Today we will do two game viewing drives in open 4X4 jeeps. The best times to view animals are sunrise and sunset so that is when we will head out and hope for some good animal sightings.
Ranthambore is a 400sq-km park situated in an area of rocky hill country, clothed in dry, deciduous forest, grassland, and scrub, and dotted with several small lakes that can be alive with birds. Seven years ago, the tigers of Ranthambore were decimated by poaching; fortunately the situation is improving, and we once again stand a good chance of encountering this largest and most powerful cat. Seeing tiger will be a priority, and it requires covering much ground every morning and afternoon (the roads are not covered in tarmac and so the drives are bumpy and can be dusty).
Besides tigers, large mammals are particularly well represented at Ranthambore and among the species we might see are Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgai, Dorcas Gazelle (Chinkara), the ubiquitous Northern Palm Squirrel, Hanuman Langur, Small Indian and Ruddy mongoose, Wild Boar, and Indian Flying Fox. Leopard and Sloth Bear are also present in the park, though both are seen infrequently. Ranthambore also boasts an exciting array of birds and a naturalist is always on hand to discuss the wildlife with you.
We have some time at leisure between the game viewing drives to enjoy the hotel facilities or take a walk with the resident naturalist around the property.
Included meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Khem Villas (vegetarian hotel)