Travel to Central India, to the heart of tiger country. We will start our adventure by exploring Tadoba National Park. Tadoba’s increasing Tiger population is a great success story, with 26 cubs reported to have been born in the Tiger reserve in recent years. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, situated in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, spans over 625 square kilometres and incorporates both Tadoba National Park (which became Maharashtra’s first national park in 1955) and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. More recently it became one of India’s 28 Project Tiger Reserves in 1993. As many as 56 Tigers are reputed to survive here, plus many other large mammals such as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat and Chousingha (Four-horned Antelope), not to mention the wonderfully rich birdlife. From Tadoba, we will take a short flight to Gujarat, India’s most westerly state. Here we will spend time at Gir National Park, where the top predator is the globally threatened Asiatic Lion. Finally, we will drive to Velavadar National Park where our focus will be Indian Grey Wolf and Striped Hyena. At this location, we can also expect to see hundreds of Blackbuck, Nilgai and various interesting harriers and other avian delights.
Day 01: Tuesday 15th January
Flight from LHR with Jet Airways departing at 21:05 (On own basis)
Day 02: Wednesday 16th January
Arrive in Mumbai at 11:25 in time for a connecting flight to Nagpur at 15:20. Arrive in Nagpur at 16:50 hrs, where we will be met and driven to our hotel.
Day 03: Thursday 17th January
After breakfast, we will drive to Tadoba National Park (03 hours). Arrive in Tadoba & check in at our lodge. Here we will explore the best parts of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and National Park during morning and afternoon jeep safari drives. There will be six drives over three days. One of these drives will be in the buffer zone to look for Wild Dogs. Sloth Bears, whilst difficult to see at many National Parks, can be more readily seen at Tadoba. Tending to prefer the more hilly and rocky areas of Katezari, they can be seen at other locations too. During the morning and afternoon safari drives we will be able to visit various areas (subject to National Park rules) which may include Tadoba and Telia Lakes, Pandharpauni Meadows, Jamun Bodhi and Vasant Bandhara areas of Tadoba. We will have the opportunity to relax between safari drives and in the evenings at Jharana Jungle Lodge. This afternoon, will be our first jeep safari in Tadoba National Park.
Day 04 : Friday 18th January
Morning & afternoon exclusive jeep safaris in Tadoba National Park. Birding (for those interested), will take place, in between the safaris, or alternatively relax!
Day 05 : Saturday 19th January
Morning exclusive jeep safari in Tadoba National Park. Afternoon exclusive jeep safari in Tadoba National Park (to the buffer zone).
Day 06 : Sunday 20th January
Morning jeep safari inside Tadoba National Park (by exclusive jeep). In the afternoon, we will drive to Nagpur for Jet Airways flight departing 1720 hours. Arriving in Rajkot at 2120 hours, via Mumbai (1 ½ hours). Arrive in Rajkot and transfer to our hotel.
Day 07 : Monday 21st January
Leisurely breakfast in Rajkot, then drive to Gir (about 4 hours). Enjoy our lunch at Gir.
Afternoon jeep safari in Gir National Park. This is the only place in the world where you can see Asiatic Lions in the wild. The park boasts a healthy Leopard population too and we may also see Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and Chousingha which is the world’s only four-horned antelope, along with Mottled Wood-Owl, White-bellied Minivet and Painted Sandgrouse. Expect each jeep safari at Gir to last approx. 3 hours, in line with National Park rules.
Day 08 : Tuesday 22nd January
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Gir National Park. Two more safaris today will increase our chance of seeing the key mammal species. We’ll also be able to look for other birds which may include Tawny-bellied Babbler, Crested Tree-swift and various birds of prey and waterbirds around the lake. In between these drives we can relax in and around the grounds of the lodge or visit a local wetland.
Day 09 : Wednesday 23rd January
After a final morning jeep safari inside Gir National Park, we’ll leave late morning and drive to Velavadar (06 – 07 hours), stopping briefly on the way for a break when needed. Indian Grey Wolf has been spotted from the lodge itself and Mongoose can be seen in the grounds, along with the scarce Stoliczka’s Bushchat (depending on the time of year). After lunch, we will drive to Velavadar National Park. We will arrive in Velavadar National Park and check in at our lodge.
Day 10 : Thursday 24th January
Morning and afternoon Jeep safari in Velavadar National Park. We will enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris (again expect each safari to be of approx. 3 hours duration) on both days inside Velavadar National Park, eturning to the lodge mid-morning and heading out again in the afternoon. In between our jeep safaris we’ll be able to explore the area around the lodge. Velavadar undoubtedly is one of the best places in India to look for Indian Grey Wolf and Striped Hyena and whilst we can’t guarantee sightings, many of our groups have successfully seen one or both of these top predators. An initial glance at the large gatherings of Nilgai and Blackbuck and you could almost feel you are on a game drive in Africa. The site also boasts an impressive Harrier roost in the winter months and we’ll see many of them quartering the grasslands in search of prey throughout the day.
Day 11 : Friday 25th January
Today, we will take our final morning jeep safari, followed by birding around our lodge.
We will have lunch and depart for Ahmedabad around 1400 hours.
We will drive to Ahmedabad in time for Jet Airways flight departing at 21:30 hours arriving in Mumbai at 22:45 hours.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch in Velavadar.
Day 12 : Saturday 26th January
Jet Airways flight departing Mumbai on Sat 26th at 02:25 hours arriving at LHR at 07:00 hours the same day.
|City||Hotel Name||No. of nights|
|Nagpur||Pride, Nagpur or similar, Deluxe Room||01|
|Tadoba||Jharana Jungle Lodge, Deluxe Cottage||03|
|Rajkot||Regenta Central Rajkot or similar, Deluxe Room||01|
|Gir||Gir Birding Lodge, Deluxe Cottage||02|
|Velavadar||The Blackbuck Lodge, Deluxe Cottage||02|
|Per person price||£|
|5 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 2 Jeeps for safaris||3,270|
|6 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 2 Jeeps for safaris||2,999|
|7 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 2 Jeeps for safaris||2,725|
|8 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 3 Jeeps for safaris||2,470|
|9 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 3 Jeeps for safaris||2,499|
|10 people travelling together + Iolo + Indian Birding Guide (AC Tempo) using 3 Jeeps for safaris||2,360|
|Single Room Supplement||495.75|