The Best of India wildlife and Tigers photography tour

The Best of India wildlife and Tigers photography tour

The Best of India Wildlife and Tigers Photography Tour
with Kevin Dooley
May 2022

 

Adventure into Tiger country with wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley. Explore, Photograph, and experience the amazing wildlife of wild India. The best of iIndia wildlife and tigers tour will take us to three of Indias top tiger reserves. Each day on safari, we take in an early morning and afternoon of game viewing into some of India’s most famous national parks. Among the sal and bamboo forests and grassy meadows, search for the elusive Bengal tiger. You may also encounter chital, blackbucks, gaurs, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, barasingha and a host of exotic bird species. We will stay in some of Indias finest safari lodges where both food and comfort are top quality. Other opportunities will include a visit to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the Red Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri

 

Kevin Dooley is an award-winning Wildlife and Wedding Photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier. After he completed his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography studio in Albuquerque which is still running 37 years later. His passion for wildlife photography and Africa, led him to his safari adventures and he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide, a PPA Master Photographer and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic safaris in Africa, Alaska, the Amazon, India and the Antarctic. He also teaches wildlife and wedding photography workshops

Kevin Dooley

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The Best of India wildlife and Tigers Tour
The Best of India wildlife and Tigers photography tour
The Best of India Wildlife and Tiger photography Tour


Your First Night In India May 3rd
JW Marriott Hotel

JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity is a 5 star luxury hotel located close to International Airport, with a variety of quality restaurants. 

 


Kanha Earth Lodge May 4th-May 8th

The Best of India Wildlife and Tigers photography Tour

 

Amenities in the Bungalows
  • Dressing Room
  • Reclining lounge by a window with a view
  • Writing desk with a comfortable chair
  • Sprawling veranda where you can sip your cuppa and savour the sights, or just meditate
  • En-suite bathrooms with double vanities
  • 24-hour power back up
  • Air-conditioning
  • Wardrobe and safe
Common areas
  • A plush lounge area and bar
  • Nature library cum presentation room
  • Infinity pool by the fringe forests
  • A Victorian style multi-cuisine dining hall
  • Outdoor portico and sit-out for star gazing
  • Private terrace for barbeques
  • Organic vegetable garden

Dining

Our multi-cuisine dining hall serves and curates an array of regional, Indian and continental flavours, rustled up by our expert chefs. Our dishes are made from locally sourced, fresh food produce. Tantalise your taste buds with the unique flavours of Tikkar Roti (flat bread oven roasted in camel foot leaves), Lamb Booti curry, Chakri, Basil Ice cream and an exclusive variety of other dishes.


Kings Lodge May 8 - May 11

The wildlife of India Photography Tour

Dining

Enjoy fresh, seasonal, regional delicacies at the lodge. We are committed to a “Farm to the Table” approach. Many of the vegetables and herbs are sourced from our organic farm & garden and locally from nearby farms.
Breakfast is usually inside the park-Al-fresco. Fresh, wholesome and sumptuous breakfast in the jungle is an experience to look forward to. 
Lunch is Indian Table D’ Hôte (“The Table of the Host”) or chef’s special for the day.
An array of locations can be arranged for dinner. Dinner is relaxed and generally a mix of local, homegrown, Indian and Continental cuisines. Dinner at the main dining hall where you could break bread with other guests, bespoke campfire dinner “Under the Stars” at Forest Grill and an interactive dinner with our chef at our kitchen garden can be organised.
Bespoke bush dinners in the wilderness is an unparalleled experience and can be arranged at an additional cost.
Please let us know of any specific dietary requirements or allergies at the time of booking. Our team would be delighted to curate menus accordingly.

FACILITIES AT A GLANCE

A multi-cuisine dining hall with a fire place overlooking expanses of wild grasslands over the by Sal forested hills.

the lodge
Outdoor barbeque and bush dinners
 
the lodge
Nature library 
 
the lodge
A watch tower or machan, ideal for bird-watching
 
the lodge
Live and interactive sessions with experts every evening
 
the lodge
In house spa with Ayurvedic massage treatments by experienced staff
 
the lodge
An experienced in-house naturalist team 
 
the lodge
Tailor made bird-watching and photography tours
 
the lodge
Holistic wildlife experiences
 
the lodge
Swimming pool with a sundeck
 
the lodge
Kitchen garden
 
the lodge
Butterfly farm
 
the lodge
Village visits
 
the lodge
Cycling and walking tours
 


JW Marriott May 11th PM


ITC Mughal May 12th


Vivanta Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge May 13-16

The Wildlife of India Photography Tour

 

