The Indian Big 5 Safari

The Indian Big 5 Safari continues to be an unmatched wildlife safari experience showcasing the best that India’s wildlife has to offer

Indian Big 5 Safari

Wondering what the Indian Big 5 safari means? The ‘Big 5’ was a term widely used to describe those mammals that were difficult to capture on foot in the African savannah’s. Wondering what the Indian ‘Big 5’ safari means? The ‘Big 5’ animals of the African continent are – African Elephant, African Rhino, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard and the African Lion. It was primarily used as a marketing tool to promote the safaris of Africa, and is widely used by tourists and wildlife guides to experience these animals. India’s wilderness which has the richest mega diversity of species in the world,  has over 1100 avian birds and more than 400 mammal species. But it is the ‘Tiger’ the grabs the highest media attention, thus making it a great revenue generator to the Indian tourism sector. However, we would like to take this opportunity to showcase the Indian ‘Big 5’ – Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Asiatic Lion, Indian Leopard, and the One-horned Rhinoceros. We would also love to include the Asian Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, and the Blackbuck if the list needs some expansion.

This wildlife enthusiast focussed – the Indian Big 5 safari has been specially crafted to offer tourists varied and vibrant shades of different geographical parts of the country. The tour begins from the western part of India and makes its way to the heart of the country taking you to its eastern corner. The journey begins with a short stay at Velavadar from whereon you proceed to the much famed Sasan Gir, the only natural home of Asiatic Lions in the whole world. After exploring Gir for a couple of days, you move on to Kanha National Park nestled in Madhya Pradesh state which is the central part of India. Kanha is one of the most famous Tiger Reserves of the country. Progressing further, the next destination is Kaziranga National Park in Assam. This sanctuary is known for being the habitation of two thirds of world’s total population on the one-horned rhino, a rare mammal.

Itinerary

13 Days / 12 Nights

This tour has been carefully designed to give you a taste of the exciting, endless possibilities and can be tailored to suit your exact preferences.

Yours will be a stopover flight to Ahmedabad from your home country and the stoppage point will be Mumbai. So Ahmedabad will be your starting point for your Indian Big 5 Safari tour. Meet and greet our travel representative at Ahmedabad airport and proceed for Velavadar National Park on a road journey of about 4 hours.

This wildlife reserve is also known popularly as Blackbuck National Park. Check-in at your resort and have a peaceful and pleasant night’s sleep.

Overnight stay in: Velavadar

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Arrive at Sasan Gir National Park, which will be your resting place for the next two nights. Explore the rugged jungles of Sasan Gir on two game drives each day. The first Lion Safari in India will start early in the morning before breakfast after which you return to the lodge and spend leisure time until lunch when it is the time for the second thrill-filled game drive for the day.

Sasan Gir is famed for being the only natural habitat of Asiatic Lions in the whole world. Besides the Asiatic Lions, other unique animals and bird species that can be seen at Gir include Fir Foxes, Blackbuck, Asiatic Wild Ass, Hyenas, Pygmy Woodpecker and Brown Fish Owl. It is only the committed efforts of government, NGO’s, and wildlife activists that the Asiatic Lions which had reached the verge of extinction could be saved and prevented at Gir from getting exterminated from the planet.

Overnight stay in: Gir

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is the last morning around Gir Wildlife Sanctuary for this Indian Big 5 safari. Take the morning safari and return to the lodge for an appetizing breakfast. After taking some rest, it is time to check-out and travel overland to Diu for your onward flight to Mumbai.

Arrangements for arrival, hotel transfer and check-in assistance have already been made for you in Mumbai. Mumbai is one of the major metropolitan cities of India as well as its financial and economic capital. The city is also renowned the world over for being the center of Indian Hindi Film Industry.

Overnight stay in: Mumbai

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Mumbai airport to board the flight to Nagpur. Head for Kanha National Park immediately upon arrival at Nagpur Airport.

Kanha National Park will serve as your base for two more days coming up during your Tiger Safari.

We suggest going for both the jungle safaris on each day of your stay here as a visit to jungle at both times of the day has its own charm.

Kanha National Park is among the best Tiger reserves in India. Much fame has been accorded to this sanctuary due to its reference in Rudyard Kipling’s bestselling fiction- The Jungle Book. Bamni Dadar also known as the sunset point is a popular spot inside the sanctuary to enjoy stunning views of the sunset. Apart from the freely wandering royal Bengal Tigers, other wild animals that can be spotted here include Sambhar, Gaur, Indian Leopards, Bara Singha and abundant birds as well as reptiles.

Overnight stay in: Kanha

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day after an early breakfast, wave goodbye to Kanha National Park and set out for a road journey to Pench National Park. The journey will take around 5 hours and should conclude by the time of lunch.

