Guide to Big Cat Safaris
Our Big Cat Safaris guide shares with you our knowledge of the best places and times to find big cats in the wild.
Where to see big cats in the wild
The definition of a ‘big’ cat varies, but in this guide we’re looking at the four main species: lion, leopard, tiger and jaguar, as well as cheetah, puma, snow leopard. So, where do we go for a responsible big cat safari?
We are going to take you to Africa, India and Latin America in our search for these often elusive animals which have such a draw for us all. We will see prides of lions on the hot savannah grasslands of the Serengeti, snow leopards melting into frozen landscapes of the Himalayas, jaguars lying on the forested riverbanks of the Brazilian Pantanal, tigers playing hide and seek in the jungles of India …
Big cats have made their home in all corners of the world. If we want to spend time with them we need a combination of patience, the knowledge of where and when to go, and a good guide/ranger to ensure we approach them safely and responsibly for the best sightings possible.
We may find them simply having a cat nap, of course, but then there are the mesmerising times that you find them playing, fighting, suckling their cubs, lounging in a tree or stalking. They are unendingly watchable, bewitchingly photogenic, and any time spent with them is a privilege.
In this guide we will share with you our knowledge of where to see the following big cats and the best times to see them:
- TIGERS in India & Nepal
- CHEETAHS in east and southern Africa
- LEOPARDS in east and southern Africa, and India and Nepal
- SNOW LEOPARDS in India
- LIONS in eastern and southern Africa, and India
- JAGUARS in Brazil
- PUMAS in Chile
- What is it like to see big cats in the wild?
- Photographing big cats
- Conservation issues
- The best places to stay to see big cats
- Trip ideas
- Blogs related to big cats
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Leopards & Snow leopards
Handsome and elusive, leopards are found in more diverse habitats in Africa and Asia than any other big cat.