the Natural Reserve is pretty big and divided into 6 zones across the mountains. Spotting a tiger in the 3 hour long safari is no easy job eaither, it take s lot of patience.
On our first safari trip we had been to Zone 3. I must say Zone 3 is the most beautiful of the zones. Whether there's a tiger in the zone or not, its still worth the ride. Since its got quite a few lakes, u will spot a lot of spotted deers, sambhar, monkeys, chimps, peacocks, crocodiles, various species of birds, wild boars, and if ur lucky u will spot tigress Machli's daughter strolling in the zone. The animals are not at all agressive and the birds are pretty friendly, although feeding them is an offence.
The Forrest Officials sequencially keep alootting zones to the vehicles, so u bnever know which zone u may get alotted. Although while we were there there were constant spottings in Zone 4 and 5.The drivers and guides of the safari canters and gypsies usually know in which zone the tiger is being spotted, so if u can manage to make good friends with them u can push to change ur next safari trip to the zone u like. And it will cost u hardly anything to get them to make the switch for u thats how nice the people are. we got ourselves moved to a Zone 5 vehicle by pulling a few strings and even though the zone 5 may look a lot more dry and creepy at the start but we did manage to spot a tigress sitting on a rock. It was a majestic sight. But 2 minutes down the line came another vehicle with a lot of kids making a lot of noise that drove her away. This tigress was the usual resident of the zone 3 who had travelled away from her usual abode. The guide then informed us that she maybe pregnant, which makes her seek solitude.
As a whole it was a wonderful experience to see a non-caged tigress just 20 meters away. If if they tell u its a matter of luck to spot a tiger, u know how to change ur fortune now ;)