some fawns hiding in the long grasses or moving with the herd as they get older.

5. Rain, rain and more rain? Bring it on! No, really! Everybody heads out with their cameras on a sunny day. This is actually a terrible time to take pictures, so much shadow. Cloudy days give a really nice even light and if it’s raining your pictures will have texture to them. Rain on the animal fur, antelope knee deep in pools feeding at the edge of ponds and a muddy rhino, are great pictures that tell a story. Stand out from the norm, and get out in the rain.

 

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6. Some of the most endangered species on the planet are from the hotter regions of the Earth. Rhino, for example, are from Africa and Asia. Our White Rhino have access to a heated house for them to choose when they want shelter. If a two ton rhino has had enough of being out and wants to come in for food and warmth, there’s little that can be done. However, they’re out every day, unless it is icy, so arrive early for when they first head out. You can then see before they decide to head indoors for an afternoon nap.

7. With the shorter days, the best time to go on the safari drive is between 11am and 2pm. So don’t leave it too late in the day or some of the animals may have taken themselves off to bed for the night.

Jenny Middleton

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