Tiger Photography Safaris India (Kanha and Pench)
India has great population of Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, Elephants, Bears, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Bisons , beautiful birds and the list goes on! Indian Tiger Reserves have 65% of world’s wild Tigers, making it the ideal choice for Tiger and Wildlife Photography.
Tiger Photo Safari Highlights
• Eleven days in two of India’s best National Parks photographing Tigers, Leopards and native wildlife.
• Only 6 participants in each tour, ensuring personal attention to each one of you.
• 15 game drives in total to increase photo opportunities.
• Photography tuition covering all aspects of wildlife photography.
• Extra attention to accommodate special needs of our photographic equipment.
• Luxury accomodations, including all meals and private road transfers between all stops throughout the trip.
• Focus on up-close and real wildlife experiences from the surroundings of premier accommodations.
Is This Trip For You?
This safari will suit everyone’s photographic needs. Depending on your expectations, we will cover basics of photography, composition, techniques, post processing and printing. We will spend maximum time inside the national park, also in the buffer regions where Tigers frequent.
Here are some key points to help you decide:
1. Tiger Photo safaris are suitable for all levels of photographers. We encourage photographers as well as non photographers to witness these spectacular big cats and Indian wildlife. This safari will provide you the long awaited opportunity to capture the most magnificent big cat on earth through your lens. There would be plenty of opportunities to ask question to the tour leader as well as to mingle with like minded nature lovers from all walks of life.
2. We dedicate lot of time to photography in the field. We will spend a lot of our time in capturing beautiful moments of wildlife with our cameras and also have enough time to keep the camera aside and just watch the animals as the drama unfold. Never miss a moment because morning, afternoon and night game drives* gives us chance to photograph animals when they are most active.
3. Every evening, we will grab a drink and go through each others images captured that day , in an informal image review sessions. This will enable all of us to improve our photography and techniques. There would be ample opportunities to talk to the tour leader and ask any specific question you may have.We will cover every aspect of photography (i.e Camera settings, Creative Compositions, Low light photography, Visual Storytelling, Preparing your mind and gear for the perfect shot, Post processing, preparation for wildlife photo competitions and much more)
4. It does not matter if you are a photographer or not. As long as you are interested in nature and animals, you and your partner will love these safaris. We understand that children enjoy being close to nature and are serious about developing their photography beyond hobby. We encourage them to join us however any participant under 18, who wish to participate in these safaris must be accompanied by an adult.
5. Indian jungles are very rich and diverse places, they are full of life and colours. There will be plenty of time to enjoy wildlife and well as to photograph the vibrant local culture in a tribal visit. You can also opt for guided nature walks or visit to local farmer’s market to see the tribal way of living.
Group Size: Maximum 6 participant only
Traveling in a small group is the best way to for photographic adventures and to experience the nature closely.
Keeping that in mind, we have only six people on each tour and each photographer gets a whole row of seat for comfortable ride and also to accommodate photography gear. This will ensure you would have plenty of space for shooting fast action as well as you would enjoy a comfortable ride. We’ll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired.
Reasons to choose our photographic safaris.
Those who love wildlife, photography or nature, clear there are advantages of going on a photographic safari.
- The biggest advantage is you don’t have to do extensive research about your destination. We already do that for you to find out best national parks for safari,
great lodges and internal logistics is also taken care of.
- You don’t have to worry about securing enrty permits for national parks and need not find out which entry point to enter the park.
- During the tour itself, your multilingual tour leader coordinates with the drivers, guides, rangers and local tribals (for rural visits etc).
- The tours are designed to give you smooth experience from the moment we welcome your at the airport till we drop you again to the airport for your return journey.
- When you go on a photography safari, you definitely improve your photography and post processing skills so the quality of your photographs goes up, aditionally, with the help of your photo tour leader, you can master the art of taking more and variety of pictures in short time, which makes your photography trip a great return on investment.
- The itiernary of these tours have been designed after many years of experience, so the tours have been designed to provide you maximum time in the field without wasting much time on transfers.
In summary, you can focus more on your improving photography and taking quality pictures, while we arragne the rest for you.
Photo Tour Dates: Tours are available to Kanha and Pench National park in following months.
