The Great Tiger Project

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The Great Tiger Project

£2,995
Duration: 13 days
Countries: India
Volunteer with tigers and play a vital part in a grass-roots tiger conservation project, in India’s stunning Kanha National Park.
Summary

The Great Tiger Project

This project is situated inside the prestigious Kanha National Park, renowned for being one of the best locations to see Bengal tigers in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1 

After arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will meet the project staff and transfer to your hotel. Once checked in, take the chance to relax, or explore Delhi and all of its cultural gems.

Day 2

After breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Jabalpur and transfer to the species-rich haven of Kanha National Park before settling in at Kipling Camp and enjoying a welcoming lunch. You'll help the Naturalist install camera traps, learn conservation techniques, and hopefully photograph some wildlife action!
After this you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of Wildlife Protection in his work before enjoying the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3

Today you will embark on your first jungle safari, then pay a visit to a local school, watching a class take place and experiencing the impact of volunteering. You will teach the local children about wildlife and the importance of environmental conversation, and later watch the talented Baiga Tribe perform a dance for your group. It's then time to enjoy a candle-lit dinner before retiring to your beds in preparation for the next days activities.

Day 4

On day 4 you will take a tour of local villages (season dependent for private trips), getting to know local residents and taking part in local crafts or harvest. You'll enjoy a picnic lunch away from the park before venturing out on a safari and taking in the beautiful landscapes of Kanha and its vast array of wildlife. Afterwards you will head to the training centre to watch an informative wildlife film, either created by or starring conservationist Belinda Wright and then end the night with a campfire dinner outside of Bamboo House.

Day 5

You will start the morning with another amazing safari, giving you the chance to spot even more wildlife! After-lunch you will take part in some art classes with the local Gond artists, learning the basic techniques of Gond arts and the inspiration behind the paintings. Later you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of WPSI in his work, visiting a forest village and teaching the villagers about conservation, helpful government schemes, and the anti-poaching policy

Day 6

Today begins with a trek on a nature trail within Kanha Tiger Reserve, taking the opportunity to bird watch and learn how to track and sign difference species of wildlife. You will be able to enjoy lunch at the Lodge before heading out for an afternoon safari. Then, in the evening, you will say farewell to camp Kipling by having dinner around a campfire outside the Bamboo House.

Day 7

On day 7 you will leave for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, located approximately an hour’s journey away on the other side of the camp. You will take part in an orientation before visiting the Corbett Foundation, an organisation which works for the local communities distributing solar lanterns and offering health care among other things. You'll pay a visit to the Tribal Museum for a guided tour to learn a little more about the local culture, and you will then finish the day by watching the Wildlife Film Show and partaking in discussions with experts about the issues faced in tiger conservation.

Day 8

Today you will head out on a morning safari to the Mukki Zone of Kanha National Park and then take part in an orientation of organic farms in Chitvan, discovering the concept of solar cooking, rain water harvesting and other such activities which help to reduce both carbon and water footprints. Enjoy evening drinks and dinner with the field director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, with further discussions on Tiger Conservation.

Day 9

After breakfast, you will pay a visit to the local school and begin to understand the education patterns and routines. You'll get the chance to educate the children about their role in maintaining the ecosystem, and the importance of wildlife conservation. After, you'll join an evening safari in the Mukki zone of Kanha.

Day 10

Venture out on a new safari in the Kisli zone of Kanha before taking the afternoon to visit the buffer zone to learn the process of tiger census, setting of camera traps, and the old pugmark tracing method of census' with a wildlife biologist/forest official.

Day 11

Today you will be visiting the Baiga village and beginning to understand the local’s concerns regarding man-made animal conflict, their dependence on the forest, and how to work in their fields. Pay a visit to the local Aanganwadi, a nursery school in the nearby village. You will finish the evening by going on a safari in the Mukki zone.

Day 12

After breakfast, you will leave for Jabalapur Airport (packed lunch in hand!) to catch the flight back to Delhi. On the way back to Jabalpur, you'll stop briefly at the WWF centre and learn all about the activities and community work done by WWF in this particular landscape.

Day 13

You have the chance to spend your final day admiring Delhi itself, before saying a fond farewell and either heading back to the airport for your flight home, or to commence your onward travel plans.

Project Activities

Volunteers will take part in a variety of activities whilst on the project. Thes include wonderful experiences such as jungle 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 the Khana National Park.

Jungle Safaris

Many people's highlight of the project, the jungle safaris give you the chance to see some of the world's most spectacular wildlife in their habitats. You'll get the chance to see the wildlife by trekking, setting camera traps, and photographing any activity you spot whilst out in the field!

Teaching In Local Schools

You will have the chance to give back to the local community by assisting in the local schools. 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

During your trip you will have the unique chance to meet the talented Baiga tribe. Having formed a cooperative with the help of tiger conservationist Belinda Wright, this tribe are a great example of how tourism can help provide employment and tangible returns for the locals. The Baigas will perform a dance for your group, so you can either sit back and enjoy, or get involved if you packed your dancing shoes! 

Bird Watching

Whilst on a nature trek in the Kanha Tiger Reserve, you will have the chance to bird watch and learn how to track and sign different species of wildlife. The animal species in this area are so varied that you will need to keep your eyes peeled to spot them all! 

The Gond Artists

You will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in classes with the local Gond artists. The Gond will teach you the basic techniques of their art, and also all about the animalistic meanings behind their work. You will also have the chance to purchase some art from the community, which in turn helps the tribal craftsmen and their communities to prosper. 


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Price details:

£2,995

What's included?

12 night’s full board accommodation and bed and breakfast in Delhi.
Airport transfers using air-conditioned vehicles.
Conservation donation.
Internal airfares (Dehli to Jabalpur)
9 jeep safaris (shared basis) and 1 day of trekking to the Kanha National Park and Kanha Tiger Reserve.
Full orientation and guidance by a trained naturalist throughout the project.

What's not included?

Insurance (though this can be purchased with The Great Projects in association with Endsleigh).
Any personal expenses such as laundry costs, bar bills, spa sessions and telephone calls etc.
Cost of vaccinations/medicines needed (please check with your GP before travel).
Flights
Tourist Visa costs

Visas

All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India. A Tourist Visa is granted to those who are visiting India for tourism. Tourist visas may be valid for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year with single, double or multiple entries. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. Many Indian embassies have outsourced visa processing in full or in part to third party companies, so check ahead before going to the embassy. Foreigners coming from or through Yellow Fever countries must have a valid vaccination certificate.

About The Great Projects

Here at The Great Projects we believe that there is a better way to holiday. Our award winning wildlife volunteer projects and signature tours present you with a truly life changing experience alongside the chance help animal conservation efforts all around the world. Whether you want to work with Orangutans in Borneo, Cheetahs in Namibia, or Tigers in India, we have the perfect project for everyone, and with donations made for each trip, your travel with have a lasting impact on local wildlife and the communities living alongside it.

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