India’s most famed tiger hunter was also one of its great wildlife trackers and ultimately one of its leading conservationists. In this epic adventure, you will get to walk along the same trails Jim Corbett blazed in the area surrounding his namesake, Corbett National Park. Here you will search for tracks and sign of the Bengal tiger as well as other large mammals like elephants, leopards, buffalo, Himalayan black bears and sloth bears, sambar deer, and many other smaller mammals and reptiles. You will also go on game drives inside the park to get up close and personal to these animals, observing their behavior in a truly wild setting while learning bird language techniques that will teach you which predators are lurking nearby in the jungle understory.
Jim Corbett Walking Safari
Jim Corbett Walking Safari
November - May
Experience & Activity Level:
Previous tracking experience helpful but not required.
Participants should be in good physical condition.
4 star hotels/lodges & rustic cabins
Starting at $6,790 per person (single supplement $1,750)
- Jim Corbett National Park
- Old Delhi, India
Situated in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India, Jim Corbett National Park was originally established in 1936 in order to protect the famed Bengal tiger of the Indian subcontinent from habitat loss and hunting pressure that was threatening its very existence. Mr. Corbett himself was a key player in the park’s formation, lobbying the provincial government of its importance in protecting one of India’s iconic images. Over the years, the luxuriant vegetation and dense cover relative to other parks in India have helped provide a safe haven for the tiger and other endangered species against poaching threats, thus making it an ideal place to search for these regal animals.
Upon your arrival into Delhi, you will be met at the airport by one of your guides and escorted to your hotel. The next day, you will head out on a bicycle tour to explore the sights and sounds of Old Delhi including the Jama Mosque, Chandni chowk, Kinari bazaar and spice market, and other historical monuments. The following morning you will travel overland to Halduparao, located right on the edge of Corbett National Park. For the next three days, the group will go across the stunning landscapes of the park each day on games drives in open jeeps to look for signs and sightings of large mammals and reptiles. The park is also replete with many noteworthy bird species, including several varieties of hawk and eagles that you will observe.
Being at a median altitude of roughly 2,500 feet, Corbett National Park is in a more temperate zone than most of India’s other parks and hence is somewhat cooler. The landscape is a combination of thick jungle foliage (sal and acacia forests), grasslands, and riparian cover along the main river, the Ramganga, and is prime habitat for stealthy predators like the tiger, as well as other felines like leopards and several species of small cats. Deer, bears, Asian elephants and many other mammals are plentiful in addition to large reptiles like crocodiles and Indian pythons. Your expert naturalist guides are masters at spotting animals at great distances or hidden in cover, and will explain to you the nuanced behaviors of each species you encounter as well as the bird alarms you witness that give clues about what is happening at any given moment.
After departing Halduparao the group will head by jeep to a private river lodge with lovely views of the Western Ramganga, located at the northeastern boundary of the park. For the next two days you will explore the jungle around the lodge on foot, looking for tracks and sign of the above animals while also partaking in some bird language exercises. Your tracking guides will show you how to recognize the footprints of all the major mammalian species as well as those of common reptiles, birds, and amphibians. You will also learn how to identify other sign like scrapes, rubs, scratching posts, and animal beds. Additionally, you will have free time to explore the local traditional village, as well as try your hand at fishing for the prized Mahseer.
Upon leaving the river lodge, the group will head out on foot for a trek to Vanghat, which is located farther downstream on the Ramganga. Along the way and for the next three days in and around Vanghat, you will search for more tracks and sign of Corbett wildlife and undertake bird language activities. There will be many opportunities to view fauna from the trails that lead to quiet jungle streams and beautiful valleys along the river, and the group will frequently make stops during our hikes to observe any animals we encounter or to investigate the bird alarms that occur. On the morning after your last evening in Vanghat, you will walk out to the ridge where Jim Corbett famously shot the man-eating tiger that terrorized the local villagers. Continuing by foot you will hike onward to Patlidun Safari Lodge, situated in a small village atop a hill surrounded by a beautiful sal forest.
After one evening at Patlidun, you will depart the next day and journey by vehicle to Dhikala, which is located within Corbett National Park adjacent to the Ramganga reservoir. This is the crescendo of your trip as for four full days you will get to enjoy a variety of wildlife viewing activities including jeep safaris, elephant back rides, and observation time in watch towers to study the behavior of birds and other canopy dwellers in addition to the terrestrial animals beneath you. At the conclusion of your time in Dhikala, you will head back again to Patlidun Safari Lodge for one last evening in the jungle, and to rest and reflect on your time there. The following morning you will leave the park area for good and return overland to Delhi, where you will have one last evening to enjoy the sites of the old town on your own before catching your flight home the next day.