Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara is one of the greatest Wildlife reserves in Africa and it is located in south-west Kenya. Masai Mara National Reserve with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania forms Africas most diverse, amazing & most spectacular Eco-system and possibly the worlds top safari friendly Eco-system. Masai Mara National Reserve covers an area of 1,510 sq km and it is located at 1,617 meters above sea level. Add the private conservancies and the area is at least twice the size. Masai Mara hosts over 95 species of mammals & over 570 species of birds. Masai Mara National Reserve has one of the largest densities of lion in the world

Wildebeest Migration:

The wildebeest migration is the annual natural relocation of vast numbers of the wildebeest, joined by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Thomsons gazelle, Grant’s gazelle, and Impala. Wildebeest migration takes place every year and it is highly predictable. They migrate throughout the year, constantly seeking better water resources & fresh grazing land. July to October is the best time to be in Kenya for it.

Accommodation:

Wide range of hotels & resorts are available in and around the Masai Mara & the conservancies surrounding it. Restricted numbers of vehicles are allowed in the conservancies surrounding the Masai Mara National Reserve

Distance:

Masai Mara National Reserve is about 270 kilometer from Nairobi (Capital) and takes approximately 40-45 minutes by flight & 4-5 hours by road. The road is in great condition for the most part. You may have to travel on dirt road from Narok town to Sekenani Gate but condition of that road is fairly good. The other road through Lemek and Aitong town is very bumpy and not good at all for driving.

Best Time To Visit:

Wildebeest migration takes place in JULY to OCTOBER which is best time to see this amazing animal migration. Although, Wildebeest Migration is not guaranteed through Masai Mara, it has yet to let us down. December to February is great time for big cats. As land gets dryer, water sources become limited and big cats can easily catch their prey near those water sources. Good opportunity for tourists and wildlife photographers to capture those moments.

Recommended Number of Days:

We recommend at least 3-4 days for Masai Mara safari. If you are interested in wildlife photography then the longer you stay the more chance of getting the ultimate snap.

Top Five Wildlife Tourism Places in South India

Southern part of India has wildlife sanctuaries & national parks which are perfect destinations for wildlife tourism in India. South India has UNESCO recognized Western Ghats & Nilgiris. Forests of south India are rich in flora and fauna with different eco-systems. Those forests are home to many wild animals like Elephants & Tigers. You can find wide range of species that are exclusive to the region. Our blog here picked a few wildlife destinations in South India which can offer some thrilling getaways to our wildlife lovers

Bandipur National Park

Bandipur is one of the most beautiful national parks in India. Bandipur National Park was established in 1974 & it is a renowned tiger reserve. National Park is located in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka. Covering an area of 874.2 sq km, Bandipur along with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Nagarhole National Park in the North Karnataka creates the biggest biosphere reserve in India, which is also known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This park is home of Tigers along with wildlife species like gaur, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, porcupines, malabar squirrels and the black-knapped hare. Birds like green pigeon, jungle fowl are also found here.

Periyar National Park Kerala

Periyar National Park is located in Thekkady, Kerala. Rich in biodiversity, this park spreads over an area 925 Sq .km. Periyar National Park is famous elephant reserve and it is also amongst the 27 tiger reserves that India has. Periyar National Park forms the major watershed of two important rivers -The Pamba & the Periyar. Elephants are the prime attractions of Periyar, however, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild Pigs, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and Tiger are other animals that consider this place their home. You can also find Common Langur, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque & the rare lion-tailed macaque. Periyar National Park has a rich bird life as well, great Malabar Hornbill, Kingfishers, Darters, Cormorants and Racket-tailed Drongos can be found here. Visitors are allowed to trek in National Park and thus get a better opportunity to witness wildlife closely.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is named after river that flows through the park. This national park is situated in the two districts of Karnataka – Kodagu & Mysore. Nagarhole National Park covers an area of 643.39 sq. Kms, Nagarhole is an awesome place for wildlife safari in South India. Predators like tiger, leopard, sloth bear, hyena & wild dog can be found in large number in the park. You can also find here spotted deer, four-horned antelope, gaur, sambar, barking deer, elephant & wild boar. It is also ideal place for elephant sightings. Over 250 species of birds & reptiles like marsh crocodile, rock python & monitor lizard can be found in this national park.

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is well known Tiger reserve and it is located in Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu state. It was established in 1940. This national park shares its boundary with Kerala & Karnataka. Mudumalai sanctuary is divided into five ranges ? Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Kargudi, Thepakadu & Nellakota. Rich in biodiversity, this national park has 50 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 34 species of reptiles & 21 species of amphibians. This park is home of Tiger, Gaur, Leopard, Deer, Elephant, Long billed vulture, Red crest, Wild dog along with White rumped vulture, Parakeets and Owls

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka state. It covers an area of 834.16 sq.km. Karnataka state government has officially notified the Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4 June 2015 & it is the second elephant reserve in Karnataka after Mysore Elephant Reserve. The sanctuary has scenic beauty which includes meandering rivers & breath-taking valleys. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect home for animals like tigers, elephants, sloth bear, pangolin, Malabar giant squirrel, bison, jackals, langurs, Black Panther, mouse deer & civet cats. This sanctuary is also perfect destination for bird watching in Southern India as it has birds like golden backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle & magpie robin.

6 Best Tiger spotting Places in India

Royal Bengal Tigers is Indias pride with whose presence the lush bio-diversity of India becomes extraordinary and a lot more appealing. Known for its culture, traditions, customs and values, India has a special place within the heart of people from all across the world. India tourism prospers with its fantastic heritage and vivid cultures, which are witness and cherished by many tourists, nationwide and internationally.

