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  1. Introducing Unlimited Tours & Safaris and professional guide Moses Ntema Unlimited Tours & Safaris is a local owner operated Safari company that prides itself with a high level of service and real wildlife experience. Founded in 2007, the company is owned and run by Moses Ntema, a professional safari guide with many years of experience from Kwando, Wilderness Safaris and GreatPlains. Moses wanted to create his own company to be able to run safaris the way he wants them, basic camping safaris with great guiding in the nationals parks and community run concessions of Botswana. He wants to show the beauty of the landscape, animals and people of Botswana. Moshe (Moses) Ntema, owner and professional safari guide Our goal is to offer a personalized camping safari in Botswana with professional guide and focus on wildlife and nature. We will tailor you safari to meet your wishes, and can offer both lodge and camping safari. But we excel and pride ourselves in running high quality camping safaris where Moses knowledge of wildlife, nature and culture will give a deeper understanding and insight in to the ecosystem and the animals and people in it. We will post some short stories from the bush and other news that might be of interest. For more up to date info please have a look at our Facebook-site, www.facebook.com/unlimitedsafari. We are extremely happy for questions, feedback or comments on our safaris. Unlimited Tours & Safari Ltd Pty Contact Adress: PO BOX 20604, Maun Botswana Telephone: +267 6862638 Mobile: +267 71112141 Email: booking@unlimitedsafari.com Web: www.unlimitedsafari.com or www.facebook.com/unlimitedsafari Just to make sure there are no misunderstandings I want to make it clear that I first met Moses on a Kwando safari in 2009, and we have kept in touch since. I have been helping him out during the years, and at the moment I hold 20% of the company. cheers, Tom
  2. Am kenneth Karuhanga Director of Bushmemories Safaris, i was born and raised in Uganda the pearl of Africa. I was very lucky to have been born to Perie kakuliremu who had passion for travel and nature.We visited many parks and places in Africa when i was young.This made me have many Bushmemories.IAt university i did Environmental science , this helped me to know more a bout nature.I got change to work with both local and international organisations,during this time i world with mountain gorillas in bwindi national park with ecotourism projects and got involved in habituation of mountain gorillas and this earned me the name Bushman since then my life has never been the same. This lead to the birth of Bushmemories Safaris .Am happy my mum now 76 years(18/05/2013) can see me my dream come true and all my clients once in the Bush always in the Bush. Now i run a small camp site at the base of rwenzoris and named it after my son Hunter called Eco-hunters planet. Below is a brief info to get to know more. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF BUSHMEMORIES. Travel in East Africa encompasses a vast array of experiences, many memorable moments are expected from any of our safaris from this magnificent part of the magical Africa, that continues to bring smilies.Its a time of discovery and wonderment, were unlimited wildlife, culture and people delights both parent and child from dawn to dusk. BUSHMEMORIS is the manufacture of quality adventure tour packages, truly a unique tour operator offering African Tours with a special flavour to experience the real Africa with a full range of possibilities from traditional safaris with game viewing, birdwatching, mountaineering, to specially designed tours for a greater immersion into African nature, culture and traditions. As a company that truly believes in sustainable tourism, we aim to preserve the beauty and character of Africa with emphasis on the unique character of its heritage ecology and art, making tourism a way to protect and support the areas we visit instead of altering and transforming them, thus our Moto CONSERVATION THRU SUSTAINABLE TOURSIM. We respect local cultures and make sure that our visitors will understand and appreciate the African way of living, its incredible closeness to the roots, the lack of stress, the joy, the simplicity and the complete acceptance of life that all Africans seem to have. Our proudest calm in all our destinations is that BUSHMEMORIES has been there our Safari specialists have stayed at the Campsites, Tentedcamps, Homes, and Hotels, walked the Trails, Tracked the game and snapped the photos. Our dedication and long established relationships with local guides and wildlife managers through out the region has earned us a great deal to our clients, were you come as guest and leave as friend. Our passion about Africa is our promise that you will have a life time experience which you will never forget. Please join us for one or combination of those special safaris where your holiday makes a difference to you, the people and the place you visit, enrich the mind and stir the soul for years to come thus you craft BUSHMEMORIES to last a life time. Safari enjema Ken Bushman. Director. Why BUSHMEMORIES? It is our aim to provide you with the experience of a lifetime in East Africa. To ensure this all personal itineraries are carefully planned in accordance with your individual requirements. You may consult our team to make alterations to your itineraries or ask any questions. BUSHMEMORIES Safaris guarantees: Fast, Personal responses to enquiries Expert, English Speaking Guides Superb Safari Food Quality Service Many people go to Africa and then wish that they had talked to someone who knew the area in question first. Our staff provides a friendly, up to date source of information prior to your departure. Several of the team has worked out in the bush on scientific research expeditions, giving them even deeper insight into Eastfrica incredible diversity. All our East Africa safaris are private. We provide a high staff: client ratio, ensuring personal service no matter what size your group. Each member of safari staff speaks good English and has been carefully selected for their professional experience and detailed local knowledge, from bird watching to botany. Bush memories Safaris will take you to remote, ecologically and culturally important locations, which have been developed in cooperation with local communities. Many of these are offered exclusively by Bushmemories Safaris and are always the highlight of our clients' trip. There will also be the option of having a photographer on hand to help you how get the best from your photographs. There is even the option of having a digital or slide photo-documentary made of your holiday. We issue safari certificates and our prices are competive, there are no hidden costs, no surprise, no options sold thus excellent value. Dinning is an important and delight full part each day in Africa, while on dinner every night we invite a guest speaker normally a Naturalist or wildlife Manager to talk to clients . As a company we are dedicated to the promotion of conservation, community education and sustainable resource use. Your tailor-made East African safari will directly help fund Various projects around East Africa. It is possible to visit many of these projects in action, just asks your personal safari agent for more information. OUR MISSION: At BUSHMEMORIES we provide holidays with a focus on adventure, conservation and sustainable tourism. We are unique in that we can also arrange for you to undertake volunteer work at local organizations. This will allow you to fully experience the country you are visiting, while supporting local communities in Africa. We are very aware in how our choices impact wildlife and the planet; we therefore promote and encourage making sound ethical travel choices. Our business is the result of our passion for life and our inherent love of nature and wild places. We will arrange for you to explore the most fascinating corners of Africa in the way that suits you best. Just a few of the experiences that we can provide are: Gorilla trekking White water rafting Relaxing beach holidays Kilimanjaro climb Classic safaris Family holidays Honeymoons In short, we aim to give you more than just a holiday in Africa. We aim to give you an experience, to make you feel the wonder and beauty of the continent, to give you extraordinary memories as well as photographs to take home, and we aim to do this in a way that benefits local communities and sustains the environment. Sustainable tourism is our primary commitment. Sustainable tourism is achieved by working closely with local communities and making the best use of local resources. We are in open talk with the governments and international organisations to make sustainable tourism an important consideration for African economies. We are fighting to keep Africa beautiful, unspoiled and real, not to turn it into a giant amusement park. We love Africa and we hope the service we provide will make you love it too. You don't need to be a religious institution or a non-profit organisation to actively help development, conservation and prosperity in Africa. At BUSHMEMORIES we want to prove this - help us rise to the challenge! . I would love to hear from any one who is interested to know more a bout my country or any topic a bout nature ,conservation and safari around the world. Thankyou. Ken Bushman +256775123140 kenneth@bushmemories.net www.bushmemories.net