LVIVANTA . AS IT WAS. WITH A FRESH NEW VIBE. There’s a new roar in Sawai Madhopur. Less than 3 kilometres from the Ranthambore railway station. Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge, the only heritage hotel, is one of the best resorts in Ranthambore. The original lodge was built over 80 years ago and not much has changed.  What is now one of the top luxury hotels in Ranthambore, was once a hunting stop for the Maharaja of Jaipur. Tents were pitched on the vast grounds and the royal family camped here often. The original art deco styled lodge still houses the original dining hall, bar and lounge. The veranda added later also remains with all its grand style. The tents however, have made way for luxurious rooms and suites. And, while the spirit of the lodge remains, it is a new spirited style that makes its presence felt. Feel the vibe of Vivanta. A fresh new vibe that complements tradition

The Best Of India wildlife and Tigers Tour


Itinerary

May 2nd-17th 2022

 
 

May 3, 2022 Tuesday       Arrive Delhi – flight details to be advised

Meet & greet at Delhi airport by representative who will escort you to your hotel JW Marriot Aerocity.

Room available from 14:00.

May 4, 2022 Wednesday   Delhi to Jabalpur by flight, drive to Kanha

AM: Transfer to Delhi airport in time to connect schedule flight to Jabalpur – 10:10 / 11:50. On arrival a representative will meet you at the airport, drive to Kanha np – approx. 3 hours & 30 minutes. On arrival check-in at Kanha Earth Lodge.

Dinner at the hotel.

May 5, 2022 Thursday  Kanha np

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np to see elusive Royal Bengal

Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the lodge.

 

 May 6, 2022 Friday  Kanha np

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np to see elusive Royal Bengal

Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the lodge.

 

 May 7, 2022 Saturday Kanha np

AM & PM: Game drive at Kanha np to see elusive Royal Bengal

Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the lodge.

 

May 8, 2022 Sunday Kanha np to Bandhavgarh np

AM: Drive to Bandhavgarh np – approx. 4 hours. On arrival check-in at Kings Lodge.

PM: Game drive at Bandhavgarh np to see elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the Lodge.

 

May 9, 2022 Monday Bandhavgarh np

AM & PM: Game drive at Bandhavgarh np to see elusive Royal

Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep. All meals at the lodge.

 

May 10, 2022 Tuesday Bandhavgarh np

AM & PM: Game drive at Bandhavgarh np to see elusive Royal

Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the lodge.

May 11, 2022 Wednesday Bandhavgarh np to Jabalpur drive, flight to Delhi

AM: Game drive at Bandhavgarh np to see elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

PM: Drive to Jabalpur airport – approx. 4 hours to connect flight to Delhi – 16:30 / 18:25. On arrival an Idube Photo Safari staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel – JW Marriot Aerocity.

Dinner at the hotel.

 

May 12, 2022 Thursday Delhi to Agra

AM: Drive to Agra – approx. 4 hours. On arrival check-in at ITC

Mughal.

PM: Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise. The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem – created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by a Persian architect Ustad Isa. (Taj Mahal remains closed on every Friday).

All meals at the hotel.

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the Mughals.

Post breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri – a UNESCO World Heritage site, brings alive the early days of Emperor Akbar and resonates the music of the legendary musician Tansen all over again.

Lunch at Laxmi Niwas Palace. Post lunch continue to Bharatpur railway station to connect schedule train to Sawai Madhopur – 15:30 / 18:02. On arrival representative will meet you at the station and escort you to your hotel – Vivanta Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge.

Dinner at the hotel.

 

May 14, 2022 Saturday Ranthambore np

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np to see elusive Royal

Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep. All meals at the lodge

 

May 15, 2022 Sunday Ranthambore np

AM & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np to see elusive Royal

Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

All meals at the lodge.

 

May 16, 2022 Monday Ranthambore np to Jaipur drive, flight to Delhi

AM: & PM: Game drive at Ranthambore np to see elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife in a shared jeep.

PM: Drive to Jaipur airport – approx. 3 hours in time to connect schedule flight to Delhi.

On arrival staff will meet you at airport and escort you to International airport to connect homebound flight.

 

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Double Occupancy

Per Person
$ 5989
00
  •  

Single Occupancy

Per Person
$ 6999
00
  •  

The Land cost includes 

  • Accommodation for 13 nights on Bed and Breakfast basis.

  • Buffet / Set menu lunch and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary – 13 lunch & 12 dinners.

  • Air-conditioned Transport: Indian coach in Delhi, Agra & drive from Ranthambore to Jaipur.

    Toyota Innova car for long drive i.e. Jabalpur to Kanha np; Kanha np to Bandhavgarh np; Bandhavgarh np to Jabalpur airport with mineral water and wet wipes (3 pax in a car)

  • 6 game drive at Kanha np; 6 game drive at Bandhavgarh np; 5 game drive at Ranthambore np with Naturalist (4 pax in one jeep).

