BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ELEPHANT, CAMEL AND HORSE SAFARIS
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BASIC MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR ELEPHANT, CAMEL AND HORSE SAFARIS

Camel and Horse safaris are the best way to explore rugged terrain, deserts, hilly terrain or any other off beaten track in India.

PREAMBLE / INTRODUCTION:

6.1 Camel and Horse safaris are the best way to explore rugged terrain, deserts, hilly terrain or any other off beaten track in India. They are most useful in discovering those aspects of India where travel in any other mode of transportation is difficult.

GUIDES

6.2 All animal guides / owners to have a permit or a character certificate from the local police authority which will stop drug peddling.

TRAINING

6.3 The organisers should be experienced to conduct safaris. A minimum number of 2 years of experience as an assistant and a certification from a ATAOI certified body is required before supervising trips independently.

EQUIPMENT

6.4 The animals should be owned by a hotel Resort or a safari company. They will ensure the quality of animals: the basic well-being of the animal and if the animal is in a good enough condition to do the safari (not lame or malnourished).

6.5 The equipment used on the camels should be of a certain standard. Eg. Saddle and tack.

6.6 All people conducting horse safaris should be able to provide proper safety helmets, clothing and riding equipment

OPERATIONS

6.7 The camel/horse driver should not be permitted to sit with the client on the camel in order to prevent uncomfortable proximity especially with female tourists.

6.8 There should be a distance ban on the safari. It should not to exceed more than 40 km a day and 200 km a week

6.9 The horses should belong to a reputed stable or a qualified owner.

6.10 Any person weighing over a 100 kg should not be permitted to ride

RISK MITIGATION

6.11 The camel/horse/elephant driver should not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Basic Risk Assessment

EMERGENCIES

6.12 A proper procedure needs to be in place if there is an accident including detailed information on evacuation points, nearest helipads, sat phone locations and trauma hospitals / clinics

6.13 A first aid kit should be available if required

6.14 Person conducting the safari should be trained in the use of first aid and able to perform CPR.