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Indian Tiger & Wildlife Safari

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3 Superb National Parks: Kanha, Pench & Satpura - Tigers & Other Terrific Wildlife

Introduction

Outline Itinerary

Day
1. Depart UK.
2. Arrive Delhi and connect to Jabalpur. Drive to Kanha National Park.
3. Morning and afternoon game viewing.
4. Morning and afternoon game viewing.
5. Half or full day guided walk in the buffer zone, possible half day village cycle.
6. Drive to Pench National Park. Afternoon game drive.
7. Morning and afternoon game viewing.
8. Morning and afternoon game viewing.
9. Morning guided walk in the buffer zone. Afternoon drive to Pachmari.
10. Full day guided walk in Satpura National Park.
11. Morning nature walk. Afternoon transfer to Forsyth's Lodge. Night drive.
12. Morning canoe. Afternoon game drive.
13. Morning elephant safari. Afternoon game drive.
14. Transfer to Bhopal. Fly to Delhi. Connect to UK.
15. Arrive UK.

Cost

This Indian wildlife holiday is just an example of possibilities available for tiger safaris in India. Price is dependant on season, standard of accommodation and length of stay. Please contact us for further details.

Departure Dates

Any dates to your requirements between October and June.

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Description

We specifically designed this wildlife holiday with nature enthusiasts in mind. Travelling to India you probably want to see tigers of course, but we are sure on this safari you will enjoy the diverse array of other wildlife and the bird life of central India. Your first taste of the wild will be upon arrival at Kanha National Park, approximately 4 hours from Jabalpur airport.

Kanha is considered to be amongst the most spectacular protected wildlife reserves in the world. Kipling's 'Jungle Book' tales come alive amongst the grassy plateaux, wooded hills and valleys that are home to tiger and its primary prey, chital. However, this wildlife sanctuary was originally founded to protect the endangered bharasingha or swamp deer, which today only number around 5000 individuals and are still classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

There is a great diversity of wildlife across this large park and we generally recommend camps and lodges closer to the quieter Mukki gate entrance to the park for more rewarding encounters. Whilst tiger sightings are generally very good throughout the park they are of course not guaranteed but with so much other wildlife and over 300 bird species there is plenty to enjoy.

Recent years have given excellent tiger safaris in Pench National Park. In just the last year or so there have been 3 female tigers here with cubs that have been delighting visitors. This scenic reserve is covered in prime teak forest and grassland nestles in the undulating terrain of the Satpura Range where it is drained by the Pench and Wainganga Rivers.

The presence of the new luxury camp, Jamtara Wilderness Camp, on the north side of Pench makes this an ideal addition to this wildlife safari, sitting nicely between the tigers of Kanha and the diverse nature activities of Satpura National Park. With good guiding, great food and even a machaan star bed, we had to include this camp at Pench; whilst the park itself also boasts good leopard, wild dog and wolf sightings.

The final park of this trio offers more terrific guiding and diverse safari activities. Tigers are generally not one of the target species in Satpura National Park, but then you should have enjoyed encounters earlier in this wildlife holiday. Satpura is to the northwest of Pench and in a key transition zone for flora and a key migratory zone for birds. Again a park of great beauty there is the Pachmarhi plateau at 1200m, ravines, meadows and forests as well as the waters of the Tawa Reservoir.

The emphasis here is on the different activities, watch the sun rise as you sit quietly whilst a ranger paddles your canoe close to the wetland birds and discover the smaller fauna and flora on a walk in the national park, an activity which is unique in this area of India. There are also night drives spotlighting for nocturnal wildlife and even the possibility of an elephant back safari.

Of course there are game drives to be enjoyed too with sloth bear and leopards as the key highlights you might expect to see. Leaving Satpura to the end of this Indian wildlife safari will allow you time to appreciate all that you have seen and experienced on this terrific trip across the state of Madhya Pradesh.

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