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Pench Tiger Reserve – Encounters with Collarwali and her cubs

Pench Tiger Reserve isn’t the simplest terrain. After zipping around in what I imagined to be a haphazard and aimless manner across the National Park for a long time, I soon realised there was a method to the Pugdundee Safari guide’s madness. He knew just the spots to check, and was working his way through them in the order of probability of the tiger being there. The safari vehicles we’d

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Kaziranga National Park, India – Taking the safari by the horn

My breathing is loud, heavy and slow. My heartbeat thuds just as loudly, threatening to explode out of my chest. My hands have gripped the railing in front of my seat and my knuckles are white. They’re sweaty, and my fingers keep slipping off the rusted metal. I’m at the edge of my seat, ready to flee. But there’s nowhere I can flee. Right now, I’m in the safest spot

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Pench Tree Lodge – Living Mowgli’s life

Pench Tree Lodge has been on my mind ever since I found out about it’s opening in February this year. I’ve been wanting to discover the park and couldn’t wait to do it through Pugdundee Safaris since they’ve already wowed me with their experiences in Satpura (Denwa Backwater Escape), Kanha (Kanha Earth Lodge) and Bandhavgarh (King’s Lodge). The prospect of staying in a tree house had me super excited. While

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A day in Cape Town

Along with the back-breaking long hours, my day job also involves quite a bit of travel. And every once in a while, to somewhere I haven’t been, like Bucharest, Monaco, and sometimes to places I’ve been to far too often, like Thailand. This time around we were shooting a film in Cape Town. Shoot trips are usually packed schedules but on this trip, we managed to squeeze in about a day

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How to Track a Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India

If you don’t spot a tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, you’ve got the worst luck in the world. That’s the word of the jungle as far as Wildlife Safaris in India (circa 2015) go. Bandhavgarh is currently the reigning champion as far as tiger sighting in India goes, with a flourishing population of the royal feline. The stark contrast to Satpura National Park. Now there’s two things that contribute to

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Satpura National Park – India’s understated safari experience

When I think back to my time in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, it isn’t the tigers of Bandhavgarh or the romance of Kipling country that stands out vividly. It is a lesser-known, far more feral land that does. A raw tract of immense riches. One that lacks the popularity of resorts and lodges swarming with tourists. Instead, it exudes a silent sophistication that supersedes anything man- made. The land that introduced

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First Timers Guide to Safaris in India – The 12 things you should know

The jungles of Madhya Pradesh were, for me, love on the very first safari. As I write this, I’m keeping my ears tuned for the sound of birds that I have begun to identify, I’m absent- mindedly brushing imaginary insects off my arms, I’ve got a yearning for the faint smells of musk enveloped by lush green vegetation and even the bumpy bone rattling drive through the jungles. But that’s

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Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington – The 12 animals you will meet in Australia

The Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington snuck up on us out of the blue. As with every city we visit, a short day trip out of town to explore the surrounds sounded really tempting from Melbourne. But with only 6 days to experience the city and spend some time with our friends, I wondered if I’d get to show Charles the penguin parade that I’d witnessed when I was younger at Phillip

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