1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
- Maximum 6 people are allowed in one Gypsy. If you are serious about wildlife photography we suggest Max 4 people including our naturalist. Only children of 5 years or less are free.
2. How safe are Wildlife Safaris?
- Since safaris are conducted in open Gypsy we are always asked about safety. Be rest assured, wildlife safaris are very safe, until and unless you instigate the animal they never harm. The forest guide and driver are all well experienced and can handle any untoward situation if it arises although we have not heard of any till date.
3. What are the safari timings?
- Safari timings change from season to season determined by the Sunrise and Sunset. In Madhya Pradesh morning safari starts at sunrise and is for 4.30 to 5 hrs and noon safari starts around 2.30 to 3 and ends at sun set.
If you are in full day photographic expedition you enter 15 minutes before safari starting time and come back 15 minutes after noon safari end time.
4. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
- All national parks are divide into 2 parts, core – which is fully protected area and buffer which is peripheral part and has most resorts as well as villages. Both core and buffer zones are available for tourism but core is preferred as chances of spotting tigers is higher.
5. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
- Core area of all tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh are open for tourism from 1st of October till end of June. Tourism in buffer is open all year round. You must choose your safari dates depending on what you want to photograph. I believe all month and seasons are good for wildlife photography. In winters the coat of all animals are bright and they look healthy whereas in summers they looked washed up and thin.
6. What are chances of spotting Tigers during the safari excursions?
Tiger sighting depends on many factors with your luck being the foremost. Although we try our best to spot them using our knowledge of these magnificent animals but they have a habit of remaining elusive. Guide and drivers provided have very good knowledge and understand habit and territory of most known tigers which they use to track them. We suggest never come to any reserve with sole idea of spotting tigers but enjoy the whole bio-diversity.
7. Why must I book my safari / photography tour in advance
- In Madhya Pradesh safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual excursion date and with limited number of permits they get book very fast. So, we suggest you plan our trip at least 120 days in advance to enable us to get best zones.
8. How is the infrastructure at wildlife destinations?
Resorts we select are all of Deluxe category and can cater to need of all tourists. They are equipped with all amenities like hot/cold water, toiletries, Air Conditioners, Laundry, etc. Although most provide Indian Veg-Non veg meals but many also serve continental cuisines. If we talk about destinations in general they are remote locations so connectivity is an issue at times. We suggest you carry your medication since at most places we do not have good medical facilities.
9. How much do we pay for cameras?
- In tiger reserves of Madhya Pradesh you do not need to pay any extra charges for your cameras. But, at some wildlife destinations like Tadoba you have to pay extra for long / tele lenses.
10. What are photography opportunities for keen wildlife photographers?
- Since we plan special tours as per your requirement so you need not worry about it. We cannot gurantee you of what you will get, you need to remember we are in forest area and all animals are free. But, be rest assured you will get lot of opportunity to photograph tigers and other mammals, birds, reptiles along with beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty.
11. What will the climate / weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
- Every park has different climatic conditions on macro level although in broad level it will be almost same as weather conditions prevailing in the region / country. Winters are preety harsh and temperature in park like Kanha can dip down to sub zero in last week of December or early January. Being Sal forests it is cold in early morning excursions till almost end of March.
12. What clothing should I carry?
- - Clothing depends on season. In winters we suggest carrying warm cloths which can withstand low temperature of 0 to 5 degrees centigrade. For summers cotton clothing is the best. Clothing should be preferably camouflage or earth colours.
13. Is medical help available?
- - Most tiger reserves are remote areas with very little infrastructure except once available at your resort. We suggest carrying your own medications for general ailments. If urgently required medical help will be arranged but it takes almost 3 to 4 hours to reach a good hospital.
14. What should I carry with me for wildlife tours?
- - Try to carry only minimum required clothing along with important medication, guide book, binocular, camera and photography equipment. A refillable water bottle is a must to decrease use of bottled water.
15. What photographic equipment’s do you suggest for wildlife photography tours?
- - I would suggest carrying two camera bodies along with lenses including wide (10 to 40 mm) for habitat shots / landscapes. For Mammals anything between 70 to 400 mm is good. For birds 500 or 600 mm will be a good choice. Now a days you get good zoom lenses which may lessen your burden of weight although prime lenses are the best still. I personally carry 10 – 18 mm zoom, 18 – 55 mm zoom, 70 – 200 mm f2.8 zoom and 150 – 600 mm lens with me as this covers the whole range required. If you are carrying a lap top for image transfers that is good or else do carry enough memory cards. A bean bag or monopod is good for support.