An Indian Lion and Tiger Safari Adventure With TV Wildlife Presenter IOLO WILLIAMS





12 Days Indian Tiger & Wildlife Safari - 2019

with TV Wildlife Presenter - Iolo Williams

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.




Itinerary



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.

Accomodation: Pride, Nagpur (Deluxe Room)
Meals: Evening Meal


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.

Accomodation: Jharana Jungle Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast in Pride, lunch & evening meal at Tadoba.


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!

Accomodation: Jharana Jungle Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Tadoba.


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).

Accomodation: Jharana Jungle Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Tadoba


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.

Accomodation: Regenta Central Rajkot (Deluxe Room)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch from Tadoba & dinner at Rajkot.


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.

Accomodation: Gir Birding Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast at Rajkot, lunch & evening meal at Gir.


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.

Accomodation: Gir Birding Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal at Gir.


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.

Accomodation: The Blackbuck Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast & extra lunch at Gir and evening meal at Velavadar.


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.

Accomodation: The Blackbuck Lodge (Deluxe Cottage)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and evening meal at Velavadar.


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.


Price

Price is based on the following hotels:
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



Package Includes:


The Tour cost includes



  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels, or similar, with per mentioned meal plan
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for all transfers & drives mentioned, as per the above itinerary
  • Entrances to the national parks visited, as per the itinerary
  • 06 jeep safaris (1 safari in the buffer zone and 5 in the main park) in Tadoba National Park in exclusive jeeps. (Using 2 jeeps for 5, 6 & 7 people. Using 3 jeeps for 8, 9 & 10 people travelling together)
  • 04 jeep safaris to Gir National Park by exclusive jeeps. (Using 2 jeeps for 5, 6 & 7 people. Using 3 jeeps for 8, 9 & 10 people travelling together)
  • 03 jeep safaris to Velavadar National Park by exclusive jeeps (Using 2 jeeps for 5, 6 & 7 people. Using 3 jeeps for 8, 9 & 10 people travelling together)
  • Accompanying expert Indian naturalist from your arrival in Nagpur, until your departure in Ahmedabad , for the entire tour
  • All current Govt. applicable taxes

The Tour cost does not includes



  • Any International airfare to/from India including International airport tax.
  • Meals not specified
  • Domestic flights within India
  • Camera fee wherever levied
  • Any increase in airfares by the airlines in future.
  • Any increase in entrances and rail fares as per Government notifications in future.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the quote includes section
  • Any increase in the entrance fee to the National park. The quote is based on the presently applicable entrance fee
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

Important

Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on using of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternative accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction as applicable) to you.

Programme and proposal is based on the requested dates, destinations and number of people (travelling together). Any changes to this itinerary may affect the cost and therefore a new cost will be provided with a revised programme.

Remember, a visa is essential when visiting India

Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be advised in writing by the lead guest on the booking. Our cancellation charges are based on the number of days before departure that we receive your written request. These charges are a percentage of your tour cost, excluding any non-refundable elements.

  • More than 56 days prior to departure - loss of deposit (amount as advised at the time of booking)
  • 56-43 days prior to departure - 25% of holiday cost*
  • 42-29 days prior to departure - 50% of holiday cost*
  • 28-15 days prior to departure 75% of holiday cost*
  • Within 14 days of departure - 100% of holiday cost*
*being the percentage of the total cost of any applicable refundable amounts (i.e. excluding any non refundable / non changeable elements booked where INDIAN WILDLIFE TOURS have already incurred the cost or charges.) Read more