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Kanha Tiger Conservation

Kanha Tiger Conservation (YAIE08)

Country Visited: India
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
8
Guided
  • Safaris
  • Wildlife
  • Local & Cultural
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₹ 57000 Basic
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Experience

This wildlife internship gives you all the exposure and right in our own backyard!
On this programme, we will be working with The Corbett Foundation in Kanha to better understand the challenges faced with conservation in the country. We will also meet and interact with various tribes that have been living in the area for 100s of years and understand their unique perspective on the wildlife and how they deal with the human-animal conflict. To round off the experience, you will also be working on various community  projects with children from local schools and on the tribal museum. 
This trip is the prefect introduction to wildlife conservation and the unique challenges faced in the Indian context. 
 
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO ACHIEVE FROM THIS TRIP
  •  A greater understand of the biodiversity of India
  • Learn about the unique challenges we face in wildlife conservation and human-animal conflict in the region
  • Hands-on experience, a great outdoor trip working with the expert research team - a learning opportunity and a glimpse into many other professions that exist outside the big cities.
  • Get introduced to new cultures and engage in community work
  • End your days with project reports, group presentations / discussions but also laughter & fun stories
  • Return with a certificate (issued jointly by Active Holiday Company and Award Winning Conservation company The Corbett Foundation) that looks good on college applications and your CV

Minimum Child Age

Children below 14 year(s) of age are not allowed for this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival and transfer to Kanha Open or Close

On arrival in Raipur, you will be met by a your chaperone for the trip. We have organised group transfers from the airport to Kanha at 1pm so please ensure that your ward’s flight gets in at least a hour before that. Should that not be possible, we can help you organise an extra night at the beginning of the trip.
The drive from the airport to our lodge where will be staying for the duration of the trip is about 4.5hrs. We reach the lodge at about 5pm, check-in and then have a short introductory walk around the campus before dinner later in the evening.
Meals: Lunch (packed), Dinner

Day 2
Orientation & Nature walk Open or Close

The excitement starts with our first full day on the project!
We head to the site office TCF for a brief talk and orientation session. You will be introduced to all the projects that TCF is involved in and the ones on which we will be helping out. We will also have an expert talk to us about the biodiversity of Kanha and the Central Indian Landscape.
Some of the TCF projects are right on the campus and we get started on them right after the orientation.
Flowing a lunch break, we return to the projects that we started on in the morning. Later in the evening, once the weather has cooled down a little, we head out for a nature walk and learn a little more about the area around the lodge.
After dinner we watch a film on conservation.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
Safari & Field techniques for studying wildlife Open or Close

It is time for our first safari! We head out at 5am and into the jungles of Kanha. This is among the best times in the year for wildlife spotting so keep those cameras ready! We will also have a naturalist and guide with us to help us better understand the animals we see during the safari.
We return from the safari at about 11:30am and go over everything that we learnt while we were out. Fresh from our first safari and with some practical knowledge under our belts, we learn about the field techniques for studying wildlife.
After lunch, we will be divided into groups for project work on different animals in the region.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4
Visit to tribal village & Tribal Museum; Night Safari Open or Close

Today, we have an early morning birdwatching and photography session with the resident ornithologist. At the end of this 2 hour session, we return to the lodge in time for breakfast before heading back out to a tribal village.
At the village we will learn about the tribes who have lived in this region for 100s of years - their customs and traditions, their relationship with the animals that inhabit the land and the particular challenges they now face in terms of animal-human conflict.
After lunch, we go over to the tribal museum run by TCF for an afternoon of project work at the museum.
The evening is free before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Project work & safari Open or Close

Begin the day with a visit to a local school where you will help the children practise English and continue their education in wildlife conservation.
After a quick lunch back at the lodge, discuss the conservation issues of Kanha Landscape before heading out for an afternoon safari.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Nature walk, Studying Human-wildlife conflict, Project work Open or Close

Start the day with a nature walk with a local expert and learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.
Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by a discussion on Human-wildlife conflict in the region.
After lunch, we head back to the tribal museum to work with the local Gond artists and to finish our project at the museum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Safari & Local education Open or Close

The trip is nearly at an end and it is time for our final safari! We go back into the forest a 5am with the hope of spotting the tigers, leopards and other rich wildlife that Kanha has to offer one last time before we return.
After lunch, we meet with TCF experts to discuss everything we have learnt so far and to understand how our work has contributed to the projects here.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8
Departure Open or Close

With the experience of a lifetime at an end, we leave early for the drive to the airport and our flights back home. 
Please only book flights that leave after 6:30pm today.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed)

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Accommodation

A locally run private lodge in Kanha close to the conservation work facility 

Dates & Prices


 Start Date  End Date  Price on sharing
21 April 2019 28 April 2019  Rs.57,000
11 May 2019 18 May 2019  Rs.57,000

  • Operates on a minimum number of travellers 
  • GST of 5% additional 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers from Raipur Airport 
  • Accommodation with attached facilities 
  • All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Lunches (unless packed) & dinners are hot meals. There is a refrigerator for stocking things one can't live without. 
  • Services of an accompanying Active Holiday Company group manager.
  • Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and hands on experience working on different species everyday.
  • Safari Drives with qualified and expert guides
  • Conservation work under the supervision of experts
  • Volunteer work in local community projects
  • Visit to a tribal museum
  • Certificate for Conservation & Community Development Volunteer Work to boost University Applications & your CVs

Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

Flights must reach Raipur before 12noon on the day of arrival and depart after 6:30pm on the day of departure. 
 
Should you need it, we can assist you with booking extra night at the beginning of the trip. 

FAQs

Q. What flights should I book? 
Flights are not included in your trip. When booking flights, please keep in mind that you need to arrive in Raipur before 12noon on day one. Should the connectivity from your destination not allow this, please arrange to arrive the night before. We can help you with the extra night accommodation.

The Internship Coordinator from Active Holiday Company will be in Raipur one day before the trip starts. 
 
Q. Will vegetarian food be easily available? 
The lodge has a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food available for all meals. 
 
Q. Can specific dietary requirements be managed? 
Yes, they can. If you have any food allergies do let us know well in advance so we can plan the meals accordingly. 
 
Q. Can volunteers choose which activities they want to participate in? 
This trip is meant to expose volunteers to different experiences and the more you do, the more you will learn. All volunteers are expected to participate in all planned activities.

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  • Raoul Ovalekar

    May 2018

    The kanha tiger conservation internship

    Overall it was a very fascinating and productive trip as I learnt about a whole array of new facts and techniques that I had no idea I could learn.

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    Most of my trip was an "ah ha" moment as I made a lot of new friends which were all very fun to be with at all times.

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  • Arjun Nair

    May 2018

    Very Satisfied

    The trip was very well organized and planned. My son came back in his own words " A different person"

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    For Dhruv, the interactions with the different kids wsa the difference.

    Feedback on the trip guide

    Monica was very good. she gave us some very good perspectives and observations about our son.

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