India Tiger & Wildlife Safari 2019

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This incredible safari is designed not only to focus on the most impressive cat in the world, but to experience all of India’s unique wildlife and varied exotic fauna. Visiting three or four of India’s top wildlife parks will give you the opportunity to capture India’s big 5, and create a diverse portfolio of exceptional images from just one safari. However, all the parks we visit provide opportunities to photograph the highly endangered tiger of which few other animals evoke such a feeling of awe and excitement when spotted on a safari.

A Tiger safari embodies the real meaning of wildlife photography and is high on the list for any photographer passionate about wildlife. Unlike a safari in Africa, where there seems to be a cat around every turn, one has to work for the tigers, which creates a deeper level of satisfaction and appreciation for a stunning image of a tiger. This is why we have put long hours into the planning of the logistics, scheduled our time allocation to increase our chances, employ some of the best guides in India, arrange full day all access permits for all four of our days in Bandhavgarh, use vehicle that are especially adapted to accommodate photographers with no more than two participants per vehicle, and do everything we can to stack the deck in our favor.

Piper Mackay has teamed up Shivang Mehta, one of the top wildlife photographers in India, who has spent thousands of hours in the wildlife reserves throughout India, is highly recognized by the locals when out in the field, and is a sponsored mentor for Canon. They have photographed, side by side, for many years during the migration season in Kenya, where they started plotting and planning this ultimate India safari. Shivang recently announced the release of his new book, “A decade with Tigers.” His knowledge of tigers, Indian wildlife, habitats, conservation, and fauna will make this a life-enriching journey that goes far beyond the lens.

The top parks included on this safari –

PENCH

A spectacular natural reserve set in a flourishing teak jungle; Pench National Park is home to various deer species, tiger and leopard. The reserve offers a quiet and secluded game viewing experience with rocky hills, a large lake and open forest, which provides great photographic opportunities for the elusive leopard and wildlife dogs. The mosaic of vegetation, from lush valleys to dry, deciduous forest creates a range of habitats for India’s exotic wildlife; chital, Gaur (Indian Bison) sambar, nilgai, jackal, sloth bear, Indian wolf, porcupine, jungle cat, fox, striped hyena, for-horned antelope and barking deer. The key predator is the Tiger followed by leopard, wild dog and wolf.

KANHA

The lush sal and bambo forests, grassy open meadows, ravines of Kanha, ponds near the road, and forest tracks make for incredible photographic opportunities. The park’s landmark achievement is the preservation for the rare and endangered barashinga (swamp dear), saving it from near extinction. The stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park’s fauna and flora, make it one of the most well maintained National parks in Asia, proving the perfect habitat for gaur, spotted dear, langur, sloth bears, and Tigers. This is also a fantastic bird park with species such as shikra, jungle owlets, a variety of kingfishers, green bee-eaters, Indian rollers, and peafowl.

BANDHAVGARH

Cradled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, with the highest density of tigers in the world, the renowned Banhavgarh National Park needs very little introduction to photographers. Most fitting for this famous park, imposed across the skyline, is an impressive plateau crowned with the ancient Bandavgarh fort, nearly 2,000 years old, rising more than 2,600 feet above the forest.

This will be a highlight of our safari! This is the most famous tiger reserve in India and

we have 4 full days of special photography permits, which are all access passes. These permits allow us unrestricted game driving (on the roads) throughout the reserve, just as the BBC documentary and National Geographic film crews. They also allow us to enter just before everyone else and we do not have to leave during the day should we be onto a special sighting. These permits are extremely limited. Vehicles without these permits will be prescribed a game route and area that they are restricted to – whether or not tigers have been recently seen on this track or not. Their vehicles may only go forwards, they cannot turn around if they hear of a great tiger sighting, but we can. 

