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Tiger Safari in Tadoba National Park

Travel like a local exploring the wildlife in Tadoba National Park on a tiger safari

10 days

from £3,355pp

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is arguably one of India's most exciting and best protected Tiger Reserve, with most visible tiger sightings in Maharashtra State. Begin your adventurous Tiger safari holiday with Steppes in India and understand more about the conservation work that you have supported. 

  • Tadoba have a series of camera traps set up around camp that continually monitor the comings and goings of the local wildlife.
  • Comfortable accomodation in two small private eco-lodges
  • Follow in the footsteps of Forsyth and walk the old pack-trail 
  • Hiking through the Pachmari plateau get away from the madding crowds
  • Visit Pench National park famous for it's leopard sightings
  • Explore Satpura on foot , by boat and elephant back

As an introduction, you will spend the first five days based at a comfortable eco-lodge in Tadoba. Explore by jeep and gain an insight in to the landscape and wildlife of the region. This is a unique opportunity to spend time in prime tiger country and the trip will appeal to those who want to get off the beaten track and gain an overview of the diverse wildlife of the region. Set amongst some of the most rugged and unexplored wilderness, this trip represents Central India at its very best.   

A five hour drive brings you to Pench National Park. Spend the next three nights at Jamtara Wilderness Lodge. The camp is the only one located on the Jamtara Gate side of the national park giving guests of the camp an enhanced wildlife experience due to its seclusion and the opportunity to cover a more diverse area of the jungle. 

Consider a wonderful  6 day extension towards Satpura via the Pachmari plateau.

Take to the hills, and spend a little time outside the National Park, exploring the Panchmari region. The plateau is the highest part of the Satpura Hills reaching an altitude of about 4000 feet. The old pack-trail used in Forsyth's day has recently opened , and walking down from Pachmari creates a superbly scenic and gentle two day hike with camping and lodge options enroute.

Satpura National park is a relatively new Park having good tiger population along with others such as leopard, sloth bear and varieties of birds. Satpura lies on a 4000 ft plateau surrounded by the reserve formed by the Tawa Dam which makes it one of the most spectacular sanctuaries for game drives in Central India.  Whilst at Satpura perch atop an elephant for an hour-long trample through the jungle; paddle in a canoe along the Denwa river; even walk through the tiger reserve on foot - a rare experience in India. And all of this is in addition to jeep rides.

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Mumbai overnight


You will be staying at Trident Nariman Point


You will be staying at Leela Hotel

Day 2

Fly Mumbai to Nagpur

Drive from Nagpur to Tadoba National Park


The journey to Tadoba National Park will take approximately three hours.


In the heart of Central India and two hours south of Nagpur, is the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, one of India’s most exciting and best protected tiger reserves, undiscovered, and with excellent tiger sightings reported regularly.

Dominated by teak forest and bamboo, it’s a rugged landscape comprising cliffs, caves, marshes, perennial lakes and boulder strewn streambeds that cater to a host of biodiversity, not least the tiger, which number from 75 to 100 by last count, including 24 cubs born in 2015. Tadoba has a series of camera traps set up around camps that continually monitor the comings and goings of the local wildlife. As the waterholes dry up in the summers and the grazing areas diminish in the upper reaches of Tadoba, herbivores like the gaur descend to the Chighghat Valley and can be seen in abundance. A leopard has been regularly sighted around the Khatoda Meadows. This area is also frequented by six tigers including the dominant male tiger Crooked Tail and the newest entrant, the Halleghat male tiger.

Tadoba management is proactive in offering new experiences for visitors and now includes walking trails in the buffer area and kayaking on the Irai Lake beside the Park boundaries. Furthermore machaans and hideouts are planned at some waterholes.


Afternoon Game Drive
Later this afternoon take a game drive in Tadoba National Park with a naturalist.


You will be staying at Tiger Trails

Day 3

Full Day of Game Drives
Over the next few days, spend time searching for Tadoba's tigers and other wildlife.

The days start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and naturalist leading the drives, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs.

Each day return to the lodge around midday for lunch. Have time to relax, before heading out into the park again mid-afternoon, returning at sunset.


You will be staying at Tiger Trails

Day 4

Full Day of Game Drives
Over the next few days, spend time searching for Tadoba's tigers and other wildlife.

The days start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and naturalist leading the drives, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs.

Each day return to the lodge around midday for lunch. Have time to relax, before heading out into the park again mid-afternoon, returning at sunset.


