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Two Tiger cubs making their way through the bush.Photo Tom Corban

We had been watching the tiger for some time. It had been watching a small herd of spotted deer. Suddenly it stood up. It had spotted its chance. It crept forward, not a sound. You could see the muscles tensed. It began to trot out of the bushes into the clearing. Trot is the wrong word. It was getting itself into a position where it could attack. We too had tensed up as we watched.

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Tiger stalking Spotted Deer. The deer can be seen in the background. Photo Tom Corban

There was a warning call from the herd and the tiger dropped down into the scorched grass almost invisible again We had been told that you really needed to do 4 or 5 safaris if you wanted a realistic chance of seeing a tiger. If you are only doing 2 safaris , they said, you had better plan to be very lucky.

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Tiger mies its way along a track. Photo Tom Corban.

We saw 2 tigers on our first time out. Not just saw them but were close enough to pass the time of day with them if they were that sort of animal- less than 10 feet away. We had stunning sightings each time we went out with the exception of the last safari where the tiger was close but asleep somewhere. The phrase the guides here use is,” if you see tiger twice, it sees you eight times”.The encounter described earlier was electrifying and on our second to last trip out we were privileged to see a mother with her two 9 month old cubs. A rare site indeed. We were told we have been very very lucky and I do believe that is something of an understatement.

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Tigress with her two nine month old cubs. Photo Tom Corban

The Landscape was stunning, falling where  two ranges of hills meet. There are some interesting cliffs and some high plains. Its good for a wide range of species including Leopard. It was also good to have time out between safaris, good food, a good bed and a proper shower

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