Indian Tiger Trails
This 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.
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.
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.
In the morning, you will embark on your first jungle safari. The wildlife on offer includes Sloth Bears, Leopards and Dhole (wild Indian dogs,) but of course the main draw is Tigers. After the morning safari, you will visit and help out at a local village school. Part of this projects 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.
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. You will then continue with an evening safari in the park – another opportunity to see the incredible wildlife resident here!
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 Bhopal and take the connecting train to Delhi. Once you have arrived into Delhi, you will transfer to your hotel for your final overnight stay.
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.
Volunteers will take part in a variety of activities whilst on the project. Thes include wonderful experiences such as tiger safari's, nature treks and working with the local community. 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 your safari's around Satpura and Kahana National Park you will have the chance to see a selection of India's incredibly diverse wildlife. As well as roaming Tigers, you'll have to keep a lookout for birdlife, leopards and Dhole (Indian Wild Dogs).
Teaching In Local Schools
You will have the chance to give back to the local community by assisting the Baiga Tribal Village school. Here you will be helping to teach the local school children English and about the environment.
Tiger Conservation Activities
During this project, you will be learning about Tiger conservation and about the best ways to protect these big cats. This is done through seminars and talks as well as assisting the park rangers set up camera traps and impression pads for monitoring animal movements.
Visiting a Local Tribe
After canoeing in the National Park in the morning, you will be taken to meet with an NGO called the Dalit Sangh who are working with the local Pardhi Tribe. The Pardhi are infamous in the local area for poaching and volunteers will be taken to their village
After an early morning drive to Pachmarhi Plateau, you will be able to commence bird watching at Vulture Point. From here you will take part in birding walks, looking out for the myriad of bird species resident here!
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