Mo Bulbrook review 9 Mar 2019
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’re lobbying against such unscrupulous behaviour.