The African Safari compared to the Indian Safari

Jun 3rd, 2011, 07:29 AM
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The tiger show is when you go on the elephant to see a tiger or tigers that have been located by the mahouts (and the elephants) earlier that morning. "Tiger show" is the terminology used throughout the Indian parks to see a tiger from elephant back.

You can also do longer elephant back safaris in Corbett and probably some other parks where you enjoy the forest and look at whatever animals cross your path instead of specifically tracking the tiger.
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Jun 4th, 2011, 03:10 AM
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Monsoons just set, Lynn. Not going now - next season (fingers crossed)
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Jun 4th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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Thank you for your insight and comparison. Love your amazing photos. The bloody mouthed Jackal is fantastic. Haha, and the baby monkey so close almost looks like an alien. Wonderful shots! Thanks for sharing!
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Jun 4th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Thanks to this post I would know what to expect on an Indian safari! Very enjoyable to read. And you have some excellent photos and sightings. Now I need to go read the whole report!
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Jun 4th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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WOW! Cool! I really must find some time to go on a tiger safari! Maybe a silly question, but is there a eight limit for doing the tiger shows on the elephant? (I mean me, not the elephant!)
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Jun 4th, 2011, 09:38 PM
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You'll have more time to plan the trip now Hari. Cristeen, that alien baby monkey also looks like a former coworker I know after he has had a little too much to drink. Sundowner, an Indian safari is probably in your future somewhere. Lynda, I believe you are referring to age limits. I saw 2-year olds with their parents. On the other end of the spectrum, the ability to get on top of the elephant is the only restriction I know of.
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Jun 4th, 2011, 10:08 PM
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Lynn- just sent you an email.
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Jun 6th, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Thanks Lynn - bookmarking for a later thorough read.

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Jun 7th, 2011, 08:47 AM
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I'll be back to look further.
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Jun 8th, 2011, 04:02 AM
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atravelynn, this is a really great analysis of the differences between Africa and India. We have been on safari in Africa twice (Kenya and South Africa) and just returned from a week in Rajasthan which included three days at Ranthambhore. We had three marvellous tiger sightings, no sloth bears, alas, but plenty of other things, particularly birds. I have no complaints about overcrowding or inappropriate behaviour in the park, but I was generally disappointed in the standard of guiding. The Park authority allocates one of their guides to each vehicle for each drive, so you never get the same guide twice, and they all tell you the same things about the park and then generally sit back and wait to see tracks or hear alarm calls. The third, and best, of our tiger sightings was an accident; we were driving across a dry river bed, and I found the tiger myself. As we drove past, she raised her head from behind a fallen tree trunk where she was sleeping and looked straight at me. It was a good day!
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Jun 8th, 2011, 05:54 AM
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What a thrill to find your own tiger! A sloth bear is very rare in any park. Although I just learned about Agra Bear Rescue Facility near Agra where you could see them in a more controlled and managed setting. Seems like a worthwhile project.

Your Ranthambhore experience with having a different guide each outing is similar to my Bandhavgarh (but not Kanha or Corbett) experience. My Bandhavgarh driver was the same and was enthusiastic. He had a bird book and answered questions. His reaction to our eventual sighting of 3 litter-mates, after days without any cats in Bandhavgarh, was more demonstrative than even mine.

The guides I had in Bandhavgarh were not interactive with me except for pointing out sightings, unless I initiated communication. But I have to say all of them were on the lookout for birds and animals at all times, in addition to the tiger. Overall, I was very satisfied with the Bandhavgarh guiding and the efforts to locate tigers even during the days when we had no luck. It would be interesting to see how Ranthambhore compares and how training and standards vary between parks.
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Jun 8th, 2011, 06:16 AM
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We stayed at the And Beyond lodge in Bandhavgarh and the guides were as good as at the And Beyond (CCAfrica) camps we've stayed at in Africa. They received very intensive training from AndBeyond. We always had both our own guide from the lodge and the requisite "official" guide.
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