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Holiday review by Kevin Robinson

Name: Kevin and Alison
Date of trip: 29/03/2016
Number of people: 2
Country: India

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "We went in search of Tigers and we were lucky enough to be successful in that search."
 
Tribes Service: "Paul did a great job in managing our changing flight availability, and in hindsight the reversed schedule was possibly preferable."
 
Guides: "The naturalist guides of the Pug Dundee group were excellent. They had a clear knowledge of the environment and the animal behaviour in order to maximise the chance of that elusive sighting. The guides at Tiger Trails also had a strong knowledge, the one negative was that they didn't have sufficient to accompany all vehicles so on occasion you were left at the mercy of the park guides whose experience varied. All the driving was very good."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Two of the lodges provide you with a refillable water bottle (something others could learn from to reduce plastic) after all you drink a lot when temperatures hit 40+. Vegetables grown on site. Also even though the parks were busy, the animals didn't seem too disturbed by the number of vehicles. Indeed in Pench access via a quieter gate was a major benefit."

Accommodation

 
Kanha Earth Lodge
Although the busiest park, the lodge is situated far enough away from the entrance to give you a peaceful feel. Our naturalist guide (Harpreet) was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the park and it's animals. Food was great, main lodge building was well stocked and the lodge had the best pool. Another plus here were the films and presentations in the evenings before dinner.

Our Memories

"Encountering a male tiger 500m inside the gate and sitting watching him groom was an unexpected treat. Maya performed her duty at Tadoba and seeing her interacting with her cubs was a privilege. The food was amazing at all three lodges. Pench Tree Lodge was the standout and when the chef asked each evening there was no hesitation that we would be eating Indian food the subsequent day. The guides are also very patient. They must feel under extreme pressure to provide a sighting and yet they're is little they can do when the conditions are not in their favour. The Oberoi was luxurious, especially with an upgrade to a suite."

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Time: GMT +5½ hours

Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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