Our experience at Ranthambore National Park was extremely disappointing and it was completely down to the guides we had. Due to some government scheme to allow all guides to have equal amounts of work it means you are just as likely to have a terrible guide as you are a great one. Unfortunately 2/3 of our guides were useless. So terrible we decided not to take the final safari we had booked.
The first guide we had promised us a tiger sighting, big words! But he delivered. This was the only good part of this safari, since the guide (who had very good English) spoke to a couple of men in Hindi the entire time. Every time we stopped or something happened we had no idea what was happening an had to ask someone else in the jeep. I understand that we are in India and not everything is through the medium of English but when you're on an organised tour you do expect some effort.
Our second guide was great! Although we didn't see a tiger he was enthusiastic, spoke English and Hindi and kept us all entertained, to this guide we say thank you so much!
The worst by far was our third guide. He picked us up half an hour late and less than 2 and a half hours later we were exiting the park. The driver drove less than 10 kilometers the entire time, less than 5 most of that time! We stopped at every peacock, deer and bird in the park which you can see for free outside the park! He seemed disinterested didn't even look for tiger prints and took himself a 15 minute break at zone 1's 'rest point'. Our guide told us the toilets were out the back; when I couldn't find them my partner asked and he said the toilet is natural! Use the natural toilet- aka the back of the building. I guess for men this is suitable but for a woman this isn't always a viable option.
The group in the jeep with us argued about leaving so early which the driver and guide offered to go back to the park, by this stage we were 7km out of the park. He was incredibly rude to us And tried to use the excuse thatzone 1 was small so less time is spent there, when we responded that we paid the same money for all
Zones he went quiet.
We've contacted our tour operator about this but they basically told us that nothing will happen to the guide maybe he will get a 1 trip ban, which is disgraceful. Safe yourself the time and money- don't bother going to Ranthambore.
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