Tag: India

Sloth Bear in Satpura

The wake up call was at 4.45 a.m and then we were off in the dark to the river crossing into Satpura in the hope of more sightings of Sloth bear. As we drove along a Field Mouse scurried across the road dazzled by the jeeps headlights. Arriving at the river once again we left…


Twilight in Satpura’s west buffer zone

We left the lodge at 4.30 p.m. and drove  along the track onto the tarmac road and through the villages, to the entrance to the buffer zone.  Our naturalist and driver was Aly Rashid, the owner of  Reni Pani Lodge and a member of the royal family of Bhopal. As we drove past Spotted deer,…


Sunday Morning Safari in Satpura

Once again we left the lodge in the dark and headed for the river and the entrance to the National Park. We negotiated the floating bridge by torchlight and headed off in the park jeeps. Early in to the safari tiger pug marks were seen on the sand track. The four jeeps split up to…


Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone

This morning the four jeeps, their passengers, guides and naturalists that made up the Bear group were on safari in Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone. After a slightly later wake up call at 5.30 a.m. we left at 6.00 a.m. in our jeep with Alf and Carol. The track led through villages full of cows, goats…


Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

After breakfast we left our hotel for our three to four hour journey to Satpura National Park and the Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Today, 21st March is the festival of Holi in India. It celebrates both the arrival of Spring and the death of the demoness Holika. So it celebrates the triumph of good over…


Heathrow to India’s Satpura National Park

 This spring we joined Naturetrek’s Wildlife Festival in India’s Satpura National Park.  The group was to be based at the luxurious Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in the parks buffer zone. We were to depart from London Heathrow on a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai. Rajan Jolly had already alerted us to some problems with Jet…


Keoladeo National Park

Having spent the last ten days in fairly remote locations, Bharatpur also know as Keoladeo National Park wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We knew that the wetland sanctuary had been created some 250 years ago, initially as a hunting ground for the maharajahs of Bharatpur. There were duck shoots  organised yearly in honor of…


River Chambal National Park

The overnight train journey passed without incident and we arrived in Agra. We spent a day with the crowds  visiting the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Then it was time to say good bye to three members of the group. Our next stop was the River Chambal. This was an area that we knew…


Bandhavgarh and The Buffer Zone

If I have one criticism of our time in Bandhavgarh, it is that often the search for Tigers was almost exclusive. This on some occasions prevented us from seeing the bigger picture of what made the reserve so interesting. I understand fully why this happens and this is purely a personal view.      …


Day four. – Drive number 6 “Tigers, – no pressure”

We’d visited some of the tiger reserves in India before, but in March / April. In October it is very different. Most noticeable its much greener and more water is flowing in the rivers. This makes searching and photographing wildlife, especially Tigers, a real challenge. Also photographic safaris in Indian are very different to those…