Land of the Tiger a BBC Wildlife safari with Stephen Mills
Leading tiger specialist – Stephen Mills is a producer, cameraman and writer who has made 35 wildlife films for TV. He has been studying tigers in India since the 1980’s and regularly writes about their plight and conservation issues. He filmed Man-eater – To be or not to be, and contributed to the BBC series Land of the Tiger. He also wrote the influential BBC film Tiger Crisis and is author of the BBC book Tiger. Everyone who has joined Stephen on all thirteen of our BBC Wildlife tiger safaris to India has seen tigers – testimony that joining a leading tiger specialist greatly enhances your sightings.
‘I have been enthralled and fascinated by tigers all my working life as a naturalist. I have been very fortunate and privileged to study them in their natural environment in India since the late 1980’s, which has enabled me to understand their behaviour, follow the history of different family groups and photograph and film them.
I am very excited about this year’s safari because we are going to spend time in Satpura. This reserve was my most exciting discovery of 2009. The excellent Forsyth’s Lodge has only recently opened there so this is a chance to visit an amazing reserve before it becomes well-known. It is a beautiful park of hills and water, full of birds, and with interesting mammals – like nilgai, blackbuck and Indian giant squirrel. It is good for tigers and I saw sloth bear, wild dog and leopard all in a single day. Satpura offers a new and all encompassing pristine wildlife adventure where, currently, you can walk in the park (virtually the only reserve in India where this is permitted), and actually track tigers on elephants. It is also possible to do night drives from the lodge. We will also visit Kanha because I still think it is the best place in India to look for tigers and we will stay in my favourite lodge where we are assured of a very personal welcome. As well as tiger, Kanha is famous for herds of barasingha and there is also a good chance of seeing leopard, gaur, sambar, chousingha, langur, chital, barking deer, wild boar and even possibly sloth bear. The bird life is diverse with over 300 species, including Indian roller, racket-tailed drongo, red and yellow wattled lapwing, black-headed oriole, black ibis, pied kingfisher and crested serpent eagle.
With Spencer Scott Travel looking after all the arrangements for us you can rest assured that this will be an exceptional and very personal safari.‘ Stephen Mills
|13 November||Depart London Heathrow|
|14 November||Arrive Delhi. Imperial Hotel.|
|15 – 20 November||Kanha National Park, Jungle Lodge|
|20 – 25 November||Satpura National Park, Forsyth’s Lodge|
|25 November||Imperial Hotel, Delhi|
|26 November||Return to London|
|Number of students:||8-12|
|Price per person :||
|Single room supplement:||£450.00|
The price is fully inclusive of flights, 12 nights in hotels and lodges, all meals except one lunch, all safari activities and park fees except camera fees, tiger specialist, local guides, Spencer Scott Travel safari co-ordinator.
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