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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.

[ INDIA ]

[ INDIA ENQUIRY FORM ]

Should you have any questions regarding the India Trip please complete the form below or call our experts on: +44 20 8133 4673 (London 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri).

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.

8-10

PEOPLE

9

DAYS

Feb - Mar

BEST TIME OF YEAR

EXPEDITION
ACTIVITY LEVEL

from £3,600

PRICE PER PERSON

Tigers

CONSERVATION

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.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Pench Tree lodge

INCLUDED: 

  • Accommodation on a sharing basis
  • Full board basis
  • Arrival & departure transfers in private vehicles
  • Activities & safaris throughout the trip
  • Specialised expert as accompanying escort
  • Special required permits

 

  • Back up and support vehicle during cycling route in Pench
  • Water
  • Medical evacuation fee
  • All applicable taxes
  • Camping permits in restricted areas
  • 100% financial protection through the travel trust association

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International flights
  • Personal items/ clothing
  • Any visa fees
  • Tips for guides
  • Domestic flights ($220 return Delhi – Nagpur)
Day 1
Fly Delhi to Nagpur airport and drive about 130 Kms / 2.5 hours to Pench national Park Meet your wildlife expert, presentation on Pench National park and the Tigers of central India. Plus, round up of poaching and trade in India today. Evening welcome village theme dinner. Overnight at Pench Tree Lodge – Tree House
Day 2
Today will be your first full day on the scout for Tiger in Pench national park. Early morning assemble for tea / coffee and then set off for a game drive accompanied by your wildlife expert. Breakfast inside the park. Return to lodge at 11 AM After lunch leave for afternoon game drive. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3
We aim to start the day’s ride at through the tiger corridor at 8 am. Cyclists will ride in groups accompanied by a naturalist who will guide the group along the route. A support vehicle will travel behind the last cyclist keeping a safe distance and will be carrying bottled water, soft drinks and fresh fruits. An accompanying vehicle is available to pick up cyclists if there is a problem, or if you just wish to take some rest. The driver will have a mobile phone or radio. There will be refreshment stops along the route every hour and a half and a nice lunch spot will be chosen to relax and fortify yourself with light but nutritious lunch, between 12 and 2pm, during the heat of the day. We will again ride for a further four hours in the afternoon, with regular water stops and opportunities to enjoy the views, take photos and keep an eye out for tiger tracks. This is NOT a race and it’s for everyone to enjoy, so we will travel in groups according to speed and for comfortable cycling. Dusk comes quickly so we aim to arrive into a pre-made camp near a bordering village by about 5pm. Tents are Meru style walk in tents with two camping cots, sheets, blankets and a hot water bottle; each tent has a bush shower and eco-loo. We will enjoy good food and drinking around a campfire under a sky untouched by light pollution, before a good night’s rest in a comfortable walk in tent. Campfire, dinner and overnight at the Camp
Day 4
Continue the journey north by bicycle, cycling the last remaining vital Tiger corridor, essential to save the remaining tigers of central India. Camp fire, dinner and overnight at the Camp
Day 5
After breakfast at camp, drive to Tadoba. Lunch en route. We will have time for a nature walk in the buffer forest for those who are keen at sunrise before departure. Arrive Tadoba by evening time. Check into your jungle lodge Evening presentation on the park and with a short documentary. We will also have time to monitor the live feed from the camera strategically placed on the water holes around the lodge to track the breeding females. Overnight lodge
Day 6
Early morning safari with Tiger conservationists. Return to lodge for a late breakfast around 10 AM. Later nature walk around the Lodge in the forest regenerated by the community and now serves as a corridor for wildlife to move between two sides of the park. We will set up camera traps that we will monitor the next day hopefully capturing the two breeding resident females. Afternoon jungle excursion with Tiger conservationists. Overnight at Lodge
Day 7
Morning we visit the Forest Ranger Training School at Chandrapur. We will meet with the head of the School and understand the training schedule. Head out on an exercise with rangers on forest patrol, learn about techniques they use to track and monitor tigers and poachers. Lunch at ranger school. Evening return to lodge doing a jungle excursion by four wheeled drive vehicle accompanied by a Tiger conservationist. Overnight at Lodge
Day 8
Early morning safari with Tiger conservationists. Return to lodge for a late breakfast around 10 AM. Afternoon final jungle excursion. If we have had good tiger sightings we will spend our final afternoon with the forest ranger school. Evening farewell dinner around a camp fire. Overnight at Lodge
Day 9
Optional Tiger safari before the 10am departure and an early lunch. After an lunch, transfer to Nagpur airport (134 Kms, 2.5 hours) to board flight for Delhi or fly Nagpur to Doha and onto home.
Panoramic beauty of this region that has been described as early as the beginning of the 20th century by naturalists like Captain J. Forsyth in ‘Highlands of Central India' and by Rudyard Kipling in the 'Jungle Book'. The Park has mainly Southern tropical dry deciduous and dry mixed deciduous forest dominated by teak trees. During the dry season the river ceases to flow, forming pools which provide the primary watering holes for Tigers and its prey. On the southern boundary of the park the river is dammed and around its banks are hordes of water-birds. Mugger Indian Marsh crocodile, Indian Flap Shell Turtle and Peninsular Black Turtle can also be seen. Almost all the animals seen in Kanha NP, except barasingha are in habitants of Pench like Gaur, Wild Boar and Common Langurs, Sambar, Spotted and Barking Deer. With luck we might also see sloth bear, Dhole (wild dog), or even a Leopard which are generally seen in the peripheral areas of the park where they can more easily avoid Tigers. Brilliant birdlife with over 170 species recorded here.
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