Wednesday, November 16, 2022 – Temperature 15 – 28 C ( 59 – 83 F )
We got up at 5:30 am, had tea and cookies at 6 am and at 6:30 am we left for a safari ride through the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. We got to the reserve at 7 am and we spent 3.5 hours driving through the park. We saw a lot of different animals in the wild, such as deer,
One bird perched itself to the back of the wagon behind Lonnie and Malcom.
We also saw mongooses.
We saw a footprint from a tiger, but we weren’t lucky enough to spot any tigers.
At 10:30 am we had to leave because they close the park for lunch, so we went back to the hotel, had breakfast and rested for a while. At 1 pm, we had a light lunch and at 1:45 pm we headed back to the reserve.
There are several different routes in the park and when we returned, we had been scheduled to take a different route. On this route, we saw more deer, birds and at 4:30 pm we started heading back to the exit.
We also saw several large banyan trees in the reserve. The banyan is a fig tree native to India.
Most of us were sorry that we hadn’t seen a tiger, however, when we were halfway back, we noticed that a couple of jeeps were congregated on the path we were taking to exit the park. When our guide asked them what they had seen, they pointed to a tiger that was heading our way..
The sighting of the tiger made our trip to the reserve special. Our guide, who is familiar with most of the tigers in the reserve, recognized this one and told us who she was, as well as the fact that she is pregnant and would be delivering her cubs soon. He had reviewed the genealogy of a number of the tigers in the park earlier in the afternoon.
We spent about 20 minutes following the tiger and taking pictures. When she entered into some tall grasses, we drove back to the exit and returned to the hotel around 6:30 pm.
We had a nice traditional Indian dinner and then some of the group went to see the dancers from the previous night preform again, as well as celebrate Prat’s birthday with a cake.