You will be staying at Tiger Trails

Day 5

Full Day of Game Drives
Over the next few days, spend time searching for Tadoba's tigers and other wildlife.

The days start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and naturalist leading the drives, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs.

Each day return to the lodge around midday for lunch. Have time to relax, before heading out into the park again mid-afternoon, returning at sunset.


You will be staying at Tiger Trails

Day 6

Full Day of Game Drives
Over the next few days, spend time searching for Tadoba's tigers and other wildlife.

The days start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and naturalist leading the drives, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs.

Each day return to the lodge around midday for lunch. Have time to relax, before heading out into the park again mid-afternoon, returning at sunset.


You will be staying at Tiger Trails

Day 7

Tadoba NP to Pench NP


Drive to Pench National Park, a journey of approximately five hours.


Pench, on the border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, has been known through the ages for its rich flora and fauna. Named after the river that flows nearby, Pench was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, though it had been declared a notified area in 1972. In 1992 Pench was included under the umbrella of Project Tiger as the 19th Project Tiger Reserve.

Pench is home to the Asiatic leopard and is still one of the best places in India to spot this creature. The dam in the park is a favourite spot for bird watching. Other wildlife spotted here are chinkara, wild dog, sloth bear and jackal. Visitors also now have the option to visit the Maharashtra side of the Pench Reserve, which is often less crowded and is growing in its reputation for sightings of a host of animals and bird species.

Visitors view wildlife by jeep in morning and afternoon game drives much like other parks. Pench has a good reputation for tiger sightings and is less crowded so the overall safari experience is more personal.


You will be staying at Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Day 8

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Pench National Park
Whilst at Pench , wildlife viewing into the National Park will be by jeep, elephant and boat. Nature walks are also an option in the buffer zone.


You will be staying at Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Day 9

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Pench National Park
Whilst at Pench , wildlife viewing into the National Park will be by jeep, elephant and boat. Nature walks are also an option in the buffer zone.


You will be staying at Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Day 10

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Pench National Park
Whilst at Pench , wildlife viewing into the National Park will be by jeep, elephant and boat. Nature walks are also an option in the buffer zone.


You will be staying at Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Day 11

Pench NP to Nagpur


Travel to Nagpur airport, a journey of approximately three and a half hours.

Fly Nagpur to Mumbai


Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a city teeming with culture, architecture and people. Famous for its diversity, this vast metropolis has suffered from religious tensions during recent years, but this has done little to limit the surprisingly liberal attitudes of many 'Mumbaikars'.

Having boomed as a port during the 18th and 19th century, Mumbai is rich with imposing colonial architecture, whilst towering contemporary structures underline the city's recent prosperity. Contrasting strongly with these are the city's slums, which make up large parts of this modern city and serve as a reminder of the mixed fortunes of its residents'.


You will be staying at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Day 12

Half Day City Tour
The half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai city includes a visit to the Gateway of India, The Prince of Wales Museum, the Victoria Terminus and Dhobi ghats.

Mumbai's most famous landmark, The Gateway of India, was built during 1924-1927 to commemorate the visit of King George V to India in 1911.

Next to the Gateway of India is the Prince of Wales museum, built in 1905, it is one of the biggest museums in the country.

The Victoria Terminus, popularly known as VT, is the major railway station and is considered the most beautiful edifice in the city.

Dhobi Ghat, or washer man's enclave, provides a very interesting insight into Mumbai's local culture.


Half Day Slum Tour
Embark on a visit to Mumbai's slum area, Dharavi, where one million people live in a seemingly chaotic, dirty, shanty town existence with hanging wires and open drains.
The tour is led by a local resident who aims to eradicate the negative and fear of visiting such a place, taking you on a two and-a-half hour journey to show the resourcefulness of Dharavi’s residents.
Exploring this part of Mumbai throws constant surprises, not associated with a slum - the industrious nature of the people, the secular harmony, a zeal for life and hope of a better future. Contrary to popular belief, they are educated, employed, speak impeccable English and more importantly, are very happy.


You will be staying at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Day 13

Fly Mumbai to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

More than a hotel, the lavish Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic landmark of Mumbai and - following the 2008 terrorist attacks - a symbol of freedom in the face of extremism....

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Tiger Trails

Tiger Trails

Tiger Trails near Tadoba National Park is for wildlife enthusiasts whom want to be in the heart of the park, only 2 minute's drive from the park's most central gate....

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Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp is a 10-tented property situated in the village of Jamtara, close to Pench National Park....

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