KAZIRANGA EXTENTION

At the edge of the Eastern Himalayans lie Kaziranga; a world heritage site and home to 2,200 endangered one-horned rhino’s, which is 80% of the entire world’s population. Along with the iconic greater one-horned rhinoceros, the 430 square kilometer park is the breeding ground of elephants –med sized herds drifting slowly through the grasses are a regular fixture, Asiatic wild water buffalo –even larger than its African counterpart, and swamp deer. The vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, numerous lakes and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests is undoubtedly breathtaking, but it’s the presence of the Brahmaputra river that makes the environment spectacular. Highly recognized by BirdLife International, a conservation of avifaunal species, the abundant bird life is rich with color and activity from over 400 different species. If one is extremely lucky, they may have a chance encounter with a tiger in this picturesque environment.

We are limiting the Safari to ONLY 8 Photographers with two professional Photographer guides.

Itenerary

Day 1, March 27, 2019 Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you will be met and greeted by our representative and privately transferred to the hotel. Arrival can be anytime on January 22, 2018. Your room will be ready by 14:00. If you arrive early, we will be happy to request an early check-in. Dinner will be at your leisure tonight; as this is a travel day meals are not included.

Accommodations: JW Marriot Aerocity

Day 2, March 28, 2019 

Rise early this morning for a warm cup of coffee and tea, while you dream of the exciting safari that lies ahead. The group will meet for breakfast and have an orientation with Piper and Shivang We will then head to the airport for our flight to Nagpur. Transfer via private care hire to Pench (100KM approx. 2.5 hours) and arrive for a late lunch.

As the national parks in India close on Wednesday afternoon to allow their staff to visit their families, we have arranged a special visit to a pottery village, where you can participate in the making of the pottery. We will also have the opportunity for a little cultural photography.

We have chosen our accommodations based on its location close to the gate to maximize our time on safari.

Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Corridor Resort (B,L,D)

Day 3-4, March 29-30, 2019 

Morning and afternoon game drive in Pench National park

Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Corridor Resort (B,L,D)

Day 5, March 31, 2019 

After a scrumptious breakfast we will continue our journey to Kanha National Park (190Kms/4hrs drive)

After lunch and time to relax or review images.

In the afternoon we will have our first game drive. This is a full access park and we do not have to follow any designated routes so we can spend as much time in any one area or with any animal as we desire.

Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Corridor Resort (B,L,D)

Day 6-7, April 1&2

Morning and afternoon game drive in Kanha National park

Accommodations: Tuli Tiger Corridor Resort (B,L,D)

Day 8, April 3, 2019

We will have one last game drive before continuing our journey to Bandhavgarh National Park in private air conditioned Innova vehicles (210Kms/5 hrs drive) We will stop in route for a picnic lunch and arrive in time to relax before Dinner

Accommodations: Syna Tiger Resort (B,L,D)

Day 9-12, April 4 -7, 2019

This will be a highlight of our safari! This is one of the most renowned tiger reserves in India.

We have 4 full days of special photography permits, which are all access passes. These permits allow us unrestricted game driving (on the roads) throughout the reserve, just as the BBC documentary and National Geographic film crews. They also allow us to enter just before everyone else and we do not have to leave during the day should we be onto a special sighting. These permits are extremely limited. Most everyone else will be prescribed a game route and area that they are restricted to – whether or not tigers have been recently seen on this track or not. Their vehicles may only go forwards, they cannot turn around if they hear of a great tiger sighting, and we can.

NOTE: Three-hour elephant safaris are an option to us (at an extra cost) since we have special permits. As the park uses the elephant for special patrols we do not book these in advance. Information will be provided in your trip information.

Accommodations: Syna Tiger Resort (B,L,D)

Day 13, April 8, 2019

After a scrumptious breakfast we will transfer to Jabalpur airport (4 hr drive). We will have a picnic lunch along the way and board our flights. Upon arrival at the airport we will be transported to our hotel, where you can rest, clean up, have a good meal, and organize for your international flights home. We have included an overnight hotel because the majority of flights depart in the very early hours of the morning (2:00- 3:30 AM) and this will allow you to have your room until your private transport to the International terminal to board your fight home.

