Tiger Safari at its Best

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Tiger Safari at its Best

March 23, 2020 - April 14, 2020

£1825 – £6345

Central India is the place to go to see wild tigers, there are a number of national parks here which boast such a huge percentage of the world population its hard not to find some. This safari is by far the most comprehensive tiger safari around; travelling to three of the best parks in the world for tigers and spending three weeks searching for them we could easily spot over 25 different tigers during our time here. But its not just tigers there are dhole, sloth bears, leopards, langurs, chital, sambar, golden jackals, jungle cats and many more mammals and birds. We enter the parks with a zoologist and two local guides, travel between the parks in private air conditioned vehicles and stay in the best lodges around the parks; so why not read on?

Itineraries Details

TigerUp to 17 Tiger Shows

Up to 250 species of birds

35 jeep safaris

Local rangers on each safari

Luxury safari accommodation

Gharial and mugger crocodiles

Top Animals on Tour

Tiger

Leopard

Dhole

Guar

Sloth Bear

Barasingha

Holiday Features

Destination:  India

Tour Dates:  23/3/2020 – 14/4/2020

Duration:  22 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers

Tour Difficulty:  

Pricing & Costs

Price: £6345 per person

Deposit: £1825 per person

Single Supplement: £1799

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Delhi

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).

Day 2

Panna National Park

After breakfast we will be transferred to Delhi domestic airport to catch the short (2.40 hours) flight to Khajuraho. When we arrive here you and your zoologist escort will be met by your local guide/driver and depending on the time of the flight we will spend some time sightseeing here. Khajuraho is well known for its magnificent temples, which were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree), which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state of being. They not only testify to the mastery of the craftsman, but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose reign, these temples were constructed. After lunch we either visit the Eastern and Western groups of Temples or we will travel direct to our accommodation at Panna National Park, level – safari lodge (Ken River Lodge) (1 hour). Once again depending on the time of arrival we may head into the park on an afternoon jeep safari to try and find some wildlife. Panna National Park is an excellent place to find leopards. Our evening meal will be at our accommodation and an early night is recommended as tomorrow is a busy and exciting day.

Day 3

Panna National Park

Early this morning we will rise and go on a morning jeep safari, our jeep safaris will be accompanied by a local naturist, national park driver and your zoologist escort so you are in good hands when it comes to finding animals and interpreting their behaviours. After the jeep safari we will have breakfast in the accommodation, followed by some bird watching around the resort grounds as the birding here is excellent. Lunch will also be served in the accommodation followed by an afternoon jeep safari. Our evening meal is also at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Ken River Lodge). Panna National Park is located in the region, which is rich in mixed deciduous forests. The landscape of this rocky and uneven terrain is covered by scrubby vegetation and grass. The fauna of this park includes leopards, tigers, wolves, chital, sloth bears, chinkara, and sambar. Panna has a higher percentage chance of spotting leopards here than almost anywhere else in India. As well as the terrestrial animals the Ken River that flows from here towards the north, harbours both the major Indian species of crocodiles (the mugger and long snouted gharial). Both of which we have a chance of spotting.< p>

Day 4

Panna National Park

Today will be the same as the previous day, with an early start for a jungle safari before breakfast, lunch at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Ken River Lodge) before a second jeep safari in the afternoon. The evening meal will be at the accommodation once again and the evening is for you to relax ready to explore the national park again tomorrow.

Day 5

Panna National Park

At some point during our time spent in Panna National Park if the local conditions comply and the availability is OK a boat trip down Ken River will be offered. If not the morning and afternoon jeep safaris will be offered as per the last couple of days. All our meals will be back at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Ken River Lodge). Bird watching will also be offered during the day in and around the resort.

Day 6

Bandhavgarh National Park

Depending on the road conditions we will either rise early once again for our last visit into the national park before breakfast or we will rise a little later enjoy breakfast before driving over to Bandhavgarh National Park (5 hours) in our private air conditioned vehicle. If we have left early enough we will head into the park for our first jeep safari here after lunch at the accommodation or we if we have already had a jeep safari this morning we will have to see if we get to Bandhavgarh in time for an afternoon safari. Bandhavgarh National Park is set amongst the Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, and has a mixture of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests. There are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with other mammals such as tigers, sloth bears, langur monkeys, wild boar, mongooses, 3 kinds of deer – chital, sambar and Indian muntjac, to name a few. Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968. This is also the site where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered. And this national park has the highest density of tigers anywhere in the world.

