Tiger Photography Tours , India :
Bandhavgarh & Kanha National Parks
India (Nagpur) is where I grew up. Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks are my backyard. This region is called Tiger capital of the of world for a reason. I regularly lead a private group of photographers to India to photograph wild Tigers and India's wide variety of native wildlife. India (Nagpur) is where I grew up. Tiger reserves of Tadoba, Kanha and Pench national parks are like my backyard.The safari will also include two different national parks, thus increasing our likelihood of great photographic opportunities.
Tigers are highly endangered and India's National Parks provide some of the last remaining places where one can observe these beautiful cats in their natural habitat, often at very close range. 65% of the world's remaining wild Tigers are found in India and these safaris offers superb opportunities to see and photograph these big cats. India also teems with a wide array of antelope and deer and boasts fifteen species of primates. In all India has over 400 species of mammals and so this trip will focus not only on seeing and photographing Tigers, but also on India's unique and varied wild fauna. The birdlife in India is also abundant.
We will spend four nights each at two of India's best Tiger-viewing National Parks - BandhavgarhTiger Reserve and Kanha National Park (Both feature in National Geographic and BBC documentaries). Both of these National Parks have high densities of tigers, Leopards and native wildlife.
We have selected the highest level of accommodation for all locations on this trip to ensure comfort, good food, and excellent service throughout.
India is unlike anywhere else you have visited and nothing you have done before will likely be comparable. If you have ever thought about seeing wild Tigers or a visit to India, this trip was designed based on our own experiences to offer an amazing adventure.
Tiger Photo Safari Highlights
• Eight days in two of India's best National Parks photographing Tigers and native wildlife.
• Private road transfers and/or air travel between all stops throughout the trip.
• Extra luggage allowances to accommodate the special needs of our photographic equipment.
• This itinerary focuses on up-close and real wildlife experiences from the surroundings of premier accommodations.
Is This Trip For You?
This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone's photographic needs. No question is off limits and no inquire is too basic.
We are BIG on photographing in the field. We will spend as much time possible inside the national park, also in the buffer regions where Tigers frequent.
Here are some key points to help you decide:
1. We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This safari will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
2. We are BIG on photographing in the field. We will spend most our time and effort on safari / photographic activities and making images.
3. Non-photographer or videographer spouses / travel companions will love these safaris. The wildlife and cultural experiences on this trip will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and adventure. We have specialist guides leading all activities.
(Day 1) Reach Jabalpur :
(Day 2- Day 4) Bandhavgarh National Park
After an early breakfast we will be chauffered to the airport for our flight to Nagpur. Our flight to Nagpur will take approximately 1.5 hours, and upon arrival we will be met by our ground staff and will be driven to Luxury accommodation (Svasara Jungle Lodge) for the next four nights. The drive will take a few hours and we will arrive for a late lunch.
After we check in and have a bite to eat we will embark on our first game drive in Bandhavgarh National Park in the afternoon.
Bandhavgarh National Park is an essential stop on any serious tiger safari as it is has one of the highest concentrations of this magnificent animal. A relatively small park with a thriving Tiger population, it offers guests a good chance of encountering the king of the jungle, as well as a selection of other exotic wildlife. Its mixed deciduous forests and woodlands are interspersed with flat grasslands and serene waterholes.
The park offers a variety of wildlife in addition to tigers, including the gaur (Indian bison), sloth bear, sambar deer, barking deer, muntjac (barking deer), nilgai antelope, wild boar, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, ratel, grey mongoose, striped hyena, jungle cat, and leopard. The common langur and rhesus macaque are the primates found here. There are also 250 species of bird known to occur in the park.
(Day 5) Today we will wake up and have morning game drive at Bandhavgarh, and will return to our lodge and enjoy another amazing meal at the resort. We will check out and say goodbye to the staff and will drive about 4 hour to Kanha National Park. After the morning game drive in Bandhavgarh , we will have lunch and we will be chauffered to the Kanha National Park. It take about 4.5 hrs by road. We will arrive at Banjaar Tola in the late afternoon, check in and get settled in for the next four nights. Upon arrival we will have Tea- Coffee and after dinner, we will head for night safari in the buffer zone.
(Day 6- Day 9) Kanha National Park, Madya Pradesh.
Kanha National Park was one of the first areas to be protected under Project Tiger, aimed at preserving this magnificent animal, and remains a renowned conservation area. This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush sal and bamboo forests are interspersed with vast grassy meadows known as maidans, while the Banjaar River, which forms the park’s south-western border, provides a steady water source for the abundant wildlife.
We will have morning and afternoon game drives, taking advantage of every opportunity to be out on safari, seeking tigers and other amazing species of mammals and birds while at Bandhavgarh.
This morning we will have our last game drive in Kanha, and after our game drive we will return to the lodge and enjoy a nice brunch and then a leisurely check out. We will be transferred by road to Raipur, which should take around 3.5 hours, to arrive in time for our early evening flight back to Mumbai (18:40 flight, arriving into Mumbai at 20:25). Upon arrival at Mumbai, we will remain in transit at the airport and connect with our International flights onward. If you will like to stay the evening in Mumbai and either join our optional extension to see the Taj Mahal or just relax for an extra day in Mumbai, please let us know. Please note: We will be happy to arrange any International air travel for you. See also note below regarding travel extensions.
• Accommodation on a shared basis (single rooms may be available - please inquire).
• 1x trip leader.
• Private game drive activities for our group at both Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks.
• Private meet and assist services at the airport and chauffeured transfer to the hotel.
• Private vehicles and drivers for all road transfers throughout the trip.
• Soft drinks and domestic bottled water during sightseeing tours and long drive.
• Laundry cost at hotels and lodges.
• Scheduled in-country commercial air flights as specified in the itinerary above.
• Entrance and still camera fees at all parks and sight-seeing destinations.
• The current tourism levies and all relevant government taxes.
What's Not Included?
• International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and India.
• Gratuities for hotel staff.
• Gratuities for game drive driver/guides in the National Parks.
• Champagne, cognacs, premium-brand spirits, fine wines and cigars.
• Visas, travel insurance, personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls etc.)
The cost of this all-inclusive safari is £4250 (USD 6200 or EUR 5600) per person. This fee includes all in-country ground and air transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals.
What Do I Do Next?
The Vehicles :
For photography, we will provide a whole row of seats for each photographer, thus providing ample scope, space and flexibility for photography. For the 4x4s normally seating four people, we will seat only two per vehicle, and for the 4x4s seating six, we seat three. Beanbags are provided in each vehicle as is a provision to clamp tripod heads on the roof as well.
While the Resorts provides beanbags – they are good – but I prefer my own and bring my own. The resorts are quite happy to fill the refillable beanbags on arrival. Lenses of up to 500mm (on full frame) should suffice for 90% of your needs, the animals can get quite close, but it depends on your kind of photography obviously. A 600mm (or more) would be quite necessary for birds .
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