India

Red Panda Wildlife Experience

Description

India is full of wonderful species waiting to be seen and appreciated, one amongst these and undoubtedly one of the cutest creatures of them all is the Red Panda. It is also the only “panda” species in the world. The Giant Panda is actually a bear. The eastern Himalayas is the only place where one can find the red pandas. This program here is a great combination of rare, along with the more easily seen wildlife in the Indian subcontinent.

 

Our program takes you to two states in India – West Bengal in eastern India to Singalila National Park and to Madhya Pradesh in Central India to Satpura Tiger Reserve. The regions differ vastly in the terrain, birdlife as well as mammalian life forms.

 

Singalila National Park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India. It is a wilderness located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level with an area of 78.6 square kilometers. This is a Birding Paradise as well. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded here. It has a huge list of exotic birds, like- Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bull Finches, Wren Babblers, Laughingthrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yuhinas, Minivets, Partridges and many more.

 

There are an estimated 32 Red Pandas within the limits of Singalila. Apart from the Red Panda, other mammals found here are- Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika and many other Eastern Himalayan exotics.

 

Satpura on the other hand is excellent for exploring the central Indian jungles in canoes, on foot and even allows one to do dusk drives. Known for a high density of sloth bears, leopards and bison, it also is home to interesting lesser known species such as the Indian Giant Squirrel, rusty spotted cat and the small Indian civet. Satpura is home to about 350 species including the much sought-after Indian Skimmer.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Delhi. No activities are planned for this day as participants of this group arrive from different destinations.

  • Overnight at Holiday Inn, Aerocity.

 

Day 2

  • We check out after an early breakfast and transfer to the airport to catch our flight to Bagdogra (1020/1225).

  • Our team will receive you at the airport.

  • Break for lunch before starting a long journey to Majua, which lies at the edge of Singalila National Park.

  • Today we spend the night in Majua as entry into Singalila after 13:00 is not allowed.

  • Majua again is a homestay and is an excellent location for birding as well as for finding Bhutan Flying Squirrel.

  • Overnight in Majua.

 

Day 3

  • This morning we make our way into Singalila National Park and to Habre’s Nest – our home for the next few days.

  • After lunch we begin our search for the red panda and the other denizens of Singalila, it is all on foot exploring various trails through the park.

  • Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

 

 Day 4

  • We continue exploring Singalila.

  • The park offers you various opportunities to photograph beautiful landscapes, birds and even the flora. The park is home to over 600 species of orchids and is the largest concentration orchid blooms in a single geographical area.

  • Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

Day 5, 6 and 7

  • Your search for the red panda along with the diversity of birds and the wildcats in the region continues.

  • Sandakhphu top is situated within Singalila National Park and is the highest peak in West Bengal. Sandakhphu offers the best view of Kangchenjunga also known as Sleeping Buddha or Sleeping Shiva.

  • Overnight will be at Habre’s Nest.

 

Day 8

  • Most of today will be spent traveling back to Delhi.

  • After breakfast take the road transfer to Bagdogra from where you catch your flight to Delhi (1630/1850 subject to change without prior information as per airline policy).

  • Overnight will be at Holiday Inn Aerocity.

 

Day 9

  • We unfortunately have a very early start this morning.

  • We fly from Delhi to Bhopal (0555/0720 subject to change without prior information as per airline policy).

  • Our team will receive you at the airport and transfer you by road to Satpura Tiger Reserve (4hr).

  • You should arrive at the lodge by 1200/1230.

  • Lunch will be at the lodge.

  • After some rest we begin exploring Satpura. Since you have already spent enough time in a vehicle, we thought it will be best to begin with a walking safari in the tiger reserve. Walking is also a great way to tune your senses to the sights, sounds and smell of the forest. There is also a lot of focus on birding and lesser fauna on these walks.

  • Overnight will be at Forsyth Lodge.

 

Day 10

  • Today is an exciting day, you get to spend the whole day in the forest.

  • We have planned a visit to Churna region in the park. The morning safari is used to get to Churna and the afternoon safari gets you back.

  • You spend the time in between the safaris at Churna Forest Rest House, but honestly all our guests in the past have preferred to spend this time by a small creek that runs past the camp and is home to a diversity of birds, butterflies and dragonflies.

  • For those interested in rock art there is an option to hike up to some caves not too far away to see the same. But please note we are in the middle of the park so do follow the naturalist’s lead as wildlife can be about.

  • Overnight will be at Forsyth Lodge

 

Day 11

  • We change pace again early this morning and embark on a canoe safari to explore the river and streams of Satpura.

  • If you start early enough you also get to enjoy a spectacular sunrise on the river.

  • Canoe safaris are excellent for watching and photographing riverine birds, crocodiles as well as land mammals coming down for a drink.

  • The afternoon is at own leisure to rest from all the hectic travel.

  • This evening takes a dusk drive into the buffer forest search for nocturnal animals.

  • Overnight will be at Forsyth Lodge.

Day 12

  • Take two Jeep drives in search of the tiger, leopard, Asiatic wild dogs and the sloth bear.

  • Overnight will be at Forsyth Lodge.

 

Day 13

  • This morning we take our last safari – a walking safari through the tiger reserve.

  • Return to the lodge, freshen-up and rest a bit.

  • After a leisurely lunch transfer by road to Bhopal.

  • Take an evening flight to Delhi (2040/2205 subject to change without prior information as per airline policy) and connect on to your international flight back home.

  • End of tour.

India
 

April to June 2020

From R 53 064.00

2 pax

15 September to 15 December 2020

From R 57 748.00

2 pax

13 Days / 12 Nights

Validity: April - June & 15 September - 15 December 2020

Including

  • Accommodation for twelve (12) nights in India with only breakfast will be included in Delhi whereas your stay in Singalila & Satpura Tiger Reserve will be on full board (inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner).

  • Two (2) exclusive Jeep safaris in Satpura Tiger Reserve.

  • One (1) full day safari to Churna in Satpura Tiger Reserve.

  • One (1) Morning canoe safari in Satpura.

  • Two (2) walking or canoe safari in Satpura (Minimum 04 Person Required).

  • One (1) afternoon dusk drive in Satpura.

  • Walking / Trekking in Singalila with a naturalist on all days that you are there.

  • Services of a complimentary accompanying English-Speaking Guide cum a regular photographer.

  • All road transfers will be by air-conditioned Toyota Innova. (Maximum 3 guests per Jeep).

  • Internal airfares for Delhi / Bagdogra / Delhi Sectors (airfares are subject to change without prior information).

  • All currently applicable taxes.

Excluding

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Airfares (international)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Tips

  • Visa to India

  • Insurances

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • All not mentioned above

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Entrance fees at all monuments

  • The prices do not include undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees.

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

+27 (010) 035 5205

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