Tadoba Tiger Safari
April 17 - April 24£621 – £3079
Tadoba Tiger Safari
Tadoba National Park is the probably the last secret for tiger safaris in India. Throughout the huge central states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in India around 25% of the world’s wild tiger population still exists. Many of the protected areas in these states have been subject to intense tourism over the last 20 years and whilst seeing tigers can be easy in some of these parks during the right time of year, sharing a tiger sighting with 2 dozen other busy jeeps can take the shine off the experience. So for many years Royle Safaris has been working hard on finding other areas where tiger sightings are great but the number of people visiting is reduced. This has lead us to running tours in Panna, Pench, Sariska, Satpura and most recently to Tadoba. In the last 3 years Tadobas success in tiger sightings as well as the decent chances of seeing other top predators such as leopards, dhole and sloth bears make this our park of choice for our Indian tiger safaris. Of course there are never any guarantees but we believe Tadoba gives both great chances of wildlife sightings as well as a wilderness experience.
Enjoy Tiger safaris twice a day
Over 30 species of mammals
Expert local naturalist guides
Around 100 species of birds
10 private jeep safaris
Boutique lodge with authentic cuisine
Top Animals on Tour
Tour Dates: 17/4/2024 – 24/4/2024
Duration: 8 nights
Type / Focus: Tiger Safari
Arrival at Mumbai International Airport. On arrival you will be met by your local guide and driver and after a short transfer to the hotel we will have dinner and spend the night. You will be able to spend some time exploring the city with a local guide if you arrive early enough. Your departure for Tadoba tomorrow will be early.
Tadoba Andhari National Park
This morning you will leave the hotel in Mumbai and travel to Nagpur in a short internal flight. Once we arrive in this industrial city you will be met by you new driver and transferred to the national park and the lodge. It is around 3 hours from Nagpur to Tadoba and a lot of this drive will take you through agricultural lands where rice and mustard are the main crops as well as through buffer zone forests made up of tall stands of teak trees. These buffer zones and community forests help to make up the protected corridors of forest that link various national parks, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. The success of such corridors is debatable however it is much better to have these corridors than not to have any links for wildlife to move between parks and reserves. It is also here within these forests we may see our first rhesus macaques, southern plains langurs, golden jackals or chital. You should also keep your eyes peeled when travelling through the agricultural lands and small villages as the telegraph wires and fence posts are very good perches for various species of birds including black-winged kites, black kites, spotted doves, jungle mynahs, common mynahs, cattle egrets, Indian pond herons, red-vented bulbuls, house crows, Indian jungle crows, white-throated kingfishers and dozens more commonly seen Indian countryside birds. Once we have arrived at the lodge we will check in and have lunch (if our flights are late or delayed we may get some lunch en-route) and the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax. The lodge has various activities that can be booked and arranged for you. If you have time activities such as birding, Indian cooking classes, bicycle tours and a visit to the nearby Gond tribal village. All of these activities are payable direct to the lodge. After dinner you will retire and prepare for your first tiger safari in the morning.
Tadoba Andhari National Park
The next 5 full days will follow the same patterns as you explore the park in search of the striped gentleman. Each morning you will rise early (before dawn) and after some tea or coffee you will be taken to the parks entrance gate and be designated a local guide to work in conjunction with your naturalist escort and professional safari driver. As you drive through this rich park you will notice that teak forest predominates in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, giving way to tracts of mixed forest at higher elevations in the hills. To the north there are expanses of grassland and bamboo. Often overlooked by tourism till recently because it was off the beaten track, it offers some wonderful wildlife experiences. It is also one of the few parks that are open all year round, offering visitors an opportunity to visit in the monsoon season – this extraordinary active time for all manner of plants and animals, yet otherwise closed to keen nature lovers in most other parks of India. Lying in the s in the Tadoba hills of Maharashtra and with an average altitude of about 200-350m. This hilly terrain is perfect tiger habitat with the Tiger Reserve is spread around the serene and beautiful Tadoba Lake which lies in a basin at the central region. Tadoba and other adjacent reserves form a well-protected unit for the long-term survival of endangered species such as the tiger, today’s (2014) count of which stands at 74 adult Tigers and 26 cubs. The total area of the park is 1,700km2 and we will explore the Tiger Reserve by following a network of jeep tracks that will lead us into the forested areas. Our excursions in the Tiger Reserve will by jeep, and the movements of the resident tigers are well known to the local guides and we will rely on their intimate knowledge of the terrain and territories to locate them. They are elusive creatures and quick to vanish into cover, but a huge paw print in the dust or the alarm cries of deer or langurs often betray the presence of an animal. At moments like this it is essential that we are, as a group, both silent and patient. Our reward for this will, hopefully be an unforgettable moment. When the king of the forest saunters into view with scarcely a glance at the human intruders, then walks in a deliberate manner across the track only to disappear again into the undergrowth, it is one of the most thrilling wildlife spectacles in the world. As well as making early morning and afternoon excursions we will also have periods
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the city of Nagpur (around 3 hours) and then catch your flight back to Mumbai. On arrival you will be met by your Mumbai guide and be taken back to your hotel for your final night in India.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Mumbai International Airport for you to catch your 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 but still warm. Rain is possible as we get closer to the monsoon, but rain is rare in April..
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) when in Tadoba and breakfasts in Mumbai. 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 (zoologists subject to availability) 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 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 and lunches and dinners in Mumbai, 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 Mumbai. 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.
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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.
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