Hello, again all you wildlife lovers

Jenny here again with another insight into another Indian safari, although this time it is on land for those who are queasy on boats. I’ll start off with the Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh with good reason. It was here that inspired “The Jungle Book” that many of us grew up with and countless others have seen the movie in one incarnation or another. Tales of Mowgli and Baloo have given many hours of delights, and now you can see where the idea came from.

The best times to visit here for a glimpse of panthers and tigers is from March to May time yet the overall season is October to sometime in June. The park now covers almost 1000 square kilometers and is split into two regions which are Banjar and Hallon. If you are into tigers (Bengal) this is one place you can see these majestic beasts roaming around along with over 300 species of birdlife.

Along with the Tigers, there is an abundant supply of other animals you can glimpse such as leopards, wild dogs, foxes, wild cats, jackals, wild boars and one of the rarest species of deer the Barasingha. As well as our four-legged friends there is also many reptiles slithering about that include cobras and pythons among others.

If there is anything wrong with the Kanha National park, it is it is quite commercial, and there are loads of stores where you can buy souvenirs, yet this shows the number of tourists the place gets over the course of the year.

If that one is a little too touristy, you could also check out Manas National park which is now a “Natural World Heritage Site” which is an elephant reserve, tiger reserve, and a Biosphere Reserve. It shows they are doing a lot to preserve nature at its best rather than out o just make a quick buck here and there.

Manas is also well-known for its breathtaking scenery as well as its wildlife. So for all the landscape photographers, there are plenty of forested hills, tropical evergreen forests and grasslands to catch your attention.

As preservation is high up on the parks list, they currently have the highest number of endangered species in India which is listed in the IUCN red book. This might give a better chance of spotting some rarer species than are in other parks while you are out watching the rhinos and tigers at the watering hole as you wade around the park sat on top of an elephant.

While making your elephant trip from Mathanguri to Manas, you can pass the local tea pickers and see where your morning cuppa comes from.

There are plenty more parks around India, yet these are two of the best in my eyes. This sums up the India side of things for a while, andI’ll think what to serve up for you next time.

Now it’s time for a cup of tea, and you will know where it came from.

Jenny and Alan

 

Jenny here, Alan is busy outside in the shed tinkering with something.

Well, travel plans are on hold for a while so I thought I would start off trying to bring you up to speed on an adventure we had a couple of years ago.

Alan was a park ranger in Africa so that would be too easy yet where else can you go on Safari or anything that can even compare. There is only one place that comes to mind, and it has to be India, and the Sundarbans National Park to be exact although there are many others you to choose from.

This national park is the most abundant estuarine forest which is located in West Bengal and is teaming with mangrove forests. If you are into wildlife, well you would be if you visited this place you can see or hope to see 55 species of reptiles, nearly 60 species of mammals and a whopping 250 species of birds. That is some serious photo opportunities for the avid photographer.

One thing about this National park is, it is all accessible by boat and tourists are not even allowed to step onto the river banks, as this not only helps protect the wildlife yet just think of those reptiles that are slithering about close to your feet.

If you are not hindered by bad weather, and you can travel the best time to visit Sundarbans National Park is from December to Feb when it is cooler. If you wish to see the famous Bengal tigers you are better off visiting during the summer of April up to June where they venture out to look for water.

Major attractions that you should make sure to visit are the mudflats (Chargheri Char), these are hugely popular if you want a glimpse of the horseshoe crab, sea anemones, and octopus. If crocodiles are your thing, you should visit the BhagabatpurCrocodile Project which is home to an endless supply of croc’s to feast your eyes on. It is also the largest croc hatchery of its kind in the world.

Last up is the bird sanctuary and is the best place if you want to take in the views of the Avifauna species. The cool thing here is you really get to be in among the birds as there are watch towers located in different areas.

If you want to stay in the area and make it a couple of day trip there are plenty of accommodation options you can choose from. This saves making a couple of hundred kilometer trip on top of trying to squeeze in the beautiful sights there are on offer.

I might slip in another national park on the next post; this one is 90% in a boat so it would be good to have a chance to get among the wildlife on the back of a Jeep.