  3. Gamewatchers SAFARITALK Special Safari, Kenya, July and October 2016. Following several members of Safaritalk expressing an interest in the budget-priced Gamewatchers Adventure Camps, we have agreed with Game Warden to put together 2 departures at further discounted rates for Safaritalk members in July and October 2016. The first safari starts off in Nairobi on Sunday 10th July 2016 with the first night in Nairobi Tented Camp in Nairobi National Park followed by 3 nights at Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli on 11,12,13 July and then 3 nights at Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Mara on 14,15,16 July. There will be a second safari starting in Nairobi on Sunday 9th October 2016 with the 6 nights in the Adventure Camps on 10,11,12,13,14,15 October 2016. The price for Safaritalk members is US$2100 per person sharing, for the 7 nights / 8 days in Kenya and includes the daily park and conservancy fees, internal flights to Selenkay and Ol Kinyei, the accommodation and meals and game drives. The minimum age is 8 years and for children aged between 8 and 15 there is a 25% discount, with the option to have one child sharing with 2 adults or 2 children in their own tent. There is space for up to 12 Safaritalk members on each of the two dates with a minimum of 4 persons for the special rate of $2,100 to apply. This camping safari has been designed to offer the same high quality wildlife safari experience provided by the top-end safari camps, with 4×4 game viewing escorted by top class guides and in exclusive wildlife conservancies away from the tourist minibuses, but at a hugely reduced price by staying in small basic adventure camps, “real camping” instead of the luxury accommodation of the expensive up-market tented lodges. In spite of the budget price, the transport between the camps is by light aircraft to avoid the long drives overland on rough roads and to give more time on safari for activities from the camps. For those for whom the wildlife safari experience is more important than the accommodation, and who are prepared to sleep in small dome tents in sleeping bags on a mattress on the floor with an element of “roughing it”, this gives an opportunity for an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience with good quality guiding by our Porini guides but at a fraction of the price. The Gamewatchers Adventure Camps are sited in private conservancies with a wealth of wildlife: in the Selenkay Conservancy in the Amboseli eco-system and in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in the Mara. You can go on walks with Maasai guides and take night drives as well as having game drives in the Conservancies and you will also have a full day in Amboseli National Park and the Maasai Mara Reserve. Click below for a 360 degree visual tour of the camp and facilities: www.porini.com/wp-content/uploads/virtual-tours/gamewatchers-adventure-camp All game drives are in four-wheel-drive customised safari vehicles taking a maximum of 6 passengers. Your driver-guide is a wildlife expert and certified by the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association. At each safari camp site we have service staff who do all the work associated with camping, like washing up, heating water for showers, doing the cooking and serving the food. An experienced safari cook is at the camp to prepare the daily meals. Food is of the same quality as in a luxury safari camp and is included in the price, (not bought through a ‘kitty’ like some other camping safaris). The camp is hosted by the head safari guide. Tents are Coleman Sundome tents for 2 persons. They are 6 ft tall and they are 10ft x 10ft square. Clients bring their own sleeping bag and a towel (or hire these for a small fee) and sleep on comfortable mattresses on the tent floor. Each tent on our adventure safari has its own private bathroom in a cubicle located behind the tent with flush toilet, wash basin and safari shower. Mineral water is provided daily at camp and on game drives and walks. Drinks other than mineral water are not included in the price but beer, wine and sodas are available at reasonable prices and guests may bring their own drinks if they wish. Transfers from Nairobi to the camps are by light aircraft from Wilson Airport Nairobi to Selenkay, Mara and back. At the Adventure Camps, all safari transport is in open-sided 4×4 customised safari vehicle. The itinerary for the SAFARITALK Special Safari combines the first night in Nairobi Tented Camp with six nights at our Adventure Camps in Selenkay Conservancy, Amboseli and in Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Mara and is as follows: Day 1: Met on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transfer to Nairobi Tented Camp. Afternoon game drive and evening sundowner followed by dinner and overnight. Elephant in Selenkay Conservancy Selenkay accommodation Day 2: Take the 07.30 am flight from Wilson Airport, Nairobi to Selenkay Conservancy arriving at 08.10 am to be met at the airstrip and transfer on a 15 minute drive to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp game-viewing along the way. After checking into camp you will go out on a game drive, returning for lunch. Take a rest after lunch and then go out on an afternoon game drive to explore the Selenkay Conservancy. All the big cats have been seen in the Conservancy as well as elephants and a wide range of species including large numbers of giraffes, zebra, and antelopes. There are also less common animals to be seen such as the long-necked gerenuk gazelle, lesser kudu and African wildcat. All meals and mineral water are provided in camp. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay. Day 3: After an early breakfast spend the morning on a game drive in the Selenkay Conservancy and an escorted nature walk with Maasai guides, returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a nearby Maasai Village where you will get to known more about the way of life of the Masai people before having a night game drive with a spotlight to seek out the nocturnal animals as you head back to camp in the dark. Dinner and overnight in camp at Selenkay. Day 4: Early breakfast and then drive through the bush into Amboseli National Park for a full day there with good views of Kilimanjaro and close-up observation of elephants, as well as many other species. Return to camp in Selenkay Conservancy later in the afternoon after a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in the camp at Selenkay. Day 5: After an early breakfast transfer to the airstrip for the 08.30 am flight back to Wilson Airport (arrives 09.10 am) to connect to the 10.00 am flight to the Mara, arriving at 11.00 am. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Mara you will be transferred to the Gamewatchers Adventure Camp in Ol Kinyei Conservancy and shown to your tent, before having lunch and relaxing in camp. In the afternoon you will head out on an evening game drive in the conservancy to see some of the wildlife for which the Mara is famous. Return to camp for dinner and overnight. Game drive in Ol Kinyei Conservancy Ol Kinyei accommodation Day 6: Wake up at dawn and enjoy an early game drive in the conservancy on the look out for the big cats, returning to camp for a late breakfast followed by an escorted nature walk and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy another game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy with a night drive as you head back to camp driving in the dark with a spotlight for the chance to see the nocturnal animals. Dinner and overnight at camp in Ol Kinyei. Day 7: An early breakfast followed by a full day of game viewing in the Mara Reserve, taking a picnic lunch. Return to the camp in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Day 8: A final short early morning game drive in the conservancy followed by breakfast and then leave camp to transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. Transfer to Eka Hotel Nairobi for a dayroom (no meals or drinks included) and then transfer to JKIA to check in for your flight home. Details of the Gamewatchers Adventure Camps Safari can be seen on our website here, : www.porini.com/kenya/safari-tours-kenya/air-safari/mobile-camping-safaris PRICE PER PERSON SHARING: US$2,100 for 7 nights / 8 days. Included in the price: • All arrival and departure transfers in Nairobi. • 1 night HB at Nairobi Tented Camp (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) with free drinks package, sundowners, game drives. • Internal flights Wilson-Selenkay-Wilson-Mara-Wilson • 6 nights FB at Gamewatchers Adventure Camps in Ol Kinyei and Selenkay with all meals and all game drives as indicated in itinerary, using open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles at the Adventure Camps and a 4x4 with roof hatches at Nairobi Tented Camp. • All park fees and conservancy fees with one full day with picnic lunch in Amboseli national Park and one full day with picnic lunch in the Mara Reserve with other days in the conservancies. • Visit to Maasai village in Selenkay. Night drives in Selenkay and Ol Kinyei. Not included: personal travel insurance, international flights, visas, tips, drinks at the Adventure Camps (apart from mineral water and juices), personal expenses. This special price of $2100 applies to Safaritalk members who book the two listed dates direct with Gamewatchers Safaris. The same safari itinerary of 7 nights / 8 days may also be booked for other dates from July to October at a price for Safaritalk members of $2300 per person. How to book: contact Robyn Beattie of Gamewatchers Safaris in UK via email: robyn@gamewatchers.com stating SAFARITALK SPECIAL OFFER in the subject line and mentioning your Safaritalk screen name in the enquiry so that the discounted price is applied and advise the date that you wish to book and the names of the persons travelling. Once you give Robyn the go-ahead to make a booking, she will ask you to complete a Booking Confirmation Form and email this to us. A confirmation invoice will then be sent to you by email as confirmation of the services booked. Payment terms: 20% deposit per person at the time of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to commencement of arrangements. Payments (deposit & final balance) may be made by direct bank transfer to our Nairobi bank account (details will be included with our confirmation invoice) or by credit card via our secure online payment service. Robyn will be happy to assist in answering any questions about the safari in your email and to handle your booking but if you have any queries about the safari itinerary than you are also welcome to post them as a reply here and I will answer personally. We look forward to welcoming you to our camps! Please note that for every booking, a donation of 5% of the charges relating to the Porini Camps daily rate will be made to a Safaritalk Fund managed by us to be used for conservation projects approved by Matt. To read more about this, click here. Jake Grieves-Cook Managing Director Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps
