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Old 18th May 2017, 10:46   #16
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Also distracting me were a group a very PYTs in another van next to us, scantily clad and showing a lot of leg. I was not able to make a rational decision about where to look.
That's one serious dilemma you were in. Luckily you had it prioritized.

Awesome pics mate. One hell of a lucky guy. I will definitely add Kabini in my list of wildlfe spots, have been planning for some while now for my son's interests.
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I hear the sightings are good right now. Haven't been there myself for over a couple of months now and the itch is becoming hard to ignore. Soon..
Was in Kabini last Friday & Saturday. Did 4 safaris & got cats in all 4. To be precise got 3 different tigers in 5 sightings & 1 Leopard. Its rocking out there. Do visit Kabini ASAP Will post a travelogue this week.
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Going to Kabini end of the month and saw this post! Staying at Red Earth so need to figure out some way of getting as many Safaris possible in the 2 day trip! Any guidance on the same will be highly appreciated.

I think Kabini's prized possession is the Black Panther. What a sight that would be!
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Going to Kabini end of the month and saw this post! Staying at Red Earth so need to figure out some way of getting as many Safaris possible in the 2 day trip! Any guidance on the same will be highly appreciated.

I think Kabini's prized possession is the Black Panther. What a sight that would be!
If you have booked your accomodation at Red Earth then you will not be able to do safaris through JLR as they do not have a tie up with JLR. You can ask the Red Earth guys to help you in organising safari through the Dhammanakatte government safari. They take all their guests on safari using this option. They have only 1 bus for the safari which usually does 2 rounds of 1 and a half hours each in the morning & the same schedule in the evening. If you are going on a weekend then getting bookings for 2 rounds in morning & 2 rounds in evening is difficult. So talk to Red Earth guys well in advance about the safari. By the way the drivers of that safari bus are moody & impatient. For them showing wildlife to tourists is not a priority. For them just finishing the 2 rounds ASAP is priority. Have done few safaris using this option & just letting you know my experience. Cannot complain as the safari fee is way lesser than what JLR charges. Hope this helps.

If you dont mind can you tell what is the package & tariff that Red Earth is offering you.

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Let me congratulate you Stryker, for the wonderful images as they are.
Thanks, King_pin09. Yes, the 200-400 is a bit short, but here's where cropping comes to your rescue. Of course, there's nothing like getting the full frame, but cropping is better than moaning about the lack of length.

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Awesome pics mate. One hell of a lucky guy. I will definitely add Kabini in my list of wildlfe spots, have been planning for some while now for my son's interests.
Thanks, ghodlur. Kabini is a kind of bucket list spot. Must do, you won't regret it unless you are very unlucky and not get a decent sighting. That has happened to me a couple of times, but when you visit one place many times, some of them will be wasted anyway.

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By the way the drivers of that safari bus are moody & impatient. For them showing wildlife to tourists is not a priority. For them just finishing the 2 rounds ASAP is priority.
You are absolutely correct. Those govt drivers rush thru the safari like they are driving in a race! Thankfully, I have never been in one of them yet as I always stay at JLR. But obviously I've seen them inside the forest where they zip by raising a lot of dust.
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If you have booked your accomodation at Red Earth then you will not be able to do safaris through JLR as they do not have a tie up with JLR. You can ask the Red Earth guys to help you in organising safari through the Dhammanakatte government safari. They take all their guests on safari using this option. They have only 1 bus for the safari which usually does 2 rounds of 1 and a half hours each in the morning & the same schedule in the evening. If you are going on a weekend then getting bookings for 2 rounds in morning & 2 rounds in evening is difficult. So talk to Red Earth guys well in advance about the safari. By the way the drivers of that safari bus are moody & impatient. For them showing wildlife to tourists is not a priority. For them just finishing the 2 rounds ASAP is priority. Have done few safaris using this option & just letting you know my experience. Cannot complain as the safari fee is way lesser than what JLR charges. Hope this helps.

If you dont mind can you tell what is the package & tariff that Red Earth is offering you.
Hey man,

Have been in touch with Red Earth guys so lets see how this works out. I got the rooms off a Makemytrip package for ~25k for 2 nights
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Great pics, i guess you must have been really lucky to spot such wildlife. People normally see some boars, deers or buffalos.
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Well, that's generally true if you visit Kabini once, not once a month! But of late the sightings have been good for various reasons, so this would be the right time to go there.
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