Till then,

Jenny and Alan

 

 

These are the Best Places in Canada for Seeing Wildlife

Canada is one of the countries that’s characterized by a diverse and exciting range of terrain from coast to coast. If you want to experience some of the most beautiful ecosystems in the world you better start planning your trip to this country. From the land to the sea, this North American Country has more to offer. Travelers and nature lovers from across the continent and all over the world travel to Canada to watch some of the world’s most impressive and biggest animals. It’s time you saw animals such as the elk, moose, the spirit bear, caribou, whales and bison. Canada is home to about thirty nine national parks and eight national reserves. Here are some of the best places you can get up close and personal with the wildlife in Canada.

Banff National Park, Alberta

Located about 110 km from Calgary, Banff National Park is a UNESCO Heritage Site and the country’s oldest park. Both locals and tourists love visiting this park to enjoy the priceless views of the landscape and mountains. Let’s just say the park is everyone’s favorite. You can’t spend your time in Canada without enjoying the beautiful views at this park while exploring Bighorn sheep, moose, black bears, deer, elk and other animals.

Jasper National Park, Alberta

If you’re yet to spend a day in a park full of lakes, glaciers and tall peaks, you better head here. Start by taking a family-friendly ride on the Jasper Sky Tram and head to the summit of Whistler Mountain. Here you’ll have all you need as far as skiing is concerned. Jasper National Park also features a museum that takes care of history lovers. Other activities here include camping and hiking.


Churchill, Man

Right on the shore of Hudson Bay is a beautiful town that’s home to about nine hundred people. Despite the fact that the town is inaccessible via rail, visitors can reach Churchill by air. The rail should, however, be opening soon. The fun starts immediately you board the train as the personnel tell stories about this wonderful town and polar bears. Those who travel to Churchill come to experience the excellent food here as well as watch tens of thousands of beluga whales in summer.

Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan

This national park features about one thousand five hundred lakes, seven rivers and a huge land of wilderness. One of the reasons you must come to Prince Albert National Park is it’s free-ranging bison herd that comprises of two hundred and seventy animals. You’ll also get to hear some wonderful stories about the animals in this place. Some of the animals to enjoy watching at this park include coyote, beaver, otter, deer, wolf, and elk.

About Us – Jenny and Alan

Romantic young couple looking away while sitting in field

 

Hiya Everyone,

This is the home of Jenny and Alan, wildlife lovers and world travelers. We have spent years visiting many places and seen some beautiful sights and the wildlife that inhabits these places. To make sure we don’t forget any of our journeys we thought we better get them down on paper (not exactly paper). We will then have a permanent reminder of where we have been and what we saw while we were there.
We better give you a little bit of background before we go off too far. Alan worked in a nature reserve in Africa, and I met him many moons ago while there. I was taking a break from my veterinary practice and wesort of bumped into each other while I was on safari.
Can you believe it was the birth of a Gazelle that brought us together? I suppose that’s what a park ranger and a veterinarian are supposed to do when they have struggled through a difficult birth. Talking of births, we have two great kids who are much like the explorers we were when we were a few years younger. They have since flown the nest and are busy setting up their own lives, so we are free to head back out on our travels once again.
Now we have some serious catching up to do on our blog before we get swamped with new adventures to add, we do have to keep some sort of order.
Pretty much all of the writing will come from me (Jenny), yet Alan will have his input, if not in pictures I am sure he will be leaning over my shoulder and telling me I have gotten something wrong.
Married life is such bliss, most of the time. Sorry folks, only joking. These past twenty plus years have been a treat, and I wouldn’t have changed anything, or maybe adding a little more sun cream when we were in Australia. I had such a rosy glow on my cheeks, and it wasn’t all good.
Well, folks what do we have in store for you? Let me think. For a start half, the places might not be only tourist spots, although they are possibly quite close by. It’s difficult to go anywhere these days without tourism spreading its wings and taking advantage of what’s around, even if it includes wildlife.
That pretty much sums it up, past, present and hopefully future wildlife adventures from Jenny and Alan.
I hope we manage to give you something you find of interest.

All the best,
Jenny and Alan