The tiger may grab the limelight, but there’s far more to a safari in India

You watch and wait, your senses on red alert – even a jungle fowl scratching through leaf litter sets your heart racing. Your skin prickles as, through the swaying grass, you finally catch sight of the elusive tiger.

Few experiences are as exhilarating as the opportunity to track tiger in their natural habitat. A good sighting of this powerful beast is sure to be something that will stay with you forever. 

A secret paradise

Everyone knows that India is the land of the tiger, but the country also supports a staggering range of indigenous and migratory species that make it a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. We’ve been planning safaris in India for years and it never ceases to amaze us how this diversity has been kept secret for so long. As well as tiger, India is home to another two of the world’s four Big Cat species, leopard and lion, in addition to rhino, three species of wild ox and eight of wild deer.

Each region has its own distinct character and balance of species. So our approach is to get you to the right areas at the right time of year – and most importantly in India, with the right people who have a genuine enthusiasm for conservation and passion for all wildlife. Whether you're looking for a luxury India safari, a tented camp or a simple lodge in the wilderness, there's something in India for you.

As a wildlife destination, India certainly gives Africa a run for its money. Why not speak to us about planning a safari?

 

What are my chances of actually seeing a tiger?

All of our clients have had good tiger sightings – but you’re unlikely to see one every day you’re on safari. Tigers remain elusive and it’s not unusual to return from a game drive without having seen one. Naturalist guides are under a huge amount of pressure from visitors who focus entirely on finding a tiger but there are many other fascinating creatures and flora to learn about, so it’s best to try to be relaxed about what you see. We monitor tiger territories and life cycles as well as logistical changes so that we can give you the best up to date recommendations.

What’s a safari like in India compared to Africa?

Most of India’s parks are forested, dotted with maidans (open grassy meadows), striking specimen trees and stands of well-known trees such as teak. The national parks are only open for morning and afternoon game drives, with no overnight accommodation within the boundaries. The parks are small and often use shared vehicles to control numbers. It’s best to arrange game drives early as slots are limited and booking is first come, first served.

Where are the best places to see tigers?

The parks in central India offer the most authentic safari experience and on a well-planned trip you’ll have an excellent chance of seeing tiger. Access to these more remote areas is by scheduled domestic flights or train followed by transfer by private air-conditioned car with driver. Parks in northern India are more accessible and can be busy but remain a good choice when combined with cultural options.

When is the best time for a safari in India?

November to April is the most popular time for trips to India as this is when the climate is at its most pleasant in the majority of areas. For wildlife trips, the later in the season you can travel the better. By April, temperatures are beginning to rise (30-40C) but it is a super time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as vegetation and water holes are drying up, often making it easier to view birds and animals. Although some clients travel into May it is incredibly hot and tented camps are closed. Most parks have a ‘closed to the public’ day every week and we try to plan itineraries so that you are travelling between parks on these days where possible.