You must have often read that in Kaziranga tiger sightings are rare. Did you know that this national park has the highest density of wild Tigers in the World. Data mismatch. Right before our morning safari, we were told by our naturalist that sighting a tiger in the afternoon was more probable than the morning.
We sighted rhinos, variety of deers, wild buffaloes, migratory birds, ducks, kingfishers and the sunbathing turtles. More than half of our safari was complete and we were on the way towards a watch tower. "Tiger Tiger!! ", shouted our driver. 100 metres from us a tiger was crossing the road. We slowly made our way in that direction. We tracked the pug marks till the point where it entered into the tall elephant grass. Our driver got off the vehicle and was peeping into the elephant grass. We were quite dumbfounded not knowing how to react. In awe we were staring at our driver. After his investigation was over he sat back in the jeep. In complete silence we were scanning the entire area. Our naturalist told us that it was a male tiger roaming his area and normally a female followed suit behind him. We waited over there for sometime and then decided to move ahead. It was just a glimpse and what a breathtaking one. In the afternoon safari again quite a few jeeps were lucky with tiger sightings. It is this elusiveness which makes the tiger craving soar high. Is this the season for tiger sightings or was it our darn good luck, I really don't know. All I know is our day was made.
Jeep Safaris are of two hours but can be extended till 3 hours plus.
Tiger sightings are usually in the Central Range. For best sightings of Rhinos take the Elephant Safari in the central Range. We spotted herds of Rhinos together on elephant back. Elephant safari is more of a joy ride of 45 mins. It was an excellent experience.
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