Tigers in Focus

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Trip code: 
WKT
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Spend time in Tadoba National Park and see the tiger in its natural environment

One species, one park: Tadoba. This beautiful wilderness has a stable but still threatened tiger population. By concentrating time in one well-controlled park where western visitors are few, the chances of finding this elusive but mesmerising predator are vastly improved. Leopards, bison, Sloth bear and numerous birds are also resident but it is the tiger and the park’s astonishing hit rate that makes this safari so successful.

Highlights

  • 11 Game drives in the beautiful Tadoba National Park
  • Search for tiger in one of the finest habitats
  • View other endangered species, including leopard and Sloth bear
  • A park rich in birdlife

 

Key information

  • 6 nights in Camp Serai Tiger, a permanent semi tented camp
  • Travel by 4WD and air-conditioned bus
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Arrive Nagpur; transfer to Tadoba.

    For those who are on the group flights we land in Nagpur in the afternoon and transfer to Tadoba where we will meet the other members of the group.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 3-7

    Ten game drives over five days in Tadoba N.P.

    There are five full days in the national park with morning and evening game drives. Tadoba covers the Chimur hills and is densely covered with mixed forests and belts of bamboo. The deep valleys, river beds and small grassy meadows provide a suitable habitat not only to tiger but also to many other animals such as leopard, Sloth bear, Honey badger, bison, wolf, hyena, jackal, Wild dogs and fox. The habitat suits both forest and wetland birds and hence is popular for birders and photographers. There are more than 280 species of birds in the reserve including migrants. The total area of the reserve is 1727.6 sq.km with the core area being 625 sq.km, which is further divided into north and south forest blocks. The north forest is the original Tadoba National Park declared a Tiger Sanctuary in 1935 and a National Park in 1955 with an area of 116 sq.km, and the south forest is the Andhari Game sanctuary with an area of 509 sq.km. Game drives will start each day at 5:30am and 3:00pm; the morning drive will finish at 10am and the evening drive will finish when it gets dark. The days in Tadoba are very special and should give some wonderful sightings.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Early morning game drive; end Tadoba.

    This morning there will be a final game drive. Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for London in the early afternoon for the overnight flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel or at Nagpur airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. Mineral water is widely available. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Please note that it is not possible to buy alcohol during this trip due to local state laws.

Weather

During October/November and February/March/April the days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. The evenings and early mornings can be surprisingly cold in November and December, so bring a jumper, scarf and warm gloves for the winter departures, as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari rating of 5

The roads are generally pretty good, but local traffic and/or road damage after the monsoon can sometimes slow us down. We travel mainly on quiet roads. The tour is not overly demanding, but some of the days can be busy and there are a lot of early mornings.

GAME DRIVE REGULATIONS - BOOK EARLY

Please note, that due to new regulations in national parks, booking game drives for groups has beome increasingly difficult. In order to secure the game drives and continue to operate the best tiger trips, we have had to introduce some new guidelines and conditions. These can be found in the trip notes and we would ask that you please read these in full before booking with us.

Accommodation

Camp Serai Tiger

Accommodation for the duration of the trip will be on a full board basis at Camp Serai Tiger, Tadoba. This is a semi tented camp. The rooms have block walls and a canvas roof, all with proper beds and en suite facilities.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP230

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  • Reviewed May 2017
    Samantha Gargour

