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Agumbe Wildlife Tour Packages

Wildlife group tours, photography tours or customised itineraries.

As you trudge on the off-beaten track with the constant company of the pitter-patter of rain and the green treetops swaying to the tune of the zephyr, your ears perk up at the distant croaking of toads, the melodious chirps of numerous marvellous birds while your eyes scan your surroundings for a glimpse of the coveted Indian King Cobra silently slithering in its singular abode.

Rolling mountaintops and gushing streams all around, a lush green canopy overhead and the invigorating smell of the rain-kissed soil warmly welcome us to the wet, wild world of the Agumbe Rainforest.

A registered UNESCO World Heritage Site in the wondrous Western Ghats, Agumbe is situated in the Thirthahalli Taluk of North Karnataka’s Shimoga district, about 350 km from Bangalore. It is popularly known as the ‘Cherrapunji of the South’ as it receives around 7000 mm of rainfall annually,

Agumbe is a tiny mountain village, inhabited by only a few hundred people and is also known as the ‘Cobra Capital of India’. Apart from the majestic Indian King Cobra, this rainforest is home to over 70 species of snakes, several endemic birds such as the Malabar trogon, the Malabar grey hornbill, the Yellow-browed bulbul; reptiles and amphibians such as the cane turtle, the Malabar gliding frog, blue-eyed bush frog, the flying lizard and hundreds of other thriving creatures of the miniature world!

Apart from these unique species, on an Agumbe wildlife tour, one can also spot the endangered lion-tailed macaque, the slender loris, the Indian gaur and if riding on a huge wave of luck, an elusive Indian leopard!

This pristine green Eden of the Agumbe rainforest is a priceless biodiversity hotspot and its teeming wildlife gives us a glimpse of millions of invaluable years of natural history!

Quick Information

Recommended min. Duration:
3N/4D

Attractions:
Birds – Malabar Grey Hornbill
Malabar barbet
Malabar trogon
Whilstling Thrush
Flycatchers etc

Reptiles:
Indian King Cobra
Pit Vipers
Green Vine Snake
Beddome’s cat snake etc

Amphibians:
Malabar Gliding Frog
Blue-eyed Frog
Amboli bush frog
Kuderemukh Fejervaria
Ponmudi bush frog
Bullfrog
Indian Tree Toad
Burrowing frog
Night frog and the list goes on…
And countless spiders
and insect creatures of the macro world.

Nearest Airport:
Mangalore, Bangalore

By Road:
Mangalore to Agumbe – Approx 100 km.
Drive time – 2hrs 30 mins
Bangalore to Agumbe – Approx 350 km.
Drive time – 6hrs 45 mins
Add by Road: Mlr to Agumbe, Bangalore to Agumbe etc.

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Our Agumbe Wildlife Tour Packages

Upcoming Departures

Agumbe Macro Photo Tour – 3N/4D

Photo (Safari) Tour

Cost: Starting INR 26,000/- + GST

Skipper: Ramakrishnan Aiyaswamy

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We cater to 3 different kinds of Agumbe travellers. Which one are you?

There are three different ways to explore Agumbe. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Agumbe wildlife tour package.

Agumbe Photography Group Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on exciting Agumbe Photography Tours to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

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Agumbe Wildlife Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting human experience. Our fixed departure Agumbe Wildlife Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

Upcoming Departures

Agumbe Customised Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

Agumbe Rainforest

The prime home of the famed Indian King Cobra and a luxuriant Eden hosting a world of exotic species

The rainforest of Agumbe lures several avid trekkers and wildlife lovers and does not just soak them in rain, but also its awe-inspiring beauty and natural splendour! The 54 square kilometres of virgin forests shelter a plethora of wildlife, ranging from mammals to fascinating creatures with more than four legs!

