JAWAI – taking guiding to the next level

At JAWAI we aim to give you, the guest, the best guided experience in India. And we mean it. As a team we are continually looking for ways to improve ourselves, test ourselves and grow. We have assembled a team of partly Indian, partly South African naturalists who will strive to change the face of guiding as you know it. One of the best aspects of JAWAI is that it allows us the flexibility to run things at our own times, go for walks and truly come to grips with one of the worlds most dramatic landscapes, unhindered by regulation. The Leopard population is obviously our focus, but we are determined to convey to you the story of culture, history and life in this part of rural India. It is different from anything else and we aim to push the boundaries of the experience.

I can assure you that a visit to JAWAI will be a highlight of your travels in India.

Whilst we are the first to understand that a holiday at JAWAI is a break from the the city, we also realise that there are elements of technology which we can use to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the area. We have been feverishly working away in the office to create exciting, refreshing and informative guides built for iPads. Vehicles will have the iPads on board and your naturalist will be able to use this platform to convey fascinating information. Gone are the days of just being driven aroundb&Get ready for real-time interactive guiding!

Leopards of JAWAI ID Kit

Each time we see a leopard we photograph it and identify it. Back at camp we record all this information in tables and charts. Movements, diet, behaviour and various other aspects are recorded. We are building one of the most complete data sets of Indian Leopards that there is. One of the uses of this information is so that we can provide guests with factually correct and relevant information. We have created the Leopards of JAWAI ID Kit which is a way of showcasing the leopards that call JAWAI home.

Each leopard has been given a name (so that we can refer to it and document anything we learn about that specific individual), this makes it so much more exciting as we are able to follow individuals, learning from them and following them on the trials and tabulations of their lives.
Each leopard has been given a name (so that we can refer to it and document anything we learn about that specific individual), this makes it so much more exciting as we are able to follow individuals, learning from them and following them on their journey. This is how one learns about the Indian Leopard and allows us to make real comparisons with the African counterpart. We are not just reading the textbook at JAWAI, we are writing it!
See selections of photographs of each individual to ensure exactly which animal you are watching.
See selections of photographs of each individual to ensure exactly which animal you are looking at.
Zoom in further to make sure
Zoom in further to make sure
Use the interactive iPads to zoom in on satellite images of their territories.
Use the interactive iPads to zoom in on satellite images of the land. Use the maps to plan ‘searches’, discuss leopard territories and explore the gorgeous terrain.
Compare with archive footage of all the leopards we have been able to photograph in our area.
Compare with archive footage of all the leopards we have been able to photograph in our area to see if you have ‘discovered’ a new individual.

Mammals of JAWAI

Again we have used iPads as a way of showcasing the mammals likely to be viewed in the area. This gives the guide a chance to point out interesting facts and allows the guest an opportunity to zoom in on the animal, inspect its distribution and familiarise themselves with the fauna of the area.

Browse through the iPad to see various selections of pictures.
Browse through the iPad to see various selections of pictures.
We have used maps from the official IUCN Red List to give you the latest, most accurate distribution maps of the animals around JAWAI.
We have used maps from the official IUCN Red List to give you the latest, most accurate distribution of the animals you could see at JAWAI.

Flora of JAWAI

And the same goes for the plants, trees and flowersb&an interactive guide to help you identify and learn about the flora.

A Globe Thistle
A Globe Thistle

Geology

We are delighted to announce that we will be having a geologist come to JAWAI for a few months this season to help us truly come to grips with the incredible geological formations of the area. We are serious when we say that we are pioneering something new and special here. The JAWAI experience is the whole package and we will continue to think of ways to improve.

Capturing the memories – photography

We have realised that many who travel through India are not able to take big bulky lenses. They do, however, want to capture the wildlife and landscapes, taking home memories to show family and friends. We thus provide guests with a complimentary camera for use during their stay. The camera provided is a Nikon P600 and is armed with a hugely powerful zoom of 60X. This camera is also able to film video. We will happily burn your memories to CD for you to take away with you on departure.

The Nikon Coolpix P600
The Nikon Coolpix P600

If you are a serious photographer you will be delighted to know that members of the guiding team are professional photographers who have travelled the world photographing nature in every continent. We pride ourselves in getting you into the right position to get the perfect shot and are happy to advise on any settings when it comes to the camera. Already, our images of the Indian Leopard, are appearing in flashy magazines all over the world. I will be so bold as to say that JAWAI is the best place to consistently photograph leopards in India!

Seeing is believing – binoculars

It so happens that the leopards are sometimes perched high up on the tops of granite hillsb&it is at this time that we invite you to make use of the binoculars we have on board. We realise that on a journey through India it is unlikely that people are carrying binocularsb&so we have them at camp for you to feel free to use. Whether it’s for birding, or for watching the animals I am sure you will be impressed by the quality of the brand new Nikon binoculars.

Nikon Aculon A211 8 x 42
Nikon Aculon A211 8 x 42

These are just some of the ways, that we at JAWAI, are pushing the envelope – looking to grow the experience into something that you will talk about for months after your visit.

Come experience it for yourself. Book now for SUJAN JAWAI

Jawai Rabari entrance shotblog

Written by Adam Bannister

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