The Great Tiger Project

Volunteer with tigers and play a vital part in a grass-roots tiger conservation project, in India's stunning Kanha National Park

From £2,995.00

  • Up to 12 Persons
  • Some Meals Included
  • 12 Nights
  • Tigers
  • Set dates - enquire for details
  • Minimum Age 15

Project Details


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.

Jungle Safaris
Jungle Safaris
Perhaps the highlight of this project will be the jungle safaris, in which you will visit some of the world’s most glorious wildlife in their habitats. Get to know the wildlife by trekking, setting camera traps and photographing their activity on any one of your many safari expeditions!
Tiger Conservation
Tiger Conservation
During the project, you'll learn about tiger conservation and the best ways to protect these endangered big cats. This is done through seminars and talks, as well as assisting the park rangers set up camera traps and impression pads for monitoring animal movements. You’ll also pass on your knowledge to locals by providing anti-poaching cards with a 24-hour mobile number for them to call, should they see any poachers enter the park.
Visiting Local Villages
Visiting Local Villages
You will have the opportunity to educate the natives about animal conservation, or to help their communities prosper. You'll undertake tasks such as helping out with arts and crafts, or by taking part in the harvesting of fruits. You will also be expected to provide information about helpful government schemes and the villager’s rights to compensation which is available to them if wild animals enter the village and cause damage to their property, crops or livestock. Each of these things leave a lasting impression even long after you leave the project.
Teaching In Local Schools
Teaching In Local Schools
By watching a class take place, you will get to experience the impact that volunteering can have on the younger residents of the village. Take part in teaching the local children, help the teaching staff to educate kids about wildlife, and share your knowledge of just how important environment conservation is the whole world over. Schools are closed between March and June for annual exams so if you join during this time you will instead volunteer at the local play schools for children aged 3-6.
The Baiga Tribe
The Baiga Tribe
During your trip, you will have the pleasure of meeting with the talented Baiga Tribe. Having formed a cooperative with the help of tiger conservationist Belinda Wright, the tribe are a great example of how tourism can provide employment and real returns to the locals. The Baigas will perform a dance for your group – watch and enjoy, or feel free to get involved in the fun!
The Gond Artists
The Gond Artists
By taking part in art classes with the local Gond artists, you will discover yet another way in which Kanha can inspire you, as well as new ways to help out the communities. The Gond will teach you the basic techniques of their art, as well as teaching you the animalistic inspiration behind their paintings. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some of the art, in turn helping the tribal craftsmen and their communities to prosper.


Please note itineraries are subject to change and what follows is simply a rough guideline

Day 1 - The Adventure Begins!:
After arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, meet the project staff and transfer to your hotel. Once checked in, take the chance to relax, or explore Delhi and all of its cultural gems.
Day 2 - Fly to Jabalpur and Settle In:
After breakfast at your hotel, fly to Jabalpur. Transfer to the species-rich haven of Kanha National Park, before settling in at Kipling Camp and enjoying a welcoming lunch.
Help the Naturalist install camera traps, learn conservation techniques, and hopefully photograph some wildlife action!
After this you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of Wildlife Protection in his work before enjoying the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 3 - Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park:
Embark on your first jungle safari, then pay a visit to a local school, watching a class take place and experiencing the impact of volunteering. Teach the local children about wildlife and the importance of environment conversation and later watch the talented Baiga Tribe perform a dance for your group. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner before retiring to your beds in preparation for the next days activities.
Day 4 - Another Tiger Safari in Kanha National Park:
Take a tour of local villages (season dependent for private trips), getting to know local residents and taking part in local crafts or harvest. Enjoy a picnic lunch away from the park. Venture out to a safari and soak in the beautiful landscapes of Kanha, and its vast array of wildlife.
Head to the training centre to watch an informative wildlife film, either created by or starring conservationist Belinda Wright and then end the night with a campfire dinner outside of Bamboo House.

