With a strong focus on wildlife, this exciting and comprehensive itinerary takes in four key wildlife viewing areas and is perfect for those looking for big cat encounters, with opportunities to see not only tigers and leopards, but also the rare Asiatic lion. Add to these, myriad birds and other wildlife, plus sunrise at the magical Taj Mahal and you have an unforgettable Indian experience.
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An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
International flights are not included but be arranged and added with ease. Arrive early morning into Delhi and transfer to flight for Rajkot, departing at 05.50. Arrive at 08.25, met at airport and transferred in private car to Sasan Gir - three hour drive. Remainder of day at leisure at Lion Safari Camp.2-4Days
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 2 and 3. Expect to see rare Asiatic lions, plus other wildlife and birds. Possible sightings of leopards.
Full board accommodation at Lion Safari Camp.
On day 4, take morning jeep safari in Gir Park and then an afternoon 6 hour drive in a private car through the countryside to Ahmedabad. Overnight at the Fern hotel with dinner and breakfast.
After breakfast, depart for three hour drive in private car to Bera. Afternoon guided safari in the Sanctuary looking to spot leopards. Overnight at Bera Safari Lodge on full board basis.6-7Days
The area around Bera is in the heart of leopard country and these days will include morning and afternoon jeep safaris looking out for these elusive animals as well as wolves and spectacular birdlife. Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.8Day
Transfer to Udaipur Airport by private car in time to board the 09.45 flight to Jaipur, arriving at 10.45. Drive in private car for three hours to Bhoori Pahadi. Remainder of day at leisure and overnight at River Home Stay on full board basis.9Day
Full day guided birding activity around the guest house area. Evening transfer (approx 25 minutes) to Ranthambhore. Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort.10-11Days
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris within the national park looking for tigers plus other mammals and birds. Rathambhore is rich in history with ancient ruins and temples, set in wooded and marshy and lake-land countryside.
Once the hunter grounds of the maharajahs of Jaipur and later the British, Ranthambhore National Park (Sawai Madhopur) was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. The wildlife, including the tiger population is thankfully flourishing so the Indian government have decided to increase the national park to encompass a range of hills close to Ranthambhore to ensure the Tiger populations have the space to grow.
Expect to see tiger, sloth bear, mongoose, samber, cheetal, langur monkeys and if you are lucky also leopard, hyena, jackal and march crocodile.
Excellent birding opportunities including paradise flycatcher, serpent eagle, jacana, painted stork, Bonellis eagle, horned owl, grey partridge, white necked stork, king vulture, ring dove, golden backed woodpecker and many more.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fort which is a wonderful backdrop to the majestic landscape and its many lakes.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort
A last jeep safari in the morning in Ranthambhore before transferring to Sawai Madhopur railway station for fast train to Bharatpur departing at 12.30. Arriving at Bharatpur at 15.00, transfer by car to Agra ( one hour) and check in to hotel Crystal Sarovar Hotel for dinner and overnight.13Day
Up early for a guided visit to the Taj Mahal at dawn to experience the magic of sunrise over this monument to love. In the afternoon, drive by private car to Delhi. Overnight in hotel at Shanti Palace Hotel with dinner.14Day
Breakfast at hotel and then transfer to airport for return or onward travelSee All Itinerary