Our dream was to see tigers in the wild. Our trip to India fulfilled that dream. Here's what we saw ....
We love wildlife. One thing we wanted to do was see the beautiful, majestic tiger in it's natural habitat.
“Apparently there are less than 4000 tigers in the wild. Sadly they are still subject to poaching. These fantastic beasts need to be preserved."
There are several wildlife reserves in India where you can (hopefully) spot tigers. We visited Ranthambore as part of the Golden Triangle Tour.
We were so lucky. In three drives we saw a mother with three large cubs - enjoying a kill.
We also saw an absolutely beautiful male tiger who simply strolled behind our vehicle. Can you believe that the photo above was taken on an iPhone? We were that close.
Apart from tigers, what else do you see?
Spotting a tiger is exceptionally difficult. There aren't many to see. But, whilst you're trying to find them, there's lots of wildlife to look at along the way:
We were lucky to also see the most beautiful Sloth Bear
There's an abundance of monkeys
Peacocks are prevalent after all, they were brought to the UK from India
Keep your eyes peeled for owls - you can just see them peeking from the hollow of a tree
The landscape, sunrise and sunsets are just a breathtaking, especially in the cool nip of the morning air.
What to wear on a tiger safari
It's cool in a morning. So a lightweight jacket, warm jumper or fleece are handy (you'll be shedding them off later in the morning when the sun comes up).
Wear sturdy shoes. You don't often leave the canter safari vehicle, but if you do, you're out in the bush!
Muted colours are an obvious choice, but avoid white. Purely because it's incredibly dusty and your crisp white shirt will soon become a lovely shade of orange by the return journey.
If you're conscious of your hair, then wrap a scarf around your head (again, the dust gets EVERYWHERE)!