Agumbe is home to several rare and endemic birds such as the Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar parakeet, Malabar barbet, black and orange flycatcher, Nilgiri wood pigeon, the Malabar Whistling Thrush etc, with some amazing reptile & amphibian species such as the Indian King Cobra, the pit vipers, several venomous & non-venomous snakes; Malabar gliding frog, blue-eyed bush frog, Amboli bush frog and several more!

Green Vine Snake
A Green Vine Snake photographed in Agumbe

Agumbe is also home to several captivating species of flora which form an intrinsic part of its biodiverse ecosystem!

The night trail feature makes Agumbe an extremely exciting wildlife destination.
Agumbe’s macro world rocks and rolls after the curtains of darkness have set the stage for its showstoppers!

Venturing into the forest after sundown to witness this secretive, nocturnal world at its best is a unique and thrilling experience in itself!

What can you expect in an Agumbe Wildlife Tour Package?

The most coveted denizens of these pristine rainforests are undoubtedly secretive and hiking these nature trails are a perfect way to explore them. The forest floor is always buzzing with activity. As night falls, from small microorganisms to multi-legged creatures who slither away under the leaf; to the very competitive & loud advertisement of the frogs, there’s a bounty of activity in every direction. The forest literally comes alive once darkness falls.

Whilst the majestic Indian King Cobra will be under cover mostly; one will be amazed at the sight of various color morphs of the Malabar Pit Viper, mesmerised by the hypnotic eyes of the Green Vine Snake, puzzled by the scales of a Chequered Keelback & much more. Agumbe is home to some incredible snake species.

Exploring burrows using a bioluministic torch opens up to some jaw-dropping sights of silent forest dwellers who wear shining armours. Several amphibians such as the Blue-eyed bush frog, the Amboli Bush Frog, Kudremukh frog, the exotic Malabar Gliding Frog and last but not the least, the foot flagging dancing frogs are some denizens that steal the show.

Besides, there are countless species of rich flora which drape the forest, various forms and colours of wild mushrooms, fungi, each unique and picturesque. In short, Agumbe is a safe haven for millions of species.

Bush Frog
Agumbe Bush Frog
Malabar Pit Viper
Yellow Malabar Pit Viper
In Agumbe, we yearn to look under every rock, scan the gaps between barks and roots, scrutinise tree crevices and spend time around the gurgling streams and puddles to discover and cherish the astounding species that call this wet, wild world – home!

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

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Rainforest Ramble - Agumbe Macro Photo Tour Schedules

SEP 22-25, 2022 OPEN

Macro Photography Tour
Skipper: Ramakrishnan Aiyaswamy

Tour Itinerary (3N/4D)

Reaching Agumbe

We recommend participants travelling from Bangalore or Mangalore to drive to Agumbe, considering the current pandemic situation. In case, the participant is flying in from elsewhere to Mangalore or Bangalore, a cab service or carpool will be arranged.

Participants must ensure they are present at Guddekeri (Agumbe) by 11 a.m. on the morning of Day 1 (Thursday)

Proceed to settle at the  Hingaara – The Nature Stay. All tour participants will be allotted either individual rooms, or a dormitory on sharing basis.

In case you arrive late either via public or private transport, a local help will be able to assist you in reaching the Hingaara via an auto, at an extra cost borne by the participant.

Once rested and freshened up, a round of mutual introduction will ensue over a scrumptious lunch, after which your Skipper will brief the group on the natural history features and tourist rules of Agumbe and set the tone for the tour.

Our exploration of Agumbe will begin with our experts in the field of frogs and snakes taking us through the ‘Introduction to Rainforest Ecology & Introduction to Snakes of Agumbe and Ecology of King Cobras’.

After the orientation, the Skipper will discuss some photography tips and techniques which will undoubtedly help you along the trip.

Post the Skipper brief, we will finally go out herping on our first nature trail around the campside amidst the dappled light of the sun rays penetrating through the canopy!

On spotting any creature, we will stop and try to implement everything we have learned and make some amazing photographs. Your Skipper will help you achieve this in real-time.

