The Wildlife Highlights of Central India
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.