  4. Welcome to our 2017 Kingfisher Mobile Safaris Special Offers exclusively for Safaritalk members. We have three set-departures for the 2017 season as follows: April 2017 - 6 night Okavango Expedition Start 8th April Finish 15th April 3 x nights Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta 3 x nights Khwai River, Okavango Delta This superb six night Mobile Tented Safari will take you into the heart of the Okavango Delta and enthral you with the stunning wildlife. Our fantastic guides and staff will take care of you and make this experience a once in a lifetime showcase of what Botswana has to offer. Price: US$2,160.00 per person sharing (usual price US$2,400.00) A minimum of 4 people is required for this to depart with a maximum of 6 Should only two people be booked then the full price will apply (US$2,550.00) July 2017 - 9 night Moremi & Chobe Expedition Start 8th July Finish 18th July 3 x nights Moremi Game Reserve 3 x nights Khwai River 3 x nights Savuti, Chobe National Park This excellent nine night Mobile Tented Safari will take you into the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Private Concession and the famous Savuti area of Chobe National Park. Showing you three incredible areas of Botswana's National Parks, this world famous wildlife destination will come alive staying in our roomy and comfortable 3m x 3m Dome Tents with en-suite ablutions, your experience will be second to none as our superb staff and guides will take care of all your needs. Price: US$3,040.00 per person sharing (usual price US$3,375.00) A minimum of 4 people is required for this to depart with a maximum of 6 Should only two people be booked then the full price will apply (US$3,600.00) November 2017 - 12 night Okavango Elephant Expedition Start 11th November Finish 24th November 3 x nights Savuti, Chobe National Park 3 x nights Linyanti, Chobe National Park 3 x nights Khwai River, Community Private Concession 3 x nights Moremi Game Reserve This stunning twelve night Mobile Tented Safari will take you into the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Private Concession, the famous Savuti area of Chobe National Park and Linyanti in the far north of Chobe National Park. Showing you four incredible areas of Botswana's National Parks, this world famous wildlife destination will be yours as our superb staff and excellent guide look after you like Royalty. Price: US$3,780.00 per person sharing (usual price US$4,200.00) A minimum of 4 people is required for this to depart with a maximum of 6 Should only two people be booked then the full price will apply (US$4,500.00) All these itineraries are able to be customised to your needs and are available to Safaritalk members at the 10% discount price indicated above throughout the year with the same conditions. To achieve the 10% discount a minimum of 4 people travelling for a minimum of six nights is required. We also have our Desert Safari Expedition. We are not offering a set departure on this trip but we are happy to offer a 10% discount to Safaritalk members on the same conditions as above. 9 night Desert Safari Expedition 4 x nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve 2 x nights Makgadikgadi Pans National Park 3 x nights Nxai Pan National Park This remote nine night Mobile Tented Safari will take you into the heart of the Botswana's Deserts during the rainy season, the best time to visit. Encompassing the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Nxai Pan National Park our comfortable, ensuite, 3m x 3m mobile safari tents with proper beds and mattresses will be the base for exploring these most remote places of Africa. Price: US$3,040.00 per person sharing (usual price US$3,375.00) A minimum of 4 people is required for this to depart with a maximum of 6 Should only two people be booked then the full price will apply (US$3,600.00) For all our Mobile Safaris we recommend you stay one night in Maun at the start of the trip. This enables us to make sure your trip is maximised as we will leave Maun at around 10am, enabling us to get to the more remote areas before sundown or even allow you to have an activity before you are required to be back in camp and the park closes. It is possible to start your safari on the day of arrival but as you will leave the Airport around 2pm, this limits your destination on the first day and your activity will be the drive to camp, which in actual fact could be an excellent game drive. To qualify for the discounted Safaris please contact Martin in the UK via email: martin@ kingfishersafaris.co.uk stating SAFARITALK SPECIAL OFFER in the subject line and mentioning your Safaritalk screen name. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or post them below.
  5. I imagine some Safaritalkers are already familiar with the "Kenyan Camper" blog. I know @@armchair bushman is, judging from his comment on one of the blog posts. There is a good bit of well-informed wildlife and photography content. This blog post is a great example of little-known or seldom-visited places that the Kenyan Camper discusses: https://thekenyancamper.com/2016/05/18/nakuprat-gotu-conservancy-northern-kenya/
  6. Hi All, I self-drived this route with my wife and 3 kids in a Prado last October. We camped for 4 nights in Serengeti. 1in Kogatende, then 2 in Lobo and 1 in Seronera, then back to Musoma / lake Victoria through the western corridor. Please see the attached map for the route from Masai Mara to Serengeti via Tarime and lamai gate. A very unused route for those who lokk for quietness in the Serengeti. IN addition, we had plenty of wildebeasts in the Lamai wedge, and lions hunting with a rainbow in the background. . As the copy-paste function doesn't work well here, I include a short description, but the attached map is very detailed. day 1 : from Nairobi or from Masai Mara to Tarime, via Isebania border. 1 full day. Day 2 : from Tarime, join Nyamwaga, turn right to go down the escarpment to the mara gold mine. There, stick to the main roads towards Mugumu, and after around 20 km south, find a clear T junction and turn let, heading east to a village called Gisondo. from this village turn right and reach lamai gate. 2,5 hrs from Tarime on good dirt road in great landscape. The road from the mara gold mine to lamai is not on any map that I found, but you can spot it on google earth (not on google maps). From lamai gate to kogatende, 2hrs of Superb game drive, all alone. Make sure the bridge on Mara river is not overflooded to reach Kogatende. There, you will always find a place to camp, even if the special campsites are reportedly booked, the rangers will find a place for you around their place. Day 3 : full day to Lobo Day 4 : lobo only Day 5 : Lobo to Seronera Day 6 : Seronera to Musoma, via grumeti corridor. + a flat tire in front of 2 lions... day 7 : lake Victoria on boat Day 8 : back to Nairobi. 1full day. Map - Mara to Serengeti by road.pdf
  7. http://overlandingindia.com/camping_browse_tours.php?pid=13&tour=22%20Days%20Big%20cats%20of%20India Guranteed Depature on 10th Feb 2017 Itinerary of the trip -- Prices from: Rs. 250000/- per person Accommodation: Bush camps (dome tents), budget hostels Max. Participants: 8 No. Of crew: 2 Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van Duration: Days- 22, Nights- 21 Meals: Breakfast X 21, Lunch X 21, Dinner X 21 Departure: Jabalpur End: Ahmedabad Departure dates- 10th Feb 2017 Highlights of the trip Wildlife safaris in game rich jungles Royal Bengal tiger Indian leopard Asiatic lion India's diverse culture Indian cuisine bush camping Rajasthani & Gujarati hospitality Places to visit - Jabalpur (Trip departs) Pench national park (tigers & leopards) Kanha national park (tigers) Bandhavgarh national park (tigers) Khajuraho (temples – world heritage site) Ranthambore national park (tigers & leopards) Bera (leopards) Gir national park (Asiatic lions) Ahmedabad (Trip ends) Day to day Itinerary of the trip - Day 1: We will pick you up from the airport/railway station in the Central Indian town of Jabalpur. Today there will be a trip meeting at 18:00 hrs. No activities are planned today and tonight's stay will be in a good hostel in this city. Meals – lunch & dinner. Day 2: This morning we will start early and take the drive up to the Pench National park. Accommodation is in dome tents at a bush camp. After reaching and setting up the camp, evening will be at leisure. Meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 3: This morning we will go for the jungle safari and explore this tiger heaven for 4 hours. Post lunch we will take the afternoon safari. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 4: After having our breakfast we will drive to our next destination, Kanha National park (approx 157 km). Accommodation will be in dome tents at a bush camp. After setting up the camp, evening will be relaxing at the dry river bed with sundowners. Guided birding is also an optional activity. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 5: Kanha has an amazing diversity of both mammals and birds. It surely is one of the most special places to see a wild tiger. Today we will take both morning and afternoon jungle safaris in the park. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 6: Continuing our search for the ever elusive tigers, leopards and other animals of Kanha, we will start the day with a morning safari. After a relaxing afternoon and lunch, we will go for the afternoon jungle safari. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 7: Moving on to the next tiger country, today we will take the drive up to the Bandhavgarh National park. Bandhavgarh arguably has the highest tiger density in India. Accommodation will be in dome tents at a bush camp. After setting up the camp evening will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 8: Both morning and afternoon jungle safaris are planned for this day. We will spend the evening in a wildlife artist's studio learning how to paint tigers and other wildlife. