Our People
  • Amy Waters snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • William Dalrymple Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Tiger Safari in Central India



11 Days

Prices Start from

£4,940pp (ex. flights)

This holiday suggestion is perfect for anyone keen to see tigers in the wild. Experience 10 game drives over 8 days, accompanied by best-in-field naturalists, in three of the best tiger parks in India; Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Lounge, Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha National Park, India 1

Stay in Comfortable Eco-Lodges

Luxury accommodation in small, private safari camps with exemplary eco-credentials.

Tiger, India 2

Meet with Key Conservationists

Spend time with renowned conservation biologist, Ragu Chundawat at his home in Panna National Park.

Sunrise, Kanha National Park, India 3

Visit the Best Hunting Grounds

With dense forests and a plentiful prey base, Kanha is the perfect hunting ground for big cats.

Hanuman Langur, Pench National Park, India 4

Set Camera Traps and Learn to Track

Get personally involved in conservation activities during your trip.

Why we like it

We have chosen the combination of Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna in order to give you the most exclusive wildlife safari experiences possible. Although spotting a tiger in the wild isn’t guaranteed, this journey gives you the best possible chance of finding yourself in the presence of this majestic creature.

Lodges have been carefully selected according to their location to the park, their eco-credentials and sustainability policy and the quality and standard of their in-house naturalists. And we’ve included all the safaris you’d ever need, avoiding you having to navigate the tricky safari bookings system.

This is the ultimate tiger safari.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity (region-specific).

Explore our suggested itinerary

India on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Mumbai - Raipur - Kanha National Park

  • Day 3 - 4

    Kanha National Park

  • Day 5

    Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Day 6

    Bandhavgarh National Park

  • Day 7

    Bandhavgarh National Park - Panna National Park

  • Day 8-9


  • Day 10

    Panna National Park - Khajuraho - Delhi

  • Day 11


Day 1


Mumbai, India

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a city teeming with culture, architecture and people.

Day 2

Mumbai - Raipur - Kanha National Park

Day 3 - 4

Kanha National Park

Dominant Male Tiger Munna from Kanha National Park

Kanha is considered by some, as India’s greatest park.

Day 5

Kanha National Park - Bandhavgarh National Park

Safari Game Drive, Baghvan, Pench National Park, India

The setting of Bandhavgarh is impressive – the ruins of the ancient fort, the archaeological remains of the Kachin period provide a stunning backdrop.

Day 6

Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 7

Bandhavgarh National Park - Panna National Park

Day 8-9


Panna National Park, India

From safaris to boat rides, from spotting spectacular birdlife to seeking out tigers and sloth bears, Panna offers many exciting opportunities to the wildlife lover.

Day 10

Panna National Park - Khajuraho - Delhi

Day 11


Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More details

Bengal Tigers, India
Bengal Tigers, India

A Member of Travel Operators For Tigers (TOFT)

Steppes Travel is proud to be a member of TOFT, (Travel Operators for Tigers ) who, in conjunction with Global Tiger Patrol, supports a sustainable approach to tourism in the wildlife reserves. This means that you can be confident that your tiger safari holiday is being operated in a responsible manner and will benefit the local villagers and the wildlife within the tiger parks you visit.

TOFTigers is an organisation founded by a former Steppes Director, Julian Matthews. The campaign aims at all involved in the tourism industry – from government bodies to park directorates, from communities to tour operators such as Steppes Travel – to plan and support tourism to save tigers and their habitat. We consult frequently with Julian Matthews and he leads our small group tiger conservation tours.

Read More
Sunrise, Kanha National Park, India
Kanha National Park, India
Spotted Owls, Kanha National Park, India
Kanha National Park, India
Indian Jackal, Kanha National Park, India
Kanha National Park, India
Kanha track, Kanha National Park, India

The King of Tiger Parks

Kanha is considered by some as India’s greatest park and provides a diverse habitat to support many mammal and bird species. The sheer size and remoteness mean that Kanha is often less busy than other parks and now that vehicle numbers are limited and advance booking is crucial, it offers a superior safari experience.

Morning and afternoon safaris are undertaken by jeep with an English speaking naturalist (usually from the camp you are staying in). You also collect an official park guide at the entrance to the park and although their English generally isn’t very good they have the sharpest eyes and a very tuned ear. A successful tiger sighting is just around the corner. As well as tiger, Kanha is home to barasingha, chital, wild boar, sloth bear, jungle cat, wild dog and leopard.

Read More
Blue Jay, India
Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Location is Everything

When designing our tiger safari itineraries, we consider not only current tiger populations and the quality of the safari experience, but also where you put your head at the of the day. Safaris start early in the morning so we want you to be as well-rested and cared for as possible, in order to get you through the park gates quickly and comfortably so you can enjoy your safari. The lodges we use have excellent eco-credentials, with sustainability and community investment at their heart. They also offer a superb standard of personal service, attention to detail and delicious cuisine.

Tiger, India
Tiger, India
Panna National Park, India
Panna National Park, India
Green Bee Eater, Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Panna National Park, India
Indian Roller, India

Panna - India's Secret Tiger Reserve

We include Panna within our tiger circuit itineraries as it has a growing reputation for tiger sightings and is less crowded, so the overall safari experience is more personal. Panna is also home to the Asiatic leopard and is one of the best places to spot this creature. The Ken River flowing through the reserve is home to Gharial and Mugger and is a favourite spot for bird watching. Other wildlife spotted here are chinkara, wild dog, sloth bear and jackal.

For the moment Panna doesn’t have fixed zones and set routes like some other parks so on safari you are able to follow alarm calls without any restrictions.



Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Shergarh Tented Camp £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Shergarh is a peaceful jungle camp nestled around a spring-fed lake on the edge of Kanha Tiger Reserve in Central India. The camp is intimate with just six cosy ensuite tents, delicious home-cooked food, excellent naturalists and a fabulous local team headed up by Katie and Jehan who are running the show. Shergarh is the perfect place to base yourself while on a tiger safari. A home from home in an area of outstanding beauty.

View Property

Sarai at Toria £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Sarai at Toria ‘s uniquely designed accommodation is situated on a beautiful riverside site, close to the UNESCO heritage site of Khajuraho and Panna National Park. This comfortable but earth-friendly riverside retreat is owned and run by passionate conservationists and offers a home from home environment. The eight independent cottages are set in a lovely garden bordered by the Ken River. The food is some of the best you will find in India and mainly grown on their farm.

View Property

Tree House Hideaway £££££

  • India
  • Safari Lodge

Tree House Hideaway has five uniquely constructed tree-house rooms, hidden among the tree-tops along the border of Bandhavgarh National Park. They are beautifully designed with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking the parkland.

View Property

Start planning your trip

Send us an enquiry

Complete our enquiry form and start your next journey.


Naturalists at the two lodges responded well to the individual needs of us as their guests. I showed an interest in the local school in Kanha, and Chin took us there, introduced us to the head and showed us a classroom - very interesting and insightful into the local community.

Kanha National Park

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £4,940 Per person

When to travel

India in January

January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.

India in February

During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.

India in March

Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.

India in April

With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.

India in May

From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.

India in June

Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.

India in July

At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.

India in August

As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.

India in September

As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.

India in October

As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.

India in November

As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.

India in December

In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary once again?

More about Steppes


Get in touch

  • By sending your enquiry you are stating that you agree to our T&C

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.