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India Tiger Safari - Kanha and Bandhavgarh

Central India - The Jungle Book Experience

12 days

from £4,345pp (excluding flights)

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.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 4345 £ 650

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi overnight

Day 2

VIP Meet and Greet upon arrival
Our representatives will be there to meet you as you disembark the plane and will accompany you to the immigration desk and meet you again at the baggage carousel.

Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.


A Complimentary Upgrade will be provided, subject to room availability


Time at leisure to explore New Delhi or relax at your hotel


You will be staying at Claridges Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Delhi to Jabalpur

Drive from Jabalpur to Kanha National Park (Road Journey)


The drive to Kanha National Park will take around 4 - 5 hours today.


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 setting for a safari. The sheer size and remoteness also 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.

Under Project Tiger, Kanha was divided into two major zones; the inner core and surrounding buffer. Approximately 25% of the reserve is accessible for tourism. Three entry gates service the reserve: Kisli on the western side received the most attention in the 1990's and has witnessed a boom of hotels and lodges; Mukki in the south, is a quieter gate with a handful of lodges, and Sarhi in the north has just opened to encourage vehicle dispersal.

It is estimated that the reserve is home to 114 tigers, which given the size of the area, is a reasonably healthy population.

Morning and afternoon safaris are undertaken by jeep and you are accompanied by an English speaking naturalist (usually employed by the camp you are staying in) and an official park guide who you collect at the entrance to the park. Their English generally isn’t very good but they have the sharpest eyes and a very tuned ear.


Afternoon game drive
After lunch and time to rest take an afternoon game drive by 4WD, accompanied by a local naturalist.


All game drives are organised on an exclusive basis


You will be staying at Kanha Earth Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Kanha - Cycle in the buffer zone
After breakfast go for a cycle in the buffer zone forest, accompanied by your lodge naturalist. En route visit the local village and school. Before returning to your accommodation time will be made for a picnic stop.


Afternoon game drive
After lunch and time to rest take an afternoon game drive by 4WD, accompanied by a local naturalist.


Kanha - afternoon game drive
The afternoon game drive will commence shortly after lunch. Each vehicle will be accompanied by a park ranger and an expert guide. The drive will continue until sunset, which is one of the best times to see tigers.


You will be staying at Kanha Earth Lodge, Full board

Day 5

During your stay in Kanha camera traps will be set up in the forest to monitor the animals that pass


Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Each day enjoy morning and evening jeep drives inside Kanha National Park. Leave the lodge after early morning tea/coffee at around 5:45 am with a picnic breakfast. Mornings are often cold inside the forest and slowly warm up as the sun rises. Blankets will be provided from the lodge to keep your legs warm. You will stay in the reserve until midday, when it closes during the hottest part of the day.Time for lunch and a swim before returning to the reserve when it opens again mid afternoon and stay there until dusk.


You will be staying at Kanha Earth Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Final Game Drive
Meet early again this morning and set off for the last game drive in Kanha National Park. A picnic breakfast will be served in the park. Return to the lodge mid-morning to freshen up.

Travel from Kanha to Bandhavgarh


After lunch drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. Depending on road conditions this journey takes between 5 - 7 hours. Arrive in time for a sundowner and a hearty supper.


Situated in hill country, this scenic park was once the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Rewa. The setting of Bandhavgarh is impressive, the park taking its name from an ancient fort perched on top of high cliffs. If the sole reason for visiting a national park in India is to sight a tiger, then the first choice for many is Bandhavgarh. Spend at least a couple of days here and tiger sightings are almost guaranteed, as the park is relatively small with a high density of tigers. As well as tigers, there is also ample prey, alongside leopards.

Early morning and afternoon game drives are by jeep, but when tigers are positively sighted in the forest, elephant-back is the best way to get as close to them as possible. If visiting Bandhavgarh under time constraints, why not organise a VIP photography permit to ensure you maximise the physical time spent in the park? Enter before the public, and have free access all day, in all zones. It is essential to book jeep safaris well in advance.


During your stay at the Tree House you will receive a complimentary spa treatment


You will be staying at Tree House Hideaway, Full board

Day 7

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Over the next two days, spend time searching for Bandhavgarh's tigers and other wildlife.
The days start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and naturalist leading the drives, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs. Each day return to the lodge around midday for lunch. Have time to relax, before heading out into the park again mid-afternoon, returning at sunset.


You will be staying at Tree House Hideaway, Full board

Day 8

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Today take two further game drives in Bandhavgarh national park with your naturalist.


You will be staying at Tree House Hideaway, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at Tree House Hideaway, Full board

Day 10

Drive from Bandhavgarh to Jabalpur airport


After breakfast transfer by road to Jabalpur - a journey of approximately five hours.

Fly Jabalpur to Delhi


On arrival at Delhi airport and driven to the Holiday Inn with day room use

Day 11

You will have complimentary use of the departure lounge at Delhi airport

Fly Delhi to London

Accommodation

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The Claridges

The Claridges

Built in 1952, The Claridges remains one of New Delhi’s most iconic hotels....

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Kanha Earth Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge near Kanha National Park delivers a memorable experience, from welcome drinks on arrival until your final game drive....

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