Accommodations: JW Marriott B,L

 

DON’T WANT  YOUR SAFARI TO END

Join the extension and follow us up north to Kaziranga, at the base of the Himalayas, in search of the famous endangered one-horned rhinos and the herds of Asian elephants grazing through the lush grass meadows. The reserve is 430 square kilometers and is home to more than 2200 rhinoceros, 2/3rd of their total world populations. This beautiful reserve, sitting near the bottom of he Himalayas, as is also known for its leopard and sloth bear. Read the details and grab on of ONLY 4 SPOTS. See more details

 

Important Details

The Price
The price of this ultimate Indian wildlife safari is  $10,495.00. This price is based on double occupancy.

A USD $2,500.00 Non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration to secure your spot.

Single room premium is $1,995.00 ” if available”. Single accommodations are limited.

If you are a solo guest requesting shared accommodations, we will do our best to match you with another guest of the same gender. However, if we are not able to match you with a roommate, the single-room premium will be charged. Should this happen, we will do our best to discount this cost, but there is no guarantee.

***The cost of this safari is based on a minimum of 7-8 participants. If there are less than 7 participants a small supplement fee of $595.00 will apply.

Payment Terms

  • USD $2,500.00 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place on this safari
  • 2nd payment of USD $3,000.00 (+ single Supplement) is due July 31, 2018
  • Final payment/Balance is due December 27, 2018

We highly recommend travel Insurance to protect your investment, as you never know what life may have in store that might alter your plans.

Included:

  • All accommodations as stated in the itinerary
  • All meals, as stated on the itinerary, except on arrival and departure days.
  • Exclusive use of custom gypsy’s on safari
  • Fixed drivers for all the parks
  • Entrance fees and game drives in Pench, Kana, Bandhavgarh
  • 4 days all access passes in Bandhavgarth
  • Camera fee’s for two still cameras, per person
  • 2 Domestic flights (Delhi to Nagpur, Jabalpur to Delhi
  • Extra checked weight allowance to 23KG (economy international standard)
  • Private airport transport on arrival and departure dates of itinerary
  • Private transfers by private AC Innova vehicles throughout the safari
  • Pottery village visit in Pench
  • Bottled water on safari and during transports.

What’s Not Included:

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal purchases (such as curious, spirit liquors, telephone calls, internet, laundry…)
  • Gratuities for the main driver/guides
  • Optional extra activities and photo excursions
  • Pre or/and post-safari tours
  • Pre or/and post safari transfers
  • Meals or accommodation before or after the safari
  • International flights to and from Delhi, India

REGISTRATION AND DEPOSIT

If you are excited to join this ultimate Indian wildlife safari now is the time to secure your spot as these 8 spots will go quickly! Use the buttons below to fill out your online e-registration form and to make your deposit. We must receive both your completed registration form and your deposit/s to confirm your spot.

Registration form – Please complete all the required fields. At the end of the form you will be asked to confirm your email address, which will complete the registration. A copy of your registration will be emailed to you and to Piper Mackay Photo Safaris.

If you wish to join the Kaziranga Extension please add Kazirnaga Extension to the title of the trip on your main Registration. You do NOT need to fill out a separate registration for the extension.

Deposit– Use the button below to make your deposit. You do not need to have a Paypal account to use this payment service. You may make more than one deposit at a time by changing the quantity on the purchase details.

If you wish to join the Kaziranga Extension, you will need to use the deposit button on the extension page to make your deposit.

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    Dates & Prices

  • Date(s): Mar 27th - Apr 8th, 2019
  • Price: $10,495.00 USD
  • Single Room Premium: $1,995.00 USD
  • Participants: 8
Trip Leader: Piper Mackay
Shivang Maehta with large telephoto lens
Trip Leader: Shivang Mehta

Accommodations

BANDHAVGARHPatio
BANDHAVGARHLounge
BANDHAVGARHBar
BANDHAVGARH
TuliTigerPenchcottage-interior