A leopard on a tree from Kabini, India.

KABINI

One of the iconic wildlife destinations that glorifies the richness of jungles in the southern part of India is the Nagarahole national park. What was once a hunting ground of the Mysore Maharajas in the bygones, Kabini has now proved to be a hotspot for passionate wildlife lovers. Incepted on the fringes of the backwaters, the sprawling estate offers a true vintage British colonial experience , conjugate that with the thrill of wilderness in the park, one would only leave Kabini with reminiscent memories.

An integral part of western ghats confluencing at the backwaters of Kabini dam, this place beckons a rich species of flora and fauna with its diverse ecosystem and is a true testimony to the thriving wildlife. While the place boasts of highest congregation of asiatic elephants , Indian gaurs and herbivores nonchalantly grazing on the meadows , the backwater attracts some amazing avians like hornbills, ospreys and fish eagles and The canopies within nurtures some elusive cats like the leopards, tigers and the famed Black panther that rule the woods. Safari at Kabini is a must try experience as one can indulge into the wilderness, witness the denizens in their natural habitat , watch mysteries unfold and photograph some nerve wracking natural history moments.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2 nights and 3 days exploring the incredible forest of Kabini
  • 4 jeep safari
  • Gives ample opportunities to photograph elephants, tigers, leopards and wild dogs in the wild
  • A whole array of other endemic fauna and flora
  • Expert natural-history and photography guidance by photography mentor Narendra Devaraju

DEPARTURE

Date: February 14th to 16th

Mentor: Narendra Devaraju

TOUR ITINERARY

Please note: This Tour commences at  Kabini on 14 February and ends at the same place after breakfast on 16 December

Arrive and check-in at the legendary ‘Kabini river lodge’ resort, followed by a mutual introduction and briefing by the skipper about the
Tour. Soon after the session we head for a delicious lunch and get ready for the most awaited and exciting activity, the Safari! To explore the rich biodiversity of the Nagarahole Tiger reserve.

We wake up early morning, sip on some hot coffee/tea to start a fresh new day with hope set high for an exciting safari where we try to adapt and execute all the tips and tricks discussed the previous evening.

 

Back at the resort hot breakfast is waiting to quench your hunger. We all gather again at noon for another insightful, hands-on photography session.

Another delicious lunch to charge us up for the next safari. We will not only be looking for the key predators found in the park, but we will also be on the lookout for any good photo opportunity Upon returning back from the forest, having known about the activities and probable whereabouts of the cats we strategize and plan our routes accordingly for the last safari before we call it a day.

We gear up for the last safari of the tour with the same excitement we had for the first one, as the forest is filled with surprises! Back at the resort, hot breakfast awaits us to quench our hunger.

Making new friends and memories we bid adieu to the enchanting ‘Kabini’ until next time.

COST AND TERMS

INR 29000

Individual

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

INR 57500

Couples

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

INR 28000

Patron

Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

All prices above are excluding taxes. 5% GST would be applicable.

Patrons: Guests who have travelled with us on at least three photography tours.

Foreign nationals please contact us at contact@sachinrai.com for a quote.

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable lodges
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Safari permits and guide fees
  • Any airfare
  • Camera fees
  • Travel to Kabini and back from your respective place, closest airport or railway station.
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Vaccination, visa and insurance expenses
  • All applicable taxes
  • Anything that is not listed under ‘inclusions’
  • 100% of the Tour fee as booking amount (non-refundable)

All figures per person.

  • 100% of the Tour fee on or after 30 Dec 2020

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Anybody above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) and interested in nature and wildlife photography will enjoy this Tour thoroughly.

Of course! This Tour is meant for newbies as well as experienced photographers. Beginners will get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from the photography mentors. In fact if you are a fresher, you should jump on this great photography learning opportunity and sign up right away!

Since guests of our Tours travel from different parts of the country by different modes (road, rail and air) as per their preferences, it is convenient for the Tour to start from the destination. We will however provide the assistance you need in arranging your pick up and drop.

Since it is a free roaming animal, it is never easy to commit to sightings. But considering that the photography mentor has travelled there multiple times every year for many years now, his in-depth knowledge of that place will surely help us get good sightings. Kabini is known to be one of the finest places in India to see leopards.

They allow 7 people in one safari vehicle and the group would be restricted to only 6 participants. We will be using only one vehicle which means you will have the mentor in your vehicle for all the safaris.

Absolutely yes! We will be happy to customise this tour for you based on your preferred dates. Kindly write to us and tell us your preferred time of travel and we shall get back to you with a tentative itinerary and quote. This tour can be with or without a photography guide.

BOOK YOUR TOUR

    Dates don’t work for you?

    In case these dates do not work for you and you would wish to travel on your own at your own convenience dates, then do write to us.

    We will customise a tour for you on your preferred dates. This can be with or without a photography guide. We would ensure you have the best drivers, guides and will also suggest properties based on your preference.

    We have close to two decades of experience in the wildlife travel sector and will be able to guide you based on our own experience.