Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger safari in India

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Responsible tourism: Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger safari in India

Environment

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’s 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. By visiting these areas we are showing locals that there are economic advantages to not developing the land.

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.

On safari, tour guides will ensure that wildlife is viewed responsibly as well as taking routes which don't harm the protected park land.

Community

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.

On this trip we have included visits to villages, towns and cities so that locals may benefit from your visit too. We visit Tala Village and there is the option for a locally guided tour of New Delhi when you arrive.

Our guides will advise on a ‘fair 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.

1 Reviews of Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger safari in India

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


Seeing tigers, we were lucky enough to see two at Kanha, although we didn't see any at Bandhavgarh.

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


Add a tour of Delhi, it's well worth it. Although you don't need much money it's good to have some for tips etc and you can't change money in the parks so make sure you change enough in Delhi.

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


Think this holiday definitely benefited locals and supported conservation
and also feel the impact of tourism is having an environmental impact as
India is doing a lot to reduce plastics and make Delhi a clean city.

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


Excellent.

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