16 day safari

Prices from

£3350

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Chance to see Aisatic Lions at Gir
  • Good chance for Indian Wolf at Velvador
  • Unique desert habitat and culture in the Kutch
  • India wildlife holiday can be tailored to your needs

Lions, Wolves & Asiatic Wild Ass

India is famous in wildlife circles as the place to see wild tigers, but is also home to some lesser known but even rarer and more endangered species like the Asiatic Lion, Asiatic Wild Ass, and Great Indian Bustard. India also boasts an impressive array of canids including the Striped Hyena, Indian Wolf, Jackal, Indian Fox, and Desert Fox. This bespoke Gujarat wildlife holiday will take you to an India which few explore and will reward you with rare wildlife, stunning landscapes and a tribal culture that shines brightly in the desert.

When to Go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

APR

Safari Style -

Small Group

DAY 1

ARRIVE INTO AHMEDABAD AND OVERNIGHT AT A HERITAGE HOTEL

You will be met on arrival at Ahmedabad international airport and transferred to the heart of the fascinating old tour where you will stay at a beautifully restored 150 year old mansion. You will hopefully have time in the afternoon to visit some of the city’s famous sights (we can arrange extra night and activities if required)

Accommodation : Divans heritage bungalow

DAY 2

DRIVE FROM AHMEDABAD TO TO THE LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH

After breakfast you will visit the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary-a Ramsar site that attracts a variety and of waterfowl, waders, cranes and other winter migrant species. Continue onwards to the ‘Rann Riders’ near Zainabad, where you will enjoy a safari in the Little Rann of Kutch

Accommodation : Rann Raiders

DAYS 3&4

TWO FULL DAYS TO EXPLORE KUTCH AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES

Full day to explore Kutch and surrounding villages by jeep, with packed lunch and expert guide accompanying you. This is one of the most fascinating wildlife and cultural locations in western India and we will hope to see rare wildlife, such as Wild Ass (herds up to 30 individuals), Indian Gazelle, Indian Fox, Jackal and if we are very luck, Wolf. Rare birds found here include the houbara bustard, spotted and Indian sand grouse, and francolin partridge.

DAY 5

LONG DRIVE WEST TO NAKHATRANA

After breakfast you will drive to Nakhatrana (a journey of approximately 6-7 hours with packed lunch), check in at the ‘Infinty Rann of Kutch’, west of Bhuj. In the evening you will visit the Banni Grasslands looking for the Lesser Bandicoot Rats; also a chance to see Jackal, Jungle Cat and Caracal

Accommodation : Infinity Rann of Kutch

DAYS 6&7

TWO FULL DAYS EXPLORING

Full day in the deserts and salt marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch. Chances for Great Indian bustard, Grey Hypocolius, Desert warbler and Stoliczkas Bushchat. You will also have a chance to see Desert Cat, Caracal, Hyena and Wolf.

DAY 8

GREAT RANN OF KUTCH TO JAMNAGAR

After breakfast you will transferred to Jamnagar (a journey of approximately 6-7 hours), stopping as you wish for example to explore the city of Bhuj, and some of the smaller temple towns en route.

Accommodation : Hotel Fortune Palace

DAY 9

VISIT NARARA MARINE NATIONAL PARK

Early morning visit to the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, we will try to find are Crab Plover, Eurasian oyster catcher, Black necked stork , Black necked grebe, Great crested grebe, Indian skimmer. Encompassing seasonal freshwater bodies, saltpans, mudflats and mangroves, a breeding ground of many wetland birds and later to the Narara Marine National Park, India’s first marine sanctuary, consisting of an archipelago of 42 islands, coral reefs and mangrove forest.

DAY 10

JAMNAGAR TO SASAN GIR

After breakfast you will be driven to ‘Gir Birding Lodge’ (a journey of approximately 5 hours, stopping as you wish), passing near Junagadh and Girnar Hill. Late afternoon jeep safari inside Sasan Gir National Park

Accommodation : Gir Birding Lodge

DAYS 11&12

TWO FULL DAYS OF PRIVATE JEEP SAFARIS IN GIR

Two days of early mornings and afternoon jeep safaris in this famous lion sanctuary. Despite the lion population increasing significantly in recent years they are not always easy to find, as they are well camouflaged and only exist in small prides compared to African lions. Sasan Gir has also been an excellent place to see leopards in the heat of the summer, but that dynamic may change with the increase in lions.

DAY 13

DRIVE FROM SASAN GIR TO VELVADAR

Morning jeep safari inside Sasan Gir National Park. Later you will be driven to the ‘Blackbuck Lodge’ (a journey of approximately 4-5 hours), which will be your base for visits to the grasslands habitat of Velavadar national park.

Accommodation : Black Buck Lodge

DAY 14

MORNING AND AFTERNOON PRIVATE SAFARIS

Morning and afternoon jeep safari inside Velavadar National Park (two entries included), which was specifically designated for the preservation of Blackbuck Antelope, but which also offers outstanding opportunities to observe the rarely seen Hyena and Indian Wolf. Birding highlights include thousands of visiting Pallid, Marsh, and Montagu’s Harriers, and a lake frequented by flamingos, pelicans, herons, and other waders

DAY 15

VELAVADAR TO AHMEDABAD

After breakfast you will be driven back toward Ahmedabad (a journey of approximately 3-4 hours). Check into your beautiful heritage hotel with the afternoon free for further exploration of this vibrant and colourful city.

DAY 16

TRANSFER TO AHMEDABAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Sadly, we have come to the end of your Indian wildlife holiday, although longer stays in India are our speciality and we would be delighted to suggest some wildlife, cultural or relaxation extension to this bespoke Gujarat wildlife safari.

