Black Panther Photography Tour
November 30, 2021 - December 7, 2021£800 – £3750
Black Panther Photography Tour
When thinking of India from an environmental point of view it is often easy to think of a sea of humanity and great swathes of land cleared for rice production and large landfills where poor Indian children collect items they can sell for pittance, or the horror stories of poaching of tiger. The very idea of there being large and well protected populations of wildlife and big ecosystems still home to a great variety of wildlife seems strange. But that is the case in some areas of southern India, the Western Ghats region is home to many species of wildlife and some of the last large populations of megafauna. This trip will focus on one such place, the stunning Nagahole National Park. This is a largely forested areas and home to a diverse collection of wildlife.
This tour is focused, not on just one species but actually one individual animal, there is a large male leopard that occupies a territory in the tourism zone near Kabini. Over the last few years this particular leopard has become globally famous and also one of the most sought after and photographed animals in the world. The reason being that this particular male leopard is melanistic. Meaning that it has a special gene which results the general colour pattern of leopards (yellowish with black rosettes) not being present; instead the rosettes are hidden under a dark pelage of jet black.
This is of course the famed and fabled black leopard, black panther the living incarnation of Bagheera from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books himself.
Top Animals on Tour
Bangalore – Nagarhole National Park
We will be leaving Bangalore very early this morning so we recommend arriving here the day before and we can pick you up from your Bangalore hotel. However if you arrive early this morning we will collect you from the airport on your arrival. After being collected you will be transfered to Nagarhole National Park and your accommodtion.
Nagarhole National Park (Kabini)
For each of these four days you will enter the park in the early morning and late afternoon on your jeep safari to focus on finding and photographing the black panther (as well as other species).
Nagarhole National Park borders various other parks in the region including Bandipur, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary; this creates India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’ and spreads into three states (Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu). The area is very important in India’s efforts towards Eco-conservation.
Animals which get seen in this huge protected area (but not all are present in big numbers around where you will be based on this trio) more regularly than other areas tigers are dhole, leopards, Indian rollers, Indian peafowl, changeable hawk eagles, gaur, Asian elephants and of course we will focus on the resident black panther of the Kabini region.
In between your morning and afternoon safaris into the parks you will have your meals at the lodge.
Nagarhole National Park (Kabini)
This morning will be your last safari and then after breakfast you will depart for Bangalore and be taken to your chosen hotel for the night.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
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.
Mostly hot and dry during April. Temperatures can exceed 30-35 degrees during the day. Nights are cooler. Rain is unlikely but possible.
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 Tempo Traveler 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 appropriate 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 repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Any 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 included 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 souvenirs and tips. Any departure taxes applicable when leaving are not included (but may be included in the cost of your flights), Please check this before hand.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Emirates as a good airline for flights to Bengaluru (Bangalore). One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.ticketstoindia.co.uk. They are an ATOL bonded company and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.
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.
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