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Tiger safaris with kids
It's a love thing, as you hold your treasured ones in your arms and watch the most loved and precious creature in the world together.
As if seeing a tiger in the wild isn’t emotional enough, spotting one with your children is something that goes way beyond words. But it’s not just a love thing. The tiger is highly endangered, and our children are the future conservationists. So, we need to educate them about the issues, about how tigers are the prime predators, affecting everything that lies beneath them in this ecosystem and, if destroyed, the impact of the loss is huge. If we can successfully get the next generation to absorb and act upon this message, then we will have given them a profound experience that stretches way beyond the school ground, school room or daily social media whirl. No pressure then.
Activities for families
Although tailor made tiger safaris often have no minimum age, these trips best suit children and teenagers who are patient enough to cope with three or four hours in a jeep. Having exposed them to the wildlife by jeep, challenge them to a hike in the wilds too in a with a proper guided trek into the foothills of mountain ranges just to discover the joy of walking in wilderness.
If you choose a tiger safari in Rajasthan, head into its magnificent desert landscapes for a few days on a camel safari across dunes. Start this journey in Jaipur, this ‘Pink City’ which feels like a collection of movie sets, with flower markets, bazaars, Palace of the Winds and Amber Fort all glistening prettily in the sunlight. Its old town is a place to let the reality of India seep in. With camels and carts in the streets, monkeys climbing the city walls, fortune tellers, snake charmers and a Maharaja’s palace.
You might think that this will take you out of your comfort zone, but staying in a homestay will be one of the most memorable things you will do in on your travels as a family. Indians genuinely love to include you in their everyday lives, whether it is farming, fishing, visiting the local school, or teaching you their natural cooking skills. Bring a cricket ball and just watch those kids bond in minutes. Bring a bat and they will be friends for life.
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Tiger watching tips for families
Guy Marks, co-director at award-winning responsible tourism supplier, Tribes Travel:
"Seeing tigers is one of the world’s wildlife highlights. Take your kids now while the last remaining tigers still exist. If they exist at all when they grow up, then we are going to need the next generation to continue the conservation fight."
Paul Goldstein, top tiger safari guide and expert at one of our leading suppliers, Exodus:
“As with all wildlife watching, it is great to take kids on a tiger safari. But just be aware of the heat. Choose the time of year correctly to avoid the hottest times. If you go beyond mid-March, I would say it would be disastrous with kids weather wise, but February half term would be perfect.“
Julian Matthews, founder and chair of tourism action charity Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers) and Tiger Nation, both aiming to use tourism to support tiger conservation more effectively:
"I always recommend nature safaris for families, and from a young age, when kids are open to the joys and hands on wonders of the natural world. If you look at any conservationist today, their interest in wildlife was fostered at a young age."
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