“Volunteer on a grassroots conservation project helping to protect tigers in the stunning Kanha National Park.”
Be in the presence of Indian royalty as you come face to face with the beautiful royal Bengal tiger. This is a unique chance to see the tigers in their natural surroundings, in the unique setting of the iconic Kanha National Park. Take in Kanha’s blend of Sal forests, meadows and open waters, and discover the spectacular natural beauty that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book. There will be plenty of opportunities to go on Jeep safari by, or to trek nature trails on guided nature walks. During your time as a volunteer you will get the chance to take part in a wide range of tiger conservation and community-focused activities and initiatives.
This project aims to prove that tourism, conservation and community development can all go hand-in-hand; by focusing on all of these different aspects, the endangered tiger and its habitat can be protected without over-looking local communities. Although numbers of tigers are increasing (great news of course!), they are still under threat in the wild; to ensure that this positive trend continues, conservation work remains as important as ever. This project strives to raise awareness amongst local communities about the threats facing Bengal tigers and the eco-systems that support the species, and to enhance local understanding about conservation issues.
Alongside its direct focus on tiger conservation (e.g. tracking and monitoring activities), this project also works with the Baiga Tribal Village School, stepping in to teach the children environmental awareness. Funds generated through the volunteering programme are used to take tribal children from a local school into the Kanha Tiger Reserve, where they learn about human-animal conflict. Funds are also put into purchasing camera-traps for tiger monitoring, and into providing essential health-care for local villagers.
Fly into New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport where you will be met by the project staff and taken to your hotel. After check-in, take the time to explore the city or simply relax.
Delhi - Jabalpur: After breakfast, journey by air to Jabalpur. You'll then transfer to Kanha National Park, where you'll settle into your camp with a welcome lunch. In the afternoon, help the professional Naturalist to install camera trapping devices - it's the perfect chance to learn conservation techniques and hopefully capture that perfect image of wildlife up-close! Later, join the Kanha Field Officer of Wildlife Protection in his work, before spending the evening at your leisure.
Tiger safaris: Today's the day for your first exhilarating jungle safari in the park, before paying a visit to a local school where you can watch a class and help spread the message about the importance of protecting wildlife. Later, watch the Baiga Tribe perform a traditional dance. In the evening you'll dine by candlelight before heading to bed for a good night's rest. The next day, you'll take a tour of some local villages, immersing yourself in the culture and getting to know the locals. After a picnic lunch head out once more on safari, and admire the beautifully scenic Kanha National Park. Next, watch an informative wildlife film at the training centre, and wrap up another day with a campfire dinner.
Tiger safari and conservation work: Begin the day with a safari, and later participate in after-lunch classes with local Gond artists. In the afternoon, work with the Kanha Field Officer of WPSI as he visits a forest village to raise awareness of conservation issues. On Day 6 you'll trek along a nature trail within the park, learning how to track wildlife and looking out for various bird species. After lunch at the lodge you'll enjoy an afternoon safari, before you bid your camp farewell with one final fire-side dinner.
Kipling Camp - Chitvan Jungle Lodge: Travel approximately an hour to reach your next jungle lodge, where you'll take part in an orientation meeting. Visit the Corbett Foundation, an organisation working to distribute solar lanterns and healthcare to local communities. You'll also visit the Tribal Museum, where a guided tour gives you the chance to learn more about the local culture. End the day watching the Wildlife Film Show, and contribute to a discussion with experts about tiger conservation.
Kanha: Spend the next three days at your jungle lodge in Kanha, heading out on daily safaris and enjoying other activities including a visit to an organic farm, local school, and wildlife buffer zone. You’ll learn a whole lot: from solar cooking to tiger tracking!
Baiga village visit: Travel to the Baiga village, where you'll gain a fascinating insight into the human perspective on the human-animal conflict issue. Learn about the local people's dependence on the forest, and visit a nursery school before finishing the day with an evening safari.
Kanha - Delhi: After breakfast, travel to Jabalpur Airport to board your return flight to Delhi. On the way, you'll make a brief stop at the WWF centre where you'll learn about the community work and other activities being done by the organisation.
Departure: Spend one final morning in Delhi, before bidding the bustling city a fond farewell as you head to the airport for your return flight home. Alternatively, make independent travel plans to see more of this wonderfully diverse nation!
- Rate shown is a 'from' price per person
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- To secure a place on this project a 20% deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
- Full board accommodation for 12 nights (and B&B accommodation in Delhi)
- Airport transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with assistance from The Great Projects' representative
- Conservation donation
- 9 x Jeep safaris (shared basis) and 1 day of trekking to Kanha National Park and Kanha Tiger Reserve
- Naturalist fees
- Internal return flights between Delhi and Jabalpur
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Any expenses of personal nature such as laundry, bar bills, spa treatments, telephone calls etc.
- Tourist Visa cost
- Any other services or activities not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator!
Area & Location
- 12th of march of 2018
- 1st of june of 2018