No other animal sets the pulse racing quite like a tiger. Join wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks on a photographic journey to discover one of India’s most iconic big cats.
Our journey begins with a fascinating insight into the ‘real’ India with an overnight train journey before we continue by road to Bandhavgarh National Park. Bandhavgarh, a small reserve though to have the highest density of Bengal tigers in India, is the first of two national parks we visit on our photographic journey. Here we stay at a relatively simple camp, with our expert hosts on hand to empart their in-depth knowledge of the park and its tigers.
Our second destination is Kanha National Park, where we continue our quest to view and photograph tigers. Tiger populations are now flourishing here and the park has a reliable reputation for good sightings and photography potential. Spending seven nights at the cosy and authentic Shergarh Camp, our main focus will be on tigers, however we are always on the lookout for many more of India’s charismatic species including leopard, sloth bear, dhole (wild dog), guar (Indian bison), sambar and chital (spotted deer).
Nick will be on hand throughout to provide all necessary photographic advice and assistance; the tour is suitable for all levels of photographic expertise. Tuition will extend into the evenings where there will be informal photography workshops.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight from London to Delhi.
Day2: Arrive Delhi; overnight train to Katni
Arriving late morning into Delhi, we transfer to a nearby hotel to freshen up and have lunch. Early this evening we board the Nizamuddin Jabalpur Superfast Express, an overnight train from Delhi to Katni. Travelling by rail will provide us with a fascinating insight into the ‘real’ India.
Day3: Transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park
We arrive into Katni early morning and continue by road to Bandhavgarh National Park where we base ourselves for the next five nights in a simple yet comfortable camp. After having some time to relax and settle into our accommodation, we venture out into the park for our first jeep drive in the late afternoon to begin our search for tigers.
We have four full days to explore the visually stunning Bandhavgarh National Park. Morning and afternoon jeep safaris form the focus of our efforts to track tigers and other wildlife of the park.
Day8: Transfer to Kanha National Park
This morning we enjoy a final jeep safari in Bandhavgarh before departing the park to make our way by road to our next national park, Kanha. The drive today is around five and a half hours and we aim to reach Shergarh Camp in the late afternoon.
Days9-14: Explore Kanha National Park; tiger photography workshop
Kanha is one of India’s oldest and best-protected tiger reserves, and we spend six full days here exploring the park. Much like in Bandhavgarh, our days will consist of morning and afternoon jeep safaris searching and photographing tigers, whilst being on the lookout for other Indian wildlife.
Day15: Transfer to Raipur & fly to Delhi
After enjoying a final morning jeep safari in Kanha, we drive to Raipur to take an evening flight to Delhi and overnight near the airport.
Accommodation: Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, 1-night
Day16: Fly back to the UK
Depart Delhi on an early afternoon flight to London, arriving later the same day.
You should note: Skay’s Camp is currently undergoing refurbishment which is due to be completed in October 2018.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 16 daysfrom £5,595 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 15 daysfrom £5,095 pp
Single supplement: From £720
Group size: 8
Included in the price/package:
Overnight train from Delhi to Katni
Domestic flight between Raipur - Delhi
5 nights simple camp
7 nights permanent tented camp
1 night hotel
Most meals (breakfast only in Delhi, full-board elsewhere)
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.
Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest known density of Bengal tigers in India, and over the years has maintained an excellent record of sightings. Its rocky hills, grassy swamps and forested valleys create a diverse ecosystem that is home to other predators and mammals, as well as 250 bird species.
Where: Madhya Pradesh State
Ideal for viewing: chital, leopard, sloth bear, tiger, white-breasted kingfisher
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, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris
Nestling on the edge of Kanha National Park, this camp is an oasis of tranquility with six spacious canvas tents set in young woodland. Overlooking a pool fed by two natural springs, you can expect to see a variety of birdlife, including kingfishers, cormorants and hundreds of egrets.
Skay’s Camp is a simple yet comfortable property located within old Tala village, close to the tiger reserve of Bandhavgarh. Hosted by Satyendra, an expert tiger tracker, and his wife Kay, a wildlife artist, Skay’s Camp is the ideal place not only to look for tigers of Bandhavgarh but also learn about them.