We will return to the camp within a couple of hours and sink into our evening agenda. We will grab a cup of tea/coffee and your Skipper will review your photographs and provide you with more techniques on making stronger compositions and more impactful images.

After a quick early dinner, we will set out for our first night trail at 8:30 p.m. It is after dark that the Agumbe rainforest is most alive. Creatures of the night will be out and the forests will brim with life and buzz with energy!

We will wrap the day at 10 p.m. and return to our accomodation to unwind and rest, eagerly anticipating an exciting tomorrow on our Agumbe wildlife tour.

Dawn breaks out early in these hills as we wake up to the melodious chirping of the birds. Over a cup of tea or coffee, we gather and discuss the day’s plan of action.

Depending on the weather conditions, at about 7:30 or 8 a.m. we set out for our morning trek and explore the forests for insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds. But, our main aim is to reach the summit for a magnificent and unforgettable 360 degrees view of the entire rainforest! Once on top, words will fail you and nature will overwhelm your spirit!

We will trek back to the camp by 10:30 a.m. and have a much-needed breakfast! Post our breakfast, we will be taken through an interesting session on ‘First Aid for Snakebites’ by our camp expert which will provide lifelong learnings for avid trekkers and nature lovers.

We will relax until lunch, but participants will be free to explore the wildlife around the camp. Participants can also use the time to review their images with their mentor.

Post lunch, around 3:30pm we will set out to the nearby streams that teem with flora and fauna and provide ample photographic opportunities for everyone.
We will return to the camp by 6 p.m. and relax and refresh ourselves. Your skipper will review your images over a cup of coffee/ tea and coach you on getting better.

Like Day 1, after a quick early dinner we will set out on a night trail once more. We will wrap the day by 10 p.m.

After an early cup of coffee/ tea by 7 a.m. we will go herping for a couple of hours and return to camp by 9.a.m. Participants can relax and unwind. They can also use their time to further explore the campside or review their images with their mentor. We will keep our post-lunch agenda open and decide the route of our afternoon trail based on the wildlife activity and potential sightings. We will look to explore other streams / waterfalls nearby based on access to location and with consent of the forest department. We will set out around 3pm in our vehicles / hired vehicle Once we return from our evening trail, we will break till dinner. We will reflect on all that we have learned over the past few days and share our feedback and experience of the Agumbe rainforest rendezvous. Post-dinner, we will proceed on our final night trail and return to the camp by 10 p.m.
After an early cup of coffee/ tea by 7 a.m., we set out on our final trail for a couple of hours and return to the camp by 9 a.m. Post breakfast, we get back to packing our bags and gather for our group photo and subsequently, we bid adieu to one of the most thrilling rainforests in the world! By 11 a.m. all participants who have their own transport arrangement are good to wave good-bye until next time post check-out.

Those participants who have a next morning flight from Mangalore can stay at the camp until evening or next morning & check out, but will have to arrange for their transport thereafter. .

Note 1: Please note your Skipper may, at his discretion, amend the itinerary for the better, depending on prevailing circumstances.

Note 2: If you’re lucky, you could be accompanying the experts on a King Cobra rescue call. However, if this happens, the itinerary of the tour will deviate from the set agenda and Toehold will not be responsible to fulfill the agenda then. We will do our best yet.

Note 3: Please also note that this campsite is an environmental education centre and not a resort. A major portion of funds from this camp goes towards conservation efforts in and around Agumbe. Your participation goes a long way in conserving one of the last remaining biodiversity hotspots of the world – the Western Ghats.

