Track and see an extremely rare beauty on the Black Leopard Safari
After years of rumours and exaggerated tales, there is finally a chance to see a wild Black Leopard! Also known as a Black Panther (or simply ‘Bagheera’ from the Jungle Book), this magnificent animal is slowly starting to be seen on a regular basis, giving you the first realistic opportunity to see and photograph a wild Black Panther.
Set in the jungles of Southern India, you will head out every morning and afternoon in open gypsy vehicles in search of not just the Black Leopard, but a whole host of other incredible animals, including Tigers, Indian Wild Dogs, Sloth Bears, Elephants and Gaur. The jungle itself is quite fantastic, with thousands of trees creating a spectacular backdrop to an amazing safari. In amongst all the trees, around 300 species of birds can be seen, as well as the always entertaining Langur Monkeys, and their smaller cousins the Bonnet Macaques. Each safari is exciting, as you never what you will see, and if it will be the safari where the living shadow reveals itself.
There is currently only one Black Leopard in the wild that will give you the (realistic) opportunity to see him, which means that when he goes, the opportunity goes with him. If seeing a Black Leopard in the wild is something you have ever dreamed about, or is anywhere on your bucket list, then you should not let this chance slip past you.
The accommodations are very simple but clean, and the staff do everything they can to help you out, and give the best experience. As this is not (yet) on the main tourist route, you will get a taste of a more authentic India.
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Suggested itinerary for The Black Leopard Safari in India
Upon your arrival at Bengaluru Airport, you will be met by a driver who will transfer you to the lodge. This drive is around six hours and takes you through not just the daily hustle of Bangalore, but also through some spectacular country side. After checking in and enjoying a quick lunch, you will head straight out on the afternoon safari in search of the Black Leopard.
Tea and coffee is served when you return from safari, after which you will have some time to freshen up and enjoy a drink at the bar before dinner.
Day 2 - 8:
An early morning wake up call gets your day started, and is closely followed by tea and coffee while everyone gets ready for safari. You will head out on the morning safari, which last around 3-hours, and will bring you back to a waiting breakfast.
After some well earned rest, lunch is served in the middle of the day.
The afternoon excursion again starts with tea and coffee before heading out into the jungle. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the other wonderful animals that inhabit the jungles as well.
Drinks in the bar and dinner will finish off your day.
Depending on your International flights, you might have one last chance to see the Black Leopard on your final morning safari. When you return, enjoy a quick breakfast before starting the transfer back to Bengaluru Airport in time for your onward travels.
Highlights from The Black Leopard Safari in India
Best time to go:
This is a customized safari with flexible dates, but best in March and April
8 nights / 9 days
Simple, clean and comfortable lodge
Bengaluru Airport, India (BLR)
Black Leopard, Tiger, (Spotted) Leopard, Elephant, Indian Wild dogs, Gaur
All scheduled safari activites
All internal transfers
All park fees and permits
A La Carte:
Any items not listed in the 'Includes"
- If you would like to get that perfect shot, why not ask our professional photographer to guide you on this safari, and show you how! Make it a Photographic Safari!
- The longer you stay, the better your chances of seeing theBlack Leopard.