The Wildlife Highlights of Central India – With Harry Skeggs

# Group Tour

The Wildlife Highlights of Central India – With Harry Skeggs

14 Days from £4,294 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
14 Days
Group Tour
Big Cat Safari
Birding
Photographic

Central India is home to some of the country’s most iconic National Parks with an astonishing array of mammals and birds. Herds of spotted and sambar deer roam the forests and meadows; rare antelopes frequent the thickets and huge Indian bison (gaur) crash through the undergrowth. These herbivores attract a wide range of carnivores ranging from jackals and packs of dholes (wild dogs), through to sloth bears, leopards and the mighty Bengal tiger.

All of these animals combine to make India’s wildlife some of the most iconic and photogenic in the world. This specially designed group tour is aimed at showcasing all of the great wildlife of central India in the company of one of Britain’s emerging young talents in wildlife photography, Harry Skeggs.

The tour starts with Kanha, the setting for Kipling’s Jungle Book and home to a very healthy tiger population plus the very rare barasingha swamp deer. Next is Pench, a beautiful patchwork of meadows and teak forests which was the setting for the BBC’s three-part special, Tiger: Spy in the Jungle, which followed a young tiger family.

Finally, you will visit the Tadoba Tiger Reserve, off the usual tourist trail and with only two main lodges. Game drives at Tadoba should reveal a plethora of species including leopard, sloth bear, wild dog and tiger, as well as hundreds of birds.

These three parks and their well-run lodges, a highly professional yet personable leader, and a variety of expert local naturalist guides all combine to create a worldclass wildlife journey of superlative quality and depth.

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Itinerary

Price from £4,294 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - UK

Depart London.

Staying at In Flight. Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Nagpur

Arrive Mumbai and connect with a flight to Nagpur arriving in the early evening. Transfer to the hotel.

Staying at Radisson Blu. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Kanha National Park

Early pick-up from hotel and drive (approx. 6 hrs) to Kanha. Lunch at your hotel and enjoy your first game drive in the afternoon.

Kanha, the setting for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is noted for the last remaining population of the hard-ground race of the swamp deer, known as the barasingha. Once there were only 66 of these in the national park, but careful conservation and management raised their population to over 400.

Kanha is very rich in wildlife including healthy numbers of tiger, often seen during the day. There are also herds of spotted deer as well as the timorous barking deer. It was in Kanha National Park that the eminent zoologist George Schaller studied the relationship between predators and prey, resulting in the book ‘Deer and The Tiger’.

Staying at Singinawa Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Kanha National Park.

Staying at Singinawa Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Kanha National Park.

Staying at Singinawa Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Kanha National Park/ Pench

Morning game drive in the Kanha National Park, Lunch at your lodge then transfer to Pench.

This pleasant small park was the base for the BBC’s Tiger Spy in the Jungle programme and still has a healthy tiger population as well as good numbers of leopards. Predominantly teak and sal forest, the vegetation is open and cover is low allowing good viewing of game. The central Pench River is mostly dry in the dry season but retains small waterholes and has a pleasant landscape of granite boulders.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Corridor Pench. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Pench National Park

Morning and afternoon private game drives in Pench National Park.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Corridor Pench. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Pench National Park

Morning and afternoon private game drives in Pench National Park.

Staying at Tuli Tiger Corridor Pench. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Tadoba

Morning private game drive then drive to Tadoba and check in to your hotel.

Staying at Svasara Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Tadoba National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Tadoba.

The Tadoba National Park (also called Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project), a 623 sq km reserve, is the oldest national park in the state of Maharashtra. It comprises assorted meadows, lakes and dense mixed forests of bamboo and teak, home to large populations of spotted deer, sambar deer, wild boar and antelopes such as the nilgai and the very rare four-horned antelope.

Staying at Svasara Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Tadoba National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Staying at Svasara Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Tadoba National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives.

Staying at Svasara Jungle Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Travel Day

Morning game drive. Lunch at your hotel then transfer back to Nagpur and board a flight to Mumbai, arriving in the evening.

Staying at Mumbai. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 14 - Arrive back in the UK.

Connect with a flight and arrive back in London early in the morning.

Staying at UK. Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Jet Airways via Mumbai

Best visited:
April to April

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

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This was a special holiday to celebrate our retirement and it lived up to our hopes and expectations. Given that we booked this holiday as we hadn’t seen Tigers in Ranthambore, having 5 Tiger sightings on this holiday was brilliant. Loved the Sloth Bears in Taduba and Satpura and a Leopard at Satpura at the eleventh hour. Also saw some unusual species like Giant Squirrels and the Wild Spotted cat. We saw a huge variety of birds but mammals are particularly special for us.

Mr RG - Wokingham

Route Map

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Svasara Jungle Lodge: 20.396729, 79.362241
Tuli Tiger Corridor: 21.729995, 79.357849
Singinawa Jungle Lodge: 22.109498, 80.568033