Indian tigers are known for being stealthy, beautiful and almost impossible to spot. That didn’t deter former Intrepid leader Kate Whitton when she went searching for this illusive giant cat in the north of Rajasthan …
“Being a mad cat lover I couldn’t possibly visit India without including one of its many National Parks on my trip. So on trusted advice, I chose an itinerary that visited Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan in the hope that I might see a tiger.
As dawn broke I headed to the wildlife park (ironically, this park was once owned by a maharaja for hunting purposes). The scenery was stunning in the morning light – wildlife abounded in the form of monkeys, spotted dear, sambar, crocodiles, jackals, peacocks and more.
It was nearing the end of the game drive and I’d only been teased by the sight of tiger pug marks on the road. Suddenly, our vehicle came to a grinding halt and we were reversing as we’d just driven over fresh tracks. We took a left and followed them a few hundred metres and suddenly – up ahead – there appeared a magnificent tiger! I was shaking so much with excitement I could barely take a photo.
I was mesmerised by her beauty for those few brief minutes before she wandered into the bushes where her camouflage took hold and she evaporated before my eyes.”
* photo by Steve Sadler – Intrepid Photography Competition