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Ultimate Asian Leopard Safari

Journey through the national parks of India and Sri Lanka in search of Asiatic leopards and other wildlife, staying in luxury tented camps and lodges out in the wilderness. You will also spend time exploring the bustling markets of Old Delhi and the tranquil tea plantations of the Sri Lankan hill country.

Duration 17 days
Price From $10,152
When Nov - Apr
Destination India & Sri Lanka

Safari Overview

An adventurous safari across the Indian subcontinent; seek out the regions big cats while staying in comfortable camps and jungle lodges. Starting off in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh you will discover two of India’s lesser-known national parks, Pench and Satpura, on game drives and walking safaris in search of leopards, tigers and other wildlife. Spend a day exploring the narrow streets and bustling markets of Old Delhi, before travelling to Sri Lanka and Yala National Park, home to the highest population density of leopards in the world. Finish off your safari with some relaxation in the tranquil tea plantations of the hill country. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Look out for wildlife including leopards, wild dogs and sloth bears in India's off-the-beaten-track national parks.
  • Explore the historical and cultural sites of New and Old Delhi.
  • Camp out in the forests of Yala National Park, the best place for leopard spotting in Sri Lanka.
  • Visit the peaceful tea plantations around Dickoya and learn how the regions world-famous tea is produced.

Discover the best places for leopard sightings in both India and Sri Lanka, while looking out for more of the region's distinctive wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Mumbai

Today you will arrive into the busy city of Mumbai, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and adjust to the Indian pace of life.

Day 2

Mumbai - Nagpur - Pench National Park

This morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Nagpur where, upon arrival, you will be driven to Pench National Park (approximately three hours) in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. Centred around the Pench Reservoir in the southern Satpura Hills, the national park covers an area of 760km² and is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and more.

Overnight: Jamtara Wilderness Camp B, L, D

Days 3-4

Pench National Park

You will spend the next few days exploring Pench National Park, one of India's lesser-known wildlife reserves away from the beaten tourist path. Head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in the park, returning to your camp during the midday heat for lunch and relaxation. The park is home to numerous species of deer and antelope, including chital, sambar and nilgai deer, which provide food for the tigers, leopards and other predators in the region.

Overnight: Jamtara Wilderness Camp B, L, D

Day 5

Pench - Satpura National Park

Enjoy your final game drive in the national park this morning before being transferred to Satpura National Park (approximately six hours driving). Established in 1981, Satpura National Park encompasses a 1,427km² area of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem, with deep valleys, rugged mountains and several waterfalls. On your arrival at your lodge, the rest of the day is yours to relax or go on a nature walk in the surrounding area.

Overnight: Reni Pani Jungle Lodge B, D

Days 6-7

Satpura National Park

The next two days are spent exploring this naturally beautiful park on game drives and walking safaris. The park provides habitat for over 1,300 species of plants, as well as 254 bird, 30 reptile and 50 mammal species including tigers, wild dogs, sloth bears and leopards.

Overnight: Reni Pani Jungle Lodge B, L, D

Day 8

Satpura National Park - Bhopal - Delhi

After your final game drive in the park this morning you will be transferred to Bhopal, where you will catch an onward flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel in the city, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Claridges Hotel B, L

Day 9

Delhi

You will spend your penultimate day in India exploring the sites of this bustling capital city. Wander the narrow, twisting lanes of Old Delhi, exploring the bazaars and the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid with its towering minarets and domes, and the busy market at Chandni Chowk. Lying in stark contrast are the wide boulevards and formal parks of New Delhi, where you will visit the Qutab Minar and Humanyun's Tomb, considered the architectural forerunner to the Taj Mahal.

Overnight: Claridges Hotel B

Day 10

Delhi - Colombo

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel, located within a peaceful garden setting a short drive from the city.

Overnight: The Wallawwa B, L, D

Day 11

Colombo - Yala National Park

After breakfast at your hotel you will be driven (approximately seven hours) to Yala National Park, where you will check in to your tented camp. You will be introduced to your guides and taken for lunch in the bush before, if you wish, heading out for your first game drive in the park.

Overnight: Leopard Trails B, L, D

Days 12-13

Yala National Park

Yala National Park has the highest population density of leopards in the world, and you will spend your time here on early morning and late afternoon game drives in the park in search of these majestic big cats. In addition to the parks most famous residents, Yala is also home to Asian elephants, crocodiles and over 230 bird species.

Overnight: Leopard Trails B, L, D

Day 14

Yala National Park - Dickoya

Enjoy your final game drive in the park this morning before continuing on to Weerawila Reservoir to catch your amphibious aircraft flight to Dickoya, located in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country. From here it is just a short drive to your luxurious tea planters bungalow. The remainder of the day is yours to relax at your bungalow or explore the verdant tea plantations on foot or by bike.

Overnight: Tea Trails Bungalows B, L, D

Day 15

Dickoya

Spend a relaxed day exploring the tea plantations around Dickoya, heading out on foot or renting a bicycle from your hotel. You can also pay a visit to the local tea factory to learn how Sri Lanka's world-famous tea is produced, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Overnight: Tea Trails Bungalows B, L, D

Day 16

Dickoya - Makandura

Today you will be transferred out of the hills to Makandura, a rural region with numerous wildlife walking trails to explore at your leisure. The drive will take around four to five hours. On arrival at your lodge, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: The Notary's House B, D

Day 17

Depart Colombo

Today marks your final day in Sri Lanka; transfer to the airport for your international flight home. Alternatively, you could also extend your safari with time on the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka's southern coat.

Overnight: The Notary's House B, D

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