Tiger safaris in Bandhavgarh and Pench small group
11 days from £2070*
Pench National Park is claimed to be the setting for Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', and certainly a safari here will offer a good chance to see most of the main characters (need to get to Borneo of course to find 'King Louie'!). Fast-forward to more recent times and without any Disney gloss, the park is home to new global stars, such as record-breaking Collarwali Baghin - a now legendary super-tigress, having given birth to no less than 7 litters/ 26 cubs, and experts speculate that at 12 years old she may have at least one more litter. Beginning simply as T15, the daughter of another superstar tigress called Barimada (featured in the BBC 'Spy in the Jungle' series), the tigress became Collarwali after a radio collar was fiited in 2009, just 4 tigers were collared, but T15 became the most visible and the name has stuck despite the collar having fallen off in 2016.
Pench is however not all about tigers; with larger water bodies and varying terrain types you should larger mixed herds of herbivores (gaur, sambar, spotted deer and of course langurs keeping watch above), the bird list is impressive, and you have a realistic chance of sighting dhole (wild dog), leopards and sloth bear.
More recent reports reassure us that Bandhavgarh is back as a Top 5 'tiger park' after 2 or 3 years of concern. It wasn't that there were suddenly no tigers, but that several tigresses with young cubs had retreated in to the closed zones of the parks core area following some fierce territorial battles fought between the males and it was all taking time for the situation to revert to 'normal'. With 4 or 5 new litters of cubs, a new park director, the death of Bhamera and three young male tigers taking up the crowns formerly worn by Charger, B2 and Bhamera, the new dynasties are ready to play their roles in the continuing drama worthy of Bollywood screens!
This is a Small Group Tour
Mar 25 (Sun)
arrive in to Delhi and overnight at the nearby ‘Red Fox Aerocity’, rest of day at leisure
morning flight to Nagpur and transfer to ‘Pench Jungle Camp’ arriving in time for the afternoon jeep safari
Mar 27 to 29
morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Pench National Park (and Pench Tiger Reserve on Mar 28 PM)
plan an early start for the long drive to Bandhavgarh, stopping with a picnic lunch at the Narmada river. Check in to ‘Tiger Den’
Mar 31 to Apr 02
morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Bandhavgarh National Park
after a final morning safari, depart for Jabalpur airport for the flight back to Delhi. Overnight at the ‘Red Fox Aerocity’
Apr 04 (Wed)
bid a fond farewell to the group and to India before your departure from Delhi
Indian wildlife lodges (PUG rated for Quality Practice by TOFT): a small group trip (maximum 8 guests travelling and maximum 4 guests per jeep), AC road travel and scheduled domestic flights. All meals included at the Wildlife Lodges, breakfast only in Delhi.
Cost: from £2070 per person based on two sharing/ single supplement: £430pp (excludes international flights)
Dates: 25th March to 4th April 2018
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights