Central India: In the Realm of the Tiger

Wildlife Safari in Four of India’s Famed Project Tiger Reserves with Indrajit Latey

November 6-19, 2021, March 1-14, 2022

At the turn of the 20th century, 100,000 tigers roamed the wilds of Asia, with India home to roughly 40,000 of these magnificent striped beasts. By 1972, that number had dropped to 1,827. Enter Project Tiger, launched by India’s government in 1973 to create national parks as protected havens. Today India has about 3,000 of the big cats (70 percent of the world’s tiger population) in Project Tiger reserves. We invite you to join our expert Trip Leader Indrajit Latey for a one-of-a-kind safari that explores four unique Project Tiger reserves, where we’ll search not only for tiger, but also for leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, dhole (Indian wild dog), and the full diversity of Indian wildlife. Three of the four lodges we stay in are operated by the legendary Sankhala family, close partners with Wilderness Travel. Kailash Sankhala founded Project Tiger and now three generations of his family have served as ambassadors for saving wildlife. As we explore, our Trip Leader and local trackers will get us to the ideal locations to spot wildlife, first in Bandhavgarh, a small national park with a thriving tiger population, then in renowned Kanha, one of the first Project Tiger reserves. We’ll move on to the lush “Kipling country” of Pench National Park, with its leopards and jungle cats, and finish our safari at Reni Pani, a luxury property at Satpura National Park. Satpura is a lesser-known but fascinating reserve where we’ll have the opportunity for guided game walks, village and school visits, and canoeing safaris. As we travel, we’ll get to know our local hosts and learn about the communities they are connected to. India is blessed with wondrous wildlife, dedicated naturalists, and fascinating cultures, and with Indrajit as our Trip Leader, we’ll experience it at its best. Join us!

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