Very few people know or have even heard of a Red Panda. These incredible little animals are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List because the wild population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and continues to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression
India is especially well known for its large cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger and Leopards. Very few people however know or even heard of a Red Panda. These incredible little animals are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List
This adventure gives you the unique opportunity to view and possibly photograph two extremely rare species!
At a glance
10 Nights / 11 Days
Maximum 3 Guests
From $12,350.00 per single guest
Minimum 35% deposit to secure
Wildlife, Conservation, Rare Species
- All accommodation specified in itinerary
- Accommodation on a single basis
- Meals & Water
- All internal flights with additional luggage
- Panda trekking permits
- Direct contribution to Red Panda conservation
- Internal road transfers
- Naturalist services
- Park and Portage fees
- International flights to and from Delhi
- Local flight from Delhi – Bagdogra
- Alcoholic drinks
- Specified meals
- Personal items purchased during the tour
3 Spaces available
10 Nov - 20 Nov 2021
Johan Van Zyl
This adventure gives you the unique opportunity to view two extremely rare species
Day 1 Arrive in Bagdogra and overnight LemonTree Hotel | Day 2 The group assembles for an early check-out at 6:30 with packed breakfast driving towards the Indo- Nepal Border. After Passport and visa checks, we head for Red Panda Lodge in Kayakatta, Nepal| Day 3 – 6 Full days tracking Red pandas| Day 7 We will depart Habres Nest in the morning as we make our way back to Bagdogra by road which will take around 5 hours. From Bagdogra we will connect on an evening flight to Guwahati where we will overnight at the Radison Hotel | Day 8 transfer by road to Kaziranga | Day 9 -10 Full day out on safari | Day 11 Departure
Arrive in Bagdogra in the late afternoon and settle into your hotel. Your Wild Eye Guide will give you a brief presentation of what the next few days will have in store and photographic opportunities to consider. Overnight at the Lemon Tree Hotel.
Red Panda Lodge
The group assembles for an early check-out at 6:30 am with packed breakfast driving towards the Indo- Nepal Border. After Passport and visa checks, we will board a 1957 model Land Rover and head up to the Red Panda Lodge in Kayakatta, Nepal. The drive from hotel to the border would take 3 hours and from there to the lodge would take 1.5-2 hours subject to the number of stops we make. On arrival at around 12 noon, we would need to acclimatise to the 10,500 feet altitude. Lunch will be served followed by a short walk looking for birds. There are 3-6 groups of Panda trackers searching for Pandas in the forest. When a specimen is located, one keeps an eye, while the other returns to the lodge to take the guests to the location. This is so we don't unnecessarily burn energy trekking in the hills. Walks to a sighting can vary from anywhere between 500 meters to 2 km, rarely exceeding this window.
Day 3 - 6
Trekking Red Pandas
Our first full day of tracking Pandas. We would go on two walks a day, once at dawn and once in the afternoon. We will explore the beauty of the magnificent Tinchule forest and its breathtaking landscapes, photographing the variety of birds also seen in the forest, until a Red Panda has been sighted. The homestay members are undoubtedly the best trackers around, and once there is a sighting of a Red Panda, we will make our way towards the area where it was seen. We will return to camp for lunch after which there is time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the lodge or work through your images with your Wild Eye Guide. We will depart the lodge in the afternoon, following up on any of the sightings we had during the morning. Once we are back in the evening we will enjoy the amazing hospitality of the Homestay members and trackers as well as the delicious home cooked meals. Overnight at Habres Nest.
We will depart Habres Nest in the morning as we make our way back to Bagdogra by road which will take around 5 hours. From Bagdogra we will connect on an evening flight to Guwahati where we will overnight at the Radison Hotel.
After breakfast at the Radison Hotel we will transfer by road to Kazirnaga which will take around 4 and a half hours. Once checked in at Infinity Resorts we will enjoy a delicious lunch before heading out on our afternoon safari to explore Kaziranga in an open safari vehicle. Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy another delicious meal and the friendly hospitality of the staff at Infinity Resorts.
Day 9 - 10
Full days Kaziranga
An early morning start as we aim to enter Kaziranga as soon as it opens. We will explore the incredible diversity, both from a landscape and wildlife point of view. Our main focus will be to spend time with Indian Rhinos, of which there is a healthy population in Kaziranga. We will return to Camp for lunch, after which there is time for you to relax or get some Lightroom assistance from your Wild Eye Guide. In the afternoon we will depart for our second activity of the day, looking to spend more time with Indian Rhinos. Depending on what else is happening from a sightings point of view, we will decide on where we will maximise our photographic opportunities. Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy another delicious meal and the friendly hospitality of the staff at Infinity Resorts.
After our last morning safari in Kaziranga we will depart on a road transfer to Guwahati (about a 5 hour drive). From Guwahati we will connect on an evening flight to Delhi Aiport, arriving around 20:00. This will officially mark the end of this Tour. From Delhi you can connect on your International flights back home.
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