  • Camera / Video camera fees.

  • Government Taxes.

The land cost excludes 

    • Expenses of personal nature (like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls etc.)

    • Beverages (alcoholic / non – alcoholic) and meals that are not included

    • Domestic and international flights and airport taxes

    • India Visa Fee and Travel Insurance


Domestic Flights

Date May 4, 2022  Delhi to Jabalpur

SG 2871 – 10:30 / 12:00

 

 

May 11,  2022  Jabalpur to Delhi

SG 2642 – 16:30 / 18:40

 

May 16, 2022  Jaipur to Delhi

I5 872 – 18:50 / 19:50

 


The Wildlife Of Sri Lanka Wildlife Photo Safari

Join wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley on the Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photo Safaris.  Sri Lanka is an island paradise, lined with amazing golden sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. The oceans are rich with life, and amazing coral reefs.Thedeeper waters are home to marine giants such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. Sri Lanka boasts a rich natural
heritage, with amazingwildlife and biodiversity and incredibly for an island of its size can boast of iconic mega fauna such as leopards, elephants and sloth bears. The island is also
regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and teams with endemic birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as plant species found nowhere else on earth. With numerous man-made
lakes and rivers running through its interior, lush tropical rainforests, mangroves and coastal lagoons, misty highlands laden with waterfalls and dry zone scrub
jungles, Sri Lanka comprises of a wide range of picturesque landscapes and natural habitats which can be compared to that of a much larger continent.
Venture into an ancient land with thousands of years of history of ancient cities and a vibrant culture with amazing architectural monuments and incredible feats
of engineering which can be linked to the origins of Buddhism in the country with magnificently constructed stupas and the ruined remains of ancient kingdoms.
Taste the wonderful flavors of the local cuisine using fresh produce from land and sea. Boasting of a unique culinary heritage, Sri Lankan cuisine is rich in spices
with its own distinct flavour and is a fusion of traditional dishes mixed with influences from traders and colonial powers. Experience the misty highlands and tea
country and have a cup of the world famous Ceylon Tea. The real treasure of Sri Lanka are its people, a rich multi-cultural and multi religious society. The warm
hospitality and friendly nature of Sri Lankans will make anyone feel welcome. Get to know the people of this land, their ways of life and their amazing stories. Fall
in love with the land like no other. 
 
Kevin Dooley is an award-winning Wildlife and Wedding Photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier. After he completed his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography studio in Albuquerque which is still running 37 years later. His passion for wildlife photography and Africa, led him to his safari adventures and he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide, a PPA Master Photographer and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic safaris in Africa, Alaska, the Amazon, India and the Antarctic. He also teaches wildlife and wedding photography workshops

Kevin Dooley


Safari Lodge

The Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photo Safaris

FACILITIES AT THE CAMP

The camp is situated on an 18 acre plot of wilderness land but in order to reduce our footprint we have isolated our camp utilization to less than 2 acres. This allows us to continue our reforestation project on land which was previously used for farming and “chena” cultivation. our camp has the following amenities to make your stay with us a memorable one.


  • Customized safari vehicles for photographic safaris
  • Alfresco dining
  • Wildlife book library
  • Creative hub
  • Fitness center
  • “Gal Poththa” lounge
  • Dining and bar
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FACILITIES IN THE TENT

Our tents are equipped with all the amenities you will need during your stay, below is a list of what we offer.

  • Air-conditioned tent
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Private Wooden Deck Area
  • King size bed (twin can be arranged)
  • Utility wardrobe
  • Luggage racks
  • Towel racks
  • Water bottles and mosquito repellent
  • Bathrobes, towels and bath amenities
  • Charging points for phones and cameras
  • En suite flush-able toilet, and twin sink
  • En suite shower with hot and cold water
  • Baby cots available on request


Itinerary 


Day 1- Airport -Yala

Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed, and transferred to Yala which is a 4 hour journey. Adequate toilet breaks will be included in this ride, along with onboard refreshments and snacks.

Reaching Yala, you will be welcomed at Ceylon Wild Safaris, you home for the next 5 nights.

A stunning luxury safari camp, located at the Katagamuwa entrance of Yala, designed with all luxuries and amenities taken into consideration, you will be welcomed by the camp naturalists who are some of Sri Lanka’s mostexperienced safari guides and escorted to your luxury tents.

The tents are luxurious and en-suite with private plunge pools which are great for hot afternoons to relax in , especially with a refreshing Lion Larger by your side.

After settling down, enjoy a scrumptious Sri Lankan lunch.

