This trip is a fascinating introduction to some of north-west India’s lesser known wildlife in Mahatma Gandhi’s home state, Gujarat.
On this itinerary you may see Asiatic lions, wild ass and flamingos as well as endemic blackbuck, and endangered animals, like the Indian wolf. Visiting Little Rann of Kutch, Sasan Gir and Velavadar National Parks, this is a substantially less trodden route, so you are unlikely to have to share these beautiful reserves with others.
For more inspiration, read Brian Wood's blog on his trip to this fascinating state.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai, fly to Bhavnagar & transfer to Little Rann of Kutch
On arrival at Mumbai, transfer to the domestic terminal and connect to a flight to Ahmedabad. It's then about a three hour drive northwest to your accommodation near Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary.
Accommodation: Rann Riders, 2-nights
After a morning vehicle safari, you'll have an early breakfast and transfer to Gondal. The journey takes approximately five hours, stopping for lunch en route. Visit Gondal Lake and then check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.
Accommodation: The Orchard Palace, 1-night
Sasan Gir National Park
After an early lunch or taking a picnic lunch with you, transfer to Sasan Gir. In the afternoon you enjoy your first jeep safari in the national park.
Accommodation: Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, 3-nights
Velavadar National Park
Today, drive to Velavadar which will take most of the day, arriving in time for some afternoon birding around the lodge.
Accommodation: Blackbuck Lodge, 2-nights
Drive to Bhavnagar & depart
After a final morning vehicle safari, you’ll drive to Bhavnagar where you’ll board a flight back to Mumbai and transfer to the international terminal for your onward flight to the UK.
You should note: New regulations in India’s national parks mean that safaris must be booked and paid in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. As places are limited, we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.