Oct 2018 -> 20 Oct 2018 to 30 Oct, 27 Oct 2018 to 6th Nov,
Nov 2018 -> 03 Nov 2018 to 13th Nov, 10th Nov 2018 to 20th Nov, 17th Nov 2018 to 27th Nov,
Dec 2018 -> 22nd Dec 2018 – 02 Jan 2019,
Apr 2019 -> 13 Apr 2019 – 23 Apr, 20 Apr 2019 – 30 Apr,
May 2019 -> 04 May 2019 – 14 May, 11th May 2019 – 21 May, 18 May 2019 – 28 May
(Day 1) Arrive at Nagpur’s International Airport (Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport)
You will be warmly welcomed and driven to The Tuli Tiger Corridor Resort in Pench, which is located just 10 min away from the Turia gate. We will stay at this luxury lodge during our stay at Pench.
Accommodation is in luxury rooms with en-suite facilities. The restaurant and bars are a treat to the taste buds. Guests can choose from a variety of cuisines and ambiance to enjoy an exceptional dining experience. Our stay here will include all meals. Dinners, Lunches and Breakfasts are also included for the rest of the trip.
(Day 2- Day 4) Pench National Park
Early morning, we will quickly check camera settings, take few test shots and embark on our first game drive in Pench National Park.
Pench National Park is an essential stop on any serious Tiger safari as it is has one of the highest concentrations of this magnificent animal.Pench Tiger reserve has 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, Muntjacini (barking deer), Nilgai Antelope, wild Boar, Asiatic jackal, Bengal fox, Ratel, grey Mongoose, striped Hyena, jungle Cats, and Leopards. The common Langur is also found here. There are also 250 species of bird known to occur in the park.
(Day 5) We will wake up and have morning game drive at Pench, and will return to our lodge and enjoy another amazing meal. We will check out and say goodbye to the staff and we will be driven to the Kanha National Park. It take about 5.5 hrs by road. We will arrive at Singinawa Jungle Lodge in the late afternoon, check in and get settled in.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, Madhya Pradesh.
Kanha National Park :This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush Saal and bamboo forests are interspersed with vast grassy meadows known as maidans, while the Banjaar River, which forms the park’s 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 Kanha.
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 Nagpur, which should take around 4.5 hours, to arrive in time for our early evening flight.
If you will like to stay the evening in Mumbai/Delhi or want to see the Taj Mahal, please let us know.We will be happy to arrange any additional travel for you.
How do we track Tigers and Leopards inside the National park?
Tigers are solitary animals and tracking them in the wild requires knowledge, experience , patience and good old fashioned luck.
The national parks are big, spread over hundreds of square kilometers but our expert guides (who grew up near the parks and they have spent good part of their lives inside their respective tiger reserves) know exactly where to go and what to look for.
We know these big cats and also know their territory, family history and behavior very well.
We also keep an eye on where a kill has been made by the tiger, the chances are Tiger will return to the kill. After meal, the big cats head for waterholes , we know these spots very well.
In the summer months, the cat cools itself in the water, we keep regular an eye on these waterholes.
Fresh pugmarks and droppings are also tell-tale sign that the tiger is nearby.
Due to their high position on trees, Langurs can spot Tigers from a long distance, and sound alarm calls. Deer alarm calls are also very useful in spotting these beautiful cats. (Leopard alarm calls and Tiger alarm calls are different)
What’s included in the tour?
• Accommodation on a Twin shared basis (single rooms may be available – please inquire).
• All meals (Breakfasts, Lunches Dinners , snacks, Tea/ Coffee)
• Private game drive activities for our group at both Pench 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 bottled water during sightseeing tours and long drives.
• Entrance and still camera fees at all parks and sight-seeing destinations.
• The current National park entry permits and tourism levies and all relevant government taxes.
What’s Not Included?
• International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Nagpur, 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 GBP 3490 per person. This fee includes all in-country transportation as well as hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and all meals. You can reserve you place by paying 10% deposit and rest 90% is due 90 days before the tour date.
Financial Protection: You have the financial protection of booking through a registered tour operator. Your money is 100% safe and if one of our suppliers goes bust, your money is fully protected.
Lens Hire: Lens hire is available from Nagpur, so that you do not need to worry about the hiring and delivery and return of it in your country. It also eliminates the problem of weight restrictions.
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 to every photographer.
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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