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

Primates, Rhinos & Hornbills in India

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

Best time to visit -

FEB

Safari Style -

Bespoke Wildlife

DAY 1

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.

Accommodation : Lalit Great Eastern Hotel

DAY 2

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.

Accommodation : Diganta’s Gibbon Resort

DAY 3

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

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.

Accommodation : Infinity Resort Kaziranga

DAY 5 -7

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

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.

Accommodation : Nameri Eco-Camp

DAY 9

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

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

Accommodation : Musa Jungle Retreat

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

Accommodation : Pride Plaza Hotel

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

Costs £3490 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Travel from November 2021 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

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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