    Tigers in abundance

    11 guests, 11 game drives, 10 sightings... I always keep my expectations low in order not to be disappointed. This trip was anything but disappointing. Having wanted to join a tiger trip with Paul since 2012, my timing always seemed to be off. Not this time. Through the efforts of both Paul and our local guide Himanshu, we managed to be at the right place / right time on all game drives. It was hot, very hot, and worth every second of sweat and tears (yes, there were tears...especially with my first tiger sighting). You have to be patient and know that, as the title of the trip suggests, the focus is mainly on tigers, but the rewards....well....10 sightings, enough said.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To all intents and purposes, I have always wanted to see a tiger in the wild. Few people care enough to keep them there as much as Paul. His passion and efforts over the years to raise awareness of the plight of the tiger, the education and charity work he does towards preserving this species is the inspiration. Seeing them in the wild and understanding his motivation was humbling and a true privilege.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Passionate, opinionated, doggedly determined - able to entertain the group at all times with an abundance of energy. Whether you are new to photography or have done it for years, there is always something to learn from Paul - you just have to keep the thick skin on.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is hot, drink lots of water. Bring one of those dry hydro fibre towels with you, lightweight and quick drying to keep the sweat out of your eyes when trying to focus through your viewfinder. It is also very dusty, bring some sort of protection for your camera / lens (lightweight scarf or dust cover) - maybe even to cover your mouth and nose. Be patient, accept that wildlife is unpredictable and ask questions, the local guide's (Himanshu) knowledge is second to none. Make sure you have your travel insurance details to hand as this will be asked of you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tip graciously, this is their livelihood and the more incentive the locals have to appreciate tourist arrivals, the more efforts go into preserving the national park. A big thank you to all who made this possible. As always, Exodus customer service and follow up was very efficient and friendly.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Nicholas Dale

    Tigers in Tadoba

    Great chance to see tigers, although less focus on the other animals, so you have to be prepared to wait around a long time...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting back and discovering a couple of great shots of the tiger.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent if sometimes irascible. He's a great raconteur, and you need that when you're hanging around waiting for tigers to appear.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring the longest lens you can, as some of the sightings are quite far - up to 500 yards away!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The rooms were enormous and even had sockets that took European plugs, which was handy as my Botswana adaptor didn't work in India!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Sophie Smither

    Tigers Take Two

    I did Land of the Tiger last October and was not satisfied with my 1.5 tigers in 17 game drives (the half being backside only view!) so I decided to try again. A better return (4 and a glimpse in 11 game drives) and sloth bear and leopard as well this time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two afternoon game drives: the first when we saw 2 tigers, one very close and the second dragging a dead cow away to eat as well as a sloth bear, and the last when we got in a different (prettier) bit of the park, saw a tiger and on the way out a leopard!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemel was good at keeping us on time and positive and was always happy to chat!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes if you go in April it is REALLY hot. Take a towel from the lodge soaked in water and drape it over your head - keeps you cool for about 45 mins and can be topped up whilst on the move! As others have said it is really really dusty so something to cover your mouth and nose (and camera?) is a good idea. And don't expect to feel properly clean all trip! No internet and minimal phone reception at the Lodge. Minimal money needed - you get 3 Litres of bottled water a day, can buy soft drinks and the souvenir choice isn't too vast.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Game drives can be frustrating and sightings can be down to luck. Others in your group may see more than you, try not to get too jealous!! Also be prepared for a lot of waiting for no clear reason. At Mumbai airport on the way home be warned you may not be allowed through to the Departures side until a few hours before your flight so have to wait and the transit/Check in side has not much to do.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Caroline Fielden

    Tigers in Focus and more...

    An amazing holiday in a remote and unspoiled part of India. We were fascinated by the range of wildlife, despite visiting towards the end of the dry season. There is a huge wealth of bird life around the beautiful lake, the tigers didn't disappoint, we saw 8 different individuals (including numerous sightings of some tigers) also sloth bears, wild dogs and a beautiful male leopard.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Nothing prepares you for seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time. However, the most memorable moment was watching a tigress hunting a young gaur (bison) which had been separated from the herd, I wasn't sure whether to root for the tiger or hope that the prey escapes - which it did by the skin of it's teeth- my heart was in my mouth. We were also lucky enough to see a young tiger retrieve a kill and drag it across the road. If you love wildlife this holiday is for you.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemel was friendly and as excited by any tiger sightings as we were.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a scarf or buff to cover your nose and mouth as it gets really dusty. Also remember that this is a very rural and poor part of India so be prepared for failures in the electrical supply and very little English spoken.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The craziness of Indian bureaucracy takes some getting used to - especially at Mumbai airport.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Laura Savill

