Red Dogs and Stripy Cats (Budget Tour)
Kanha National Park is the best in the world to find some of India and Asias top predators; including tigers, dhole, leopards and sloth bears. This tour combines the best wildlife viewing with expert guides and resources. You want to enjoy some Indian culture and food along with brilliant game viewing this is the tour for you! Book yourself on this tour as soon as possible as this is one of our most popular tours. Incredible India at its very very best.
Up to 30 mammal species
12 jeep safaris
Up to 200 species of birds
Local rangers on each safari
Up to 20 species of reptiles
Up to 6 Tiger Shows
- Sloth bear
22/1/2015 - 29/1/2015
Type / Focus:
Tigers & Dhole
£1895 per person
£450 per person
4 persons (total) before tour runs
On arrival at the Jabalpur airport, you will be met by your zoologist guide. We will be transferred to our hotel, level (Indian) 3* (Hotel Kanak). Depending on the time we arrive we will eat lunch or lunch and dinner at our accommodation and can spend some time exploring Jabalpur. Although this evening may be best spent resting after the long flights and before we head to Kanha National Park.
Kanha National Park
After an early breakfast we will be transferred to Kanha National park (4.5-5 hrs) in a private air conditioned vehicle. Kanha National Park- is one of the largest and most scenic national parks in India, it has an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha shelter a significant population of rare species such as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, barasingha and dhole. Once we arrive at Kanha National Park we will check into our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Baghira Hut Lodge). We will have some lunch at the accommodation and then head out into the park on a jeep safari. On each jeep safari you will be accompanied by a national park naturist, local driver and your zoologist escort so you will be well equipped to find and understand the wildlife we see. As the sun goes down we will head back to the accommodation and have an evening meal.
Kanha National Park
This morning we will rise early and after some tea and coffee we will head out on another jeep safari. Kanhas mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidans. These meadows support a high density of herbivores, including chital, barasingha, sambar and gaur, attracting predators such as the tiger, dhole or leopard to the fringes of the clearings. Perennial streams run through a number of such meadows, providing a source of water for the wildlife even in the hot summers. Kanha meadow, with its hundreds of chital grazing on a carpet of green grass against the backdrop of the majestic Sal forest, has been aptly referred to as the Ngorongoro of India. Kanha is particularly well known for its endangered barasingha, which populate the large open tracks of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha. Our breakfast will either be enjoyed in the field (a picnic breakfast in jungle with a cup of hot tea/coffee) or it will be once we return to the lodge. Rest of the morning is at your leisure we can enjoy birding in the lodge grounds or go for nature walk /nearby village/school. After lunch at the accommodation we will have another afternoon safari by 4x4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest park guide. Return to lodge and have evening tea and rest of the evening is free for star gazing. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Baghira Hut Lodge).
Kanha National Park
We will rise early this morning and after some tea or coffee we will leave for our second jeep safari. You will wake up to misty mornings and sounds of birds calling, which will make an exciting start to your day. As soon as dawn breaks, leave for your Jungle Safari, accompanied by a resident naturalist and forest park guides in 4x 4 Jeeps. Early morning is the best time for tracking the tiger and other wildlife. Our breakfast will either be enjoyed in the field (a picnic breakfast in jungle with a cup of hot tea/coffee) or it will be once we return to the lodge. Rest of the morning is at your leisure we can enjoy birding in the lodge grounds or go for nature walk /nearby village/school. After lunch at the accommodation we will have another afternoon safari by 4x4 open jeep accompanied by resident naturalist and forest park guide. Return to lodge and have evening tea and rest of the evening is free for star gazing. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Kanha Jungle Lodge).
Kanha National Park
This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same locations. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Baghira Hut Lodge). After the sun sets the peace and tranquillity of the night is temporarily broken by various animal calls – an alarm-call of the deer or the howling of jackals, or an occasional roar of the tiger.
Kanha National Park
Once again today will be the same as yesterday as we enter the park for a sixth and seventh time in hope of seeing the elusive tigers, sloth bears, leopards, jungle cats, golden jackals and dhole which make up the major carnivores here. To help us every morning the park authorities send elephants with their mahouts out into jungle in search of tigers. When a tiger is spotted by the elephants and their mahouts, a message is passed on to park rangers through walky-talky which is further onward passed onto guests in the jeeps. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Baghira Hut Lodge).
Kanha National Park
This morning we will rise early again and have another jeep safari into the park. Once again breakfast and lunch will be back at the accommodation in between the morning and the afternoon jeep safaris. Kanha National Park is one of the best places in the world to see the rare Asian hunting dog or dhole and by now we should have seen some up close but if we haven’t we will dedicate this afternoon’s safari to trying to find one of the huge packs. After the second safari we will have our evening meal back at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Baghira Hut Lodge).
This morning will start off the same as the previous days with a early rise and a jeep safari. Once we come back to the accommodation we will have our breakfast and then be transferred to Jabalpur (4.5-5 hours) in our private air conditioned vehicle. After lunch there will be time for sightseeing and souvenir buying before our evening meal and a complimentary drink with your zoologist escort as we review the last week and what we have seen. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – (Indian) 3* (Hotel Kanak).
Today after breakfast we will be taken to Jabalpur airport in time to catch the flight back to home.
The National Parks Authority for Madhya Pradesh have announced that with effect from 1st April 2011, all National Parks within the State will remain closed to public access on Wednesday afternoons until further notice. This order will affect Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Panna Reserves. The inconvenience caused to Royle Safaris tour participants is regretted but unfortunately there is nothing we can do to facilitate entry during these closures. On occasions when our tour itinerary would normally include entry to one of these reserves on a Wednesday afternoon we will try arrange alternative natural history activities either around the periphery of the park. In the event that this is not possible we will offer the opportunity to watch a Tiger related documentary during this time.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
During Febuary to March the weather in India is dry with plenty of blue skies during the day. At night the temperature can drop down and it may be chilly during the early morning jeep safaris.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, jeep safaris, elephant back rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropiate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. Insect repllent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive).Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not inlcuded are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souveniers and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not inlcuded (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Finnair as a good airline for flights to Delhi. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.ticketstoindia.co.uk. For the internal flight from Delhi to Jabalpur we recommending using www.yatra.com and flying with either Jet Airways or Kingfisher Airlines. They are both ATOL bonded companies and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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Visas and Health Information
All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for India. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit India, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting India as soon as you have decided on this trip.
Go with an open mind and forget all the scare stories around the food, poverty, beggars etc. We had a relaxing week; felt no pressure... there is also friendship and helpfulness from all walks of life.
Sam Rohan, Kent
March 22, 2010
The most memorable part was seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time, a beautiful tiger sitting under a tree. His eyes and mine locked...absolutely electrifying. I was very nearly brought to tears.
Mrs. Dupain, West Midlands
February 22, 2010
The holiday was absolutely wonderful, the guides so helpful & intelligent, the hotels excellent, the organisation faultless. Actually, I wont describe it as a holiday, it was an adventure and everyone should have one!
Mr. Kevin McDonald, Gloutershire
February 22, 2010
Firstly, I must say the holiday was excellent. Having visited India seven times in the past, the country never ceases to amaze me with its exciting ways of life. The trip was my best yet!
Sarah and Joel, Merseryside
March 22, 2010