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Lions & Wolves: Gujarat's Exceptional Wildlife

13 days from £4,927 per person

This tailor-made wildlife experience takes you to India’s western state of Gujarat, for a truly unique wildlife experience, where Asiatic Lions are legendary and the elusive Indian wolf roams without limits.

Gujarat borders Pakistan's Sindh province to the northwest, is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the southwest, the state of Rajasthan to the northeast, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and by Maharashtra to the south. The region is mostly arid and the Rann of Kutch is a seasonally marshy, saline clay desert located near the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert. This landscape is ideal to support a unique biodiversity which is quite different to what you would find in other parts of the country.

Gujarat is the last bastion of the Asiatic Lion where the remaining 500 beauties rule Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. Velavadar’s Savannah grasslands and scrub also provide the optimum habitat for the blackbuck, the endemic handsome Indian antelope, and some of India’s largest herds can be seen in this park. The abundance of antelope attracts three key predators in the state; the endangered Indian wolf, the striped hyena and the jungle cat. Other wildlife that one can look out for in Gujarat are the sloth bear, desert fox, golden jackal, desert cat, and the Asiatic wild ass. Gujarat also supports a diverse variety of birdlife, including giant flocks of pelican and flamingo, with populations going into the thousands. It is also home to the marvelous and endangered great Indian bustard, yet sadly the last 44 individuals fight extinction.

This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke wildlife holiday to IndiaIf you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Family Holiday collection, as well as our other favourite Active and Wildlife itineraries.


Itinerary details

13 days from £4,927 per person

  • Day 1 - Abode - Mumbai
    Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai.
  • Day 2 - Lion Safari Camp - Gir National Park
    Fly to Diu and explore the Naida caves. Transfer to Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Day 3 - Lion Safari Camp - Gir National Park
    Morning and afternoon safaris in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Day 4 - Lion Safari Camp - Gir National Park
    Morning and afternoon safaris in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Day 5 - Blackbuck Lodge - Palitana
    Transfer to Velavadar Wildlife Sanctuary. Afternoon safari in Velavadar.
  • Day 6 - Rann Riders Camp - Dasada
    Morning safari in Velavadar. After breakfast transfer by road to Wild Ass Sanctuary, Little Rann of Kutch. Explore villages around the lodge.
  • Day 7 - Rann Riders Camp - Dasada
    Morning and afternoon safaris in Wild Ass Sanctuary.
  • Day 8 - Rann Riders Camp - Dasada
    Morning safari. In the evening explore villages and farmland for birding and photography.
  • Day 9 - House of Mangaldas Girdhardas - Ahmedabad
    Morning transfer to Ahmedabad. Enroute explore Nalsarover Bird Sanctuary. Visit Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s home, and Calico Textile Museum.
  • Day 10 - SUJÁN JAWAI - Jawai Bandh
    Early morning transfer to Jawai Leopard Camp by road. Evening at leisure.
  • Day 11 - SUJÁN JAWAI - Jawai Bandh
    Morning and evening game drives.
  • Day 12 - Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur
    Morning transfer to Udaipur. Enroute stop at Jawai Dam for birding and crocodile viewings. Afternoon explore Udaipur or just unwind.
  • Day 13 - In transit.
    Morning at leisure. Take the afternoon flight to Mumbai and catch your connecting flight back home.
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