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Encounters with the King of the Jungle

You’ll be able to feel the atmosphere of the jungle change when a tiger is close. The air fills with the sound of animal warnings and you can feel the tension as a tiger enters their territory. On your tiger-watching safari, your first glimpse might just be the white flecks of hair on the tiger’s ears as he stalks through long grassland, occasionally catching a flash of bright orange or black.

We track down forest pathways that are the favourite haunts of our feline friends. Using local guides with intimate knowledge of the tiger’s natural habitats, we maximise your chances of watching one of these remarkable endangered big cats in their natural habitat.

Steve Winter Tiger

Where do Tigers Live?

Bengal Tiger: Home to 80% of the world’s tiger population and over 50 designation Tiger Reserves, India is the best place to see tigers with around 3,000 tigers.

Siberian Tiger: Found only in the mountain forests of eastern Russia, the Siberian tiger has adapted to the harsh climate, long winters and high latitude.

TIG Sl India Bengal Tiger Credit Steve Winter

When is the Best Time to see Bengal Tigers in India?

The ideal months for observing tigers in India are February, March, and April, as temperatures start to rise. As the temperature climbs, the land becomes drier and dustier, with reduced foliage. With diminishing water sources, wildlife tends to gather around the remaining waterholes, creating a prime opportunity for observing and capturing the park's fauna. Our skilled guides are well-versed in tracking India's magnificent tigers within these parks, and you can elevate your tiger-watching adventure by staying at distinctive and picturesque lodges.

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Tiger Safari in India

  • The largest of the big cats, the Bengal tiger reaches four metres in length and weighs in at around 300 kilograms.
  • Tigers have an unmistakable and unique black striped pattern over orange fur which helps them to stay camouflaged as they lay in wait for their prey. No two tigers will have the same stripes, similar to the fingerprints of a human.
  • Generally they are solitary animals, except during mating season and when the female has cubs with her.
  • Renowned for their strength and power, tigers hunt alone taking medium to larger prey, travelling long distances to catch buffalo and wild pigs, as well as other large mammals.
  • They are one of the few cats that are very comfortable in water often swimming or lounging in the shallows to cool off.
  • Females give birth to litters of between two and six cubs at a time and proceed to look after them for about two or three years, after which they leave to find their own territory.
  • ·Bengal tigers can be hunting through the forests and tall grasses of the Indian jungle where their stripes help camouflage them. Growing up to 10 feet in length, they really are a magnificent sight to see.

Bengal Tiger Conservation

Despite historically living across huge parts of Asia, tigers are endangered to critically endangered with only around 3,200 animals left in the wild with three subspecies already extinct (Balinese, Javan and Caspian Tiger).

Due to hunting and disforestation, Bengal tiger populations have reduced, from hundreds of thousands to just a few thousand. National Parks across India have set conservation areas to protect these magnificent creatures and therefore tiger watching safaris are truly unique. Launched in April 1973, Project Tiger is a conservation scheme by the National Tiger Conservation Authority which established nine tiger reserves. Today, there is 47 tiger reserves.

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Why book your tiger safari with NWS?

Working closely with conservationists, we can offer the change to join habituation safaris and more. Our exclusive network on the ground links us to all the best lodges in the region and we are often able to add that little NWS twist to your trip, transforming it into something really special.

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