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 9: Starting the day early, today we will explore Bandhavgarh again on both morning and afternoon safaris. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 10: Taking a break from the jungle & the big cats, today we will drive up to the historical city of Khajuraho. Aptly declared a World Heritage Site, this place will take you back in time. Accommodation will be in a good hostel in the town. In the evening we will go for the sound & the light show about the temples. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 11: Today we start very early as we have to cover more than 400km to reach our next destination, Ranthambore. It’s a very special place to see tigers and other predators among the ruins of a 1000 year old fort. Reaching Ranthambore late afternoon, we will do the camp setup and evening will be at leisure. Meals- Brunch & dinner Day 12: Waking up to the calls of the peacocks and deer this day, we will explore the interesting terrain, forest and wildlife of the Ranthambore National park on both morning and afternoon jungle safaris. This park combines the tigers with history. Evening will be very entertaining with the rich Rajasthani folk music. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 13: The day again starts with the morning safari looking for tigers. Post lunch we will do the afternoon safari in the park. In the evening we will visit a local wildlife artist's studio. Dinner will be hosted in the traditional Rajasthani way at a home-stay tonight with all sorts of local cuisine. Camel ride is also an option in the evening. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 14: Leaving the abundance of Bengal tigers behind, this morning we will drive to our exclusive leopard destination called ‘Bera’. Conserved and maintained by the royalties, it arguably has the best leopard sightings in India. After setting up our camp evening will be at leisure. Meals- Brunch & dinner Day 15: Both morning and afternoon jeep safaris are planned for today looking for a wild leopard. The culture around the little hamlet of Bera is also something to be experienced. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 16: Same as day 15, both morning and afternoon jeep safaris are planned for today looking for a wild leopard. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 17: Finishing up with leopards in Bera, we will drive up to the city of Ahmedabad. A night’s halt is planned here. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 18: Leaving Ahmedabad early in the morning, we will drive up to the savannah country of India, the Gir national park. It’s the only place in world where one can see Asiatic wild lions. Accommodation here will be in a budget hostel. After checking in at a comfortable budget hostel, evening will be at leisure. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 19: The day begins with a morning safari in Gir national park looking for lions. There is a very good possibility of leopards here as well. Post lunch we will take the afternoon jeep safari in Gir. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 20: Same as day 19, both morning and afternoon lion safaris are planned for this day. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 21: Moving towards the end of this trip, today we will drive back to the city of Ahmedabad. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a budget hostel. Meals- Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 22: Marking an end to our experience in the Central and North Western India with the Big cats of India, we will share our experiences in our post trip meeting for the last time and then depart for the Airport/Railway station. Meals- Breakfast Includes and excludes Meals 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation Single sharing dome tents for camping Twin sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays Single sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid) Includes Fully equipped safari vehicle Camping and cooking equipment National park entries, forts/monuments/heritage building entries, city tours, adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary All road tolls and vehicle taxes All ground transportation Meals as indicated Services of two crew + 1 local guide (if applicable) Excludes Visas Flights Travel insurance Airport transfers Sleeping bag Sleeping mats Optional activities Drinks, tips Items of a personal nature "For enquiry kindly contact us at info@overlandingindia.com" Thanks
  8. Recently I have finished my 61 days overland trip which we had started from Delhi on 25th of Jan and ended up in Gangtok on 31st March then I headed on to Bhutan for another 15 Days. (contact - info@prayaanindiaoverland.com) On my trip I have been to 1-Bharatpur 2-Ranthambore national park 3-Desert national park 4- Bera 5- Little rann of kutch 5- Gir national park 6-Blackbuck national park 7- Pench national park 8- Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary 9- Satkosia tiger reserve 10- Sundarbans 11- Gorumara national park I was long trip but I really enjoyed a lot. I have seen lots of wildlife Right from small Rat to Giant elephant to ferocious Tiger. I hope you will enjoy my pictures. Darter (Snake bird) - Bharatpur bird sanctuary Ruins of Ranthambore fort Thar desert Wildass from Little rann of kutch Asiatic lions - Gir national park Blackbucks - Blackbuck national park Pench national park Sambar deer with calf Sloth beer - Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary Indian gaur Brown fish own - satkosia tiger reserve Indian giant squirrel welcome to the land of Man-eating Tigers - Sundarban tiger reserve Water monitor lizard - One of the world's largest lizards of the world - Sundarbans tiger reserve Royal bangal tiger from Sundarbans photo credit - saumyajit nandi Gorumara wildlife sanctuary Asiatic elephants in gorumara wildlife sanctuary
  9. 45 Days south India tour This October our team is going to South India wildlife destination. In this tour we will be covering 17 places. Trip details mentioned below - TRIP FACTS Prices from: Rs. 350000/- per person Hop on hop off price: Rs 9000/- Per day per person. Accommodation: Budget resorts/hotels & bush camps (dome tents)/houseboats. Max. Participants: 8 Min. Participants: 4 No. Of crew: 2 (+1 Local guide for few locations) Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van Duration: Days- 45, Nights- 44 (Approx.) Meals: Breakfast X 44, Lunch X 44, Dinner X 44 (Please note that we will serve lunch only where we are camping/where no eateries are available) Departure: Bhopal End: Kanyakumari Departure date: 13th Oct 2016 Highlight of the trip - Wildlife safaris in game rich jungles Western Ghat mountains Rainforests Sea beaches Gorges Rivers Lakes Grassland Tigers Elephants King cobra Nilgiri thar Lion tailed macaque Black panthers Migratory birds India's diverse culture South Indian cuisine Tribal life Traditional dance & music Traditional shopping Bustling city life Museums Street food Age old forts & monuments Sea beaches Boat cruise in rivers India's finest tea/coffee/spice estates Temples & colonial era churches Backwaters of Kerela Places to visit - Bhopal (Trip departs) Satpura (Wildlife reserve) Pench (Wildlife reserve) Nagpur (Overnight stay) Melghat (wildlife reserve + tribal life) Ellora (Age old caves + other sites of archaeological importance) Bhigwan wetlands (Bird sanctuary) Tarkarli (Sea beach) Goa(beaches + colonial churches + museums + street culture & food) Agumbe(Rainforests + wildlife reserve) Nagarhole(Wildlife reserve) Bandipur(Wildlife reserve) Munnar(Eravikulam national park + tea plantations) Alleppy(beach town + backwater system) Periyar(Wildlife reserve) Thattekad(bird sanctuary) Trivandrum(City)Kanyakumari(Southernmost tip of India trip ends) Itinerary of the trip - Day 1 – 2: ‘City of lakes – Bhopal’ Pickup from Bhopal airport. Accommodation in comfortable hotel/hostel. Trip meeting on day 1 evening. Included: half day city tour Optional: full day city tour Day 3 – 5: Capt. William Forsyth's - Satpura National park Drive to Satpura. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris in the national park looking for sloth bears, leopards, gaur, malabar giant squirrel along with other wildlife. Included: 2 X jungle safaris in open jeeps Optional: Elephant safari, canoeing on Denwa river, walking safari Day 6 – 8: Rudyard Kipling's inspiration – Pench National park Drive to Pench National park. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris in the national park looking for tigers, leopards, Indian bison, wild dogs and lot of birds. Village safari in an open jeep. Nature walk along the local river. Picnic lunch on the banks of the river. Included: 2 X jungle safaris in open jeeps Optional: village safaris, nature walk Day 9: City of oranges - Nagpur Drive to Nagpur. Accommodation in comfortable hostel/hotel. Evening street walk in the city. Maharastrian delicacy – Saaoji dinner at night. Day 10 – 12: The unexplored – Melghat tiger reserve Drive to Melghat tiger reserve. Accommodation in dome tents. Jungle safaris looking for tigers, leopards, wild dogs etc. Melghat is not very well explored. There is always a chance of bumping into something totally new and unexpected. Included: 2 X jungle safaris Day 13 – 15: Caves & archaeological site of Ellora Drive to the city of Aurangabad. Accommodation in comfortable hostel/hotel. Ellora is a UNESCO world heritage site with temples and cave systems built between 5th and 10th century. We will spend 2 whole days exploring this history rich place. Included: 2 X full day trips to Ellora Day 16 – 17: Bird watching in Bhigwan Drive to our campsite in Bhigwan. Accommodation in dome tents. Full day trip to the wetlands for bird watching and photography. It is one of the best places to see the flamingos in India along with plethora of other resident and migratory waders. Included: 1 X full day boat/walking safari in the wetlands Day 18 – 20: The tranquil - Tarkarli beach Drive to Tarkarli. Accommodation in a beach resort. Relaxing 2 days on the beach. Superb sea food. Visit to the Sindhudurg fort. Included: half day visit to the Sindhudurg fort Day 21 – 24: Goa Drive to Goa. Accommodation in comfortable hostel. No doubt it is one of the most happening places in India. Right from great beaches, churches, bazaars, night life, great sea food to some wildlife and nature, Goa has it all. Included: 2 X full day tours of Goa and around Day 25 – 27: The rainforests of Agumbe Drive to the village of Agumbe. It is one of the most scenic villages in the whole of Western Ghats. Surrounded by steaming jungles, waterfalls, mountains etc. This will be our best chance to get up close with the king cobra. We will be exploring the forests all around on walking trails. Be prepared for a thrilling rainforest experience. Included: 2 X walking trails, 1 X waterfall visit Day 28 – 30: Nagarhole national park Drive to Nagarhole. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris on elephant's back/open jeeps looking for tigers, leopards, elephants, gaur, Malabar squirrels, wild dogs (one of the best places to see large packs of wild dogs) and many more. Included: 2 X open jeep safaris in the park Day 31 – 33: Bandipur national park Drive to Bandipur. Accommodation in dome tents. It is one of the most game rich forests in Southern India. With one of the highest densities of Asiatic elephants, it is one of the best places to see some majestic bulls and herds. The forest also has tigers, leopards and all the other wildlife of the Nilgiris. Included: 2 X jungle safaris Day 34 – 36: The Southern jewel of Munnar Drive to Munnar. Accommodation in dome tents/hostels. Visit to the Eravikulam national park. It is home to the highly endemic Nilgiri Tahr. Munnar also has some of the finest tea estates in India. Included: 1 X full day trip to Eravikulam national park, 1 X full day sight seeing Day 37 – 38: Backwaters of Kerela – Alleppy Drive to Alleppy. There are two ways of exploring Alleppy. The simple way is to stay in the town and go sightseeing in a car. This is included in our tour. The other way is to stay in a houseboat and explore the area on a 2 day cruise. This comes with an extra supplement cost. Our tour leader with take the decision based on a voting conducted on/before the trip. Included – 2 days sightseeing trip in a car Day 39 – 41: Periyar national park Drive to Periyar national park. Accommodation in dome tents. Periyar allows the visitors to explore the wildlife in a unique way – boat cruises on river Periyar. Very often one sees herds of elephants, gaur, deer, wild boar and if lucky even big cats on the banks of the river. Included: 2 X boat cruises, 1 X elephant ride Day 42 – 43: The hornbills camp – Thattekad bird sanctuary Hornbill's camp in Thattekad bird sanctuary is definitely of the highlights of the trip. With enough bird diversity to please the twitchers it is a must go destination. We will be staying in the comfortable hornbill's camp. The camp organises kayaking tours in the Periyar river. Included: 2 X kayak tours in the river Day 44 – 45: Kanyakumari Kanyakumari is the southernmost town on the tip of peninsular India. There are several points of interest that we will be covering on the sightseeing trips. Kanyakumari marks the end of the trip. We will have our final trip meeting and gala dinner here. On day 3&4 we will arrange transfers to the airports of Trivandrum & Kochi. Included: 2 X sightseeing tours in Kanyakumari Includes and excludes Meals 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation Single sharing dome tents for camping Twin sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays Single sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid) Includes Fully equipped safari vehicle Camping and cooking equipment National park entries, forts/monuments/heritage building entries, city tours, adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary All road tolls and vehicle taxes All ground transportation Meals as indicated Services of two crew + 1 local guide (if applicable) Excludes Visas Flights Travel insurance Airport transfers Sleeping bag Sleeping mats Optional activities Drinks, tips Items of a personal nature Kindly follow the website to see the itinerary, for enquiry you can mail us at www.overlandingindia.com info@overlandingindia.com 45 Days south India tour - http://overlandingindia.com/camping_browse_tours.php?pid=18&tour=45%20Days%20South%20India%20Tour
  10. Hey there! I am booked along with 2 other people on a Tanzanian safari, 8 days (7 nights) Its with Agama Tours and Safaris. My friend recommended me and also they have good reviews. If we get more people to join us the price can go more down. It starts June 29 morning in Arusha. Safari details: Day1 Tarangire, overgnight at Panorama Safari Camp Day2 Lake Manyara, overnight at Panorama Inn(hotel in Karatu) Day3 Hadzabe, Datoga tribe, overnight at Coffee Resthouse bordering Ngorongoro Conservation Area Day4 Coffee Plantation Resthouse, cultural day. Coffee Resthouse Day5 Serengeti, camping Day6 Serengeti, camping Day7 Serengeti, camping Day8 Ngorongoro Crater, back to Arusha If anybody's interested to join please let me know! -Tom tommyb0317@yahoo.com
  11. Hi ST, I'm new to the forum so apologies if this topic has already been answered - I couldn't seem to find it anywhere.. I'm going to be in RSA on my own in late April/early May with a week to spare and I am looking at doing some form of walking safari - ideally camping out as you go (ie Primitive trail in Imfolozi) for 4/5 nights. Does anyone have any recommendations of good trails to do? I dont want to use a middle man/tour operator and would rather use just the parks (KNP/SANP etc). My order of priorities for any perfect walking safari experience would be quality of game, bush experience and price. I have done a fair amount of bush camping in Tanzania, Botswana etc before so the more rural the experience the better I guess. Anyway, many thanks for your help in advance and I look forward to hearing from you all in due course. Much appreciated! Jangille
  12. Hello everyone .. I am new, brand new. I have gone through the forums but couldn't find a thread with my answers. If there is one, please link here. I am looking to do a safari in 2015, the late summer / fall. I would be flying from Canada and for my first safari .. I'm wanting to do a Kenya/Tanzania tour. My issue is that I have looked at dozens of photographic safari tours, most seem to be 6-8 days and (not including Visa/International Flight/Misc) in the $4500-$7000 range. When you look at park fees, daily, with a vehicle, it adds up. The problem I'm discovering is that I don't WANT to stay in these all mod cons lodges and I feel like I am a shackled to them. I can't do these tours without staying at "insert X random lodge". Is it possible for someone wanting to do a photographic safari, with safe vehicles, water, no large crowd BUT less than luxurious lodging? There is a shortlist of photographers I wanted to join .. except for the fact that I am willing to rough it a bit. I may sound naive but .. I didn't want to travel to the African continent to have dining tables and couches and showers. Is this impossible because most guides would rather not 'slum' it with me? If someone can point me in the right direction, it would greatly be appreciated. Sarah
  13. Hello, I'm trying to decide whether to camp at Croc Valley Camp or at Wildlife Camp. We will be visiting at the beginning of September and will be camping in a roof tent for three nights and for the fourth night want to stay in a chalet. Both of them get a lot of excellent reviews and in both of them campsites seem to be located on the river front. I know that Croc Valley is located closer to the gate. Both seem to get plenty of overlanders who tend to be noisy. I just can't put my finger on any single thing that will swing it one way or the other. Our main criteria are: Good bathroom facilities Scenic site Wildlife around site BBQ facility Shade Your thoughts? Thanks KaliCA
  14. Common kingfisher Green bee eater Oriental pied hornbill Indian peafowl Spotted owlet Black necked crane whistling teal Ruddy shelduck Indian skimmer Sarus crane Egret
  15. Hi Members of Safari Talk! I saw a question by Matthew regarding whether we had camping at Zikomo. Thanks Matthew! Zikomo Safari has a great campsite which overlooks the Luangwa River and the flood plain which wraps around two sides of the campground. Across a small tributary to the Luangwa (sometimes called the Old Luangwa) is an island which is part of South Luangwa National Park. This area is a wonderful crossing point for animals coming in and out of the park to the GMA (game management area). There are always impala, puku, and other grazers on the flood plain, but as the river shrinks and dries up to in some places a trickle, we get great herds of Cape Buffalo, giraffe, eland, bush buck, and herds of elephants looking for water. Wherever you get grazers you get predators and we have a couple of prides of lions in the area, several solitary leopards, and have had wild dog denning directly across from us in the park. The campground has 5 sites on it and a canopy of large shade trees. We limit the number of people to a maximum of 25 and do not have overlanders there at the same time as our individual campers. There are braais, fire pits, 2 ablution buildings with hot and cold water showers, toilets, washing up sinks, summer huts, and plenty of room to enjoy nature instead of people. The GPS coordinates are listed in Tracks for Africa and on our website. They are;; Junction Zikomo at Milyoti Gate: S13.02810 E031.91956 Zikomo Camp (pool): S13.02361 E031.89122 Zikomo Campsite (ablution block): S13.02246 E031.89246 Zikomo Crossing: S13.02179 E031.89151 and were provided by a friend, Bwana Mitch. We thought about phasing out camping, but some of the nicest people we have met have been campers so we will keep camping as a part of Zikomo! There are a lot of animals that move in and around the campground. I remember one night some campers went on a game drive and were disappointed that they had not seen a leopard. When they got back there was a large male leopard sitting in the campground. You don't have to have reservations to come to the camp, but it is a good idea because it is a long way to drive to find out we don't have space! All photos with this post were taken in and around Zikomo Safari.