Today, enjoy in relaxation after a long day of travelling. Your naturalists will showcase a beautiful presentation on the diversity and wildlife of Yala followed by sundowners at a nearby rocky outcrop right by the jungle. You can also use the creative hub available for post processing of images, using Apple I mac monitors which are available for you to use (FOC), and high quality photo printing (extra cost) if required

Enjoy dinner under the stars, and relax by the campfire, listening to the calls of the wild and thereafter rest overnight in anticipation for an exciting safari tomorrow.

Accommodation- Ceylon Wild Safaris
Room Type- Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Plan 
– All Inclusive- 3 meals, tea/coffee, selected wines, spirits and beers

 

Day 2- Yala

Early morning at 5.00 AM enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee with some cookies, and hop on your safari jeep with your naturalist to head into Yala National Park for your first game drive. The camp Land Cruiser, modified with removable seats and a forward folding windscreen, equipped with beanbags, clamps, tripods and monopods, complete with those who take photography seriously on board to make sure you have the right light and positioning.

 

You will be guided by one of Sri Lanka’s top naturalists with decades of experience in the wilds.
The Yala National Park is the country’s premier destination for wildlife viewing. Yala’s 
star attraction is undoubtedly the Leopard and Yala Block I is believed to have the highest concentration of these big cats in the world. Leopards however are elusive by nature and we recommend a minimum of three to four game drives to have the best opportunities for good encounters. It is also one of the few places in the country where the endangered shaggy coated Sloth Bear can be seen. Asian Elephants are also encountered; lone bull elephants, a few iconic tuskers and small herds of females and calves maybe seen. Jackal, Sambar, Spotted Deer Buffalo, Wildboar and the Grey Langur are among the other larger mammals that may be seen.
Breakfast will be served while on safari.
Your morning safari would last till 11.00 by which time the sun gets quite hot and light becomes too harsh for photography. Whereby return back to camp. You can relax in your tent , enjoying the cool refreshing plunge pool, or you can work on your photographs at the creative hub which is available for you to use.
Enjoy your lunch at camp, and by 2.30 PM as the sun cools down head back into the park for your evening game drive.
Your drive would last till 6.00 PM when you return back to camp for a refreshing drink by the camp fire followed by dinner.

Accommodation- Ceylon Wild Safaris
Room Type- Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Plan 
– All Inclusive- 3 meals, tea/coffee, selected wines, spirits and beers

 

Day 3,4 and 5- Yala

Your routine will be the same as day 2, but will also explore more areas in the main Yala National Park (Block 1),

Also your naturalist might alternate with visiting another part of the park called Veheragala which is less crowded and has great lighting for photography.

The longer the time spend on safari the better the chances of great photo opportunities and sightings. Your naturalist will ensure you get the most memorable sightings possible,
This time is especially great for seeing the Sloth Bear, who come out to feed on the Palu Berries which ripen during this time of year. These burly 
animals are often comical in nature, but don’t let their appearance fool you they are quite formidable and one of the most feared animals in the wild, known to attack villagers without hesitation.

Yala boasts one of the highest concentrations of leopards in the world, and you will find these cats across the park. Current surveys count over 60 leopards in the main zone (Block 1) alone. The park also abounds with many other mammal species such as the Asian Elephant, these giants are found in small herds across the park. The herds consist of femals and calves who move across the park looking for food. The bulls are often solitary, and if you are lucky you might come across one of Yala’s big tuskers. Only very few bulls in Sri Lanka carry ivory, and hence every tusker sighting is very special. Yala’s main herbivores are the Spotted Deer, Sambhur and Wild Boar. The Spotted Deer along with the Grey Langur act as sentries who give out alarm calls in the presence of a leopard. The other large herbivore in Yala is the menacing Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo, these are the second largest land animal in Sri Lanka after the elephant and are known to be very aggressive. They are as large or slightly heavier than the African Cape Buffalo and known to charge if provoked. Leopards have learnt to prey on the calves whom they catch unawares using their stealth. After which usually they climb a nearby tree to be out of reach of the angry adults.

Your naturalists are all trained in South Africa and with detailed experience in interpreting the wild, animal behavior and its ecology and you will never have a dull moment on safari.

Accommodation- Ceylon Wild Safaris
Room Type- Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Plan 
– All Inclusive- 3 meals, tea/coffee, selected wines, spirits and beers

 

Day 6-Yala/Airport

Today, you can opt for a morning drive if time permits,

After checkout, you will journey back towards the airport (4 hours drive) where you will catch your flight back home.

 

 

Add on to India

Double

$ 2399
00
  • Flights Not Included

Single

$ 2999
99
  • Flights Not Included
The Wildlife Of Sri Lanka Photo Safari