Basic Requirements For this Agumbe Wildlife Tour

Basic Requirements Specifically For Photographers on this Agumbe Wildlife Tour

Guidelines to be strictly followed by all the participants on the Agumbe Wildlife Tour

Cost & Terms

Individuals (Room)

INR 26,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Individuals (Dorm)

INR 24,500
  • Per Person on Dormitory Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 1000 OFF
  • Per Person Discount on any Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Due to Covid issues, we cannot refund the tour fees if the area is closed or any lockdown is imposed. How ever, we will guarantee a 100% credit note for usage on a future tour.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

The Great Migration: Kenya Wildlife Group Tour

AUG 20-26 2022

Skipper: Harsha Narasimhamurthy

Tour Itinerary

Please note: The Tour commences at Nairobi on 20 August 2022, at around 06:30 a.m., and ends after breakfast on 26 August. On day 1 you may either take a flight that reaches Nairobi in time for the start the same morning, or fly in the previous day and stay overnight in Nairobi (in which case, the cost of accommodation will be additional). Please also note that flight costs are not included in the Tour fee.

Talek River Area, Masai Mara

Checking out from our Nairobi hotel after an early breakfast, we pick up the participants arriving this morning (if any) and make our way to the heart of the Migration action, the legendary Masai Mara, which we reach by afternoon.

After lunch close to the entrance of the Mara, we start our first game drive en route to our first destination around the lodge area.

The transitory herds may be seen very close to the lodge and sometimes a little further away but there is no chance of missing them. Feeling our way around, we will understand the current state of the Migration.

After the drive, we check in to exclusive and cosy tents at the first camp of the Tour, the lodge. Once fresh, we exchange notes about our initial observations and experiences, and hear insights from the Skipper about his strategy for the rest of the Tour ahead before dining and retreating to our rooms to tuck in for the night.

The lodge is a lovely property located stunningly, right near the Talek River, which is one of the two rivers (the other being the Mara River itself) which the migratory herds cross. Ergo, this property has been deliberately and carefully chosen to give us quick and easy access to all the action.

We spend the whole day looking for crossings as well as predator and other action, while the Skipper takes a call on returning to the lodge for lunch based on the prevailing situation.

In the evening the Skipper will bring you a photography session to help brush up on your basics and make sure you’re equipped to do justice to the opportunities coming up, before you enjoy a scrumptious supper and retire for the night.

Mara Triangle, Masai Mara

Having explored the Talek River side, it’s now time to proceed to the celebrated Mara Triangle area and look for action around the Mara River, so after a morning drive around the Talek, we cross over to the Triangle and check in to the delightful lodge.

After lunch we enjoy an introductory ride in the area before returning to the lodge for another interactive session, we call ChitraTantra, before supper and sleep.

We enjoy the next three days in the very heart of the Migration around Serena and the Mara River, leveraging the Skipper’s rich experience to get to the right places and make memorable, meaningful images to capture the scale and wonder of the dramas unfolding before us.

Every morning we start at 06:30 a.m. after an early breakfast and hope to catch action in the quintessentially spectacular savannah light and after the post-lunch afternoon safari, return after sunset to unwind.

In the evenings, the Skipper will continue to bring the fabulously entertaining and educative interactive sessions, including a third kind of session we call CharchaaLoka, where valuable photography advice including shooting techniques, camera settings and post-processing tips; fascinating natural history insights; image critique; post-processing tips, and some riveting and funny anecdotes will be imparted!

After having spent a hopefully eventful time photographing the Migration in the Mara, we check out after breakfast and return to Nairobi by lunch, whence we take the departing flights for our abodes, where a wealth of images will be processed and many captivating stories told to our families.

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Cost & Terms

Individuals

USD 3390
  • Per Person on twin Shared Accommodation

Couples

USD 6780
  • Per Couple on Twin Shared Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

USD3290
  • Per Person on Twin Shared Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

This Tour is open to everybody of a minimum age of 18 (unless accompanied by a guardian), and anybody enthusiastic about wildlife and/or photography will enjoy it. Apart from interest, fitness, a valid passport, valid yellow fever vaccination card and proof of polio vaccination, there are no other requirements. However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend you be familiar with at least the basics of photography. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

Yes; vaccination against polio and yellow fever is mandatory in many countries including India. Please talk to us for advice on how to get one.

