India wildlife and tiger safari

“On this ten day safari you値l spot mighty beasts in two different Tiger Reserves and spend time exploring the vibrant city of Delhi”


Delhi | Bandhavgarh National Park | Kanha National Park | morning and evening game drives conducted by qualified and experienced naturalists

Description of India wildlife and tiger safari

After a day exploring the sights of both Old Delhi and New Delhi, you値l fly south to Bandhavgarh National Park and check into your accommodation at Bandhav Vilas (or similar) - offering charming luxury villas in the jungle. Bandhavgarh National Park is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers, and has the largest tiger population in India. During your three days here, you値l go on morning and afternoon game drives with an expert guide.

Next, you値l move on to Tuli Tiger Resort at Kanha National Park. Here you値l be staying in a comfortable cottage on the banks of the Banjar River, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. Kanha is one of India痴 largest national parks, and home to diverse flora and fauna. Your main objective here is spotting tigers, herds of wild elephants and deer.

Hidden extras are not our thing, so all accommodation, transfers, game drives and local flights are included as detailed; and apart from the Delhi hotels, meals are on a full board basis. Like all our safaris, this trip supports local environmental projects, through Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT).

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience. By opting for a safari with us, safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. Profits from your safari go to support local projects. Local teams of wildlife conservationists are actively involved in wildlife and environmental conservation projects within the reserves we visit.

Profits from this safari supports Travel Operators For Tigers (TofTigers) a non-profit campaign set up in 2003 to protect tigers, wildlife and wilderness through sustainable tourism. In particular we are helping to fund a successful program to recruit and retrain ex-poachers to become wildlife guardians. We are supporting TOFTigers to continue its campaigning to have public and private investment in wilderness, much like other parts of the world, in the forms of private conservancies and community sanctuaries, ensuring forest patches, corridors and wastelands can be restored by passionate individuals, communities, NGO痴 or wealthy philanthropists. In November 2015 the Maharashtra Government made it legal to set up nature conservancies on private land with farmers lands on leaseholds, ensuring a greater opportunity for village communities to be beneficiaries in conservation and tourism. Madhya Pradesh is considering leasing forest landscapes to private entrepreneurs to restore and rewild. These may well be the start of something special that will again value nature and wilderness and supply net benefit to both its wildlife inhabitants and its human stakeholders.
This is where TOFTigers aims to try and change how wildlife tourism is derived and operated across the subcontinent. Together we really can make a difference to both parks and local communities buffeted by wildlife conflict.

The Impacts of this Trip

While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade.

Our guides will advise on a 素air price if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator). Local rangers and guides are employed at all levels. This safari also supports community education programs in South East Asia via our local partners.


2 Reviews of India wildlife and tiger safari

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing The tigers was definitely the highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you go at this time of year, be prepared for the heat (+40). The accommodation was excellent and air conditioned.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think the fact that so many people work in tourism was a benefit to the local economy. I think that tourism will promote the improvement of the the wildlife situation and the national park system is a great help in that.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I enjoyed every minute.

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The lodges in both Bandhavgarh and Kanha were lovely with very friendly service and great food. The safaris were well organised and we saw a lot of wildlife. In both the parks the guides were very knowledgable about the fauna and flora in the national parks. We saw tigers in both the parks too.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Great time to go weather-wise but the morning trips, especially the first couple of hours were freezing cold and felt much colder than the actual temprature due to the wind chill factor in the open jeep even with the blankets they provide. Worth taking a very warm scarf and gloves and wearing layers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the tourist money does help support the conservation efforts and provides work for some of the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Overall it was a good holiday but dissapointed that the original trip we booked was promoted as a small group tour (and why we booked in the first place) and in fact was not at all. Also in Bandhavgarh national park, Mahouts riding the elephants were encouraged by the guides to "flush" out resting tigers which really should not be allowed. Nice to see the tigers but they are meant to be wild and not part of a circus!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you, we appreciate your taking the time to review our safari. We should point out that this safari was intended as a small group safari, but other people that were booked on this trip cancelled. However we were glad to be able to still offer you this safari at the small group price.

Within the National Parks in India, Forestry staff ride Elephants to be able to go off road (where vehicles are not allowed) and monitor the health of the Tiger population. This is not a tourism activity, but is Forestry Department policy. It seems that in this case an unscrupulous Mahout (employed by the Forestry Department) had been asked by tourist guides (who were not associated with our tour but were present in the same Tiger sighting), to move a Tiger into a better place to be photographed. This is not a policy that we knowingly participate in, or indeed encourage. While we obviously cannot manage the actions of local guides from other companies, we have reported this incident and we池e lobbying against such unscrupulous behaviour.

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