  16. Hello, would like to receive some recommendations and clarifications regarding Mana Pools campsites. 1. I definitely want to stay a night at either Chitake 1 or 3. I understand that number 2 is not above the "river". $200 a night. Correct? Do they allow two vehicles per site? 2. Nyamepi campsites: which ones are $100 per site a night? River front guaranteed? 3. Nyamepi second tier, am I correct in understanding that those are charged $20 per person? 4. Exclusive campsites. $150 a site? No amenities. Which one do I choose? Wouldn't Nyamepi riverfront give me the same experience? This is what I have in mind to reserve for dry season in 2016. 1 night Chitake $200 4 nights Nyamepi second tier $20 pp 2 nights Nyamepi riverfront $100 per site This equals an average of $80 per night for two people. What would be the ideal Mana Pool campsite combination in your opinion? Bear in mind that we have to pack up everything everyday, as we are camping in a roof tent, so changing camp daily is not an issue. Looking for most animal encounters and most scenic camping spots. Thanks for helping me plan a great adventure. KaliCA
  17. 15DAYS OVERLANDING TRIP TO BHUTAN CELEBRATING PARO FESTIVAL Prices from: USD 3800 Accommodation:Bush camps (dome tents), Budget resorts/hostels Max. Participants: 7 Min. Participants: 5 No. Of crew: 2 Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van Duration: Days- 15, Nights- 14 Meals: Breakfast X 15, Lunch X 14, Dinner X 14 Departure:Siliguri to Phuentsholing (India-bhutan border) End:Samdrup Jongkhar(India-Bhutan border) to Guwahati Departure date: 1st April 2015 End date - 15th April 2015 " Interested people can contact us at - info@prayaanindiaoverland.com" ABOUT PARO FESTIVAL - The Paro Tsechu is a Buddhist dance festival and one of the major annual events of Bhutan. The festival holds religious significance and is held to commemorate Guru Rinpoche, who brought tantric Buddhism, also known as Tibetan Buddhism, in Bhutan. The Paro Tsechu festival is a wonderful time to visit Bhutan, experience its ancient culture, and get enthralled in the celebrations. The festival comes alive with vibrant colors, music,dance and drama as people gather to enjoy the masked dances, and other sacred rituals. Day01:1-Apr, 2015 | Wednesday Arrival in Siliguri to Phuentsholing, 4 hrs drives, Permits, Visa, documents for vehicle etc will be prepared today and will carry on the next day as well O/N Hotel Day02: 2-Apr, 2015 | Thursday Phuentsholing to Paro, 6 hrs drive, in the mean time when the permits for guests and vehicle is ready, we will visit Zangtog Pelri Lhakhang and Kharbandi Gompa, Scenic drive with more breaks along, we will pass through, Jumja, Gedu, Chukha, Chimasam, Chapcha, Chuzom before opening up into Paro valley. Overnight Camping Day03: 3-Apr, 2015 | Friday Paro halt, Morning enjoy the most beautiful and crowded Paro Festival and afternoon we will hike to Tiger Nest Temple, museum visit and Kichu Lhakhang, Overnight Camping Day04: 4-Apr, 2015 | Saturday Paro to Thimphu, 1.5 hrs drive, early morning enjoy the last day of the festival at Paro Dzong witnessing the unfurling of the giant wall hanging. Enjoy walk to Tangchongang temple, Chuzom stop, and hotel check in, afternoon, Buddha view point, memorial Chorten, takin reserve, weekend market, Tashichho Dzong. O/N Hotel Day05: 5-Apr, 2015 | Sunday Thimphu to Punakha, 3 hrs drive, Dochula pass walk, Lamperi park visit, more chances of seeing birds, chimi Lhakhang hike, Rinchengang walk meeting locals, kids, and people around. Overnight Camping Day06: 6-Apr, 2015 | Monday Punakha Halt, Punakha Dzong visit, Khamsum Yulay hike, farm house visit or rafting in Punakha. Overnight Camping Day07: 7-Apr, 2015 | Tuesday Punakha to Chendipji, 5 hrs drive, enjoy drive to Phobjilkha, visit Gangtey Gompa, hike around, meet villagers and Pelela pass stop for the photo, enjoy the night with locals at Chenjipji. Overnight Camping Day08: 8-Apr, 2015 | Wednesday Chendipji to Jakar, 5 hrs drive, visit Trongsa Dzong, museum at watch tower, Yotongla pass walk, yatha factory visit, explore the Jakar town. Overnight Camping Day09: 9-Apr, 2015 | Thursday Jakar halt, explore Jakar by walk, visit temples and enjoy more hikes around meeting locals and with picnic lunch. Overnight Camping Day10: 10-Apr, 2015 | Friday Jakar to Ura, 2 hrs drive, enjoy the visit to burning lake and explore more of Ura valley. The most beautiful valley in Bumthang. Overnight Camping Day11: 11-Apr, 2015 | Saturday Ura to Lingmithang, 4-5 hrs drive, enjoy the visit to pass Thumshingla, glance at rhododendron gardens at the pass, decent down to Namning bra- cliff the best water fall and wonderful scenic drive with more changes of seeing birds and wild animals as it falls under reserve forest. Overnight Camping Day12: 12-Apr, 2015 | Sunday Lingmithang to Ranjung, Enjoy bird watching, drive to Kurichu, Mongar and further to ranjung for today’s camp site. 5 hrs drive. Overnight Camping Day13: 13-Apr, 2015 | Monday Rangjung halt, explore the radhi village, walking, talking, visit Ranjung temple. Overnight Camping Day14: 14-Apr, 2015 | Tuesday Ranjung to Samdrup Jongkhar, 7 hrs drive , see of your camping crew and depart for SJ. Visit Trashigang Dzong, Textile center at Khaling and stop at Wangromg, then into the thick forest of Samdru Jongkhar the best n scenic drive. Sometime we get to see great hornbills and rufus hornbills on the way. O/N Hotel Day15: 15-Apr, 2015 | Wednesday Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati, 3 hrs drive, Trip ends at Guwahati.
