No other animal heightens awareness and sets the pulse racing quite like a tiger, and tracking the secretive leopard comes a close second. Join expert wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt on this two-centre wild cat photography journey.
We first visit Kanha National Park. Tiger populations are now thriving here and the park has a reliable reputation for good sightings and photography potential.
Having had our tiger fix, we continue to the Jawai Hills in Rajasthan, where leopard is the top cat - this area is known for a thriving population. What's more, although India's most elusive feline, leopards here are far more visible and less secretive than their counterparts elsewhere.
Nick will be with you throughout this incredible journey to offer guidance and tuition to help develop your wildlife photographic skills.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Delhi.
Day2: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Accommodation: Lemon Tree Premier Hotel, 1-night
Day3: Kanha National Park
In the morning we transfer to the airport, fly to Nagpur, and travel on a relatively short drive (two hours) to our delightful lodge near the Mukki Gate on the edge of Kanha National Park.
Accommodation: Singinawa Lodge, 5-nights
Days4-7: Explore Kanha National Park; tiger photography workshop
We have four full days in Kanha National Park. Kanha is one of India’s oldest and best-protected tiger reserves. Its beauty and diversity provides the potential for some wonderful wildlife experiences, including a realistic chance of good tiger sightings.
We explore primarily by Maruti jeep, which gives us the best chance of covering the most ground to maximise our chances of seeing and photographing tigers, as well as the park’s numerous other species.
In addition, we have secured permits for two full-day safaris that will allow us special access into the park early in the morning and late in the evening as well as during the middle of the day, when all other visitors leave. This is normally only available to film crews and professional photographers working on high profile projects.
Day8: Fly to Mumbai
We have one final excursion into Kanha. In the afternoon we transfer back to Nagpur and fly to Mumbai (Bombay).
Accommodation: Holiday Inn International, 1-night
Day9: Fly to Jodhpur and travel to Godwad
An early morning flight to Jodhpur, then drive (two to three hours) to Jawai. There should be time for a first safari in the afternoon.
We have three days to explore this visually stunning wilderness. Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in the form the focus of our efforts to track down leopards and other wildlife. There will also be time for walks and opportunities to explore the area’s fascinating cultural aspects.
Day13: Fly to Delhi
We have time for a final jeep excursion before driving back to Johdpur for a flight to Delhi where we spend our last night.
Accommodation:Lemon Tree Premier Hotel, 1-night
Day14: Fly to the UK
Daytime flight from Delhi to London, arriving later the same day.
You should note: Our 2018 itinerary operates in reverse, travelling to Avavali Hills first, followed by Kanha National Park.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 14 daysfrom £5,295 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 daysfrom £4,645 pp
Single supplement: From £2,445
Group size: 10
, Limited spaces
, Reverse itinerary
Included in the price/package:
Domestic flights between Delhi-Jabalpur, Nagpur-Mumbai, Jodhpur-Delhi
2 nights hotel in Delhi
1 night hotel in Mumbai
5 nights in Kanha National Park
4 nights in Jawai Leopard Camp
Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt
Services of local naturalist guide
An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.
Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.
Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.
Located between Udaipur and Jodhpur, Jawai is a unique wilderness where wild grasslands and pastoral fields meet the waters of the Jawai Bandh - the largest water reservoir in western Rajasthan - which attracts an abundance of flamingos, cranes, and the elusive leopard.
Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris
Kanha National Park offers some of India’s finest tiger viewing. The setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book, the undulating grassland and deciduous forest also supports a further 22 species of mammal and its waterholes create tranquil spots for bird watching in the surrounding jungle.
Where: Madhya Pradesh State
Ideal for viewing: Asiatic jackal, barasingha, Indian gazelle, nilgai, tiger
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Wildlife Art Safaris, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris
Situated in the dramatic Jawai wilderness, this luxurious camp has 10 elegant and spacious tents in an area known for its thriving population of leopard. Explore the remote landscape by game drive, or on foot with a Rabari herdsman for a memorable experience in the heart of Rajasthan.
Located barely 270 metres from the Kolara gate at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in north eastern Maharashtra, the luxurious Svasara Lodget promotes sustainable eco-tourism and conservation and offers guests a luxurious base from which to engage in the jungle experience.