The Tiger safari Mathua Kothi, India
Cox & Kings clients Derrick and Dawn Lambert recently went on a luxury tiger safari holiday to India where they were lucky enough to see a number of tigers and their cubs.
We have recently returned from Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge in India. Our main aim for this trip was to see a tiger in its natural surroundings. We realised that we may well have to be content with just seeing the large variety of birds and other animals that an Indian safari offers, as tiger sightings are by no way guaranteed.
We decided to give ourselves the greatest chance of seeing a tiger by spending six nights at the lodge. As luck would have it, we made our first sighting of a beautiful tigress on our second drive. We were thrilled to spend about five minutes in the company of this magnificent and very serene creature. Our luck continued and by the end of the week we had seen 10, yes TEN, different tigers. This included six cubs - two lots of triplets and their mothers. One tigress we even saw on three different occasions. Our success was mainly due to the knowledge and skill of our guide who travelled with us.
India boasts a large variety of colourful birds, including peacocks, which we saw on many of our drives. Other favourite sightings were of a male and female jackal with their pups, an Indian fox, a tiny muntjac deer, a sloth bear, jungle cat, rhesus macaques and langur monkeys, spotted deer and many more.
We cannot praise enough the entire staff at Mahua Kothi for their excellent service in every department, even the food was cooked to individual tastes. Only 24 guests can be accommodated at one time, so the service is personal and everything was done to make our stay a most memorable one.
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