Spend seven days on safari between two of the most famous parks in Central India – including exclusive game drives with leading naturalists, nature walks and community visits. Get involved in a hands-on activity, especially arranged for Steppes Travel, setting up camera traps inside Kanha forest.
- Take advantage of exclusive use of vehicles with accompanying naturalists
- Help set up forest camera traps to see the comings and goings of Kanha wildlife
- Explore by foot and bicycle, visiting local community where Steppes Travel sponsor a "Village Guardian" programme
- Kanha by night - a private bush dinner will be organised beside a waterhole to view nocturnal wildlife
Arriving into Delhi, with some free time for exploring. For first timers or seasoned travellers alike, this cosmopolitan city offers something new. The renowned architecture of Lutyens’ New Delhi, the view of Old Delhi from Jama Masjid Mosque, the vibrant bazaars or the contrasting calm of Lodhi Gardens – half a day will fly by.
The following morning, leave the capital behind and board an early flight for Central India. Reach the lodge in time for lunch before taking your first private jeep safari into Kanha National Park, accompanied by one of our expert naturalists.
India’s jungles were the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and are full of exciting wildlife. In addition to traditional jeep safaris, there is an opportunity to explore the forest on foot and by bicycle. Take a cycling excursion through lush sal and bamboo forests, meeting local villagers gaining a greater understanding of local conservation issues.
After three nights staying at the award winning Kanha Earth Lodge travel by private vehicle to Bandhavgarh National Park. Your home is a tree house for the next five days. A member of TOFTigers, Tree House Hideaway is renowned for wildlife sightings, as they are set back a little from the main lodge and attract night time activity. Walking inside Bandhavgarh is now possible and the opportunity to discover Bandhavgarh Fort on foot should not be missed. Whilst here, a private bush dinner and a spa treatment will be organised on your behalf on a complimentary basis.
Kanha National Park
Kanha is considered by some, as India’s greatest park and provides a diverse habitat to support many mammal and bird species. The densely-forested hills of sal and bamboo combined with grassy plateaus and extensive meadows in the valleys, make an attractive safari setting. The sheer size and remoteness means that Kanha is often less busy than other parks and now that vehicle numbers are limited and advance booking is recommended, it offers a superior safari experience. Kanha is home to barasingha, chital, wild boar, sloth bears, jungle cats, wild dogs, leopards and the Bengal tiger.
Village Wildlife Guardians
Steppes Travel is delighted to support the great work of TOFTigers, helping fund villagers in Kanha to monitor the movement of animals into and out of the park, and reduce human-wildlife conflict. In conjunction with the Corbett Foundation in Kanha, they recruit and train individual guardians to report any potential poaching threats on the fringes of the park to the authorities.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is located amongst the Vindya Hills of Madhya Pradesh and consists of a relatively small core area of 105 sq km, with a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km. The setting of Bandhavgarh is impressive, the ruins of the ancient fort provide a stunning backdrop, with archaeological remains of the Kalchin period and numerous prehistoric caves. Bandhavgarh has a high density of tigers, there are approximately 90 tigers and 25 leopards, chital, sambar, langur monkeys, jackals and a number of bird species.
How can i make this holiday extra special?
Book a private park guide. Steppes Travel can offer private guiding services to guarantee a constant level of service and expertise throughout your park visits, particularly if you are visiting several different National Parks. As a Steppes client, you will have access to our black book of tried and tested Indian naturalists. They can accompany you on your National Park visits and ensure high standards on interpretation. Special interests, such as photography and bird watching can also be tailored more specifically with a private guide in place.
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