Day 5 – Tiger Safari And Conservation Activities:
Start the morning with another safari. Take part in after-lunch art classes with the local Gond artists, learning the basic techniques of Gond arts and the inspiration behind the paintings. Later you'll join the Kanha Field Officer of WPSI in his work, visiting a forest village and teaching the villagers about conservation, helpful government schemes, and the anti-poaching policy.
Day 6 - Tiger Safari and Camera Traps :
Trek on a nature trail within Kanha Tiger Reserve, taking opportunity to bird watch and learn how to track and sign difference species of wildlife. Enjoy lunch at the Lodge before heading out for an afternoon safari. Say farewell to camp Kipling by having dinner around a campfire outside Bamboo House.
Day 7 – Kipling Camp To Chitvan Jungle Lodge:
Leave for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, located approximately an hour’s journey away on the other side of the camp . You will take part in an orientation before visiting the Corbett Foundation, an organisation which works for the local communities distributing solar lanterns and offering health care among other things.
Pay a visit to the Tribal Museum for a guided tour to learn a little more about the local culture. You will then finish the day by watching the Wildlife Film Show and partake in discussions with experts about the issues faced in tiger conservation.
Day 8– Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge):
Head out on a morning safari to the Mukki Zone of Kanha National Park and then take part in an orientation of organic farms in Chitvan, discovering the concept of solar cooking, rain water harvesting and other such activities which help to reduce both carbon and water footprints.
Enjoy evening drinks and dinner with the field director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, with further discussions on Tiger Conservation.
Day 9 – Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge):
After breakfast, visit the local school and begin to understand the education patterns and routines. You'll get the chance to educate the children about their role in maintaining the ecosystem, and the importance of wildlife conservation. Join an evening safari in the Mukki zone of Kanha.
Day 10 – Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge):
Venture out on a new safari in the Kisli zone of Kanha before taking the afternoon to visit the buffer zone to learn the process of tiger census, setting of camera traps, and the old pugmark tracing method of census' with a wildlife biologist/forest official.
Day 11 – Kanha (Chitvan Jungle Lodge):
Visit the Baiga village and start to understand the local’s concerns regarding man-made animal conflict, their dependence on the forest, and how to work in their fields. Pay a visit to the local Aanganwadi, a nursery school in the nearby village. Finish the evening by going on a safari in the Mukki zone.
Day 12 – Kanha To Delhi:
After breakfast, leave for Jabalapur Airport (packed lunch in hand!) to catch the flight back to Delhi. On the way back to Jabalpur, stop briefly at the WWF centre and learn all about the activities and community work done by WWF in this particular landscape.
Day 13 – Delhi Departure:
Spend your final day admiring Delhi itself, before saying a fond farewell and either heading back to the airport for your flight home, or to commence your onward travel plans.

Dates, Availability & Price

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.

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*Rates other than GBP are estimates based on today's exchange rates. All payments are made in GBP.

Updates & Outcomes

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.

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On your first and last night, you will be staying at the Holiday Inn next to the New Delhi Indira Ghandi International Airport to allow for an easy transfer to your project the next day. Your superior room will provide either one king bed or two twin beds, as well as all amenities such as a minibar, tea and coffee maker and power shower.
Situated in an idyllic setting and surrounded by remote forests, Kipling Camp is the perfect destination for budding conservationists who also like to spend their nights in relaxing comfort. The rooms have twin or double beds, tea and coffee making facilities, and tiled en-suite bathrooms with showers.
Finally, the dense jungle of Kanha provides a secluded location for the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, which in itself is equipped with spacious rooms that are all inspired by the emotions of nature. The rooms once again have fine amenities and large beds, with the rooms themselves intentionally set in the core zone of the jungle, giving you the opportunity to wake up to the sound of calling deer and chirping of the sun birds.

Meals and Beverages

Meals and Beverages

During your time at the Holiday Inn, you will be staying under a B&B meal plan. Conversely, your time at Kanha will provide you with a full-board meal plan. Your time will be split between the Kipling Camp and the Chitvan Jungle Lodge, for 5 days a piece and in a cottage each time

Fitness and Skills

Fitness and Skills

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.

Project Details

When Is The Best Time To Volunteer?

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.

Getting There

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.

Visa Requirements

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

Currency and Exchange Rates

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.

What's included in the price of the project?
  • Full board basis for 12 nights, and Bed and breakfast in Delhi
  • Airport transfers using air-conditioned vehicles and assistance by our representative
  • Conservation donation
  • 9 Jeep safaris (shared basis) and 1 day of trekking to Kanha National Park and Kanha Tiger Reserve
  • Naturalist fees
  • Internal return flights between Delhi and Jabalpur
What's not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as laundry, bar bills, spa treatments, telephone calls etc.
  • Vaccinations
  • Tourist Visa cost

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