  18. We are giving 10% discount to all our overland trip in India. Early birder will get some more discount. 15 Days Jabalpur to Jabalpur - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/15days_camping_tour.html 20 Days Delhi to Jabalpur - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/20days_camping_tour.html 22 Days Big cats of India - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/22days_camping_tour.html 31 Days Jabalpur to Dehradun - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/31days_camping_tour.html 33 Days Darjeeling to Bhubaneshwar - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/33days_camping_tour.html 36 Days Jabalpur to Gangtok - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/36days_camping_tour.html 61 Days Delhi to Gangtok - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/61days_camping_tour.html (Note - though we have fixed departure dates but it can be changed according to group size and your suitability) Prayaan India Overland is the first overland company based in India. We have authentic overland vehicle and experienced Group leaders. To get more about us - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/about_us.html Check our vehicle here - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/our_vehicle.html Check pictures here - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/gallery.php Interested people kindly mail us at - info@prayaanindiaoverland.com dgdeepti13@gmail.com Contact - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/contact_us.html
  19. Last 2 seats left now.. with 10% discount. This November we are going to explore some very good destinations of India on our overland van. Places visited: - Jabalpur (Trip departs) - Pench (Wildlife reserve) - Kanha (Wildlife reserve) - Bandhavgarh (Wildlife reserve) - Khajuraho (World heritage site temples) - Ranthambore (Wildlife reserve & 1000 year old fort) - Bharatpur (Migratory birds) - Agra (Taj Mahal) - Delhi (Forts, monuments, palaces & bazaars) - Corbett (Wildlife reserve) - Rishikesh (Adventure sports & age old temples) - Rajaji (Wildlife reserve) - Dehradun ( Trip ends) This 31 days overland trip covers most exciting overland Indian destination from Jabalpur to Dehradun and costs just USD2500 per person. This itinerary is for people looking for some real adventures, which will give them the experiences that no other travel can offer. You will be roughing it out having a great time as we proceed on our journey. Highlights: Wildlife safaris in game rich jungles à India's diverse culture à Indian cuisine –> bush camping –> boat cruise in river Chambal –> tigers –> Birding in Bharatpur –> The Taj Mahal –> Forts à Adventure sports à Himalayan hospitality Day 1: We will pick you up from the airport/railway station in the Central Indian town of Jabalpur. Today there will be a trip meeting at 18:00 hrs. No activities are planned today and tonight's stay will be in a good hostel in this city. Meals – lunch & dinner. Day 2: This morning we will start early and take the drive up to the Pench National park. Accommodation is in dome tents at a bush camp. After reaching and setting up the camp, evening will be at leisure. Meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 3: This morning we will go for the jungle safari and explore this tiger heaven for 4 hours. Post lunch we will take the afternoon safari. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 4: Today’s morning starts with another jungle safari looking for tigers in Pench. Post breakfast we will drive to our next destination, Kanha National park (approx 157 km). Accommodation will be in dome tents at a bush camp. After setting up the camp, evening will be relaxing at the dry river bed with sundowners. Guided birding is also an optional activity. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 5: Kanha has an amazing diversity of both mammals and birds. Today we will take both morning and afternoon jungle safaris in the park. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 6: Continuing our search for the ever elusive tigers, leopards and other animals of Kanha, we will start the day with a morning safari. After a relaxing afternoon and lunch, we will go for the afternoon jungle safari. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 7: Moving on to the next tiger country, today we will take the drive up to the Bandhavgarh National park. Bandhavgarh arguably has the highest tiger density in India. Accommodation will be in dome tents at a bush camp. After setting up the camp evening will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 8: Both morning and afternoon jungle safaris are planned for this day. We will spend the evening in a wildlife artist's studio learning how to paint tigers and other wildlife. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 9: Starting the day early, today we will explore Bandhavgarh again on both morning and afternoon safaris. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 10: Taking a break from the jungle, today we will drive up to the historical city of Khajuraho. Aptly declared a World Heritage Site, this place will take you back in time. Accommodation will be in a good hostel in the town. No activities are planned for today. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 11: Taking the historical importance of Khajuraho in account, we will devote this day completely to the exploration of what it has to offer. Eastern and Western group of temples have an extremely detailed architecture and will amaze us the whole day. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 12: Today we start very early as we have to cover more than 400km to reach our next destination, Ranthambore. It’s a very special place to see tigers and other predators among the ruins of a 1000 year old fort. Reaching Ranthambore late afternoon, we will do the camp setup and evening will be at leisure. Meals- Brunch & dinner Day 13: Waking up to the calls of the peacocks and deer this day, we will explore the interesting terrain, forest and wildlife of the Ranthambore National park on both morning and afternoon jungle safaris. Evening will be very entertaining with the rich Rajasthani folk music. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 14: This day starts with a visit to the 1000 year old Ranthambore fort. Post lunch we will do the afternoon safari in the park. In the evening we will visit a local wildlife artist's studio. Dinner will be hosted in the traditional Rajasthani way at a home-stay tonight with all sorts of local cuisine. Camel ride is also an option in the evening. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 15: With an early start on the road, today we will reach a small city called Bharatpur. This place remains our base for the next 4 days. Accommodation will be in a comfortable guest house where Devendra Singh (a famous birder) will be our host. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 16: Bharatpur is arguably the birding Mecca of India. A full day birding & photography excursion is planned for day in the Keoladeo National Park, as Bharatpur is widely known. We will hire bicycles to explore this park. Wetlands, forests host a huge number of both migratory and resident birds which will never let you run out of options. Meals- Picnic Brunch & dinner Day 17: Exploration of a very unique habitat and equally unique animals is planned for today. We will drive up to the river Chambal on the MP – Rajasthan state border. Exploring the habitat on the boat cruise will take us up close to the gavial crocs, variety of birds and other smaller mammals which are extremely rare to find anywhere else. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 18: Today post breakfast we will head towards Agra. One of the Seven Wonders of the World certainly needs one whole day to be properly explored and appreciated. We will also spend some time in the local bazaars of Agra today. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 19: Almost half way through the trip, this day is scheduled for the cleaning of the vehicle (everything unpacked, rinsed, repacked and the van washed). The rest of the day will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 20: Leaving Bharatpur behind this morning, we will drive the capital city of India, Delhi. No other activities are planned for today. Accommodation will be in a comfortable budget hostel. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 21: It’s off to the Corbett National Park in the foothills of Himalayas this morning. The drive from Delhi to Corbett is very interesting and scenic. After reaching our campsite in Corbett, we will do the camp setup and evening will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 22: The scenes, terrain, vegetation and some animals are all very unique to Corbett. We will do both the morning and afternoon jeep jungle safaris in this haven. For the first time in this trip, we will get the chance to see Asian elephants in the wild. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 23: For the anglers this will be a very interesting day. The rivers and streams around Corbett are full of game fish, the most important one being the Golden Mahasheer. After the morning session of fishing and lunch, we will go for the afternoon safari in Corbett. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 24: The area around Corbett also has some tamed elephants and this gives us a chance to get up close with these gentle giants today. Finishing up the morning elephant interaction session and lunch, we will pack our day backpack and go for a guided bird watching walk in the surrounding forests. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 25: Leaving Corbett behind, today we move to the town of Rishikesh. This is a well known place for a lot of adventure sports. White water river rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, Kayaking and lots more is on offer here. After setting up the camp on the banks of a flowing river, the evening will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 26: Today depending on individual taste and abilities, everyone is free to participate in any of the adventure sports on offer in Rishikesh. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 27: Finishing our adventure in Rishikesh, we will drive to the remote, Rajaji National Park. This place is famous for the extraordinary encounters and sightings of the wild Asian elephants. We will be bush camping here at a remote location with limited supplies. After setting up the camp, evening will be at leisure. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 28: Looking for herds of wild elephants and hoards of other wildlife that this rich wildlife park has to offer, we will do both the morning and afternoon jungle safaris. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 29: Everything remains the same as ‘Day 28’ Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 30: Moving towards the end of this trip, we will drive higher in the Himalayas to the city of Dehradun. This drive being very short, the rest of the day is free for you to explore this city. Meals- breakfast, lunch & dinner Day 31: Marking and end to our experience in the Central and North Western India, we will share our experiences in our post trip meeting for the last time and then depart for the Airport/Railway station. Meals- Breakfast ccommodation: Budget resorts/hotels & bush camps (dome tents). Max. Participants: 7 Min. Participants: 5 No. Of crew: 2 Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van Duration: Days- 31, Nights- 30 Meals: Breakfast X 30, Lunch X 30, Dinner X 30 Departure: Jabalpur End: Dehradun Departure date: 1st November, 2014 ( it can be changed according to group size) Price - USD 2500. (we are giving 10% discount on this price) link of itinerary - http://www.prayaanindiaoverland.com/31days_camping_tour.html Website - www.prayaanindiaoverland.com mail - info@prayaanindiaoverland.com
  20. I'm heading out for a four night camping trip to Tsavo West and Amboseli in a couple of weeks time. There are plenty of special campsites in Tsavo West, but in Amboseli there is only one public campsite which is not that nice. Does anyone know of any good community campsites just outside the park? I hear there used to be one on the Southern border but I can't find any information online and it's not marked on my map. Many thanks in advance.
