April 2018 saw my third visit to photograph the Tigers of India, although this was the third time, the anticipation of that first tiger sighting was still as exciting as ever. That first glimpse of a tiger walking freely in their space sends a tingle down the spine & we didn’t have to wait too long.
Our clients made a point of noting it took only 25 minutes, & what a fantastic sighting it was to start our Bandhavgarh-based Tigers of India adventure. Our first encounter was with one of Spotty’s cubs. She has three cubs, approximately 18 months old, but they’re now rarely seen all together. As our guide liked to say – they’re in their ‘probationary period’ learning to be independent & to develop their hunting skills, but still coming together as a family on occasions. We could see one of the cubs resting in the leaves by the waterhole & what a fantastic treat it was to see her cooling down in the water a few hours later. Continue reading →
Andrew was one of the guests on this year’s Tigers of Tadoba photography holiday. We arranged the tour for Derek & Andrew after we learnt that two of the tigresses in Tadoba had recently given birth, which meant there was the possibility to photograph tiger cubs.
David learnt that there were two female tigers who had recently given birth to cubs in Tadoba National Park. This was probably around late November 2017 & two other females had also given birth a little earlier. It seemed that a visit to see the Tigers of Tadoba was on!
David & I, plus my friend Andy, could not miss this great opportunity of hopefully viewing 3 to 4-month-old tiger cubs. So, we caught a plane to Nagpur & then travelled to Tadoba for some excellent tiger viewing & photography.
David is always networking which helps significantly in the meticulous planning NaturesLens always carry out when preparing wildlife photographic trips & workshops. This was no exception.
If you want to get the best possible viewing in the core tiger zones, you usually have to book at least three months in advance. David learnt that two of the Tigers had made their home outside of the core zones of the reserve. We therefore decided to take a gamble & arrange some of our drives in the lesser used reserve areas. We hoped this would increase our chances of seeing as many different cubs as possible. Of course, this could have gone wrong if the Tigers had returned to the main areas but we felt confident they would not.
Our gamble paid off! In reality, this was probably not an enormous gamble due to the planning by David. Most tourists tend to stick to the traditional core areas as they believe they offer the best sightings. I believe we were the only westerners in the areas where these two females were to be found, which made our viewings & images even more special.
Many followers of NaturesLens will probably know that David & I have been friends for many years, well before he & Pui Hang set up NaturesLens, & have enjoyed many wildlife photography tours together.
Just before Christmas 2017, David asked me if I had been to theLittle Rann of Kutch. I said I had never even heard of it. Kutch is a little-known wildlife destination in the state of Gujarat near the Pakistan border. So off we went in March this year to carry out a recce for a new nature photography trip for NaturesLens.
I have just returned from two weeks in India, & it has to be said that right now, the tiger reserves are rocking, new cubs, juvenile tigers, new males & tigers looking to establish their territories means that sightings were excellent! We make use of both Tadoba & Bandhavgarh for our Tiger Photography Holidays, coupled with local guide knowledge we have great information on what is going on in the reserves, where is best to take clients to & which of the various zones in the parks we should be visiting. I can vouch for the reserves as being excellent this season, I spent several hours with one of the female tigers in Tadoba, along with her four tiny cubs!
Bandhavgarh is looking to be pretty unique this season too, but now word has reached us of more tiger pregnancies, with these due in September – assuming that the information is correct – this would hopefully mean that the cubs might be first seen in December 2018.
To that end, we have decided to add a new photography holiday into the schedule for this year, to head to Bandhavgarh between the dates of December 11th – 19th 2018.
The prices for Bandhavgarh jeep safaris – for only two people per jeep, (as this is how we run the safaris to give you maximum space) – were increased in September 2017 & will rise again in September 2018 – but for this tour, WE WILL AGAIN HOLD OUR PRICE AT THE 2017 RATE!
That means 12 safaris, all ground transportation, full board accommodation throughout the trip & non-shared accommodation with no single supplement payable for each traveller at a blinding cost of £2749 – the same trip in April 2019 will cost £3249 unfortunately.
So this is the opportunity to take the plunge, visit the tigers & do it all at a brilliant price – but it gets better!
The above price is based on a minimum of 3 clients, once we have a minimum of 4 clients, the cost of the trip will be reduced by £100 per person. This applies to those initial three clients that may have booked at the higher price as well as any new clients.
We will take no more than six clients maximum on this trip.
You can view the dedicated event page here – all bookings have to be in before August 1st, 2018 so that we can secure the best zones for viewing of the tigers & cubs.
In late April/early May I completed two back-to-back Indian trips. The first being our Tigers of Bandhavgarh Safari Holiday. I always look forward to our annual trip to photograph tigers & this year was no different, apart from the fact that I was more excited than usual.
We took a break from Bandhavgarh in 2016, so I couldn’t wait to get back there. I can honestly say that I have never been more excited about going back to what I consider to be my second home.
We have been visiting the park for 7 years now & have gotten to know its residents very well. Along with the drivers & guides who have become our friends, we have mourned the loss of favourite tigers & celebrated the birth of new cubs.
Julianne joined us for the second week of our Indian photography tour to photograph the Asiatic Lions of Gir. She was looking to hone her composition skills & hopefully capture some stunning images of the majestic residents of the Gir forest, the Asiatic Lion.
Whilst her first day drew a blank for lion sightings, Julianne was lucky enough to spend time with a mother jackal & her adorable young pup.
In fact, Julianne proved to be extremely lucky on her first day when during the afternoon game drive, whilst trying to get a good angle on a buzzard in a tree, she encountered a leopard lounging in the bushes. In her own words “I have been trying to get great leopard photos for a decade & this is THE best encounter!”