“Perfect hotel base for tiger safari. This hotel was all we wanted for a base while exploring the National Park. The breakfast timings were set to enable a late breakfast to be taken after a morning game drive. ”
Safari is a Swahili word from East Africa meaning simply ‘journey’. These days it is most often associated with wildlife spotting trips, often in Kenya, Tanzania and other parts of the African continent.
But there are wildlife safaris all over the world.
Here in India there are many places that offer the chance to spot wildlife on a safari. Ranthambore (also spelt Ranthambhor) is one of the most renowned, principally known for its tigers.
Whilst there are plenty of animals to be seen in Ranthambore, the safaris here are not to compared with those in Africa.
Animals you might see here include tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, sambar deer, chital, nilgai, common or hanuman langurs, macaques, jackals, jungle cats, caracals, sloth bears, black bucks, hare, Indian wild boar, chinkara, common palm civets or toddy cat, common yellow bats, porcupines, mongoose and small Indian civet.
Visits to Ranthambore National Park are controlled by the Park authorities which is a government undertaking. The aims include preserving the environment and preventing overcrowding.
The Park is divided into ten zones, and vehicles are assigned to a particular zone for each visit. Vehicles are not allowed to stray from one zone into another, and there is a strict control of the number of vehicles allowed into each zone at any time. The limit is five canters and three jeeps per zone.
Safaris are made it two types of vehicle, jeeps and canters. Both are open topped and afford good opportunities for taking photos. Each vehicle will have a driver and licensed naturalist/guide, both of whom are employed by the National Park.
The role of the guide is to try and track and spot animals as well as to explain the flora and fauna you will see. It’s important to be aware that in India we do not employ any technical wizardry to track the animals. The guides and drivers use their knowledge, skill and experience to do this by listening to warning calls from other animals, looking for tracks and scat, and so on. There is no radio communication between the vehicles.
There is always an element of luck involved in find wildlife. This is not a zoo. Animals are free to roam in their natural habitat as they please. It’s impossible to guarantee sightings but the success rate is high.
Since there are a limited number of places available on each safari drive, it is a good idea to book as early as possible. When you arrange it through the Hotel Ranthambore Regency and your payment is confirmed, your seat is reserved and secured. At the Ranthambore Regency we will make sure you are accompanied by one of our preferred, experienced, English speaking guides with whom we have been working for years. These guides are enthusiastic and will do their very best in spotting the wildlife. The safari naturalists/guides and drivers of the vehicle are (government) National Park employees.