16 day safari

Prices from

£3490

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

Visit 3 of Assams most special wildlife sanctuaries

Chance to see tigers and leopards in Kaziranga and Manas

Golden Langurs and Hoolock Gibbons in the same tour

This trip can be tailored to your requirements

After spending 30 days in West Bengal and Assam during April 2018, Allan Blanchard and his friend and expert wildlife guide, Avijit Dutta, wanted to bring together the very best wildlife experiences these two beautiful states have to offer and put together a completely unique and unmatched Wildlife Trails small group wildlife tour of North East India. The result is a beautiful overland trip, visiting some of the regions most iconic wildlife sanctuaries; including Gibbon Sanctuary, Kaziranga, Manas, Pakke and Nameri. Far fewer international and domestic visitors make it across to these beautiful national parks and as a result we have the chance to enjoy the amazing wildlife without the crowds that can affect your enjoyment in north and central India.

    When to go:
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct

Best time to visit - FEB

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

best luxury hotels in Kolkata the Lalit
Arrive in Kolkata and overnight
Arrive in Kolkata and overnight at the iconic luxury hotel called ‘The Lalit’ - second oldest hotel in the city, which has been beautifully restored. Afternoon free to explore Kolkata with your expert guide who is also a local and knows all the best markets and restaurants.

Day 2

Where to see gibbons in India Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
An afternoon in the Gibbon Sanctuary
Morning flight from Kolkata to Jorhat. Followed by transfer to a simple family resort 30 minutes from the Gibbon Sanctuary. We will have time in the afternoon for our first visit to the famous Gibbon sanctuary. As well as looking for Gibbons with our tracker and wildlife guide, we will keep our eyes open for 3 different Macaque species and Bengal slow loris.

Day 3

Assam wildlife tour visiting gibbon sanctuary
Early morning visit to Gibbon Sanctuary
Early morning transfer to the entrance of the Gibbon sanctuary, where we will spend 3-4 hours looking for Hoolock Gibbons, eastern Assamese macaques, stump tailed macaques and pig tailed macaques. We will leave the afternoon free for local explorations or a return to the Gibbon Sanctuary.

Accommodation : Diganta's Gibbon Resort

Day 4

Best places to see rhino in India Kaziranga photo of rhino and elephant
Visit eastern Zone in Kaziranga
Very early start to drive around 2 hours to the eastern zone of Kaziranga national park. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the park, with huge lakes attracting migratory birds, rhino, elephant and if you are lucky, the smooth coated otter. After our safari we drive further west to the Infinity Resort where we will overnight. In the afternoon we will take a safari in the central zone, which is often the best place to see tigers in Kaziranga.

Day 5 -7

Kaziranga wildlife tour to see rhino and elephant in Assam
Three days of morning and afternoon game drives
Your private naturalist visits Kaziranga national park throughout the year and is networked into the local wildlife lodges and guides. Based on the latest sightings reports he will micro manage your stay and choose the best entrance gates for wildlife viewing - there are 4 different gates into the park.

Accommodation : Infinity Resort Kaziranga

Day 8

Great hornbill in Nameri Assam
Drive onward to Nameri
After a final morning safari in Kaziranga, we drive to Nameri National Park, where we will stay at the Eco-camp.

Day 9

river drift in Kameng River Nameri
Walking and river drifting in pristine Nameri
Early morning walk inside Nameri National Park, escorted by forest guards (one of the few parks where this is possible), looking out for capped langurs and great hornbills. Return to the lodge before a late afternoon trip to the Kameng River for a gentle raft ride inside Nameri for a couple of hours. If lucky, one may see hornbills, Assamese macaques, or elephants by the river

Accommodation : Nameri Eco-Camp

Day 10

best place to see hornbills Assam
Whole day safari at Pakke tiger reserve
Highlights at Pakke (inside the state of Arunachal Pradesh) are the chance to see three different species of Hornbills; including Great, Pied and Wreathed; in addition to endemic eastern Himalayan birds, barking deer, Malayan giant squirrels and wild elephants.

Accommodation : Nameri Eco-Camp

Day 11

Drive via Orang to Manas
After breakfast we have the option to stop at Orang National Park for a morning safari (great birding!) to break our 6 hour drive to the world heritage site and rarely visited, Manas national park, where we check into Musa Lodge. Afternoon birding around the lodge and/ or visit to a traditional Bora village

Day 12

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris inside Manas
Morning safari in one of the most beautiful tiger sanctuaries in India. Incredible real jungle habitat, huge grasslands and the awesome backdrop of the hills of Bhutan. Afternoon drive to Mathanguri, overlooking the Manas river and based inside the core Tiger reserve

Accommodation : Musa Jungle Retreat

Day 13 & 14

Full days of wildlife activities
Apart from some great birding and a wide variety of flora, sightings of Elephants, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Assamese Macaques, Great hornbills and Capped Langurs are the other probable highlights. We can choose to go out for the full day (taking a packed lunch) to explore deeper in to the park

Accommodation : Musa Jungle Retreat

Day 15

Visit to Kakaijana Reserve Forest
Packed breakfast and early check out fbefore the drive onward to Kakaijana Reserve Forest. Trek here for about three hours to sight different troops of Golden Langurs. We then drive onto the airport at Guwahati to connect with a flight to Kolkata. Overnight near Kolkata airport

Day 16

Sadly this is your departure day
When appropriate you will be transferred to Kolkata airport to connect with your onward international flight.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £3490 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Travel from November 2020 to December 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation to the Tiger Trails Foundation
  • Breakfast at city hotels
  • All your meals at the national parks
  • All transfers and accommodation as described
  • Exclusive services of a top naturalist

Excludes

  • Cost of international flights
  • Cost of visas to visit India
  • Gratuities for your porters
  • Main tip for your naturalist/photography guide

What

Our clients say about us

Deatils
Monday February 11, 2019
Outstanding from planning, throughout the whole trip and home again

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By Sarah
Thursday June 28, 2018
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Our trip came up to all our expectations

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