Volunteer on this tiger project and play a vital role in their conservation, situated in India's stunning Kanha National Park
With its 94,000 hectares of the enchanting Indian jungle, Kanha National Park is renowned for being one of the best locations in the world for witnessing tigers in their natural habitat, contributing to their conservation since 1972. The Great Tiger Project was founded in 2013 to continue those efforts, encouraging responsible tourism ever since. Its gorgeous meadows, water holes and lush forest is the inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book', so here you are surrounded by, quite literally, a fairytale setting.
This program is exclusive to The Great Projects, and its aim is to spread awareness of the threats faced by the already-endangered Bengal tiger, such as poaching for their coats, and bones for use in Asian medicine – and all of these demands come at the cost of a tiger’s life.
As a volunteer on this incredible tiger project, you will have the opportunity to witness first-hand tiger conservation efforts, getting involved with aspects such as wildlife monitoring during exciting jungle safaris and setting up camera traps (where you will capture not just tigers, but leopards, sloth bears, swamp deer and many bird species too!) in aid of protecting India’s most famous big cat. During your time on The Great Tiger Project, you will also work closely with an expert naturalist who will teach you all you need to know about tiger conservation. You will also interact with the indigenous communities in the region and learn what role they play in preserving the biggest cat on the planet!
Explore the colourful culture of India, and contribute to efforts to save the Bengal tiger on The Great Tiger Project today!
As a volunteer you will engage in a wide variety of activities as part of the project, involving yourself with the local community and supporting areas of tiger conservation. Alongside this productive volunteering, you will have many opportunities to see the beautiful big cats during numerous safaris within Kanha National Park.
Please note itineraries are subject to change and what follows is simply a rough guideline
To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Select a duration below to see the available start dates. All dates shown are currently available for you to join this project!
If you are travelling in a group of 2+ you may join this project at anytime of the year depending on availability. Please enquire for further details.
At current, there are roughly 131 tigers resident in Kanha National Park, which as increased by a total of 51 since 2010. It is the mixed efforts of locals, project staff and of course volunteers who have enabled so many tigers to live freely in protected areas!
The programme combines tiger conservation in India with community work, aimed at reducing human-animal conflict. It also champions a number of initiatives to promote more sustainable and alternative living for those living on the edge of Kanha National Park.
Your donations as a volunteer are used to take tribal children from the local school into Kanha Tiger Reserve to educate them on human-animal conflict, to purchase camera-traps, and for providing essential health care to villagers.
As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we are International Tour Operator members of the TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers) campaign. This is a global travel industry initiative which aims to advocate, catalyse and support a more responsible and sustainable approach to tourism within Indian wildlife reserves. For more information, please visit TOFT's website.
Sadly, there are so many endangered species all over the world, and the responsibility is upon everyone to change these circumatnces. We shouldn't just leave it up to wildlife conservationists, as they can't do it all themselves. The Great Projects aim to spread awareness of the shared responsibility of humans, to care and preserve the animals we are slowly destroying.
It's International Tiger Day, and we're here to share some roarrr-some facts about these beautiful big cats! Read on to find out why these incredible creatures need our help, and how exactly you can get involved in their protection.
On your first and last night, you will be staying at the Holiday Inn next to the New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport to allow for an easy transfer to your project the next day.
For the remaining 10 nights, your time will be split equally between two stunning types of accommodation both situated within Kanha National Park. At each accommodation, there are double rooms for couples, or else rooms are based on a same-sex, twin share basis.
Your accommodation for the first 5 nights will give you an authentic feel of the jungle surrounded by tropical sights and sounds in the form of a deluxe tent style cottage. The last 5 nights of your time in Kanha National Park will be spent in the luxury Chitvan jungle lodges, where you will once more take in the ambience of the jungle, this time with your very own private terrace and open showers.
Each accommodation has a pool for you to make use of in your spare time, as well as a peaceful and relaxing spa with treatments available at an additional cost.
During your time at the Holiday Inn, you will be staying under a B&B meal plan.
During your time in the tent style cottage accommodation in the park, you will be dining at the on-site restaurant, eating authentic Indian meals. You may even get to enjoy an open-air barbeque!
At the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, you will be eating organic fruits, vegetables and oils cultivated from their very own farm! You will be provided with 3 delicious meals a day also cooked in true Indian style.
The work involved in this project is not physically exerting, but there are many walks and safaris during the two weeks, so a moderate level of fitness is necessary. No specific skills or experience are required, only a positive attitude and full commitment to the cause. You must be prepared to work as part of a team.
The vaccinations required for travel will depend on your medical history. We recommend that you consult with your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.
The Kanha Tiger Reserve, where this project is based, is home to a diverse number of wildlife including barasinghas, gaurs, sloth bears, wild dogs, leopards and tigers as well as over 300 species of birds. There are 3 seasons which allow for different types of wildlife viewing.
November to February: This is the winter season and is one of the best times to visit Kanha. The weather brings cool mornings, pleasant days and crisp cold nights which mean long walks don't tire you out easily and physical work does not look like a tough task. Though the vegetation in Kanha is largely evergreen, in the winter many park trees lose their leaves making wildlife viewing easier. This is also a great time for bird watching as the forest is playing host to a number of winter migrants from the much cooler climates.
March to mid-June: After winter spring arrives, bringing warmer temperatures and new growth on the trees. While the early mornings, evening and nights are pleasant the day time, especially the noon could be taxing on an individual, but with adequate nutrition and precautions this is no problem at all.
This season also brings out a lot of wildlife as nearly all species are seeking a mate during this time. The hot summer sun has also evaporated nearly all the water from the streams and pools in Kanha and only a few shaded rock pools and water holes have water left in them. Naturally, therefore, these places become a hotbed for all wildlife activities and wildlife sightings can be a lot easier in this season.
Mid-June to October: This is monsoon season and is also when the park is closed.
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport on the project start date between 7am - 5pm. You will be met by a project representative in the arrivals hall and transferred by road to a temporary hotel, and the next day, to the project site. The journey will be split up, first by flying from Delhi to Jalapur and finally driving to Kanha National Park itself.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
All foreign nationals, including children, require a visa to enter India. A Tourist Visa is granted to those who are visiting India for tourism. Tourist visas may be valid for 3 months, 6 months or 1 year with single, double or multiple entries. Please note the validity of the visa is effective from the date of issue. Many Indian embassies have outsourced visa processing in full or in part to third party companies, so check ahead before going to the embassy. Foreigners coming from or through Yellow Fever countries must have a valid vaccination certificate
The Indian currency is the Indian Rupee. The conversion rate is around 1 INR to 0.01 GBP, 0.011 EUR and 0.015 USD. For up-to-date conversion information click here.
The whole experience was unforgettable, seeing our first tiger was awesome, seeing the tigers in their own habitat will always be with me as they are such majestic creatures.
Tom Kane, 2015
This has been one of the best trips ever - and I travel A LOT :-)!
Anke Renz, 2015
I got some incredible sightings of a Tiger up close and personal and I loved to see all of the smiling children at the schools!
Jeffrey Carlson, 2014
If you have any questions about this project or would like help finding the perfect project for you then please feel free to give us a call or send us through your enquiry and we will be happy to help.
Nikita & team.