The animals on Komodo Island are not caged, which provides a wonderful opportunity to witness the komodo dragon in its natural habitat. But it also comes with risks, which travelers must be aware of in order to avoid. The following are the most important tourist tips.
Trekking Komodo island with a Local Guide
You are free to walk across Komodo Island National Park on your own. Using the services and experience of a local guide, on the other hand, is far safer. Despite its poor vision, the lizard’s sense of smell is quite acute. It has generally noticed you before you have had a chance to detect him.
The Komodo dragon can also be found hidden in bushes or in the shade behind stilt dwellings. Young Komodo dragons are capable of climbing trees. They actually prefer to rest in the shady parts of trees. A guide is more aware of these issues and always brings a special long stick to fight off an attack. As a result, stick close to the guide or ranger at all times.
Don’t Go to the Park by yourself
When the Komodo dragon is hunting for a meal, they prefers to choose a target that is alone, even human. This boosts the lizard’s chances of success. It’s also crucial to stick to the park’s designated hiking trails. You run the risk of coming too close to a komodo dragon if you depart these trails.
Maintain a safe distance with Komodo dragon
When you (and your guide) are at a safe distance from the komodos, it’s also crucial to avoid making any unexpected movements that can startle the lizard. This has the potential to start an attack.
Run in a zigzag pattern to find a stilted house instead of straight.
Although you should avoid unexpected actions like fleeing. You may feel compelled to run as fast as you can in the event of an actual attack. Unfortunately, despite their appearance of being lethargic and sleepy, komodo dragons are quick runners who can easily achieve speeds of 18 kilometers per hour. The Komodo dragon, fortunately, can only run straight ahead.
As a result, if you sprint in a zigzag, the dragon will quickly abandon the chase because it is an inconvenient move for him. If you come upon a stilted house, you must instantly ascend the steps because the komodo is incapable of doing so. Keep in mind that these lizards prefer the shade beneath these dwellings. If they detect a human approaching quickly (running), they may go into battle mode. Climbing into a tree is not recommended because the younger Komodo dragons can still reach you.
Make as little noise as possible.
Despite its poor vision, the komodo dragon possesses an excellent sense of smell and hearing. If make a lot of noise, you may either attract a hungry lizard or disturb them, causing them to attack if they feel threatened.
Perfume is not permitted, and menstruating women are not permitted.
Because the Komodo dragon has such a keen sense of smell, it is best not to apply perfume around it. Women who are menstruating are not permitted to visit the Komodo dragons. The lizards can detect even the tiniest trace of blood and will be attracted to it as prey.