This wildlife tour concentrates in looking for tigers and leopards in their natural habitats as part of a wider wildlife and birding itinerary, which offers great viewing opportunities for scores of species. This is combined with exposure to India's rich and colourful cultural heritage, including city tours of Udaipur and Jaipur, a stop at Fatehpur Sikri and a magical dawn visit to the Taj...
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 can be arranged and added with ease. Arrive in Delhi and connect with flight to Udaipur. Met at airport and taken on afternoon guided sightseeing tour, including the City Palace, Sahelion-ki-Bari and a boat ride on Lake Pichhola. Overnight accommodation with dinner and breakfast at Hotel Rajdarshan..2-4Days
After breakfast in Udaipur on day 2, take a 3 hour drive through the countryside to Bera. Afternoon guided jeep safari looking for leopards and other wildlife.
Morning and afternoon jeep safaris on days 3 & 4
Full board accommodation at Bera Safari Lodge.
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur airport for your flight to Jaipur. Afternoon guided sightseeing tour of the 'Pink City', including the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. Finish with a visit to an Indian family. Overnight accommodation with dinner and breakfast at Ramada Hotel or similar.6-9Days
On the morning of day 6, take the morning train from Jaipur to Sawai Madhopur, a 2 hour journey, and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon jeep safari.
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.
On days 7, 8 and 9 take morning and afternoon jeep safaris into Ranthambhore National Park looking especially for tigers, but also enjoying other wildlife, birds and historical sites.
Full board accommodation at Tiger Den Resort.
In the morning, transfer by private car to Sawai Madhopur station and take the early morning train at 07.00 to Bharatpur, arriving at 09.25. Transfer by private car to your hotel.Cycle rickshaw and birding guide inside Keoladeo National Park.
Full board accommodation at Laxmi Vilas Hotel11Day
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, take the short, 40 minute drive to Agra stopping at the ancient, abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight accommodation with dinner and breakfast at the Mansingh Palace Hotel or similar.12Day
Early morning guided excursion to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over this magical monument to love. Later, travel by private car, for about 4 hours, to the international airport in Delhi for onward or return travel.See All Itinerary