Tailor made Bengal Tiger Safari and Gir Asiatic Lions
11 days from £2060*
Combine Indian tiger safaris at Tadoba National Park with the Asiatic Lions inside Sasan Gir National Park for an ultimate big cat safari with Wildlife Trails. Tadoba is firmly on the map for tiger enthusiasts, accessible from Nagpur which has named itself the 'tiger capital of India' - being surrounded by several prime Tiger Reserves (including Pench, Nagzira, Kanha and Tadoba). The ease of access does make it a popular day-out for local weekend visitors but to enjoy it at its best, come during the week not only for a realistic chance of tiger sightings but for the greater diversity that this park offers. The resident tigers are often found close to the network of water holes that have been provided within the park (particularly as the dry season progresses), and have become habituated to the presence of vehicles as they drink, bathe and stalk their prey. While close to 60 tigers are known in the park, it is 5 or 6 'star tigers' that are encountered more regularly by visitors. Aside from tigers there is a good chance to find wild dog (dhole), Indian bison (gaur), various deer and antelope species including the rare four-horned, and several lucky guests have added leopards to their list, the varied terrain attracts a good variety of birds (woodland and riverine) - more than 200 are listed.
Sasan Gir (also known as Gir Forest National Park) is simply unique being the only true remaining stronghold for the Asiatic lions. In appearance there are a number of differences from their African cousins, most notably being smaller in size and with a skin fold running along the length of their bellies, the males also have sparser manes so much so that their ears are always visible. Prides are also much smaller, with often just 2 or 3 females and the males socialising far less, possibly due to the smaller prey species availble - less co-operation needed in hunting. Aside from the lions, resident mammals include various deer and antelope species, wild boar, jackal, leopard and a number of lesser cat species. More than 300 bird species are listed and the park is also home to a very successful marsh mugger crocodile conservation project. Again this park is busier at the weekends and near festival dates, being the only place to find the Asiatic lions in the wild, and with a limit on vehicle numbers, the park entry fees are higher than at the tiger reserves. Plan your big cat safari in advance with the expert help of Wildlife Trails.
This is a Private Tour
meet and greet on arrival in Mumbai and onward transfer to a domestic flight to Nagpur. Two to three hour drive to ‘Svasara Jungle Lodge’ at Tadoba
Days 2, 3, 4
morning and afternoon jeep safaris (shared) inside Tadoba National Park (closed on Wednesday afternoons; alternate guided activities offered)
final shared morning jeep safari before your transfer to Nagpur for an afternoon flight to Mumbai. Overnight stay at ‘The Lalit’
take a morning flight to Rajkot, then transfer to the ‘Gir Birding Lodge’, with time to visit Junagadh and Gurnar Hill along the way, rest of day at leisure
Days 7, 8, 9
morning and afternoon private jeep safaris inside Sasan Gir National Park
a more leisurely start before your afternoon flight from Rajkot back to Mumbai, where you will overnight again at ‘The Lalit’
when appropriate you will be transferred to Mumbai international airport for your onward flight
Accommodation: a private tour throughout; good quality tried and tested lodges, with upgrade options on request. All meals included at the Wildlife Lodges, breakfast only in Mumbai.
Cost: from £2060 per person based on two sharing (excludes international flights)
Dates: 16th October 2015 to 15th June 2016
Note: to secure most productive and accessible safari zones at Tadoba you should plan to book at least 2-3 months in advance.
For a full tour description email Wildlife Trails and include the trip title, or for a different combination we are happy to help design your ideal tour.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights