It was dry season in the safari, temperatures were bone dry and it was apparently the best time of year to see the big cats in their natural habitat, although Prathima was certain we wouldnt see them as she kept saying she had been on over 50 safaris in the past couple years and still not seen one. Our guide had eyes like a hawk and ears of a lion pointing out the most minute creatures hiding deep within the canopy of the leafless forrest! We passed an overturned truck which seemed to be no big deal to anyone else. One morning I had the worst stomach cramps of my life, wishing I was anywhere else but a 40 degree safari and boom a Leopard strolls out of the dry bushland, with his smaller mate not far behind. The vibe was ecstatic, seeing these majestic creatures in their own paradise while birds, monkeys and deers shriek deep warning calls to fellow mates that the big cats are in the viscidity scrounging for a meal. That same afternoon our guide took us to a quitter side of the park suspicious that a tiger could be easier to spot. We burnt around the red sand tracks and miraculously stumbled across one of the worlds most efficient predators. Although smaller then a lion the tiger is known to be a much better hunter, always hunting prey alone and as we saw on this very day after he eats a large meal he lays around sleeping for a few days in the one spot while his food digests.
A HUGE thanks to my new friends for taking me along for the good times! Especially Dinesh, your a true legend!