India wildlife and tiger safari

On this ten day safari you’ll spot mighty beasts in two different Tiger Reserves and spend time exploring the vibrant city of Delhi
Delhi Bandhavgarh National Park Kanha National Park morning and evening game drives conducted by qualified and experienced naturalists
Price
£3250 including domestic flights only
Duration
10 Days
Type
Small group
Group size
From 1 - 12 people
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Per person sharing. Rate Delhi Airport to Delhi Airport.
5* accommodation, transfers, meals as described, guides, game drives, domestic flights.
Start dates on a Friday, from 1 Oct to 16 June.
Single supplements apply.
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Description of India wildlife and tiger safari

Price information

£3250 including domestic flights only
Per person sharing. Rate Delhi Airport to Delhi Airport.
5* accommodation, transfers, meals as described, guides, game drives, domestic flights.
Start dates on a Friday, from 1 Oct to 16 June.
Single supplements apply.
Make enquiry

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Vacation information

Dietary requirements:
Our safari lodges cater for a wide range of dietary requirements, including vegans and vegetarians. Please let us know any food preferences at the time of booking so we may cater to you. Our lodges are often very remote, so changing menus at the last minute is difficult.

Reviews

2 Reviews of India wildlife and tiger safari

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Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by

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


Seeing The tigers was definitely the highlight.

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


If you go at this time of year, be prepared for the heat (+40). The accommodation was excellent and air conditioned.

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


I think the fact that so many people work in tourism was a benefit to the local economy. I think that tourism will promote the improvement of the the wildlife situation and the national park system is a great help in that.

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


I enjoyed every minute.

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2019 by

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


The lodges in both Bandhavgarh and Kanha were lovely with very friendly service and great food. The safaris were well organised and we saw a lot of wildlife. In both the parks the guides were very knowledgable about the fauna and flora in the national parks. We saw tigers in both the parks too.

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


Great time to go weather-wise but the morning trips, especially the first couple of hours were freezing cold and felt much colder than the actual temprature due to the wind chill factor in the open jeep even with the blankets they provide. Worth taking a very warm scarf and gloves and wearing layers.

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


Yes, the tourist money does help support the conservation efforts and provides work for some of the local people.

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


Overall it was a good vacation but dissapointed that the original trip we booked was promoted as a small group tour (and why we booked in the first place) and in fact was not at all. Also in Bandhavgarh national park, Mahouts riding the elephants were encouraged by the guides to "flush" out resting tigers which really should not be allowed. Nice to see the tigers but they are meant to be wild and not part of a circus!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you, we appreciate your taking the time to review our safari. We should point out that this safari was intended as a small group safari, but other people that were booked on this trip cancelled. However we were glad to be able to still offer you this safari at the small group price.

Within the National Parks in India, Forestry staff ride Elephants to be able to go off road (where vehicles are not allowed) and monitor the health of the Tiger population. This is not a tourism activity, but is Forestry Department policy. It seems that in this case an unscrupulous Mahout (employed by the Forestry Department) had been asked by tourist guides (who were not associated with our tour but were present in the same Tiger sighting), to move a Tiger into a better place to be photographed. This is not a policy that we knowingly participate in, or indeed encourage. While we obviously cannot manage the actions of local guides from other companies, we have reported this incident and we’re lobbying against such unscrupulous behaviour.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience. By opting for a safari with us, safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. Profits from your safari go to support local projects. Local teams of wildlife conservationists are actively involved in wildlife and environmental conservation projects within the reserves we visit.

Profits from this safari supports Travel Operators For Tigers (TofTigers) a non-profit campaign set up in 2003 to protect tigers, wildlife and wilderness through sustainable tourism. In particular we are helping to fund a successful program to recruit and retrain ex-poachers to become wildlife guardians. We are supporting TOFTigers to continue its campaigning to have public and private investment in wilderness, much like other parts of the world, in the forms of private conservancies and community sanctuaries, ensuring forest patches, corridors and wastelands can be restored by passionate individuals, communities, NGO’s or wealthy philanthropists. In November 2015 the Maharashtra Government made it legal to set up nature conservancies on private land with farmers’ lands on leaseholds, ensuring a greater opportunity for village communities to be beneficiaries in conservation and tourism. Madhya Pradesh is considering leasing forest landscapes to private entrepreneurs to restore and rewild. These may well be the start of something special that will again value nature and wilderness and supply net benefit to both its wildlife inhabitants and its human stakeholders.
This is where TOFTigers aims to try and change how wildlife tourism is derived and operated across the subcontinent. Together we really can make a difference to both parks and local communities buffeted by wildlife conflict.

People

While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade.

Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator). Local rangers and guides are employed at all levels. This safari also supports community education programs in South East Asia via our local partners.

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