Kanha Tiger Conservation

Kanha, India | Minimum Age - 13 years

This wildlife internship trip in Kanha is your window to understanding the challenges faced with conservation in the country. Working with experts from The Corbett Foundation (TCF) you will learn the fundamentals of wildlife and in particular tiger conservation. Learn India’s success story of increasing the Tiger population that has given the world of wildlife lovers hope. You will also be working on various community projects with children from local schools and on the tribal museum. A great trip for anyone who loves wildlife and wants to learn more about conservation.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • A greater understanding of the biodiversity of Central India
  • Learn what Wildlife Conservation work entails, through hands-on work with qualified and expert conversationalists on different aspects of real projects
  • Outdoor Wildlife Experiences through Safari Drives with expert local guides
  • Volunteer in local community projects at the Tribal Museum and at the local school to discover the unique human-animal conflict in the region
  • Get introduced to new cultures
  • End your days discussing the project but not without laughter & fun stories
  • A glimpse into many other professions that exist outside the big cities
  • A great outdoor trip working with some of the best people in wildlife research
  • New experiences in a safe , secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • Get rewarded with an Internship Certificate from The Corbett Foundation & DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Tiger Conservation with Corbett Foundation
Community Work
Local Engagement
Discuss, Report, Present, Share

Itinerary - 8 Days

Arrival and transfer to Kanha

On arrival in Raipur, you will be met by your Trip Leader for the trip. We have organised group transfers from the airport to Kanha at 1pm so please ensure that your flight gets in at least a hour before that. Should that not be possible, we can help you organised an extra night at the beginning of the trip.

The drive from the airport to our lodge where you will be staying for the duration of the trip is about 4.5hrs. We reach the lodge at about 5pm, check-in and then have a short introductory walk around the campus before dinner later in the evening.

Meals: Lunch (Packed), Dinner

Orientation & Nature Walk

The excitement starts with our first full day on the project! We head to the site office TCF for a brief talk and orientation session. You will be introduced to all the projects that TCF is involved in and the ones on which we will be helping out. We will also have an expert talk to us about the biodiversity of Kanha and the Central Indian Landscape.

Some of the TCF projects are right on the campus and we get started on them right after the orientation.

Following a lunch break, we return to the projects that we started on in the morning. Later in the evening, once the weather has cooled down a little, we head out for a nature walk and learn a little more about the area around the lodge. After dinner we watch a film on conservation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Safari & Field techniques for studying wildlife

It is time for our first safari! We head out at 5am and into the jungles of Kanha. This is among the best times in the year for wildlife spotting so keep those cameras ready! We will also have a naturalist and guide with us to help us better understand the animals we see during the safari.

We return from the safari at about 11:30am and go over everything that we learnt while we were out. Fresh from our first safari and with some practical knowledge under our belts, we learn about the field techniques for studying wildlife.

After lunch, we will be divided into groups for project work on different animals in the region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit to tribal village & Tribal Museum; Night Safari

Today, we have an early morning bird watching and photography session with the resident ornithologist. At the end of this 2 hour session, we return to the lodge in time for breakfast before heading out to a tribal village.

At the village we will learn about the tribes who have lived in this region for hundreds of years - their customs and traditions, their relationship with the animals that inhabit the land and the particular challenges they now face in terms of animal-human conflict.

After lunch, we go over to the tribal museum run by TCF for an afternoon of project work at the museum.

The evening is free before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Project work & safari

Begin the day with a visit to a local school where you will help the children practice English and continue their education in wildlife conservation.

After a quick lunch back at the lodge, discuss the conservation issues of Kanha Landscape before heading out for an afternoon safari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nature walk, Studying Human-wildlife conflict, Project work

Start the day with a nature walk with a local expert and learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.

Return to the lodge for breakfast followed by a discussion on human-wildlife conflict in the region.

After lunch, we head back to the tribal museum to work with the local Gond artists and to finish our project at the museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Safari & Local education

The trip is nearly at an end and it is time for our final safari! We go back into the forest a 5am with the hope of spotting the tigers, leopards and other rich wildlife that Kanha has to offer one last time before we return.

After lunch, we meet with TCF experts to discuss everything we have learnt so far and to understand how our work has contributed to the projects here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure

With the experience of a lifetime at an end, we leave early for the drive to the airport and our flights back home.

Please only book flights that leave after 6:30pm today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (packed)

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Expert on this trip

Marshall Thomas

Marshall Thomas

It took Marshall less than six months of working for a tech firm to figure out that he was as far away from his calling as he could be. From there started his journey in the travel industry and he’s never looked back. He spent a happy number of years living in the Andamans working as a Tour Manager for a resort at Havelock Islands where he mastered the skill of people managing. His personal interests range from permaculture to playing the guitar. He loves to read and write but insists that he doesn’t read what he writes!

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

Testimonials

  • Overall it was a very fascinating and productive trip as I learnt about a whole array of new facts and techniques that I had no idea I could learn. Most of my trip was an "ah ha" moment as I made a lot of new friends who were all very fun to be with at all times.

    Raoul Ovalekar
  • The trip was very well organized and planned. My son came back in his own words "A different person". For Dhruv, the interactions with the different kids was the difference. Monica was very good. She gave us some very good perspectives and observations about our son.

    Arjun Nair

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip. When booking flights, please keep in mind that you need to arrive in Raipur before 12noon on day one. Should the connectivity from your destination not allow this, please arrange to arrive the night before. We can help with the extra night accommodation (at a nominal cost). The Trip Leader from DoTheDifferent will be in Raipur a day before the trip starts.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

The stay is at a jungle lodge and the rooms are on multi- share basis. The accommodation is modest but clean with en-suite facilities and very safe.

What project will I be working on during this trip? Open or Close

The participants will be working with the team from The Corbett Foundation on their current conservation project(s) on wildlife in the Kahna & Central Indian jungles leaning towards tigers. You can expect to learn a little bit about many real techniques on for identifying wildlife, animal tracking, managing the man-animal conflict etc.

Dates

Start Date End Date
21 April 2019 28 April 2019
11 May 2019 18 May 2019
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