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £3350 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for travel from March 2021 until November 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation to the Tiger Trails Foundation
  • All meals at wildlife lodges
  • Breakfast only in Ahmedabad
  • All transfers, tours and safaris as listed
  • Services of an expert naturalist

Excludes:

  • International Flights and travel insurance
  • Visa Costs
  • Personal drinks
  • Gratuities and Tips

What

Our Clients Say About Us

★★★★★
Outstanding from planning, throughout the whole trip and home again

We had a 13 day tour to India, mostly wildlife as this was what we wanted and a little element of city & culture. Day in Delhi staying at the Imperial, apart from noisy traffic getting to the el it was an iconic place to be, so much hitory and staff who had been there 30yrs and proud of what they did. then onto 5 days at Ranthambor - 2 incredible Tiger sightings with so many other species, onto Agra and the Taj Mahal and then the Saptura National Park. Great time was taken in the planning, we were given lots of options as to how to make the trip up including time of year and how to maximize wildlife sighting.

BySarah
★★★★★
A truly stunning holiday, wildlife and photography experience

Three weeks in India with the fantastic wildlife photographer and teacher, Trai Anfield, concentrating on finding and photographing tiger and leopard, as well as experiencing all the cultural ders of this extraordinary country. The trip exceeded all expectations. We stayed in a wonderful selection of safari lodges, tented camps, forts and palaces, experienced the food and customs of the regions, visited and spent time with the local people and were in Udaipur to celebrate the paint festival, Holi. Out of all the game drives we did over the three weeks, on only two did we return without having seen either tiger or leopard. A truly outstanding experience in every respect, made even more special by the dedication of Trai Anfield to make sure that her clients had the best possible tuition and opportunities to take the photograph of a lifetime. Excellent in every respect. Everything worked perfectly. The booking arrangements, information and assistance before the trip, local guides and local arrangements all worked extremely well and the trip content, compiled in collaboration with Trai Anfield, was outstandingly brilliant.

ByAndrew and Nichola
★★★★★
Fantastic Trip to India with Wildlife Trails

We have recently returned from a 16-night trip to India, organised by Wildlife Trails. It was a tailored trip, encompassing safari in Kaziranga and Corbett with city breaks in Mumbai, Kolkata and hi to catch some IPL cricket. Essentially we were on a 16-night, 5 centre itinerary, no more than 3 nights in any one location, involving many and varied transfers by road, rail and air. The chaos which characterises India, and is certainly part of its charm, can cause frustration for travellers – unless they are travelling with Wildlife Trails, who have partnered with ground agents in India who have the knack of short-circuiting the chaos and arriving everywhere with comfortable punctuality, every time. A thoroughly professional service, enabling our party of 4 to fully enjoy the wonderful experiences India has to offer. We had dedicated wildlife drivers/guides during our stays at both Kaziranga and Corbett – in both cases they were very friendly, we were very well looked after by them, and they greatly enriched our experience of the wildlife. We were blessed with tiger sightings at both Kaziranga (2 different tigers on 2 different days!) and Corbett – where we close enough to the tiger to consider it an encounter rather than a sighting. And Rhino galore (including being amongst a sizeable herd on elephant safari), and wild elephant galore, and deer, and monkeys, and fabulous birds. Accommodation at both National Parks was very good, as were the meals. During our city breaks we had guided tours of each city. Our guides were all punctual, very knowledgeable and friendly – our experience of all 3 cities was certainly enriched by our guides. The agents and drivers who assisted with our transfers to and from airports and railways stations were unfailingly polite and helpful – we were delivered to our seats on the train in Kolkata and met at the carriage door when we arrived 19 hours later in Delhi. Kirsty from Wildlife Trails worked with us over several iterations of our itinerary – always offering positive suggestions and responding promptly and fully to our questions. Putting the trip together with Wildlife Trail was a pleasure in itself – and I’m very happy and impressed to be able to say that everything went according to plan. We would all four have no hesitation in recommending Wildlife Trails to anyone considering a wildlife adventure in India.

ByDave and Alison
★★★★★
Our 1st time to Kipling Camp, amazing holiday

WE had 2 nights in Delhi at Claridges, perfect as always, 3 nights at Kipling Camp,excellent staff, guide, rooms and best of all picnic by the river to bath the beautiful 'Tara' the phant. Went on to Bandhavgargh 'Bandhav Villas' where we have stayed 5 times, treated like Royalty, the rooms have been upgraded, 6* service and most of all 22 Tiger sightings including mother and 3 cubs, wild dogs and other wild life. What else can one ask for? We have used 'Wildlife Trails' now for at least 7 times. They are very knowledgeable, flexible, good listeners as to what you want to do/see, have really become our 'travel friends'. They arranged tours to India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania for us. They have give an excellent service and have good 'local partners' to be there for you.

BySarah and Klaus
★★★★★
An excellent way to see iconic & endangered Indian wildlife

It was a great itinerary that allowed us to see all the iconic and unique wildlife of India in the company of excellent guides, thoughtful drivers and accommodation hosts. In Gujarat we saw wild , birdlife including migrating bar headed geese, asiatic lions - which are not as easy to see as you might think and need persistence, Black buck, Indian wolf & jungle cat with leopard, tiger and a very fast moving sloth bear in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The accomodation was excellent particularly Blackbuck Lodge @ Velavadar and Reni Pani @ Saptura and everywhere had top notch hospitality. Travel was by car, train and plane - travelling in India takes some acclimatisation but the drivers and meet & greet guides were very professional and made it as easy as they could! overall it was a well put together holiday which flowed and allowed us to experience India and Indian wildlife at its best. Very efficient and put together; a well thought through itinerary.

ByJulie