Yellow fever vaccination is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of administration, and polio vaccination is valid for a year. Please check your vaccination cards to verify validity. Please note that the vaccination must be valid as on the date of your return to your country after the Tour.
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tour and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. Also, the exhaustive itinerary should offer ample opportunities for a productive time. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we stop just short of claiming that sightings are guaranteed.
A wide-angle or normal zoom is a staple for landscape and general photography. For birds and mammals, a focal length of at least 300mm is usually necessary. An additional 100mm often proves very effective especially for birds. However, if you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. What’s more, you enjoy a 10% discount on any equipment you hire for the Tour. Visit our Rental Store to see what we offer.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.

Best of Kenya: Wildlife Group Tour

22-29 MAY 2023

7N/8D Group Tour

Tour Itinerary

Nairobi

Since participants of this Tour travel from various destinations in India and abroad, the Tour commences at Nairobi at around 06:30 a.m. You may take a flight that reaches Nairobi before that time the same morning, or fly in the previous day and stay overnight in Nairobi (in which case, the cost of accommodation will be additional). Please also note that flight costs are not included in the Tour fee.

May 2023 – Please arrive on 21 May 2023 any time. (Hotel Night Additional)
Please note: This is not a photography tour and we would have 6 People in a LandCruiser. If you wish to join our Photography Tour with only 3 People in a LandCruiser guided by our ace photographers please consider the Photo Tour.

Amboseli National Park

Our fleet of safari vehicles carrying our Skipper and the park guides will pick participants who have landed in the morning from the Nairobi Airport, and participants who have arrived a day earlier from their hotels, at around 06:30 a.m. Once everybody is on board, we undertake a four-hour drive to Amboseli National Park. A mutual introduction session and a brief by the skipper to set basic expectations for the tour will be followed by lunch.

After lunch will ensue our first safari of the tour – recipe for a memorable moment for any first-time Africa visitor and something that, even after all these visits, gets the skipper’s adrenaline pumping. Driving through the park will acquaint you with the African landscape and give you but a glimpse of the exciting time ahead.

An entire memorable day will be spent out in the picturesque expanses of Amboseli, where views of elephants with the magnificent Kilimanjaro in the backdrop have been specially designed by nature to enthrall. Apart from the pachyderms, we are likely to photograph ostriches, hyaenas, lions, cheetahs and a whole lot of attractive wildlife.

In the evening, the skipper will deliver a ChaayaaChitra session before a satiating supper and shuteye call a closure to the eventful day.

Lake Nakuru National Park

After breakfast, we depart for Nakuru. Arriving just before lunch, we embrace our home for the next two days overlooking the beautiful Lake Nakuru. Following a scrumptious lunch, we embark on the afternoon safari, seeking the chief spectacle of the flamingo congregation and over 400 other species of birds found here.

In the evening we enjoy a tribal dance and celebration before an appetizing supper, and retire for the day.

Setting off after breakfast, we spend as much time in the park as we can in order to sight the plentiful wildlife of Nakuru. The early morning drive will be followed by lunch and an evening safari.

This being an excellent location to see the elusive leopard, we take our chances to spot the spotted beauty of Nakuru. Efforts will also be made to photograph white rhinos and black rhinos.

Between the rides, we meet at the picturesque Baboon Hill overlooking the lake and its flamingo formations, and discuss various topics of nature photography and the natural history of Africa. Meanwhile, here, ultra wide-angle perspectives of baboons, a fixture atop the hill, are a distinct prospect.

For participants who want to relax and take the afternoon easy, the beautiful lodge with plenty of trees and a great restaurant is a fabulous place to rest.

A rivetting session of ChitraTantra by the skipper before dinner will be a fitting, erudite way of ending the enriching day.

