Volunteer with tigers and play a vital part in a grass-roots tiger conservation project, in India's stunning Kanha National Park
This project is situated inside the prestigious Kanha National Park, renowned as one of the best locations to witness Bengal tigers in the world. Kanha tiger reserve is a spectacular setting for any visitor – a picturesque blend of Sal forest, meadows and open water that famously provided Kipling with inspiration for The Jungle Book. It is home not only to a significant population of tigers, but a myriad of bird species, leopards and much more. It is the perfect setting to play a part in Tiger conservation efforts and help these endangered animals in their own incredibly picturesque natural habitat.
In addition to walking and vehicle-based safaris, you will take part in all manner of tiger conservation activities, wildlife management, and community focused initiatives during your time on the project. This includes tasks such as setting up and checking camera traps, learning how to identify animal tracks, educational talks, assisting at a local school, taking part in a scheme in conjunction with a tribal village to help them minimise their carbon footprint, and meeting local artists and artisans to learn about the importance of their work to the region's culture.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.