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The Journeysmiths Guide to Seeing Big Cats

Magnificent Big Cat Encounters

How much purr-suasion do you need to agree to a feline themed adventure? We promise that we’ll drop the puns as we help you discover the most extraordinary big cats in the world.
 
Bengal tiger, jaguar of the Brazilian Pantanal, snow leopard of the Himalayas and the lion of the African plains are creatures that we all long to see.
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In Search of Snow Leopard:
The Ghost Cat of the Himalayas
“Macavity’s a mystery cat
He’s called the Hidden Paw”


T.S. Eliot might well have been writing about a snow leopard; like Macavity, more often than not though you see signs of his presence, the cat himself isn’t there!
In Search of Snow Leopard:
The Ghost Cat of the Himalayas
This is why if you want to see snow leopard in the wild, you need an expedition with precisely planned logistics. Journeysmiths works with expert partners in Ladakh to track these elusive cats through the snow and ice of their high altitude habitat. It’s challenging but starkly beautiful terrain, especially in the winter when the snow leopard are most likely to be seen.
In Search of Snow Leopard:
The Ghost Cat of the Himalayas
To track snow leopard in Ladakh, the best place to stay is Snow Leopard Lodge: it’s a simple place in the Ulley Chhu Valley, with traditional architecture, hot showers, and ample heating. These things are important when the snow is several feet deep outside!
In Search of Snow Leopard:
The Ghost Cat of the Himalayas
The mountains surrounding the village are home not only to snow leopard but ibex, Himalayan fox, and wolf, too. Each day you will head out with experienced trackers, trekking along ridges and over snow covered paths. The snow leopard are very well camouflaged, but with keen eyesight and binoculars, there is a strong likelihood of sightings.
Track Snow Leopard with Journeysmiths
Start planning your search for the ghost of the Himalayas.

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Jaguar — King of Brazil's Pantanal:
Explore the Open Marshes of the World’s Largest Tropical Wetland
Jaguar closely resemble leopard, but they are larger, sturdier, and a keystone species in regulating the tropical forest ecosystems in which they live. Threatened by significant habitat loss and fragmentation, Brazil’s Pantanal is one of the last places you are likely to see these magnificent big cats in the wild.
Jaguar — King of Brazil's Pantanal:
Explore the Open Marshes of the World’s Largest Tropical Wetland
Conservation efforts in the Pantanal’s Caiman Ecological Refuge have seen sighting numbers soar in recent years, so although it is not a guarantee, the likelihood of seeing one here is 90%. But it’s not just jaguar, the Pantanal has the highest concentration of wildlife anywhere in Latin America.
Start Planning Your Jaguar Safari
Talk to our Journeysmiths to craft your bespoke Pantanal adventure.

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“Tiger Tiger Burning Bright”
See Kipling’s Jungle Book Come to Life in India’s Wild Places
In India, co-ordinated efforts have seen tiger numbers increase substantially in recent years. Bandhavgarh National Park was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Rewa. Today, the only hunters are Bengal tigers; there are at least 60 in the park, making it one of the densest populations in India, and those numbers are rising with the protection offered by tourism.
“Tiger Tiger Burning Bright”
See Kipling’s Jungle Book Come to Life in India’s Wild Places
Unsurpassed luxury doesn’t come better than Sujan Sher Bagh – the tiger’s garden – on the borders of Ranthambore National Park. This beautiful camp, pitched under a canopy of indigenous trees, celebrates the heyday of the Raj with its 1920s styling. On game drives you can hope to see not only tiger but wild boar, jackal, leopard and antelope.
Start Your Jungle Book Adventure
Private tiger safari, exquisite accommodation in the heart of India’s wilderness

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Africa's Big Cats:
Masters of the Pridelands
The African big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – all thrive in Africa’s wild places. Though spotting them in long grass can be a challenge, nothing can prepare you for seeing these creatures close up. It is an emotional experience, especially if you witness a kill.
Africa's Big Cats:
Masters of the Pridelands
If lion is top of your list, we recommend the Masai Mara or Zambia’s Lower Zambezi. South Africa’s Sabi Sands and the South Luangwa offer some of the highest chances to spot the solitary and elusive leopard while families of cheetah favour the Serengeti’s vast open plains and the arid oases of the Kalahari.
Plan Your Big Cat Safari
Tell us what you’d like to see and we will create a unique sequence of accommodation and experiences that’s exactly right for you

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