Masai Mara Game Reserve

After breakfast, a pleasant drive across the dramatic Great Rift Valley brings you through the Narok Township, a major Maasai administrative centre, to Kenya’s most precious wildlife sanctuary, Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Masai Mara is home to the colorful Maasai tribe, who may be seen around the borders of the park, with Morans (‘warriors’) loping across the plains, young boys herding goats, or elders grouped under a tree discussing the matters of the day.

Wildlife viewing is never dull in the Mara, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings. By now hopefully the group will have been acquainted with the African bush, so we seek to make the most of the bounty on offer.

Staying inside the park will ensure a great experience and early access to photography hotspots, so we may catch a lion pride gearing up for a hunt or a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an Acacia tree merely a few hundred metres from the camp.

Every morning while at Masai Mara, we start our day with packed breakfast at 06:30 a.m. and venture into the bush. For participants who are agreeable to spending the entire day in the field, packed lunch boxes will be provided to keep us going the whole day, thereby maximizing wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.

An occasional afternoon shower may be encountered but this will in no way mean a dampener, for the animals continue to be seen and what’s more, it will open up the prospect of making evocative images of wildlife in the rain. And when the clouds have passed, the light that illuminates the scene can serve to illustrate the meaning of the word ‘ethereal’ better than any lexicon in the world.

Meeting at specific points in the savannah, we learn and discuss various topics on photography and natural history of Africa and the Mara in general. These two days are tipped to be the highlight of the Tour with plenty of wildlife on show.

In the evenings a session of CharchaaLoka or simply a question-answer interaction will afford a wealth of learning on a diverse array of photography and natural history topics.

Maasai Village Optional Tour

While at Masai Mara, based on the group’s inclination, the Skipper will plan a visit to a local Maasai Village for a few hours in the day to learn and understand the Maasai culture, their way of life and their interesting community living. This optional Tour costs an additional USD 30 per person.

Balloon Safari Optional Tour

A ride in a hot-air balloon over the endless expanses of the savannah is an ultimate safari experience. We leave the lodge before dawn, when the sky is clear, the air brisk and the conditions perfect. As the sun rises over the Mara plains, our balloon lifts off – a bright splash of colour rising gracefully into the infinite blue. A stunning panorama unfolds below us and the balloon basket becomes our lookout post for a bird’s-eye view of the Mara’s magnificence. We float silently just a few hundred feet above large herds of wild animals. Upon landing, we celebrate the flight with a glass of champagne, after which the retrieval safari cruisers take us back to our driver. This optional ride costs an additional USD 450 per person.

After a scrumptious breakfast, we drive out making sure we arrive by lunchtime at an Indian restaurant in Nairobi. After lunch, we are transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our home-bound flights.

The Tour ends but your love affair with African wildlife has just begun.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION AT MASAI MARA

Participants who feel the need to stretch their Tour are welcome to stay back on the following nights, to experience two more full days at the Mara at their own pace. The schedule for the two days will remain the same while we venture to deeper areas of the Mara on the full-day game drives, maximizing our chances of bringing back stunning photographs. This extension will be charged additionally. Please express your interest in the extension while booking the Tour to know more.

With the extension having come to an end, following an early breakfast, we drive out making sure we arrive by lunchtime at an Indian restaurant in Nairobi. After lunch, we are transferred to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for our home-bound flights.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

USD 2850
  • Per Person on twin Shared Accommodation

Couples

USD 5600
  • Per Couple on Twin Shared Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

USD 2750
  • Per Person on Twin Shared Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

All figures per person.

Payments may be made in equal monthly installments so long as the above schedule is adhered to. Please talk to us for more details.

Cancellation Fees

All figures per person.

