Tourist vehicles on the Andaman Trunk Road wait for the startt of the day's first safari through a reserve belonging to the Jarawa tribe.
The Jarawa live in the jungles of the Indian territory of South Andaman Island, one of a chain of islands in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Myanmar (Burma). They have little previous contact with the outside world, but in recent years the building of a road through their reserve has thrust them into proximity with other inhabitants of the island, and with tourists. Now tour operators on the island run daily safaris through the reserve for tourists to see the Jarawa. The government has tried to control the practice, insisting the vehicles travel in convoys and banning photography, but tour operators regularly bribe the police to bend the rules.