Opened in late 2013, JAWAI Leopard Camp is the third tented camp in India by Sujan, joining the ranks of Ampersand favourites Sher Bagh in Ranthambore and The Serai in Jaisalmer. Located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, JAWAI Leopard Camp is surrounded by the ancient Aravalli mountain range and it is the only property to lie within this unexplored wilderness, home to the wild Leopard.
In true Sujan style, JAWAI is ultra-sophisticated and gorgeous, yet it practices low impact eco-tourism and is uncompromising on conservation. The camp has just 10 luxurious tents, which are spacious, private and decked-out in contemporary Out-of-Africa-style, with a Rajasthani twist: canvas walls decorated with black-and-white photographs of leopards, steel and black leather furnishings, handcrafted traditional artefacts and private bathrooms with rain showers. The camp has dining tents, a library and a SUJAN Spa offering wellness therapies and treatments using indigenous herbs and oils. Private dining experiences can be set up in in secluded spots and excursions can be taken to the exquisitely carved temples of Ranakpur and the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Surrounded by craggy granite formations, caves, scrub, grasslands and winding sand river beds, there are few camps in the world that give you the extraordinary wildlife encounters afforded here. JAWAI Leopard Camp lies minutes upstream from Jawai Bandh, one of the largest water reservoirs in Western Rajasthan and attracts an impressive array of migratory birds and the Sarus Crane. Accompanied by trained trackers and guides, venture out in sleek, open-topped 4×4 safari jeeps – visitors have an almost 75% chance of seeing a wild Leopard and can also meet with the charismatic herdsmen of the semi-nomadic Rabari community, who have lived alongside the region’s wildlife for centuries.
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