Are you doing anything special in April 2018? I’m heading to India to photograph the most spectacular big cat on Earth, the Royal Bengal tiger. Do you want to join me? I will be guiding a small group of just 6 clients to Ranthambhore National Park and I have a couple of spaces left available on this exceptional photo safari.
My Tigers of Ranthmabhore Photo Tour with Oryx Photography is timed perfectly for the dry season. With the seasonal heat and arid habitat, tigers regularly come to cool off in the park’s waterholes, potentially providing us with superb photographic opportunities. The small rocky pools and springs have dried up, concentrating predator and prey activity around the beautiful lakes and largest waterholes.
Unlike previous tours, this is a single destination photo safari. There is no ‘travelling around’ to other parks and cultural highlights. We are heading to Ranthambhore and staying there. In March, I toured Ranthambhore for a few days and was blown away by the quality of the encounters. It’s changed considerably from when I first began travelling there in 2003. The park authorities have opened more tracks and zones with each one feeling like a different park.
Our itinerary is simple: Delhi-Ranthambhore-Delhi. The daily schedule is just as elementary: We want to be the first in the park to spot pug marks and tigers moving about at sunrise. We complete the morning session, then head back to our lodge for lunch and to review/critique our shots from the morning. The afternoon is exactly same – be there early, stay till late, because we need to maximise every minute of our time in the park.
Want to know what it’s like photographing wild tigers. Check out my Feature Article: “Everything You Need To Know About Photographing Wild Tigers”
Ranthambhore National Park
Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s largest parks, protecting over 380 square kilometres of habitat (almost 1,400 square kilometres including the buffer zone). Dominated by the 10th century Ranthambore Fort and plateau rising over 700 feet, this scenic reserve contains high concentrations of herbivores such as Spotted Deer, Sambar and Wild Boar. It’s this abundance of prey species that supports one of the healthiest populations of Royal Bengal Tiger anywhere on Earth. Over 60 Tigers currently inhabit the park!
Simply put… Ranthambhore is a stunning National Park, with diverse habitats and one of the highest concentrations of tigers in the world. From a photographic perspective, it has everything. There are large, picturesque lakes, open bedrock, open planes, arid forests where the light always seems to hit the ground, and the entire landscape is dotted with the architectural ruins of mogul rule. Unlike Bandhavgarh, the vegetation is sparse so you can see further into the forest – a massive bonus.
Shots From The March 2017 Tour
Spaces Available: 3 Spaces Available
Tour Cost: US$5495
Cost excludes flights
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The Way I Work
I’m not a loud and shouty high-fiving guide. I educate at base and guide out in the field. By ‘guide’ I mean, suggest compositions, check your exposures, teach shooting techniques, line the vehicle up for you, liaise with the local guides, explore the best opportunities for you, and explain your requirements to them.
Then, when we get back to our lodge, positively critique your images and teach you how to get the best out of your RAW files with Adobe Lightroom. At the lodge, I will always be available at lunchtimes, before and after dinner. Because you’re not fighting to be heard among a large group, you can bring your cameras, bring your images and together we’ll do everything we can to resolve any issue or improve any aspect of your photography game that we can.
My incredible photographic safaris are always based on small groups of just six clients or less. This intimate groups size provides two major benefits: One, maximum guidance and contact with your guide; Two, you have the space you need to manoeuvre as you’re guaranteed your own seat row.
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