India – Tiger Expedition: The Last Safari
The afternoon safari has reached roughly its middle. Maybe I already mentioned what I know now that I could take pictures better, from other angles, from different perspectives. After all, I realize on the spot that you can never really know if you really see the tiger. It always depends on the professional work of the driver and the guide and the great dose of happiness!
Arrowhead is resting near the hunting lodge for almost the whole afternoon, deciding to go closer to him in the late afternoon. At first he quenches his thirst and then slowly walks to a larger lake. The time of our visit is slowly coming to an end, the sun is setting and we are going back to the gate. We have to go around the huge lake. We're building on the opposite bank. In fact, it is not possible to take pictures of the surrounding landscape in such light.
And that's what it comes down to, our Papu driver and Nafees guide see something and get a wonderful idea! The tigress is changing its direction and coming back to the palace. Perhaps I did not mention that he sometimes sat in the windows of the temple. It would definitely be an exceptional picture! There's a frantic ride back to the palace. But unfortunately without warning!
I have two cameras hanging on my neck. Their price is not little, so I do not look at myself at this point yet I make sure nothing happens to them so they don't break. I have quite a problem in keeping in the jeep, stability is not much and suddenly the car enters the big pit. The jump catapults me into the air and hits the wooden backrest with great force. For a moment I am completely dark in front of my eyes. The problem is immediately recorded by the boys and brought to our attention by our local friends. So we have to go back. Along the way, we still watch the eagle owls, and then at the hotel, small little owls bathing in a fountain.
I went to another safari despite the pain. I had a lot of experiences and wonderful pictures, so I didn't admit it. Perhaps the worst was the return to Delhi, which lasted about 9 hours. Despite this complication, it was an indescribable experience to remember for a long time. Our expedition was very successful. We had one hundred percent success, at least one tiger on each safari, together we shot 15 individuals. One thing is certain, I was definitely not here for the last time and I will return to Ranthambore National Park soon, I am already looking forward to meeting with friends and watching wild animals again.
GPS: 26°01'02.6"N 76°30'12.0"E
Text and photos: Magdaléna Radostová
I should probably go to sleep as I have to get up at 3.30 am, but what if I'm not tired. Everything is packed up, I'm just wondering whether to take a raincoat or not when it reports a sunny 44 ° C. Finally I took her out of the trunk. But I recommend that you take it, it is practical when a cloud breaks up.
Meals are served in a form of a buffet. Chapati or naan are the most tasteful dishes of local cousine, I could eat without restrictions. And I also like lamb, which is really very good here. A big attraction are various desserts, they are very good, but also very sweet; true calorie juggernauts. I prefer to have exotic fruits.
I'm looking forward to seeing what's going on today. So, a quick shower, dental hygiene, grab all the technology and go to the reception. Our jeep is here and with him the whole crew.
The wake-up call at 4.45 pm, and that's really the latest time for the wake up possible. After five, we are leaving at the reception. There is no risk of breakfast now, I wouldn't have gotten anything so soon. However, you can have tea, coffee or masala.
The nature reserve is huge, spreading over an area of more than 392 square kilometers, with only a section that is divided into several sections. When ordering a safari you must specify which zone to visit. Passing from one zone to another is forbidden, except for the all-day safari. But the price for this type of trip is enormous.
This time we visit zone number 6. Nafees found out in the morning that there was a good chance to watch the female T8 Ladli and her kittens. Well, they're teenagers ... Mommy probably killed sambara, so they have a feast. Although who knows, these teenagers are able to catch food alone and are pretty eaters. The tiger can eat up to 30 kg of meat in one day.
Today we try zone 4 with the cubs again this morning, but we are not so successful this time. There are no cubs here, we see only one tiger in the distance on a hillside. Of course, visiting this park is not just about tigers, we see a lot of other exotic creatures today, such as kingfisher and local squirrels.
Today we return to the most beautiful area zoneto the Talao Lakes. It is about six o'clock in the morning. Unbelievable, right in front of us, the queen of arid lakes, the tigress Arrowhead, are walking down the road.
Due to the successful morning and afternoon tracking of cubs and we choose zone 4. When we arrive at the place, kittens can be suspected in bushes. Somewhere, some go up and go a little. I don't understand how our guide can predict what the wild cats will do in the next moment.
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