Bespoke tiger safari in Corbett National Park
7 days from £1380*
Bespoke tiger safari in Corbett National Park; Wildlife Trails first visited Corbett way back in 1999 and have been lucky enough to return there 3 more times in the last 13 years; including a spectacular family trip in 2011, when Allan and Kirsty and their two young daughters stayed inside the park at Sarpduli, in a secluded forest bungalow. The government rest house accommodation deep inside the park at both Dhikala and Sarpduli is quite basic (*subject to the National Tiger Conservation Authority allowing reopening once more*), to visit Corbett and only stay in lodges on the outside of the park is like visiting Ranthambhore without a safari by the lakes - it is just not the same. Tigers and wild elephant herds become more visible from March onwards, whereas for birders November to February see the peak numbers of migrants.
In common with many other National Parks, the ‘real’ elephant safaris from Dhikala are (sadly) no longer available to visitors with moves to retire the Forest Deprtment elephants to a separate sanctuary. To head out early morning with a Mahout in harmony with his charge and cross the Ramganga River, as a herd of 20-30 Wild Elephant made the same crossing, was priceless. To then witness a tiger charge a sambar deer out from the long grass onto the dry river bed is what made Corbett a legend amongst India’s tiger sanctuaries.
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, with hilly areas of deciduous mixed forests, as well as low lying grassland with ravines and vast dense forests of Sal trees. The magnificent Ramganga River flows through the heart of the park bringing a continuous supply of water. This varied topography results in an abundance of flora and fauna;110 tree species, 50 mammals, 25 reptiles and nearly 600 bird species. Rarities include high altitude Lammergeirs and Steppe Eagles, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan palm civet and the Ghoral - but they are rarely seen. Two of the most interesting reptiles are the Gharial (fish eating crocodile) and the mugger crocodile, found in the Ramganga river and reservoir, along with Tawny Fish Owl and Great Thick Knee. Close by the Kosi River offers a chance for Ibisbill as a great addition to your bespoke tiger safari in Corbett.
This is a Private Tour
Meet and greet in Delhi and take the day train to Corbett. Overnight at ‘Tiger Camp’.
Morning and afternoon jeep safari in the Bijrani range.
Morning game drive through the park to a forest bungalow in Dhikala. Afternoon jeep safari.
Early morning jeep safari followed by afternoon jeep safari.
Morning jeep safari and then drive out of the park on an afternoon safari back to ‘Tiger Camp’.
Morning train to Delhi and overnight at a mid-range hotel or guesthouse.
Private transfer to Delhi international airport and connect with your flight home.
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 Delhi.
Car transfers can be substituted for the trains to and from Corbett, but beware, the traffic out of Delhi can be horrendous (additional cost for this traffic jam!)
Cost: from £1380 per person based on 2 sharing OR £1090 per person based on 4 people (sharing 2 rooms) (excludes international flights)
Dates: 15th November 2019 to 15th June 2020 to include Dhikala stay (NB: Bijrani/ Dhela/ Jhirna zones open earlier)
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights