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Bengal Tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Tiger Safari in Central India

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

12 Days

Prices Start from

$4,255 ex. flights

This holiday suggestion is perfect for anyone keen to see tigers in the wild. Experience 15 game drives over 10 days, accompanied by best-in-field naturalists, in three of the best tiger parks in India; Tadoba, Pench and Kanha.

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.

Leopard, Pench National Park, India 2

See Leopard as well as Tiger

Pench National Park is also famous for leopard sightings.

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 Tadoba, Pench and Kanha 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.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Mumbai
  • Day 2
    Mumbai - Nagpur - Tadoba National Park
  • Day 3 - 4
    Tadoba National Park
  • Day 5
    Tadoba National Park - Pench National Park
  • Day 6 - 7
    Pench National Park
  • Day 8
    Pench National Park - Kanha National Park
  • Day 9 - 10
    Kanha National Park
  • Day 11
    Kanha National Park - Raipur - Mumbai
  • Day 12
    Mumbai
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.

Tadoba National Park, India
Tadoba National Park, India

Tadoba - India's Secret Tiger Reserve

Including Tadoba in your trip offers a unique, off-the-beaten-track experience with exceptional wildlife encounters. Explore the park by jeep and also experience walking trails and kayaking on Irai Lake. Tadoba also offers the chance to sleep-out overnight in hideouts around key waterholes for a totally immersive wildlife experience. Tadoba 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.

“Tadoba is a very friendly and family orientated park. It was the best for tigers, with nine different tiger spottings during our stay. Birds and other wildlife was also great. Our driver, Richin, was very knowledgeable, both in Indian history and world politics as well as being a great naturalist and spotter.” Mr Salter.

Green Bee Eater Bird, India
Green bee eater, Pench National Park, India

Location is Everything

We include Pench National Park within our tiger circuit itineraries as it has a good reputation for tiger sightings and is less crowded, so the overall safari experience is more personal. Pench is also home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to spot this creature. The dam in the park is a favourite spot for bird watching. Other wildlife spotted here are chinkara, wild dog, sloth bear and jackal.

You stay at Jamtara Wilderness Lodge, the only one located on the Jamtara Gate side of the park, giving you an enhanced wildlife experience due to its seclusion, and the opportunity to cover a more diverse area of the jungle. As with Tadoba, Pench offers a free zone for driving without set routes. When on safari you are able to follow alarm calls without any restrictions.

Dominant Male Tiger Munna from Kanha National Park
Munna, Kanha National Park,

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. As well as tiger, Kanha is home to barasingha, chital, wild boar, sloth bear, jungle cat, wild dog and leopard. 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.

Pench Tree Lodge, Pench National Park, India
Pench National Park, India

Cycling in the Tiger Corridor

During your wildlife holiday to India, there is an option to bike through the tiger corridors that link Pench and Kanha. Biking offers a different perspective of the environment around you and takes you to visit the colourful and remote tribal markets and ancient villages that have changed little over the centuries. Cycling will be, where possible, on smaller country roads and a support vehicle accompanies each biking trip, so if your legs are feeling weary you have the option of completing part of the journey in the vehicle. Plenty of refreshments including bottled water, soft drinks and fresh fruit will follow behind and a welcome break from riding is always possible. The emphasis is on seeing India and learning about the wildlife and not racing to the finish line.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Jamtara Wilderness Camp £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10-tented property situated in the village of Jamtara, close to Pench National Park.

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Svasara Jungle Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated close to the gates of India’s ‘Secret Tiger Park’, this lodge has a monopoly on comfort. With well-equipped rooms and chunky mattresses, this lodge stands head and shoulders above the other lodges in this region. In the evening you can lounge around, listen to the chefs beat naan onto the Tandori oven, watch wildlife films under the stars or take a night walk around the buffer zone of the park.

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.

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Kanha Earth Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Kanha Earth Lodge is spread in 16 acres of natural forest, tucked away in a small hamlet bordering Kanha’s buffer zone. Its unique location, 30 minutes from the Khatia/Kisli park gate, ensures that it is close enough for easy access to the park, but still far enough from Kanha’s tourist hub to offer guests a true wilderness experience. The 12 bungalows with large open verandahs have been inspired by Gond tribal architecture and offer environmentally sensitive, low-impact accommodation through their design and use of local stone and waste wood. The absence of neighbouring lodges or highways creates an ideal setting for nature walks, birding and cycling trip through the surrounding forest.

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Tadoba is a very friendly and family orientated park. It was the best for tigers, with nine different tiger spottings during our stay. Birds and other wildlife was also great. Our drive, Richin, was very knowledgeable, both in India history and world politics as well as being a great naturalist and spotter.

Tadoba National Park

Kate Hitchen was excellent and managed to book and organise our trip to India perfectly, it was even better than expected. Thank you.

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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.

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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.

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