Bangladesh tiger safari vacation

“Unique wildlife watching week in Sundarbans National Park featuring river cruising and tiger tracking in the company of local guides and experts.”

Highlights

Guided tour of Dhaka (time permitting) | Bagerhat Mosque | Sundarbans National Park | Full day river cruise | Katka game sanctuary | Traditional wooden boat safari | Guided nature walks and tiger tracking |

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Bangladesh tiger safari vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We plant around 10,000 trees in the Russian Far East each year as part of our on going commitment to reforesting areas unsustainable deforested.
In this particular tour we look to us hybrid vehicles (electric vehicles where possible - this is not always possible when going off road on safari) as well as staying and recommending eco hotels. Whilst electric and hybird vehicles are hard to get in Asia, we do utilise compressed natural gas vehicles as much as possible, which reduce carbon emissions compared to petrol and diesel engines significantly. These are commonly found in Asia.
When in the Sundarbans and in the other wilderness area of Bangladesh most of the lodges and particularly our boat are off the grid and so most of their energy requirements come from renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind power on the property. Where generators are needed, we make sure they are used for a short amount of time each night, and we limit this and do not allow people to use high voltage electrical equipment.
We also make sure that our chosen accommodation utilises the water from the very wet rainy seasons to fill in washing water reserves, making sure that all of the water usage is as sustainable as possible.
Our local guides are just that, local on this tour, so their traveling distances to and from the tour are small.
We are a member of Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT) which audit each property we use annually to make sure that they all abide by their rigorous eco friendly and sustainable measures.
The vast majority of the food on this trip comes from local producers and the forest and we look to reduce the amount of meat consumed on the trip by providing vegetarian meals where possible and more fish than meat. As most people in the Indian Subcontinent are vegetarian anyway we do our best to encourage our clients to adopt this diet when on the trip. Also in the Sundarbans we fish for our own food, which is obviously much better than using mass produced fish.

Environment

In Bangladesh we apply all the same ethics and principals set down by TOFT to all the tiger safaris. In Bangladesh and this is helping to establish a better code of practise for tiger safaris, as ecotourism is still in its infancy here. We aim to increase tourism here which will hopefully help local people find an alternative livelihood who would otherwise take to poaching or logging for a quick pay day will start to see the long term financial benefits of having the forest and the big cats alive and thriving. This is the basic model used throughout areas where poaching and deforestation has occurred elsewhere and we have no reason to believe that if this tour takes off the same principals would not apply.

Wildlife Promise:

The Bangladesh we help the wildlife by making sure that all tiger sightings are logged and passed on to the park authorities. This means that the park can better manage the localised tiger populations. We also help to educate other tour providers who specialise in taking Bangladeshi families to the Sunderbans; these tour groups tend to be less inclined to follow environmental practises and we aim to help increase the sustainability of the tours and improve the environmental awareness of the Bangladeshi public.

Community

In Bangladesh we help the local community by only employing local guides to each of the national parks we visit, this encourages the local people from close the national parks to pursuit eco training instead of the best guiding jobs going to graduates from Dhaka and other large cities. We are also in the process of training local naturalist guides to improve their livelihoods and increase their wages. We are also part of the Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT) and while this initiative is based in India we bring their sustainable policies and community programme ideas to Bangladesh as well. By introducing these sustainable policies into Bangladesh now we aim to have them firmly established for when eco-tourism and wildlife watching becomes more mainstream in the region. We believe that by starting now we can ingrain the ethos in the local people and ground agents so that they never question the benefits of having locally driven and supported guides, accommodation and always use locally produced food and other products.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


On day three we had a wonderful 10km hike in the National Park. On foot we were able to see many more animals, including deer, monkeys, wild boar, and many bird species.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for cool weather, especially on the early morning silent boat trips. Also, the hot water for showers was provided in buckets, which we weren’t expecting.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We lived simply, and learned about the conservation efforts in the Sundarbans. It was also positive to employ a local boat crew.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had delicious and varied food on board, with a very attentive guide Ibrahim. We were able to sleep early which made the early starts alright. One downside was the slight lack of English fluency of the guides, which sometimes meant we couldn’t get all our questions answered.

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