  21. http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=193143 Interesting and very long discussion about predator safety in camps. A lot of nonsense but also a lot of sensible opinions and advice. Maybe more applicable to South Africa than to East Africa, but an electrical fence in Mana Pools is mentioned. I have mostly been sleeping in my very small tent - kind of "croc-garage" - and have always felt safe. Have I been lucky? Interested to hear if any Safari-talkers have experiences or opinions in the matter.
  22. Hello All, Its a great feeling to let you all know that we are going for 61 days overland trip for the search of Indian wilderness. This 61 days we will be traveling by road and covering 23 different destinations. We will start our trip from Delhi and then head on to - - Bharatpur (Migratory birds) - Ranthambore (Wildlife reserve + fort) - Jaipur (Forts + palaces + monuments + street culture & food) - Jodhpur (Forts) - Jaisalmer (Desert life + sand dunes + wildlife reserve) - Bera (Wildlife reserve for leopards) - Little Rann of Kutch (Salt marsh + wildlife reserve) - Velavadar (Wildlife reserve) - Ahmedabad (City culture + shopping + food) - Indore (Night halt) - Jabalpur (waterfall + boat cruise + water sports) - Bandhavgarh (Wildlife reserve) - Kanha (Wildlife reserve) - Achanakmar (Wildlife reserve) - Satkosia gorge (Wildlife reserve + tribal life) - Chilika lake (Lagoon + migratory birds) - Bhubaneswar (World heritage site temples) - Tajpur (Sea beach) - Kolkata (Monuments + museums + street culture & food) - Sunderbans (Mangroves + wildlife reserve) - Jaldapara (Wildlife reserve) - Darjeeling (Hill station) - Kalimpong (Hill station) - Gangtok (Trip ends) This is the longest of any trips that we offer. All of Prayaan India Overland’s experience, expertise & knowledge have been combined together to design this itinerary for you. It has a taste of almost everything that this country has to offer. Right from Virgin wilderness, mountains, deserts, grasslands, lagoons, mangroves, rivers, ocean, beaches to cities, villages, forts, monuments, celebrated Indian culture, Indian cuisine and lots more are all there to be experienced. This trip’s difficulty level is medium. It is suitable for friends/family travelling as a group or solo travelers. Total sitting capacity of the our van is 6. 5 have already booked the safari... only one seat left now. If you guys are interested then mail us at info@prayaanindiaoverland.com Depature date - 25th jan 2015
  23. Hello, I m new in this forum. I my pleasure to meet all wildlife lover and photographer in this forum. I would also like to share my wildlife experience with you all. I hope you will enjoy my pictures which I had taken on my 31 days overland trip in inida. I started my travelling from jabalpur and then went to pench national park , kanha national park, bandhavgarh national park, panna national park, khajuraho, ranthamnore national park, Keoladeo bird sanctuary, corbett national park, rishikesh , rajaji national park and ended up in dehradun. It was really long journey and I had enjoyed lotss. In central India I could see Tigers and other wildlife like deer,jackal,wilddog,wildboar,birds. But in northern part of India like in Jim corbett national park and Rajaji national park we had trageted Asiatic elephant, because they found in that region only. It was a time when they had spreaded all over India but because of poaching and ivory problem they had migrated to northen part of india and some had gone till nepal aswell. Small poulation of Asiatic elephants live in souther part of india aswell Which also migrate according to the food supply and weather condition. Corbett and rajaji is very good for birding aswell. Below I have attached my pictures. Indian ghost tree from Pench national park Teak forest of pench national park. Barasingha or swamp deer from kanha national park sal forest of kanha national park Tamed Asiatic elephant from kanha. Collared scoops owl safari picture of panna national park.. everyone looking for tiger Muggar crocodile from panna national park - ken river ken river of panna national park T12 or T2 I m bit confused in name because guide said t12 but other said t2.. but it is confirmed that this tigress got shifted from bandhavgarh tiger reserve to panna 2 years back. Same tigress from panna, you can see radio collar on her neck. She is under obervation of forest dept. but still roams free inside the jungle. marking her territory by scratching and scat. It was evening time so she was getting ready for some hunt aswell. India roller from Panna not very clear picture but it is painted stork from keoladeo bird sanctuary Darter or snake bird. Can you imagine why we call him snake bird?? Jungle babbler or 7 sisiter. did you know that they mostly live in group of seven or more and chatter lots like 7 group of ladies:P very niosy bird, Thats why we call them 7 sister. Hanuman langur from corbett national park. I have seen one difference that they are more greyer than central indian langur.. Do you know whats the reason behind it?? game drive in Jim corbett national park It was our overland vehicle Camping at ghatghar. 40 kms towards north from corbett national park and 25 kms closer to nainital hills station. View from our camp site. Blue Whistling-Thrush Blue Whistling-Thrush Terrain of rajaji national park Changable hawk eagle - juvenile from rajaji Sambar deer from rajaji Asiatic elephant male - subadult from rajaji national park Asiatic elephant - Herd of female - rajaji Asiatic elephant - Herd of female - rajaji Guess the big mark.. ?? Changable hawk eagle - juvenile from rajaji Thrush from mussorie pictures taken at dhanaulti which is 20kms northwards from mussoorie pictures taken at dhanaulti which is 20kms northwards from mussoorie
  24. Hello, I Work as a tour leader with Prayaan India Overland. It is the first Overland company which is based in India. This October we are going to explore 25 different destinations of India in 2 months. The trip starts from Delhi and ends in Gangtok. Out of all the destinations that we explore about 80% will be wildlife areas and 20% will historical and cultural. Follow this link to get more information about the trip http://prayaanindiaoverland.com/61days_camping_tour.html According to the link trip date is 15th Jan but due to its popularity we are doing in again. Date is 12th October (departure) till 15th dec. If you guys are Interested then mail me on dgdeepti13@gmail.com. Group bookings can get very good discounts. Google map of itinerary Thanks Deepti Goswami
  25. Hello, Not really a full blown trip report but thought I would share with you an interesting experience we had in Mabuasehube whilst self-driving in the Kgalagadi a couple of weeks back. Please also check out the which is much more fun :-) So it all started with a Brown Hyena in our campsite, having a drink from the leaking shower. We thought the excitement for the night was over, so we were just having a chat, chilling out & doing some last chores before we went to our tents to sleep. Suddenly, a weird noise comes from the direction of the shower. Could the hyena be back? A quick scan with the flashlight and we had the surprise of our lives - the Royal Family was in town and they were very very thirsty! Here are the King and the Queen Shower time? Think again ... The princes now make their entrance The image below would be quite disturbing if someone went missing Things start getting rowdy Then the young males discover our defenceless tablecloth .... Busted - guilty face! What do you have there?? I want it .... Bush TV at it's finest!! If you enjoyed these photos remember there is also the

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