IGO Special projects are tailored adventure holidays for small groups and families looking for a trip that gives back. Pioneering and totally unique, the focus is on wildlife and environmental conservation in far-flung, remote locations. Led by expert local guides, the groups will take a ‘hands on’ approach and actively participate in preserving nature’s last remaining exotic paradises.
The ultimate in eco-tourism!
Much research has gone into selecting some of the most endangered ecosystems on our planet, and we have ensured that our trips directly benefit the local people, wildlife and habitats we are trying to protect. IGO’s ethos is centred around sustainability, social responsibility and low impact tourism. If you are looking to help preserve the world’s last great wildernesses for future generations, then Special Projects are for you.
Experience the life of a tiger in central India
Gain first-hand knowledge of tiger movements in the forests, and support Anti-Poaching intelligence to understand more about poachers, their behaviour and the gangs organised in organised wildlife crime
[ EXPEDITION OVERVIEW ]
Beginning in central India in Pench National Park, the group will head north along the last remaining tiger corridor towards Kanha. This corridor is vital if wild tigers are to have a healthy gene pool and survive in the wild. Males need to be able to cross from one density to the other in order for populations to increase. Once in the wildlife sanctuary at the start of the corridor, we will track the tigers and see first-hand how they move between the parks. From here we will deviate to a local village, to meet the local guardians and learn about the life of a poacher.
The second half of the expedition will be focused on heading into the national park, camera trapping and tracking tigers while on a jeep safari. The focus will be on two breeding females who have four cubs and understanding why the tiger population has recovered in some parts of India, and what more needs to be done to save the tiger from extinction.
[ HIGHLIGHTS ]
• Track female tigers and their cubs.
• Spend a night in a machan (look out spot) to watch tigers at night.
• Cycle the last of India’s central tiger corridor and learn how tigers use these to move from one national park to another.
• Be on the front-line with an exclusive insight into India’s war on poaching.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?
Big cat enthusiasts wanting an initial introduction to the poaching and trade of Tigers and gain an understanding of what is needed to save the last remaining individuals.
Moderate 6/8 hour days in a vehicle and by foot. Biking terrain is flat but it will be hot at the height of the day. Distance covered on the bikes 40-60km per day.
Pench Tree lodge