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Bengal Tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India

Tiger Conservation with New Scientist

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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09/04/22 17/04/229 days £3,995 ex. flights £1,300Kartikeya Singh14 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Dominant Male Tiger Munna from Kanha National Park 1

Tiger sightings

100% record of success in sighting tiger in its natural habitat.

Tiger pug mark, Pench National Park, India 2

Hands on experiences

Hands on experiences, setting camera traps and learning tracking skills.

Kanha National Park 3

National Parks

Explore Tadoba and Pench, some of the most wildlife-rich reserves in the India.

Bengal Tiger, India 4

TOFT

This tour donates £100pp to TOFT, supporting conservation in Indian National Parks.

Why we like it

Hear from guest lecturers regarding ongoing conservation issues and related projects including village relocation and tiger translocation programmes, and ways to ease the tension between human and animal conflict.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Delhi

  • Day 2

    Delhi - Nagpur - Tadoba National Park

  • Days 3-5

    Tadoba National Park

  • Day 6

    Tadoba National Park - Pench National Park

  • Days 7 - 8

    Pench National Park

  • Day 9

    Pench National Park - Nagpur - Delhi

Day 1

Delhi

Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, India

On arrival transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2

Delhi - Nagpur - Tadoba National Park

Game Safari, Tiger Trails, Tadoba National Park, India

Fly from Delhi to Nagpur. From here, drive to Tadoba National Park. After a long day of travelling, there will be time to rest. Alternatively, head straight out on a jeep safari searching for wildlife.

Days 3-5

Tadoba National Park

Dominant Male Tiger Munna from Kanha National Park

The next three days will follow a similar pattern, as you head into Tadoba National Park searching for India’s elusive tiger as well as the park’s many other wildlife species and birdlife.

Day 6

Tadoba National Park - Pench National Park

Before departing for Pench there is time for a final morning game drive. An early lunch will be served before moving on to Pench National Park. On arrival, time may be spent at leisure.

Days 7 - 8

Pench National Park

Safari Game Drive, Baghvan, Pench National Park, India

During your time at Pench, we have arranged a variety of excursions and activities. These include cycling through India’s Tiger corridor, nature walks, local village visits, jeep safaris and presentations from the expert team on camera trapping.

Day 9

Pench National Park - Nagpur - Delhi

Jama Masjid Mosque, Old Delhi, India

Return by road to Nagpur airport, to fly back to Delhi for your departure.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Kartikeya Singh throughout India
  • Accommodation (as indicated)
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • £100 TOFT donation
  • Local guides in each park
  • Transportation (as indicated)
  • National park entrance fees
  • 9 jeeps safaris
  • Donation to Steppes Fund for Change projects
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
Tadoba National Park, India
Tadoba National Park, India
Tiger Cubs, Tadoba National Park, India
Tadoba National Park, India
Sambhar Deer in Tadoba Reserve
Tadoba Tiger Reserve, India

Tadoba National Park

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of India’s most exciting and best-protected tiger reserves. Dominated by teak forest and bamboo, it’s a rugged landscape comprising cliffs, caves, marshes, perennial lakes and boulder-strewn streambeds that cater to a host of biodiversity, not least the tigers, which number from 75 to 100 by the last count.

Hanuman Langur, Pench National Park, India
Gray langur, Pench National Park, India
Tiger pug mark, Pench National Park, India
India
Leopard Cub, India
Pench National Park, India

Pench National Park

Pench has a wonderfully rich flora and fauna and is home to the Asiatic leopard with the dam in the park being a favourite spot for bird watching. Other wildlife spotted here are chinkara, wild dog, sloth bear and jackal. Pench has a good reputation for tiger sightings and is less crowded so the overall safari experience is more personal.

Tiger pug mark, Pench National Park, India
India

Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT)

As part of this tour, a donation will be made to Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT), which, aims to support and fund the protection, conservation and rewilding of natural wilderness. Their main focus is tiger habitat, through the clever and wise use of nature tourism, using better visitor guidance, more community involvement, targeted green investment and enhanced governance and monitoring.

Group Tour FAQs

Why travel with Steppes Travel and New Scientist to see Tigers in India?

As part of our partnership with New Scientist and our knowledge on the ground in India, we have some amazing special access opportunities on this tour. Help set up camera traps in the forest in Tadoba National Park, cycle the tiger corridor accompanied by expert guides in Pench National Park, and gain a privileged insight into the work of Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT) throughout.

What happens on a typical day?

Mornings begin with tea in bed, usually, before 6 am and park entry times vary depending on summer or winter season, but the gates normally open at 6 am – closing again between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. All vehicles need to be out of the park before the gate closes after the morning game drive unless you have gained special permission. Breakfast will normally be taken in the park, heading back to the lodge around mid-morning for lunch.

The afternoon is free to make use of the facilities available at your lodge, take time over a leisurely lunch, have an afternoon sleep, or a walk in the grounds. Often situated in the buffer zone, and regularly recording good wildlife sightings, the lodges are worth exploring. During the tour, there may be unique experiences during this time of the day.

The second game drive, in the afternoon, the park opens around 2 pm with a return to the lodge in time for a pre-dinner sundowner.

Meals are served back at the lodge – often al fresco around a fire pit, with classic cooking methods.

What will the weather be like in March?

March welcomes the beginning of summer, bringing hot and sunny days with cooler nights so do bring light clothing and adequate hats for shade. March has average temperatures sitting around 35 degrees, dropping to 20 degrees at night. March is a good time to visit as the foliage starts to thin out, making wildlife easier to spot. The water sources dry up drawing animals from the jungle to the larger lakes.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

Stay in lodges which offer a total immersion into tiger conservation and meet the in-house passionate naturalists. There are wonderful dining opportunities to be had, including a village farm to table experiences. We believe we have confirmed the best available and we are confident the owners have a commitment to conservation tourism.

All of the properties used in the national parks are PUG accredited. The TOFTigers PUG Mark accreditation scheme, recognised by the UN-backed Global Sustainable Tourism Council, represents South Asia’s first and highest standard in eco-auditing for wildlife-focused accommodation providers operating in or around wildlife parks, sanctuaries or areas of outstanding natural beauty in both India and Nepal.

In addition, the lodges used on this tour are completely single-use plastic-free.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of our tour experts.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

General overall fitness is required. There are two longer road journeys of approximately five hours, which are unavoidable but comfortable vehicles are provided with in car snacks and soft drinks. During the jeep safaris in the National Parks, you need to be able getting in and out of high clearance vehicles. The vehicles may cross bumpy ground at times, so please make us aware of any back problems you may have. There is walking involved in this trip so you will need to be able to walk comfortably for up to five hours.

Do I need a visa to travel to India?

All visitors need a visa to travel to India. There is now a provision for an online e-visa for citizens of certain countries, including the UK and the visa must be obtained before arrival in all circumstances. Tourist visas issued in the UK have six months’ validity from the date of issue.

Can I extend my time in India?

This tour works perfectly with an extension in India, taking in some of the country’s cultural sites, such as the Golden Triangle. Speak to one of our India specialists for more details of possible extensions.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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