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Black Panther wildlife tour and safari

8 days from £2710*

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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 did we see during the March 2018 and 2019 tours?

Both trips in 2018 were a huge success, with both groups enjoying a single sighting of the Black Panther which was the main objective of the trip. However, even more enjoyable was the almost constant action inside the park, as we enjoyed up to 7 tiger sightings, 5 leopard encounters and multiple superb encounters with a pack of 8 wild dogs, that were an absolute joy to photograph. It is important to point out that a rapidly growing tiger population could make seeing leopards in general (not just the Black Panther) more difficult in the future, so we would strongly suggest visiting ASAP. We just completed our third trip for the Black Panther in March 2019 and this time we missed out on a sighting of the melanistic male leopard. However, the great combination of good quality tiger and leopard action continued for our group members.

Client feedback from 2018.

Seeing 6 tigers ( 3 very good sightings) and 4 leopards (one amazing sighting) in Nagarahole (including the one with the all important black features) was truly beyond our expectations. Arjun was really very helpfull in managing the jeep safaris into the park. We only had to go on a boat safari once and the 2 last days he even arranged it so we could go both morning and afternoon drives into zone A. Thanks Arnie

Just a brief note to thank you for a superb trip to Nagarahole. We were fortunate to see the black panther, albeit briefly, early on during the trip. It was not through lack of trying that we didn’t see him again but had excellent big cat sightings of leopard and tiger as well as other wildlife including elephant, squirrel, mongoose, otters and python. Good food and great company with Richard, Arnie and Edith. Thanks John


This is a Small Group Tour

  1. Apr 05

    Arrive at Bangalore airport, where you will be met and transferred 5-6 hours by air-conditioned mini-bus to ‘Kabini Jungle Lodge’ (staying in the upgraded Maharaja cottages) - ideally situated for direct vehicle access to Nagerhole national park. This evening we will enjoy a short presentation from our experienced local wildlife guide, who will accompany us in Nagerhole national park.

  2. Apr 06 to 10

    Five full days and 10 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.

  3. Apr 11

    Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing by shared private bolero in Nagerhole national park. If we have been lucky with Black Panther sightings, we can always look at including a boat safari on Kabini Lake in search of Wild Elephants grazing near the shoreline

  4. Apr 12

    After breakfast it will be the end of the tour and clients will be transferred back to Mysore/ Bangalore, or commence private extensions to other parts of India (cost not included)


(April 05 to 12 departure) Cost £2710 per person based on two people sharing and not including international flights

Single person supplement of £770 per person.

  • ONE SPACE LEFT on March 29 to April 05 departure: £3080 based on single occupancy of a standard cottage

A small group trip (max 6 guests), AC road travel, accompanied by an expert naturalist who has been guiding in Nagarhole for years. Includes all three meals at Kabini Jungle Lodge.

We also have a luxury chill out extension available post tour staying 2 nights at the spectacular 'Kabini Evolve Back' (villa with private pool) from £750 per person based on two people sharing and including all meals, boat transfers and private return transfer to Bangalore. Or you can head to the North East of India for Red Panda or Fishing Cat safaris.  Just get in touch for more details.

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