    Tigers In Focus

    This is a very full on trip - 2 games drives of approx 5 hours a drive. Up at 0530 every morning and in bed by 2130 in the evening, but it is really worth it to get sightings of tigers and other animals that are in the Park. However do not go with any preconceived ideas it is totally different that African games drives. There is method in the madness that one finds on the drives. However be prepared to spend up to an hour waiting for a tiger to appear and then one may only get a glance but the excitement is very catching.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Out of the 11 games drives there was only 2 that no tigers were sighted. Game drives 9 and 10 were the best. In the morning of game drive 9 we were up to see a tigress and her 4 cubs close up and spent about 45 mins observing them. In the afternoon we were waiting around a waterhole and a sloth bear came down to drink with her cub on her back - both a breathtaking moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Krishna was excellent. From the moment he met the group at Nagpur Airport he was friendly and informative. He took time out to listen to every member of the group and accommodate suggestions to improve the stay at the Camp. His knowledge and enthusiasm of the animals was wonderful to observe and spread over into the group. If I ever go to India I would go on a trip that he was leading.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be very very dusty to take or purchase a snood with you to cover your hair, nose and mouth. Take a small camera bag to place your camera in when out on the drive. Be prepared to sit and wait for a sighting of tigers - remember this is a totally different experience compare to Africa. It can be pure luck that you actually get a good shot of tigers so do not feel let down.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Camp is very comfortable and can come across as basic. The staff are very friendly and the food is very good but do expect curries every day and no international cuisine but that is the charm of spending time away from cities.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Peter Heath

    Tigers in Focus

    Just back from a very good trip but as someone who has been on other safaris and also India & Africa before I think useful to identify some points. Unlike other safaris this is only for the tiger. Do not expect other interesting species like in Africa. Chances of tiger are good, others rare. Game drives can become a bit repetitive if no tigers are about.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waiting for and watching the tigers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good, very organised. Not overpowering and let the group relax.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Believe the notes - in December it is very cold before sunrise. You are in open jeep doing 40mph wrapped in hotel blankets. Take that padded jacket, hat and gloves.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Surprising little spare time to relax. Up at 5:30hrs, back at hotel 11:30hrs. Lunch then off 13:30hrs for next game drive. Back 18:30hrs, dinner 20:00hrs, bed 21:30hrs. Also consider booking some time in Niranta transit hotel at Mumbai.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Elaine Clueit

    Tigers burning bright in Tadoba

    If you want the opportunity to see tigers in the wild with the easiest journey possible and avoid Indian cities and trains this new location is for you. One international and internal flight and a reasonable 2 and half hour drive and you are in Serai Tiger Camp - a few kilometres from the main park gate. 11 game drives give you fair odds of seeing these magnificent creatures and the fact that there are only two watering holes increases those odds. We had sightings on 9 out of 11 game drives and saw 10 different tigers. 2 females, 2 males and 6 cubs. We also had excellent sightings of wild dog and sloth bear.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A close encounter with male tiger Pandu. We were lucky enough to have him to ourselves for about 15 minutes as he woke and groomed himself for the day ahead. All four in our jeep had a tear in our eye when he walked into the distance calling for his mate. A cub coming down to the waterhole and taking a swim right in front of us. Seeing a Mom reunite with her cubs after she had been on a scout.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna is an outstanding guide passionate about wildlife and his country. He and our driver and naturalist were a great team and made sure we had the best experiences

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is all about game drives and searching for wonderful wildlife. You get some good downtime in between the drives. Most of the parks visitors are domestic tourists - at the moment I don't think many westerners go there so be prepared for lots of families sharing your experiences. Enjoy the beauty of the park and make some time to sit and watch the langurs play.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a great trip!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Richard Hopgood

