Why travel with Mike Luck Wildlife Tours?
Whilst my passion is the big cats of the Indian subcontinent, travelling with Mike Luck Wildlife, you will see and enjoy all the game and birds as well. There are many other mammals including wild elephant, various types of deer, wild boar, sloth bear, bison as well as a vast variety of reptile life. I am particularly intrigued by how different species in India have filled the evolutionary niches occupied by their African counterparts and love to share this with you and discuss subspeciation of the cat populations, which is a rapidly evolving subject of and in itself.
Big cat demographics change over time as males get killed in fights or driven out of territories. This applies equally to social cats like Lion and solitary cats like Tiger and Leopard. I stay in touch with local trackers at all the places we take you to try and keep a handle on the latest population dynamics, so that with patience, and of course luck you should be able to get some great wildlife sightings.
No matter how experienced the local wildlife guides are (and there are some very good ones!), we always accompany you to an area where there are allegedly cats. We take you to where I personally have logged individuals and whose territories I know from personal experience.
For those of you into photography, Lion sightings in Gir and Tiger sightings throughout India are often so close that standard lenses are great. You might also get a leopard sighting in Gir or any one of the tiger reserves we visit.
Our leopard trip in the Aravalis is outside of any national park and the terrain is massive granite kopjes, reminiscent of the eastern lowveld of Africa. Here the sightings are brilliant as the backdrop is simply stunning, but the average sighting is at ranges of between 150 to 200 meters so you might wish to bring a 200-400mm lens.