- Tiger in the bush. This is a very common Tiger sighting.
- Sleeping Tiger, Perhaps on the road, or on side of the road.
- A Tiger crossing the road, maybe he will give you a quick glance, and if you are quick enough you can take a shot or two. Considered a decent Tiger spotting.
- Tiger sitting on the track staring at you in a majestic posture is a wonderful Tiger sighting.
- Tiger walking ahead of your vehicle, away from you. He might walk a mile or more. When he strolls this much he would stop by, and do some territory marking on the trees, maybe scratch, etc. A lot of chances to take photos during such a Tiger sighting.
- A Tiger walking towards you on the road, and your safari driver reversing the vehicle for miles at times. This offers a big chance to photographers who can get the head-on shots of a Tiger. This required good skills from the safari driver.
- A Tigress with her cubs, either resting on the road or enjoying in water. Again something a lot of individuals would like to see, and it is a very satiating emotion once you find Tigress with cubs. The playfulness, the cuteness, the love of the mother, the perfect family moment to be witnessed together in such a Tiger sighting.
- A Tiger stalking prey. The whole incident can last from a few minutes to much longer. Our advice is that you must remain quiet during such a Tiger sighting. Disturbing a Tiger while stalking or doing anything else is not advisable. Would you want to see an angry Tiger?
- A Tiger skilfully managing to pull down his prey and do a kill before your eyes. What a delight for photographers, and all visitors. It is one adrenalin-pumping Tiger spotting.
- Two fully grown Tigers fighting. This does not take place often in the open for travelers to see, but there have been incidents when people have seen this. When the fight is happening, it can be very frightening, as Tigers roar loudly which reechoes in the Jungle. It can turn bloody, and if the fight is over the territory dispute then it can last longer. Tigers have a tendency to move a lot while fighting. It is suggested to stay clear and away from them. An epitome of a Tiger spotting.
You may witness any one of the above Tiger sightings, so be ready, and be equipped with your cameras.
When you see Tigers in the National Parks of India, it is important for you to take some safety measures. I have mentioned the four most important for your benefit.
4 important precautions during a Tiger sighting
- Quietness is the biggest precaution that you must undertake during a Tiger sighting. It is recommended to keep the excitement under control, as it can go against you, cause if the Tiger gets irritated by your energy levels he can just choose to go away. Who is the loser in this case? So stay calm. The camera click is the only acceptable sound.
- Good distance from the Tiger is very crucial, maintain a safe distance for yourself. Keep in mind you are in the territory of the Tiger, so give him space and respect too. Stay away, stay safe.
- Pay attention to the guides and the safari drivers who go through this routine on a regular basis. so trust them. Do not enforce your decisions on them, let them decide what is good for you. Kindly do not try to lure them by tipping, to have a close look at Tiger. Don’t forget Tiger is an ultimate predator.
- NEVER, EVER, leave the vehicle in a national park during a Tiger safari. It is not allowed, and it is against the law. There are only some areas/ camps where the driver and the guide will ask you to leave the Jeep for a small break. Tiger sighting is definitely not a selfie moment; just remember you are in presence of an apex predator. Your safety is in your hands, and nobody else is accountable for the same. Neither can you take legal action against anyone at a later phase if you do not like what a Tiger does
Tiger Safari is a holiday for some, and a job for some, but not a picnic for anyone. Respect the Forest and the laws of the Forest in your own interest.