Tag: India

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…


In search of a Tiger

The next two days seemed to fall into a familiar pattern of an early morning call at 4.45am, followed by coffee and biscuits. Then we got into the jeeps, collected the park guides and presented passports at the gate. Over the two days we used either the Tala or Madhgi areas. The focus of the…


First stop – Bandhavgarh National Park

After an over night flight from Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi we were greeted by our guide Aditya Panda (Eddie). We then met up with the other five members of the group (Wendy & Mark, Roy, Dave and Tim) and boarded our mini bus for a brief visit to the Holiday Inn hotel….


Tadoba’s Leopards

Getting up at 4.00 am and being in the right place at the right time certainly paid off for our last drive. As these images of Tadoba’s Leopards show. As the sun rose we could see that this mornings light was going to be excellent for photography. Being at the front of the queue also meant…