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Want to go Wildlife Viewing or on a Wildlife Safari?

The point of wildlife viewing and safaris is to see wildlife. As a traveler, you hope to observe wild creatures going about their business — meaning the animals either don't know you are nearby, or they think you are not a threat and they resume their normal activities. Watching animals this way is fun, rewarding — and it's a chance to play naturalist, to learn about animals firsthand.

All wildlife are inherently fearful of people. From turtles, rabbits and deer to tigers, elephants and hippos. Working with professionals helps, but here are some tips, although going to see animals in the wild in Africa absolutely requires a professional safari.

Here's what to expect - and a bit of how to prepare for wildlife safaris.

Get up early, stay out until sunset. Early morning and evening are by far the most productive times for wildlife viewing: this is when just about all creatures are most active. Overcast days tend to be more productive than bright, sunny days.

Watch the wind. Animals have especially keen noses and will flee the moment they smell you, which could be a mile or more away. As much as possible walk into the wind, or"quarter" it (moving at a 45-degree angle to the wind).

Go slow. Take a few steps, then stop, look, and listen. Stay in one place for a bit. Your ears will locate all sorts of things — the rustling of a snake or small mammal on the ground, the calls of birds and frogs, the yip of a coyote in the distance. Use your eyes to detect movement — THEN use your binoculars to zero in on whatever you've seen.

Stay still - no matter where. This could be at the base of a big tree, on an open ridgetop, or at the edge of a marsh. Relax and start scanning and listening. Wildlife that may have disappeared as you approached will often reappear once they think the coast is clear.

Buy a good guide. Field guides are indispensable; they allow you to figure out exactly what it is you've just seen. They're filled with great tips on how to identify each and every creature on the continent, and where to look for it.