Trip report of a different kind

Mar 5th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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Phil, the most imp factor for good sightings is the season, my friends with me always came in dec and did not have that many tiger spottings. The best time to see them is between feb to may and if u stay for 4-5 nights I think a real close and mentally fulfilling tiger sighting atleast
on elephant back can be garaunteed. We were the 4th group among our friends and relatives to go to kanha in feb this year and all the people before us had great sightings. I think the least was 8 sightings, we had 11 in total.

Also this tiger spotting in kanha by elephant back garauntees sightings as they are done from 3 different places
Even though 2 of the elephant groups were vaccinated the third group did spot
1 tigress with her 2 cubs.

Which season were u in India. Also your driver guide has to be good for u make natural sightings, for example all the places we had natural sightings we met a lot of people later who had passed the area minutes before us and had not spotted anything. The friends I went with were on thier 9th trip to kanha so they themselves could follow the calls made by various animals, which is most imp in tiger sighting as following the calls in the jungle u position ur vehicle along that path. In the height of summer when the temp shoots to 40 degrees there are friends who have visited and have had 22 sightings in 2-3 nights of thier stay there.
Secondly the tiger population has gone up in kanha from 84 in 2002-2003 to around 130 at present. I think in the 1990's the population was only btw 40-60 according to a book I am reading

Please folks in order to spot the tiger u need to go in the right season/right park and right driver guide. Also u need to wake up very early for natural tiger spottings and get in the park among the first vehicles to maximise the sightings of the tigers walking on the jungle paths

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Mar 5th, 2006, 05:44 PM
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Thank YOU for sharing this and I experienced your tiger safari for the first time.

Was your last visit typical or an exceptional outing?

Again, a wildlife forum where reports on lions and tigers could live side by side would be great.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 06:15 AM
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Hi lynn, my trip to kanha this year is quite typical and not exceptional as many people who were at the resort/park had the same sightings(maybe even better on certain days)..... so hard to say. I think taking into consideration that I was visiting the park in early march my sightings should be termed good, now if I had the same sightings maybe in nov/dec then they would be considered excellent,
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Mar 6th, 2006, 02:20 PM
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Hi Sonali,

Thanks for this report. I am planning to visit India this year and it will help me plan the trip. I was curious if you had a chance to upload any pictures online? Also, If I need to be in Kanha during May, how early do you think I should start making my reservations?
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Mar 6th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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Well this definitely beats the pants off my time in Ranthabore! If I was to go back to India, I would go to Kanha in a second. I have been scouring the web on it.

Thankas for posting your trip report here, it was very much appropriate. Among safari experiences, those few minutes I hd of seeing a tiger count among the very greatest.

Sonali74, please let us know when the pictures are ready.

Phil, I still get chills evertime I see yoru picture.
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Mar 6th, 2006, 06:06 PM
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Folks!!! Also, a trip to India's parks is not complete with one or two of the southern parks......Kabini for one. Kabini is the only park, that boasts of the annual migration of the Indian elephant.......where during the dry warm summer months, they congregrate in very huge herds around the Kabini lake. I did go there in 2004 to see this. It is the closest thing to the Linyanti/Kwando areas (in terms of Elephant viewing in India) also, tigers are easily spotted in the summer. Although, i would think Kanha for tigers is still tops.......Kabini jungle lodge is around, but there are a couple of very small private places nearby also....will post info here if desired.

Folks, i would not recommend Ranthambore or the Gir forest anymore. Lots of unfortunate mismanagement of the parks......that's why CCAfrica is concentrating on parks that have vision for long-term sustainability. They start with 5 i.e, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench and Corbett. Corbett may not be prime tiger country, but is meant to be spectacular.........i think their next plans are to expand in Southern India.

Sonali, Please try and join me end March for 3 or 4 nights to Tuli Tiger in Kanha? It is really close for you to hop off to every couple of months.....during the monsoons you can make your Africa trips.......

Btw, i may have a business trip to Colombo next month, and definitely go to see the Sri Lankan leopards.....

Keep you posted
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We were there in January of 1990. You may well be right -- the visibility of tigers could depend on seasonal factors. We were delighted we saw what we saw. It was an unforgettable adventure that will stay with me always. And so will that photograph.

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Mar 6th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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hello serengeti(wow my favourite park still),waynehazel and phil, I hate to admit this but I am very wet behind the ears person when it comes to photography. I have a sony digital video camera but use it very sparingly.My friends who joined me have taken a couple of pictures, so I will post them on the net as soon as I get hold of them, Phil I think I need to attend some photography classes u conduct because all the discussions u fodorites mention seem like greek and latin to me

Serengeti, it is always better to book in advance if u are sure of your dates,because u never know about availability. In may the summer vacations start for indian kids so it would be better to book in advance but u never know as it will be quite hot,so that may keep the people away from the park

Phil, u must come back to India to photograph tigers. I sure u will have a great time,

Hari, hate to admit it but March will be tooo difficult,pls,as u are going to sri lanka in april, so maybe u go in March and do another trip with me in May or just go in May.

Hari,Also with all this planning about kanha,srilanka,phinda and botswana, don't u dare ditch me in sept for the mara. That was originally our first plan along with bots and everything came up later......


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