Kanha Tiger Safari
April 9 - April 16£745 – £3100
Kanha Tiger Safari
Along with finding the most famous of all Indian animals, the tiger, we will spend a far bit of time searching for one of the most beautiful and rare mammals in Asia. The dhole, a red pack hunting dog which is most commonly seen in Kanha National Park. We have the best chances of seeing both during this tour which maximises the time spent inside the park. With an expert zoologist and the best local guides we fully recommend this tour to see some top carnivores in the whole of the Indian Subcontinent.
Up to 30 mammal species
Up to 200 species of birds
10 jeep safaris
Local rangers on each safari
Luxury safari accommodation
Up to 20 species of reptiles
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 9/4/2024 – 16/4/2024
Duration: 8 nights
Type / Focus: Tigers & Dhole
On arrival at the Delhi international airport, you will be met by your zoologist guide and a local guide/driver. We will then transfer you to our hotel, level 3* (Hotel Rockland / Hotel Florence Inn). Delhi, was once the capital of kingdoms and empires and is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Depending on the time of arrival we will spend some time exploring the city. Any meals today will be at our hotel (if we arrive early enough for dinner).
Kanha National Park
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport to catch our short flight (1.5 hours) to Jabalpur. On arrival at Jabalpur, you will be transferred to hotel/restaurant for lunch. After lunch we will start our drive to Kanha National park (4.5-5 hrs). 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 (Kanha Jungle Lodge). The rest of the night is free and dinner will be at the accommodation.
Kanha National Park
This morning we will rise early and after some tea and coffee we will head out on our first jeep safari with a local naturalist guide, your zoologist escort and the national park driver. 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 4×4 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
We will rise early this morning and after some tea or coffee we will leave for our second morning 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 4×4 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 (Kanha Jungle 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 seventh and eighth 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 (Kanha Jungle 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 a late afternoon excursion to Bhedaghat to see the Marble Rocks, Duandhar Falls and Chausath Yogini Temple as well as having a boat ride on the Narmada River. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation, level – 3* (Welcome Heritage Narmada Jacksons).
Today after breakfast we will be taken to Jabalpur airport in time to catch the flight back to Delhi, our evening meal will be at our Delhi accommodation, level – 3* (Hotel Rockland / Hotel Florence Inn). If we have time sight seeing and souvenir shopping in Delhi is an option.
Today we will be transferred to Delhi international airport after breakfast to catch our return flight 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 February 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 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. 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 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 applicable departure taxes and not included (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
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Visas and Health Information
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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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