In India we had the opportunity to take an elephant ride in the Corbett NP. The idea was that we could get into real Tiger habitat in this way, get close to the big cat and yet be safe. But when I asked our local guides about this it was clear that in reality such rides are not a good way to track Tigers (at least at Corbett) and was really just a fun thing to do for tourists. So we passed up this opportunity. Later, as we waited in an open-top jeep, the elephant in this photo here, with smiling tourists atop, came by and we saw that using binoculars and cameras from the back of these huge beats was not easy either.