After savoring a delicious mid-day meal, set out for afternoon game drive to Pench National Park.

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has a plethora of wildlife sanctuaries and national reserves. Pench National Park is an important one among these and a popular spot in India for the Indian Big 5 safari. Spread over a geographical area of 758 sq. km., the reserve is most known for serving as the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. The present inhabitation of flora and fauna in this forest is as glorious as that used to be in the past. Apart from the Tigers, you can catch glimpses of Leopards, Wolf, Wild Dogs, Sambar, Cheetal, Chousingha and around 285 species of birds.

On the next day’s evening, drive to Nagpur for your flight to Kolkata. Arrangements for your arrival and check-in assistance at Kolkata have already been made.

Overnight stay in: Pench

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy your complimentary breakfast at the hotel and depart to the airport for your onward flight to Guwahati. From there on, travel by road to Kaziranga National Park where you will be spending the next three nights of your Indian Big 5 Safari.

We recommend the maximum number of jungle safaris on each day to make the most out of your wildlife vacation to India (01 Elephant safari in the morning & 01 Jeep Safari in the afternoon). Take a 45 minutes elephant safari early in the morning and return to the lodge for breakfast after which at noon again head towards the verdant jungles for an open jeep safari. The best way to see Kaziranga National Park according to our recommendation would be using the Elephant safari.

Kaziranga National Park is the most known for being the abode of two-thirds of the entire world’s population of one-horned rhinos. Tigers are another attraction of this sanctuary. Apart from these, you can also find Wild Asiatic Water Buffalos, Swamp Deer, Leopards, Hispid Hare, Capped and Golden Langurs. Visit the Kaziranga National Park official site for more details.

Overnight stay in: Kaziranga

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Relish a complimentary breakfast at the hotel and pack your bags to travel to Guwahati airport wherefrom your flight to Kolkata is scheduled. Bid farewell to the inviting country and its warm people and board your flight back to home contry from Kolkata International Airport. We hope to have made your wildlife vacation to India a memorable one and would love to see you again for some thrill-packed moments!

Overnight stay in: N/A

Meals included: Breakfast

Quick Facts

Wildlife

Tigers, Leopard, Indian Bison or Gaur, Indian Elephant, One-horned Rhinoceros, Barasingha or Swamp Deer, Sambar Deer, Chausingha, Black bucks, The Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Hyena, Sloth Bear,

Must Do’s

Go on an Elephant back safari at the Kaziranga National Park

Ideal for

Wildlife enthusiasts

Options & Extension

This trip can be extended to visit other heritage towns of North & South India or take a leisure or Ayurveda break at Kerala

Featured Camps & Lodges

Learn more about the luxurious properties available for your trip.

Lion Safari Camp, Sasan Gir

Lion Safari Camp

at Gir National Park

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The Blackbuck Lodge - VELAVADAR NATIONAL PARK

The Blackbuck Lodge

The Blackbuck Lodge is like a luxury African safari camp set on the edges of the Velavadar National Park, Gujarat. The lodge is a bastion of luxury where every detail has been thought of  

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Other Featured Properties

Shergarh Tented Camp

Shergarh Tented Camp

at Kanha National Park

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Diphlu River Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge

at Kaziranga National Park

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Dates & Rates

Fully inclusive rate per person sharing Price
10 October 2017 - 15 April 2018 Available On Request
  • Accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Breakfast at hotel in Mumbai
  • All meals at the featured Wildlife Camps & Lodges
  • Transfers and sightseeing by an AC Toyota Innova vehicle with an experienced driver
  • Bottled drinking water provided during tours and long drives
  • All government taxes applicable
  • Economy class airfares on the following route: Mumbai/Ahmedabad/Mumbai, Mumbai/Nagpur, Nagpur/Guwahati, Guwahati/Kolkata

At Camps & Lodges

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals
  • Park fees
  • Photographic fees (non-professional)
  • Services of an English-speaking naturalist
  • Forest guide fees
  • Scheduled safari activities in the morning and evening
  • All applicable taxes
  • This rate is not valid in on special holidays such as Christmas / New Year / Diwali etc
  • Check in time at the hotels is 14:00 hrs and check out time is noon.
  • The quote is valid for two people travelling together and sharing the same room.
  • Vehicle included for this trip is an air conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Air fare mentioned is based on current fares applicable in economy class.
  • The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
  • Only morning game drives are possible in the national parks on Wednesdays, as the parks are closed on Wednesday afternoons
  • Game drives at National Parks are in shared jeeps
  • This offer only applies to the hotels and resorts specifically mentioned in the itinerary

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