Day 7

Bandhavgarh 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 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 (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge). Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa in more recent times, Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968. This is also the site where the famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered.

Day 8

Bandhavgarh National Park

This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same locations. As we are driving around the park you may notice the Bandhavgarh Fort, on top of the cliffs which dominate the park. Besides offering breath taking views, it houses a 35 ft reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and 10th Century Rock Images of the incarnation of the Lord. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh 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.

Day 9

Bandhavgarh 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 (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge).

Day 10

Bandhavgarh National Park

Once again we will have two trips into the park in a jeep safari and our three meals at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge).

Day 11

Bandhavgarh National Park

Once again we will have two trips into the park in a jeep safari and our three meals at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge).

Day 12

Bandhavgarh National Park

Once again we will have two trips into the park in a jeep safari and our three meals at the accommodation, level – safari lodge (Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge).

Day 13

Kanha National Park

Today will start off the same as the past few days but after the morning safari and breakfast we will leave Bandhavgarh National Park in our private air conditioned vehicle to Kanha National Park (6 hours). We will grab some lunch along the way and once we arrive at our new accommodation, level – safari lodge (Kanha Jungle Lodge) we will have our evening meal and you are free to enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure but your zoologist escort will buy you all a drink as we relax after a long drive and some exciting safaris into Panna and Bandhavgarh and he will explain the difference expected in Kanha.

Day 14

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).

Day 15

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 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).

Day 16

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.

Day 17

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 (Kanha Jungle Lodge).

Day 18

Kanha National Park

This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same location. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Kanha Jungle Lodge).

Day 19

Kanha National Park

This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same location. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Kanha Jungle Lodge).

Day 20

Kanha National Park

This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday with two jeep safaris and our meals being in the same location. Dinner at our accommodation, level – safari lodge (Kanha Jungle Lodge).

Day 21

Jabalpur

Today will once again start off with a morning safari and the possibility of a breakfast picnic in the park if conditions are good. Once we are back and packed we will leave for Jabalpur (4.5-5 hours) in our private air conditioned vehicle. After checking into our accommodation, level – 3* (Welcome Heritage Narmada Jacksons). and 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

Day 22

Delhi

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).

Day 23

Home

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.

Extra Information

Weather Conditions

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.

What’s Included

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.

Personal Equipment

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.

Included Equipment

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.

Extra Expenses

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.

Flight Information

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. 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.

Reviews of this Holiday

Visiting so many different parks gave you an appreciation for the varying landscapes which cannot always be obvious at first glance. I loved the trip and by spending so long in the field I saw so much wildlife. Best safari I have been on so far.

Jenny King, London

4.0
2018-05-16T14:35:28+00:00

Jenny King, London

Visiting so many different parks gave you an appreciation for the varying landscapes which cannot always be obvious at first glance. I loved the trip and by spending so long in the field I saw so much wildlife. Best safari I have been on so far.
23 Tigers! That has to be a record! I cannot wait to tell everyone about this holiday, so many incredible things, but 23 tigers, including a hunt, cubs and some very close up views. Thank you to everyone at each lodge, our guides and drivers and Royle Safaris for making this trip possible.

Michelle & Kev, Middlesex

5.0
2018-05-16T14:37:19+00:00

Michelle & Kev, Middlesex

23 Tigers! That has to be a record! I cannot wait to tell everyone about this holiday, so many incredible things, but 23 tigers, including a hunt, cubs and some very close up views. Thank you to everyone at each lodge, our guides and drivers and Royle Safaris for making this trip possible.
Tigers, tigers, tigers! What is there more to say!

Flo & Genn, Sydney, Australia

5.0
2018-05-16T14:38:25+00:00

Flo & Genn, Sydney, Australia

Tigers, tigers, tigers! What is there more to say!
A cold beer after a day on safari and seeing a tiger mother and her 3 young cubs is the best feeling yet. To do that on more than one occasion during the same trip is just perfect.

Rebecca & Rob, Grismby

4.0
2018-05-16T14:40:00+00:00

Rebecca & Rob, Grismby

A cold beer after a day on safari and seeing a tiger mother and her 3 young cubs is the best feeling yet. To do that on more than one occasion during the same trip is just perfect.
4.5
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Details

Start:
March 23, 2020
End:
April 14, 2020
Cost:
£1825 – £6345
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Venue

Delhi
Delhi, India + Google Map

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone:
0845 226 8259
Email:
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

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Deposit:
£1825 per person
Single Supplement:
£1799
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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