Black Panther wildlife tour and safari
10 days from £2750*
Black Panther wildlife safari in Nagarhole national park
Sometimes circumstances come together at just the right time in the world of wildlife travel and big cat safaris, to inspire you to put together a specialist photography wildlife tour that will focus on just one species; and this is exactly what we have here with this small group Black Panther safari in Nagarhole national park. Not only was I lucky enough while in India during May 2017 to make contact with a wildlife guide who has seen and photographed the Black Panther on a number of occasions; but he also agreed to be our main guide for the entire stay at Nagarhole national park - this is crucial to the success of the Black Panther wildlife tour due to the 'intense' bureaucracy in India's national parks. Not only do we need to apply for special permissions to have the right type of vehicle for our photography group; we also need a wildlife guide at Nagarhole that can optimise our choice of zone or route in order to maximise our opportunities to see the Black Panther in Nagerhole.
Best time to see Black Panthers in Nagarhole national park?
According to sources in Nagarhole national park the best time of year to see the Black Panther is March and April, so on this basis we have meticulously planned our dates to (1) Avoid the very busy Easter Holidays and (2) Avoid some local holidays in South India to be at the park at a 'relatively' quieter time. This is relative, as with such a longer, specialised safari lasting 7 days, it is impossible to avoid the weekend; which is what we would normally do.
Nagarhole national park - what wildlife can we hope to see?
Obviously our goal in to see the Black Panther, but one of the good things about this relatively small reserve - well small in the sense, there are just two main tracks for the game vehicles inside the sanctuary! Is that visibility of charismatic predators such as tigers, leopard and wild dog is fairly good; so should we not enjoy success in finding and photographing the black panther - which of course, is a very rare animal to see - we can still enjoy some amazing wildlife encounters and great photographic opportunities in Nagerhole. Two years ago when I visited I saw both tiger and leopard inside the park.
This is a Small Group Tour
Arrive at Bangalore airport, where you will be met and transferred to the ‘Royal Orchid Hotel’ for your overnight accommodation. This evening we will enjoy a short presentation from our experienced local wildlife guide, who will accompany us to Nagerhole national park.
After breakfast we will be transferred by air-conditioned mini-bus to ‘Kabini Jungle Lodge’ - ideally situated for direct vehicle access to Nagerhole national park. We will then enjoy our first private small group safari into the park and start our quest for the Black Panther
Seven full days and 14 separate game drives into Nagerhole national park in search of the Black Panther. Our guide will talk directly with the park management and other park guides to see how we can change our daily routine and route to maximise our chance of seeing the Black Panther. Overnight at Kabini Jungle Lodge.
After breakfast it will be the end of the tour and clients will be transferred back to Bangalore or commence private extensions to other parts of South India (cost not included)
Cost £2750 per person based on two people sharing and not including international flights.
Single person supplement £620 per person.
1 SPACE REMAINING! Second set of dates booked for Mar 1-10, 2018 (also 1 space remaining!)
Includes breakfast in Bangalore and all three meals at Kabini Jungle Lodge.
Various wildlife and cultural private extensions possible, in either South or North India. Great time of year for wildlife viewing!
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights