The third supermoon of the year is upon us and this one is even going to be a minor lunar eclipse.
A supermoon occurs when the moon, while circling its orbit is closest to the Earth. Hence the giant sized moon. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. When the Moon appears at its biggest it will be just 356,400km (221,457 miles) away, compared to its usual distance from Earth of 384,000km (238,606 miles). Read More Supermoon & Tiger Census
Everyone has a dream! The thought of a personal accomplishment that drives them forward. A little something that sits in the back of your mind and ultimately influences your every decision. Some want to be rich and famous, others want to build a house, conquer the highest peaks, sail the seas or have a family… Read More The Big Cats of the World
So I thought that I would just include a couple of pictures I took over my stay at Sher Bagh in an attempt to show not only how beautiful these cats are, but also to convey how well you could potentially see them. Obviously the more time you dedicate to the cause, and the longer you stay for, the more chance you have of a tiger sighting. During my time as a nature guide/game ranger in South Africa I used to tell my guests that the only way to find an animal is to get out into the bush…the same holds true here! The more time in the jungle, the more chance you have of seeing a tiger. A combination of skill, knowledge, patience, persistence and lady luck! Read More The Tigers of Sher Bagh
One of the reasons of me visiting Sher Bagh was to try producing a short promotional video for the lodge. The challenge was condensing this magical space and place into a short, hard-hitting, fun, energetic and accurate three-minute video. Now, I can tell you that to tell the story of Sher Bagh, in three minutes, is quite honestly impossible, but I was sure I could paint a good picture on the experience one would have, and the energy one would experience on a visit. Read More Getting THE Tiger Shot
Those of you who know me, or have read my numerous posts, written from the heart of the Kruger National Park, South Africa, will know that I am a lion man. At the end of 2013 I even managed to have my first iBook published entitled ‘The Lions of Londolozi’. I truly believe that I am part lion. A fascination of their relationships, behaviour, evolution, physique, size and beauty drove me to research and write about a particular pride of lions over a two-year period. Images, sound, film, family trees and text convey the true story of the Lion King! My research directed me towards other texts on big cats worldwide: jaguar, snow leopard, leopard and most impressively the tiger. Read More My First Tiger!
Sher Bagh guests Christian and Katrin visited Ranthambhore in mid February, just as the Winter thaw was leading to Spring. Coming from sultry Singapore, where they currently reside, Rajasthan was a welcome break for the couple, and proved to be a lucky one, as far as sightings were concerned. Read More Christian and Katrin’s First Tiger at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore
A chance invitation, an impromptu plan, led me back to Ranthambhore after almost 18 years. It was the first time that I would be going there without the cheerful figure of Fatheh Singh Rathore to greet us and it was with very mixed feelings that I embarked on the train journey to what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful National Parks in India. Read More Magic and Nostalgia at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore.
By any standard, my sighting log of six drives in Ranthambhore is impressive: 14 sightings of 10 different Tigers, a Leopard, a Sloth Bear, 5 Hyena, a host of raptors, and other birdlife. And, an amazing croc fight. Sharing most of this wonderful run with me was Dr. Latika Rana from Singinawa in Kahna, who is also blogging about her experience. Here is a small selection of my photographs that I think are representative of this sojourn at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore. Read More A Superb Experience of a Ranthambhore Safari
I never dreamt of going to India, in fact it was so far off my radar that I had absolutely no prior conceptions or expectations. It did not even feature on my creased and coffee stained map of the world, which forever lies sprawled out on my bedroom floor. In my dreams I had journeyed to far off lands, conversing in tongues that have yet to be jotted down in pen. I had battled the rough seas and traipsed deep gorges. I was an explorer. Read More On Assignment in India
The Zulu word Londolozi means bprotector of all living things’. The phrase has a universal resonance and embraces all living things everywhere. Little wonder then that the cause of Tigers and Indiabs long alluring wilderness drew the Varty family to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore last month. The Varty family name has been synonymous with the restoration of wildlife and an entire ethic of preservation across the African continent and particularly South Africa for over four decades now. Londolozi, their private game reserve in the Sabi Sands area of South Africa, bordering the Kruger National Park is a model for conservation and eco-tourism. Apart from being the best spot on earth for the viewing of leopards in the wild, Londolozi is a pioneering luxury destination which has created the benchmark for some of the finest eco-tourism practises. Furthermore, both Londolozi and Sher Bagh are members of the Relais & Chateaux family. Read More The Varty Family’s Visit to Sher Bagh and Ranthambhore