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

This Tour is open to everybody of a minimum age of 18 (unless accompanied by a guardian), and anybody enthusiastic about wildlife and/or photography will enjoy it. Apart from interest, fitness, a valid passport and yellow-fever and polio vaccination cards, there are no other requirements.
Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.
Yes; the vaccination is mandatory in many countries including India. Once you sign up we’ll be happy to advise you on how to get one.
You’ll need a Kenyan visa, which is applied for and issued online. More information will be shared, and assistance provided, when you sign up.
Yellow fever vaccination is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of administration, but polio vaccination is valid for only a year. Please check your vaccination card to verify validity. Please note that the vaccination must be valid as on the date of your return to your country after the Tour.
Our Photography Tour is designed to offer participants an excellent balance between photography convenience and economy. We’ll be using four-wheel-driven safari vehicles which have large windows and a thatched roof that opens up to give a 360-degree panoramic view for convenient wildlife-viewing and photography. Each vehicle will be shared by only three participants, or three participants and the Skipper, to ensure everybody has ample space to move around and shoot comfortably.
Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. Also, the exhaustive itinerary should offer ample opportunities for a productive time. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we stop just short of claiming that sightings are guaranteed.
A wide-angle or normal zoom is a staple for landscape and general photography. For birds and mammals, a focal length of at least 300mm is usually necessary. An additional 100mm often proves very effective especially for birds. However, if you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. What’s more, you enjoy a 10% discount on any equipment you hire for the Tour. Visit our Rental Store to see what we offer.
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.

Verdant Haven - Kabini Photo Tour Schedules

SEP 11-14, 2022
OPEN

Wildlife Photography Bootcamp

Skipper: Trikansh Sharma

Tour Itinerary (3N/4D)

The Tour commences and ends at Kabini (Karapura). Travel from or via Bengaluru and back will be by sharing participants’ private cars or shared cabs at extra actual cost. Assistance in the way of coordination and arrangements will be provided but please talk to us for additional help or special needs. 

After a 4.5-hour-drive from Bengaluru, participants reach Kabini by noon. Following a leisurely lunch and a round of introduction to understand one another better, we mull on what’s in store for the next two days and embark on our first safari by 03:30 p.m. Navigating through the excellent network of roads in the Nagarahole jungle, we enjoy an inaugural taste of the wild, keeping our eyes peeled for action on the ground, the air and the canopy.

After hopefully an eventful ride, we return to camp at 06:30 p.m. and relax over tea, following which a ChaayaaChitra session will ensue, in which we discuss photography techniques. Later, we enjoy a scrumptious supper and retire for the night.
An early morning wake-up call and tea will set the tone for the morning safari at 06:30 a.m. Cutting through the freshness of the morning, we pursue materialization of wildlife and very possibly try some of the tips and techniques discussed in the ChaayaaChitra session the previous night.

Upon our return from the excursion at 09:30 a.m., a hot breakfast will await us, and after satiating our hunger we retreat to our rooms to refresh and rest awhile, meeting again at noon for ChitraTantra, another informative session full of interaction and fun.
After lunch, perhaps a brief nap and tea, we reenter the forest with more hope for cat luck, let our hair down and make a lot of images of the sights we encounter.

Having spent a cumulative five hours in the wild for the day, we walk into camp a happy bunch and relate our tales over tea, following which a session of CharchaaLoka will unfold.

We tuck in for the night after enjoying an appetizing dinner.
Hoping for a fitting climax to a great Tour, we embark on the last safari at the usual hour in the morning. And since cat activity is at its peak during the early hours of the day, there is every possibility of the Tour ending on a high note.

After the safari and breakfast we gather for a final rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and setting off for our respective abodes where our families wait to hear our tales.

Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 56,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

Couples

INR 1,11,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 55,000
  • Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

NO Refunds.
Due to the pandemic the travel industry is at an all time low-cashflow situation. So we wouldn’t be able to do refunds but only issue Credit Notes for any cancellation from your side or due to COVID related lockdowns and closures.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.

That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthusiast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hope on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.
Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
Ofcourse, yes. Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.