Our Wildlife tours are for those of you who are interested in experiencing the incredible wildlife the Indian subcontinent has to offer. Teamed with brief but meaningful visits to significant heritage and cultural sites along the way, our unique wildlife and heritage tours give you the best of Incredible India.
Indian subcontinent wildlife:
When the Gondwana supercontinent separated from Africa and crashed into Asia, it created India and formed the mighty Himalayas. Some of the flora and fauna found today in the subcontinent are descended from those species that made this epic journey. Likewise, the subcontinent gave to Eurasia many of its native species including cattle and antelope.
The Hindi word for wilderness is Jungle, adopted by the English. Over time the word Jungle has come to denote lush tropical forested wilderness. Not just rainforest however, the subcontinents wilderness includes dry deciduous regions, deserts, grasslands, mangrove areas and coniferous forests. Accordingly, the Indian subcontinents ‘jungle’ has become home to a vast diversity of fauna, from the large mammals – elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo and bison, and of course the big cats – tiger, lion, leopard to numerous antelope and deer, primates and smaller mammals such as squirrel and mongoose. A great number of reptiles and bird-life is also found throughout the subcontinent.
As early as 1935, India began conservation of wildlife setting up protected areas and national parks. Now India alone has 89 national parks and over 600 protected regions, including sanctuaries and bio reserves. Although covering less than 2.5% of the worlds’ surface area, India holds over 7% of its faunal wealth with the Indian constitution stating that it is the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment and to have compassion for living creatures.
Despite its massive and still growing population, perhaps in part due to cultural and religious significance, the Indian subcontinent has remained a haven for wildlife and still today you will find far greater areas of forest and jungle that you could imagine in a region of over 1.7 billion people.
Your Tour Escorts:
Incredible Indian Tours Wildlife & Heritage tours are led by Mike Luck, a South African naturalist who now calls India home. Mike was born in South Africa and grew up in and around the Kruger Park. Despite having a successful Law practice at the Cape of Good Hope Bar he has always been in the bush as often as he could, eventually selling his practice and buying land on the boundary of the Kruger and guiding privately from the mid `90s. Whilst being an avid naturalist of “all things great and small”, from the time he was a young lad Mike developed a passion for the big cats, especially leopards, which he has spent countless hours tracking.
In 2012, Mike sold up his farm in the Kruger and fulfilled a lifelong ambition of extended safaris in India in the land of Kipling from his childhood. Naturally Tigers were new and Mike targeted these magnificent cats throughout Madhya Pradesh, as well as Asiatic Lion in Gujarat. His biggest thrill, however was tracking (and finding) wild leopard living outside of the national park system in the stunning Aravali Mountains of his adopted Rajasthan!
Each of our wildlife tours is also personally escorted by Debbie Kindness, who has lived, travelled and led tours through the Indian subcontinent since 1993, Debbie has an intimate knowledge of the destinations we visit, having established close friendships and relationships with people in many of the towns and villages.
Because of the small size of our groups, and these relationships, you will have the opportunity to experience the places we visit at a level not possible with a larger group, or a tour led by someone who is less than familiar with the people. Our group sizes are limited to a maximum of 10 members so we can ensure you more personal attention and a better cultural experience. We can be far more flexible with our plans making the most of events, weather and other variables.
Our tours are limited to 10 participants. That way our naturalist has the time to provide one-on-one time with each and every member of the group, discussing the wonders of the wildlife of the subcontinent and the variances between the Indian and African subspecies. With such a small group, we are able to travel in two or three jeeps, minimising the impact of our group on the environment. You will also find that travelling and sharing these experiences with similarly like-minded people will provide you so much more satisfaction from your tour. You will make new friends and have a lifetime of fantastic travel experiences.
Our upcoming Wildlife Tours
Big Cats of India Wildlife & Heritage Tour