5 places to see Big Cats around the world

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 16/10/2019
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  • The big cat family represents some of the most majestic animals on Earth, but they are no gentle purring felines! With their grace and killer instinct, they are incredibly alluring!

    Whether its watching a cheetah stalk its prey, or hearing the mighty roar of a lion, seeing them in their natural habitat is an incredible and truly memorable experience and one that should be added to your travel radar.

    Here are some of the best places in the world to see them.

    Tigers in India

    Tigers in India

    Strong and powerful

    Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. India is one of the best places to see the majestic Bengal tigers in the wild as seventy per cent of the world’s tigers live in over 50 tiger reserves, established since the 1970s.

    The best way to increase your chances of seeing tigers in one of India’s National Parks is with the help of expert local guides, who have years of experience, and we recommend spending at least 3-4 days in the National Park.

    Some of the best places to see the tigers are Ranthambhore National Park, Kanha National Park,
    Bandhavgarh National Park and Pench National Park. You can combine a tiger safari with our itineraries.

    Suggested itinerary: https://www.somak.com/india/suggested-itineraries/the_golden_triangle_plus_tiger_safari

    Lions in Kenya

    Spotted on safari in Kenya

    Fabulous lion

    Known for their earth shattering roars, giant paws and majestic manes, lions are often a sign of strength and power. Individually, they usually are quite imposing. Collectively though, they are a species in trouble. Gary E. Knell, president and CEO, National Geographic Society.

    The lion is the second largest big cat and Kenya is home to a good number of African lion prides. Lions are very social animals. The best time to visit Kenya to see lions is between July and October to coincide with the wildebeest migration.

    You will be lucky enough to spot some of the other big cats in Kenya too, such as the cheetah and leopard.

    Find out more: https://www.somak.com/kenya-safari

    Leopards in Sri Lanka

    Leopards are the least social of the big cats. They usually keep to themselves, lurking in dense riverine. Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is considered to be the best place to see the leopard in the wild as it has the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world.

    Suggested itinerary: https://www.somak.com/sri_lanka/suggested-itineraries/best_of_sri_lanka_-_superior_option

    Cheetahs in Botswana

    Spotted on safari in Botswana

    Beautiful face of a cheetah

    Cheetahs are incredible animals, that can accelerate faster than a Ferrari, tearing up the ground from 0-75 mph in just 3 seconds. While they hold their position as the world’s fastest land mammal, they are also Africa’s most endangered feline.

    Botswana is a remaining stronghold for cheetahs, providing a home for approximately 30% of earth’s remaining 7,100 cheetahs, it is the only country where their population remains stable.

    Find out more: https://www.somak.com/botswana-holidays

    Snow Leopards in Ladakh

    The Snow Leopard is the rarest and the most mysterious of all big cats, and is found in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments — the high altitude mountain ranges of Central Asia. It is so rarely seen that it is known as the “ghost of the mountains.”

    The best place to see them is in Hemis National Park in the eastern Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir states in India.

    Find out more about our India itineraries here: https://www.somak.com/india

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    Call us on 020 8423 3000 or complete an enquiry form to receive a quotation from our booking experts.

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