    Tigers In Focus

    Not only was my holiday to have the opportunity to tigers in the wild, but also experience India. The wildlife was amazing, as was seeing the Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra. The focus was on the tigers, and it was spine tngline to them in the wild. Magnificent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On arrival at Tigergarh, I went for a walk among the rice firlds. I sat in the shade of a tree, and watched and listened to the birds around me. Birds I had only seen in aviaries or books, were now all around me. Blue skies, fresh air and the wildlife.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna was excellent. Proud of his country and the tigers, brimming with enthusiasm and excitement. It was like each day was his first day, and he shared our excitement when seeing the tigers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy the experience with a seasoned guide. Brilliant and I will recommend it to anyone who asks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For Exodus, the visit to the school should have been mentioned in the brouchure. The children were brilliant, and our gropu would have loved to have known about it earlier, so we could have taken them books, pencils, anything. If they are the future if India, the future is bright.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    Please note that our Tigers in Focus itinerary changed at the start of 2016; this trip now visits Tadoba National Park rather than Bandhavgarh National Park.

  • Reviewed November 2015
    Sara Johnson

    Faultless trip

    What an experience! From the warm arrival to leaving Delhi it was an incredible experience never to be forgotten. We saw multipal tigers on 5 of 8 safari's- and the 3 sessions we didn't see them was due to rain! We even had a tiger 30cm from our jeep! We even did a rickshaw ride round Delhi which was an experience!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing tigers up close and our stay in bandhavgarh tigergarh- the staff were beyond exceptional, the food was brilliant (even catering for allergys and vegan/ veggies)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Krishna was faultless throughout- from his warm welcome to his goodbye he was helpful, inciteful and passionate about his job. He and our amazing driver (prince) got as excited as we did at the fantastic tiger sightings (we even had 5 tigers on the road experiences) which just added to the atmosphere

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Forward plan if u have allergies or are veggie/vegan. It makes the experience a lot easier, and kristhna insured everything I ate was suitable for me. be aware u will be staying in a fairly isolated area so take enough medication (pain killers, Imodium etc) for your trip. And take more money than suggested- it's not an expensive place but it's easy to get carried away buying things! Also don't buy from the shops in Agra- Krishna arranged for a locally run shop in bandhavgarh to open for us and the items were 2/3 the price and locally made!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The jeeps need higher roofs incase it rains. Also the night trains aren't nearly as bad as expected!

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    Please note that our Tigers in Focus itinerary changed at the start of 2016; this trip now visits Tadoba National Park rather than Bandhavgarh National Park.

  • Reviewed January 2015
    Karen Stanley

    Tigers Galore

    This was a lovely trip. I had linked 2 trips together. Highlights of India (First 10 days) and this trip. After the first 10 days of being on the go non stop it was lovely to be in one place for the most of this trip. You dont realise how elusive tigers are until you get here. Dont be surprised if you dont see any at all! However when you do the feeling of elation is incredible. Of the 8 game drives 3 were a wash out due to heavy rain ( not even the birds or monkeys were out) but we luckily saw 3 tigers. (this is super lucky). One tiger we spent at least 10 - 15 mins with just watching her walk about it was amazing to spend tme with such a magnificent creature.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Tigers was incredible, but the Tag was totally awe inspiring ( I got to see it twice by tagging the two trips together - highly recommended if you can take the time) It was a good balance to have the histoy in Agra, and the nature in Bandvahgarh NP.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader (Dilip) was a little on the quiet side to start with but he soon opened up, and was very helpful and had great knowledge of birds (for when the tigers weren't playing ball)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The accomodation at Tiger Garh, is basic, but very comfortable with hot water. Dont expect 5* luxury as it is not. It is a lovely quiet location, so ideal if you want to chill out. To be honest as you are getting up at 5 am every morning it is not the kind trip where you would be up all hours partying. There is little to no phone signal and no wifi. Great if you really want to escape. The food was amazing. It is a set meal each night, and the fooodjust keeps on coming. The staff and owner are really nice.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Dont forget to bring thermals and water proofs! when the trip notes say be prepared for all weather they certainly mean it! You will need cash to settle up your account at the hotel/lodge as no card facilities.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    Please note that our Tigers in Focus itinerary changed at the start of 2016; this trip now visits Tadoba National Park rather than Bandhavgarh National Park.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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