With Iolo Williams
16th – 26th January 2019
Travel to Central India on an adventure that will take you to the heart of tiger country.
We’ll explore the Tadoba National Park, a success story for the Tiger population. Twenty-six cubs are reported to have been born in the Tiger reserve in recent years. Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, spans over 625 square kilometres and incorporates both Tadoba National Park (which became Maharashtra’s first national park in 1955) and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. More recently it became one of India’s 28 Project Tiger Reserves in 1993. As many as 56 Tigers are reputed to survive here as well as many other large mammals such as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat and Chousingha (Four-horned Antelope), not to mention the wonderfully rich birdlife.
From Tadoba, we will take a short flight to Gujarat, India’s most westerly state. Here we will spend time at Gir National Park, where the top predator is the globally threatened Asiatic Lion. Finally, we will drive to Velavadar National Park where our focus will be Indian Grey Wolf and Striped Hyena. At this location, we can also expect to see hundreds of Blackbuck, Nilgai and various interesting harriers and other avian delights.
Tadoba National Park
Here we will explore the best parts of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and National Park during morning and afternoon jeep safari drives. There will be six drives over three days. One of these drives will be in the buffer zone to look for Wild Dogs. Sloth Bears, whilst difficult to see at many National Parks, can be more readily seen at Tadoba. Tending to prefer the more hilly and rocky areas of Katezari, they can be seen at other locations too. During the morning and afternoon safari drives we will visit various areas which could include Tadoba and Telia Lakes, Pandharpauni Meadows, Jamun Bodhi and Vasant Bandhara areas of Tadoba. We’ll have the opportunity to relax between safari drives and in the evenings at Jharana Jungle Lodge.
Gir National Park
This is the only place in the world where you can see Asiatic Lions in the wild. The park boasts a healthy Leopard population too and we may also see Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) and Chousingha which is the world’s only four-horned antelope, along with Mottled Wood-Owl, White-bellied Minivet and Painted Sandgrouse.
Velavadar National Park
Jeep safaris will take us inside Velavadar National Park and in between we’ll explore the area around the lodge. Velavadar is undoubtedly one of the best places in India to look for Indian Grey Wolf and Striped Hyena and, whilst we can’t guarantee sightings, we may glimpse one or both of these top predators. An initial glance at the large gatherings of Nilgai and Blackbuck and you could almost feel you are on a game drive in Africa. The site also boasts an impressive Harrier roost in the winter months and we’ll see many of them quartering the grasslands in search of prey throughout the day.
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