North India: Focus on Wildlife 14 days
With a strong focus on wildlife, this exciting and comprehensive itinerary takes in four key wildlife viewing areas and is perfect for those looking for big cat encounters, with opportunities to see not only tigers and leopards, but also the rare Asiatic lion. Add to these, myriad birds and other wildlife, plus sunrise at the magical Taj Mahal and you have an unforgettable Indian experience.
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Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Rare Asiatic lions at Sassan Gir
- Tigers at Ranthambhore
- Leopards, wolves and other mammals
- Guided birdwatching
- Taj Mahal at dawn
- All accommodation
- Meals as shown in itinerary
- Transfers and transport in car with driver
- Guided jeep safaris and tours as shown in itinerary
- Domestic air and train travel as shown in itinerary
- Entrance fees
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ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
Mumbai to Sasan Gir
International flights are not included as part of your package but can be arranged and added with ease. This morning you will arrive independently to Mumbai airport and take a morning flight to Rajkot. Upon arrival in Rajkot you will be transferred by private car to Sasan Gir, an approximately 4-hour drive. After checking in at the Gir Lion safari Camp the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
3 nights accommodation at Gir Lion Safari Camp on a full board basis including breakfast, lunches, dinners and game drives.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 2 and 3. Expect to see rare Asiatic lions, plus other wildlife and birds. Possible sightings of leopards.
On day 4, take morning jeep safari in Gir Park and then an afternoon 6 hour drive in a private car through the countryside to Ahmedabad. Overnight at the Fern hotel with dinner and breakfast.
After breakfast, depart for six hour drive in private car to Bera. Afternoon guided safari in the Sanctuary looking to spot leopards. Overnight at Bera Safari Lodge on full board basis.
The area around Bera is in the heart of leopard country and these days will include morning and afternoon jeep safaris looking out for these elusive animals as well as wolves and spectacular birdlife. Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.
Transfer to Udaipur Airport by private car in time to board the 11.30 flight to Jaipur, arriving at 13.25. Upon arrival in Jaipur your private transfer will take you to Ranthambore, a drive of approximately 3.5 hours. After checking in at the Tiger Den Resort the remainder of day will be at your leisure.
4 nights’ accommodation at the Tiger Den Resort on a full board basis including breakfast, lunches, dinners and shared game drives.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris within the national park looking for tigers plus other mammals and birds. Rathambhore is rich in history with ancient ruins and temples, set in wooded and marshy and lake-land countryside.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort
Ranthambhore & On to Agra
A last jeep safari in the morning in Ranthambhore before transferring to Sawai Madhopur railway station for fast train to Bharatpur departing at 12.30. Arriving at Bharatpur at 15.00, transfer by car to Agra ( one hour) and check in to hotel Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Up early for a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn to experience the magic of sunrise over this monument to love. In the afternoon, drive by private car to Delhi. Overnight in hotel Red Fox Aerocity with dinner.
Breakfast at hotel and then transfer to airport for return or onward travel
A view from Above
Bera Safari Lodge
Situated in the heart of leopard country, this is a small, luxury homestay with three independent en-suite cottages (soon to be five), located in a rural area, some five km from Bera village itself. Each cottage has a view of Liloda Hill, where leopards, wild dogs are regularly seen. Trips can be arranged to cultural sites and for bird watching, as well as independent cycling. Bera Safari Lodge is run by the owners, Shatrunjay Pratap and his wife who are local and passionate wildlife conservationists. Shatrunjay is one of the best leopard trackers in the area, a very keen birder and photographer.
Each spacious lodge has a private patio area with hill and countryside views. There is a common reception and dining room and a choice of excellent local cuisine.
As well as guided jeep safaris twice daily, early morning and later on in the afternoon and then either a guided walking safari for birding or a guided safari to Jawai Dam which is excellent for birds and wildlife. Guests will also have opportunities for guided walks around the unique village of Bera which cannot be missed.
Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel, Agra
A high quality, modern hotel, well located in the middle of Agra with excellent views of the Taj Mahal.
136 rooms and studios, some Taj facing, all with en-suite facilities, king or twin beds and TV. Choice of three restaurants, including poolside Sky Grill. Fitness centre and pool, wifi, children's activity zone.
Gir Lions Safari Camp
Located amongst a Mango orchard facing the Hiren River on the fringes of the thick jungles of Sasan Gir, the most celebrated wildlife sanctuary in India, you will find the incomparable Gir Lion Safari Camp. Offering pristine views of the surrounding vivid wilderness and 10 unique jungle cottages, this is the perfect place from which nature enthusiasts can enjoy searching for observations of Gir’s abundant animal populations including 400 Asiatic Lions and 300 Leopards, 38 other species of mammal and 300 species of common and rare birds.
Luxury facilities include a fine dining restaurant, and each of the 10 boutique cottages guarantee a comfortable night’s sleep after a long day of safari adventures. Each tented cottage has been decorated in a unique style and features include open showers and bathrooms with a bathtub, large comfortable beds, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi connection, well-stocked soft bars and private sit-out areas. Activities on offer at the camp include birdwatching trips and jeep safaris.
Tiger Den Resort, Ranthambhore
The resort is set in rural surroundings just five minutes from the entrance to the Ranthambhore National Park. Guided tours by jeep or truck or on foot can be arranged for tiger and birdwatching.
Accommodation is in a range of cottages and suites, all en-suite. Indian, Chinese and western dining options as well as barbeques. Pool, gardens. Evening slide shows.
The Fern Hotel, Ahmedabad
A modern eco-hotel located close to the city centre with a range of accommodation options along with rooftop restaurant, gym and pool.
All rooms have en-suite facilities,TV and wifi. Variety of dining options, including roof top restaurant. Gym and pool
Red Fox Delhi International Airport
Modern and comfortable, the Red Fox is a good choice for an overnight stay at Delhi Airport. With a 24 hour front desk, hi speed wi-fi and multi-cuisine restaurant, all your practical needs are met whilst you wait for your onward flight.
The 207 smartly designed rooms and suites are air-conditioned and offer LCD TV, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and high quality mattress.
What Our Customers
Out of my 9 safaris I had amazing sightings in 8 of them, including some very close encounters as they strolled past only a few feet away from our jeep. The Tiger Den Hotel was also very nice and comfortable and I would highly recommend it to others.
Although my main aim was to see tigers, which I did , it was the abundance of other wildlife and incredible birding that took me by surprise. The guiding was generally very good and the standard of accommodation much better than I was expecting. The food was fantastic throughout, especially as I’m a vegetarian. I think this trip represented great value for money and ticked so many boxes for me, I look forward to going back one day.
The thing I liked most about our itinerary was that it kept us away from the crowds, having been to India before I know how busy and over whelming it can be but with Sara’s help we were able to visit some of the less well known National Parks, yet didn’t compromise on the wildlife. We saw everything we wanted and more, rhino, leopard, lion, tiger, sloth bear and more birds than I care to remember. Thank you for a fantastic trip and we look forward to booking another wildlife adventure with you in the near future.
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