To enrich the splendour of the country we’ve got many national parks in India and wildlife sanctuaries in India which are one among the significant pillars of tourism in India. Travellers round the year travel through these bio-sphere reserves to treasure the wonder and charm of the wildlife of India. The main attraction of the wildlife tourism is spotting the tigers. We have brought you best tiger spotting places in India where you can find the piercing eyes of big cats without much hassle.

1. Ranthambore National Park

2. Kanha National Park

3. Bandhavgarh National Park

4. Jim Corbett National Park

5. Pench National Park

6. Tadoba National Park

 

1. Ranthambore National Park

The charm of Rajasthan wildlife tourism, Ranthambore national park is one of the most important national parks in north India. The park is nestled within the lap of Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan; the park is just 130 kilometre from Jaipur. The park is spread in over 1334 sq kilometre and is encircled by the rocky ridges. Formerly called the hunting ground for the royal families of Jaipur has currently converted into the wildlife reserve which is holds an outstanding position in wildlife tourism in India where one can see the union of wildlife, history and culture beneath one sky. One can take safaris to spot tigers here twice a day at 6:30 AM and at 2:30 PM. This tiger trail runs for three hours. There are special zones famous for the tiger safari in Ranthambore and these are Zone 1, Zone 4, Zone 6 and Zone 3. A few tigers like Noor, Arrow head, Ladli, Star male, Kumbha male, Sultan male, Zalim male are very popular in Ranthambore and give very frequent sightings.

 

2. Kanha National Park

Kanha Tiger Reserve which is also known as Kanha national park is an outstanding national park in Madhya Pradesh. To encourage wildlife tourism in India, both international and national travellers are invited to the bio-diversity rich areas of the country and Kanha national park plays a major role. The area of national park is spread in two districts, Mandala and Kalaghat and is declared as reserve forest in 1879, wildlife sanctuary in 1933 and upgraded as national park in 1955. To spot tigers in Kanha national park, tourists can relish the safaris arranged by the park authorities and tourists can also stay in the wildlife resort and lodges situated on the fringes of forest. To spot tigers, safaris take place in two shifts of morning and afternoon. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete a safari. Neelam female, Link 7 female, Chota Munna male, Munna male, Umarpani male etc are the most sought after tigers in Kanha tiger reserve.

3. Bandhavgarh National Park

Another spectacular wildlife reserve in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh national park is one of the most wonderful wildlife reserves in India. The fascinating and plush flora and fauna of the place is taken into account as the original home of white tigers. Beside the tigers, the land is also filled with wonderful species of animals like Bengal Fox, Asiatic jackal, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Dhole and many more. The exploration of this park can be done in 2 ways, first of which is jeep safari in Bandhavgarh national park and second is elephant safari in Bandhavgarh national park. The gyspy safaris for tiger spotting in Bandhavgarh national park are conducted twice a day in special zones named Tala, Magadhi and Khitauli. There are a few tigers in Bandhavgarh that are the heartthrobs of travellers and photographers like Bheem male, New Bamera male, Rajbehra female, Solo female, Spotty female, Mahaman male etc

 

4. Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is the part of Corbett Tiger Reserve that’s nestled within the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. One can notice a great variety of biodiversity over here, enhancing the grace and beauty of the park. It was established as Hailey national park in 1936. Later the national park was declared as Indias first tiger reserve in 1973. Along with the massive numbers of tigers, the place is filled with quite 650 species of birds as well as locals and migratory along with 50 totally different species of raptors and various species of animals. There are different zones settled within the park that are meant for sightseeing of wildlife in Jim Corbett national park. These 4 zones are named as follows: Dikala, Bijrani safari Zone, Dhela safari Zone and Durga Devi Zone just to call a couple of zones there. Most popular tigers of Corbett national park are Paarwali tigress, Langda male, Mota Sal tigress, Bhim male etc

 

5. Pench National park

Another stunning and fantastic national park which is an integral a part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Pench national park has its name from the Pench River that runs through the park and helps in booming the wildlife in Pench national park. Spread within the area of 758 sq kilometres this park is another wonderful example of tiger conservation and wildlife tourism with the glorious history. Only a couple of people know but this tiger reserve is the original inspiration of Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book. Beside the fierce stripped cats, you’ll also spots varied animals over here like cheetal, nilgai, leopard, wolf, jackal, fox, civet and etc. On the same hand, the place is stuffed with quite 285 species of birds (local and migratory). The jungle safari in this place is generally done two times in a day, that starts at 6:30 am and 3:00 pm and it runs for quite 3 to 4 hours. The famous tigers of Pench are Collarwali, Langdi, Raiyakassa male, BMW male, Tarzan male, Handsome male and Baras female.

6. Tadoba National Park

Maharashtra is known for its distinctive culture and traditions and what adds values to its beauty is the presence of Tadoba national park. It’s the attractive and largest National Parks in Maharashtra. Tadoba national park is listed among the 47 project tiger reserve prevailing in India. The name Tadoba comes from the tribal God Taru who is praised the tribal people. In 1955 the area was declared as national park and in 1986 the neighbouring area was declared as Andhari wildlife Sanctuary and in 1995 the park and sanctuary was merged to form a Project Tiger- Tadoba Tiger Reserve. One can find large numbers of tigers in Tadoba national park. Beside tigers, people also like to watch Leopards, Spotted deer, Wild Boars, Gaurs along with different places of cultural importance. For tiger spotting in Tadoba national park, regular gypsy and canter safaris are run under guidance of forest department. You’ll be able to relish gypsy or jeep safari to explore the wildlife of Tadoba national park. Tadoba national park is additionally known as Jewel of Vidharba. A few famous tigers of Tadoba are Maya, Waghdoh, Sonam, Madhuri, Bajrang and Matkasur.