Join this once in a lifetime Tiger Trail Project in stunning Kanha National Park and Satpura National Park!
About the Project
This tiger conservation project is situated inside two of India's most iconic national parks: the prestigious Kanha National Park, known for being one of the best locations to see Bengal tigers in the world, and the Satpura National Park, a species-rich haven offering countless wildlife encounters. Kanha is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. Conversely, Satpura is an eclectic mixture of rugged terrain and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests. Both are home not only to a significant population of tigers, but a myriad of bird species, leopards, sloth bears and much more.
As part of this exclusive project, you will spend five nights in Kanha's buffer zone, your accommodation being within the sumptuous Singinawa Jungle Lodge. The overarching goal of the lodge and of the project itself is to demonstrate how tourism, conservation and community development can go together and how a world-class lodge can play a positive role in saving the critically endangered tiger and other species of flora and fauna. Whilst in Satpura, you will be staying at the critically lauded Forsyth's Lodge - a small wildlife lodge set in 44 acres of reclaimed jungle at the edge of the species rich Satpura Tiger Reserve.
DAY 1 - The Adventure Begins:
After arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be met by project staff and transferred to your hotel. Once checked in, you will have the chance to relax, or to go and explore Delhi and all of it's cultural gems.
DAY 2 - Transfer To Kanha National Park:
After breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Jabalpur and then transfer to the beautiful and species-rich Kanha National Park. Settle in at Singinawa Jungle Lodge with a welcoming lunch before spending the afternoon getting orientated within the area. Kanha is prime tiger wilderness and it remains one of Project Tiger’s greatest success stories.
DAY 3 - Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park:
In the morning, you will embark on your first jungle safari. The wildlife on offer includes Sloth Bears, Leopards and Dhole (wild Indian dogs,) and of course, Tigers! After the morning safari, you will visit and help out at a local village school. Part of this project's conservation donation will be used today to take some of the tribal children into the park. In the evening, you will assist in setting up camera traps to catch on camera an array of wildlife species before beginning a talk on wildlife conservation with the park's staff.
DAY 4 -Another Tiger Safari and Conservation Activities:
Your second safari is within Kanha in search of tigers before returning for a discussion on what you have seen. After lunch, you tackle Tiger conservation through videos, talks and by setting camera traps. This can be fascinating as even elusive animals such as leopards have been caught on camera via this method! You will then continue with an evening safari in the park – another opportunity to see the incredible wildlife resident here!
DAY 5 - Nature Trek and Tiger Conservation Activities:
Trek on a nature trail within Kanha Tiger Reserve. This allows opportunities for bird watching and also teaches you how to track and sign different species of wildlife. Breakfast will be carried on the trek, which can take up to three hours. You will then return from the trek to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch you will have a discussion of wildlife corridors and their importance for the conservation of tigers and other large mammals before setting up and checking camera traps and impression pads for monitoring animal movement.
DAY 6 - Baiga Tribal Village and Local School:
After a final jeep safari in the morning, you'll visit a local school and aid in teaching English and environmental education. You will then assist at the school until the afternoon. Later in the day, you will pay a visit to the nearby Baiga village. You will be taken around the village and taught about the local culture and relationship with nature. You will then return to the lodge in the evening for your final night at Singinawa Jungle Lodge.
DAY 7 - Scenic Train Journey to Satpura National Park:
Today you will leave for Satpura National Park via Jabalpur. After catching a train to Pipariya, which is a must for anyone visiting the Indian Subcontinent, you will check into the stunning Forsyth’s Lodge. After settling in, you will have a talk about the park and about the safaris and conservation work you can expect to partake in during your time here.
DAY 8 - Safari Within Satpura National Park: Today you'll go on your first safari into Satpura National Park to try and see its leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, and it's extremely rich and varied birdlife. This will be a jeep safari so that you can get a feel of the area and the park. After lunch, you will be taken into a forest village. This will help you to understand the difficulties the villagers and the park authorities’ face when it comes to the conflict of wildlife conservation and the locals way of life. In the evening, you will get the amazing opportunity to meet with the Deputy Director of the park, who will also give a talk on human-animal conflict.
DAY 9 - Visit the Pardhi Tribe:
After a morning canoeing within the park, you will be taken to meet with an NGO called the Dalit Sangh who are working with the Pardhi tribe. The Pardhi tribe is notorious for poaching in the region and the NGO is trying to take them away from this activity. In the evening, the Field Director of Satpura National Park will join the volunteers to have a detailed discussion on village relocation and problems that face the park authorities on a day to day basis.
DAY 10 - Vulture Point at the Pachmarhi Plateau:
Today you will drive to the Pachmarhi plateau. The drive is about 2 hours and therefore it will be an early morning start! You will arrive in Pachmarhi for breakfast at Vulture point and then will complete birding walks keeping your eyes peeled for all of the bird species resident here! After lunch, you will head to the village of Bari Aam to understand how encroachment affects protected forests. This will also give you an insight into issues of conservation and management. Visit Panarpani (butterfly garden) on the way back and arrive at the lodge in time for dinner.
DAY 11 - Walking Safari & Dinner In the Bush:
In the morning, you will go out on a guided walking safari in the national park. In the afternoon, you will be taken for a half day’s drive into the park. The afternoon will be spent inside the park at the Churna forest rest house. In the evening, you will have a wrap-up discussion on the Forsyth’s Lodge/ Satpura National Park experience followed by farewell drinks and dinner in the bush.
DAY 12 - Morning To Relax & Then A Transfer To Delhi:
The morning will be free for you to relax or explore the region on your own. After lunch, your final meal at the Forsyth Lodge, you will be driven to the airport and take an internal flight to Delhi. Once you have arrived into Delhi, you will transfer to your hotel for your final overnight stay.
DAY 13 - Final Day:
Sadly today is your last day and you will either head back to the airport to catch your return flight home or you will commence your onwards travel plans.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities whilst on the project, including wonderful experiences, such as tiger safari's and nature treks and you will also get to work and interact with the local communities. Alongside the productive volunteering, you will have the chance to relax and take in the stunning scenery of both the Khana and Satpura National Parks.
On the first day of your project you will arrive into India via Dehli's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Here you will be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and subsequently transferred by road to your first nights accommodation in Delhi. The next day you will take a short flight to Kanha National Park to begin your project.
On your first and last night you will be staying at the Holiday Inn next to New Delhi Indira Ghandi International Airport to allow for an easy transfer the next day.
Your time at Kanha will be spent staying in the opulent Singinawa Jungle Lodge within twin-share en-suite cabins. The lodge has an outdoor free-form swimming pool, spa, library, bar and bicycles to explore the surrounding area whilst the cottages come equipped with large bedrooms, private verandas, en-suite bathrooms with double vanities & rain showers, fireplaces, air-conditioning & mini bar.
In Satpura, you will be staying at the stunning Forsyth’s Lodge, a small wildlife lodge set in 44 acres of reclaimed jungle at the edge of the Satpura Tiger Reserve.
All meals and beverages are included in the price of the project and are provided at the lodge. They mainly consist of Indian dishes, and there are always vegetarian options available.