India Mammals and Birds: Revised Itinerary!
AT A GLANCE
Mammal tour: mammals, birds & photography.
Gujurat (India) - exploring the key habitats of this ‘dry-state’ and Tadoba, one of India’s less-visited Tiger reserves
‘Asiatic’ Lion, Striped Hyaena, Wolf, Tiger, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Jungle Cat, Blackbuck and Gaur plus bustards, cranes and many other birds.
Warm to hot. Nights can be cooler.
Ground travel by minibus, lodges and a comfortable year-round tented camp.
Gujurat and Tadoba
Gujurat lies in north west India, bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west. The region is known as the dry-state, and is essentially a lowland area with much desert-type habitat. This exciting tour offers excellent opportunities to see and photograph, a wide range of mammals and birds in open country. Highlights are expected to include ‘Asiatic’ Lion, Striped Hyaena, Wolf, ‘Desert’ Wildcat, Jungle Cat and Blackbuck but the birding is also outstanding and among the many species we will be hoping to see are White-tailed Plover with Sociable Plover, Demoiselle Crane and Indian Courser to name a few.
We will then take an internal flight to Nagpur and transfer to Tadoba, one of India’s ‘quieter’ tiger reserves for a four-night stay during which we hope to find Tiger, Sloth Bear, Dhole and Gaur along with a range of commoner species.
Our first Gujurat mammals and birds tour ran very successfully in early 2015 (see trip report). Due to demand, we have upgraded this second departure to include a Tiger reserve. Yet again, this is only a small group tour and early booking is highly recommended.
Large Grey Mongoose
Small Indian Mongoose
Three-striped Palm Squirrel
Five-striped Palm Squirrel
Little Indian Field Mouse
Indian Flying Fox
Egyptian Tomb Bat
Asiatic Wild Ass
Great White Pelican
Little Green Bee-eater
Indian Pond Heron
Dusky Crag Martin
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Southern Grey Shrike
Greater Spotted Eagle
Lesser (Indian) Spotted Eagle
Stoliczka's Bush Chat
Collared Scops Owl
Eurasian (Indian) Eagle Owl
Mottled Wood Owl
Crested Serpent Eagle
Day 1: Morning Qatar Airways departure from London Heathrow or Manchester* destined for Ahmedabad via Doha.
Day 2: Early morning arrival in Ahmedabad followed by three hour drive to Little Rann of Kutch. Late afternoon drive for birds and mammals. Night Rann Riders Lodge
Days 3-4: All day Little Rann of Kutch. Key mammals Asiatic Wild Ass, Nilgai, Indian Gazelle, Blackbuck, Golden Jackal & smaller mammals such as mice, Indian Gerbil & hedgehogs. Also excellent birding with opportunities for a range of palearctic wintering species and oriental residents including Macqueen’s Bustard and Sociable Plover. Night Dasada.
Day 5: Early departure for long drive to Gir Forest. Afternoon drive in Gir Forest. Night Gir Birding Lodge.
Days 6-7 Morning and afternoon drives in Gir Forest. Main targets ‘Asiatic’ Lion, Leopard, Chousingha, Sambar and Chital. Night Gir Birding Lodge.
Day 8: Morning game drive Gir followed by four hour transfer to Velavadar National Park. Late afternoon game drive in Velavadar. Night Blackbuck Lodge.
Days 9-10: Morning and afternoon drives in Velavadar National Park for mammals and birds. Key mammals include Striped Hyaena, ‘Indian’ Wolf (a possible future split), Jungle Cat, Blackbuck and Nilgai. Also excellent birding with the massive harrier roost being a particular highlight. Night Blackbuck Lodge.
Day 11: Transfer to Ahmedabad, fly to Nagpur and transfer to Tadoba (Jharana Jungle Lodge).
Days 12-14: Morning and afternoon drives in Tadoba. Targets Tiger, Sloth Bear, Dhole and Gaur. Nights Jharana Jungle Lodge.
Day 15: Final morning drive in Tadoba. Transfer to Nagpur, day rooms airport hotel.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 19th March – 2nd April 2020
Leaders: Richard Webb and local guides
£4950 per person, sharing a twin room/tent.
£785 Single Supplement
£950 Deposit per person
Group size: Will be between 6 - 8 plus the leader and local guides.
Price includes: economy class air travel including all airport and departuretaxes from London (*Manchester supplement £100pp), all transfers and ground transportation, accommodation in twin rooms/tents with private facilities, park entrance fees, all meals (except dinner Mumbai final night), bottled water, services of WildWings tour leader and local guides, all mammal and birding excursions as described, WildWings pre-tour information pack and day-to-day mammal and bird checklist.
Price excludes: Travel insurance, Indian visa fees (approximately £80 per person), dinner at Nagpur (last night), sanctuary camera fees, other drinks, laundry, souvenirs and items of a personal nature.
19th March – 2nd April 2020