Category Archives: JAWAI Leopard Camp

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Cats of the Dawn

Blackness turned first to gloom and then to pale blue. Soon papaya orange painted the dusty skies of the east as morning crept gently up upon the world, climbing the back of the hill on which we sat. A dry but green land of fields, parched riverbeds and impossibly sculpted granite hills lay spread out around us, slowly opening its colours to the sky as the sun broke the horizon. Pink rocks, orange soils and precipitously green crop plantations prepared themselves for another day of the intense Indian heat, memories of the recent monsoons gradually evaporating under what would almost certainly be another relentlessly clear Rajasthani sky. Read More Cats of the Dawn »

The Thorny Pig

The name ‘porcupine’ comes from French ‘porc d’C)pine’ meaning ‘thorny pig’. Something to do with their rounded bodies covered in quills. There are, in total, 27 species of porcupine in the world, of which we at JAWAI regularly encounter one – the Indian Crested Porcupine. Read More The Thorny Pig »

JAWAI: A week in pictures

Every drive at JAWAI is an exploration into the wilderness of rural India. Every outing, whether it be on foot, or in car, is a journey for the senses. There is just so much at play here and one can not help but find yourself staring out at the landscape, the people, the birds, the animals and the colour. In a landscape with rocks believed to be over 850 million years old is truly astounding to be able to enjoy the beauty with which they provide us today. We are privileged. It is remarkable. Take a minute to scroll through just some of the images from the last few days at JAWAI Leopard Camp… Read More JAWAI: A week in pictures »

JAWAI: A Visual Update

JAWAI Leopard Camp has opened for it’s second season. The team has grown and we are all excited to welcome you to our home! The rains appear to have passed us, leaving behind carpets of greenery. The landscape is sensational and with each drive I stare in wonder as to the unsuspecting beauty and diversity of this land. The camp itself is looking stunning. We have done a few minor adjustments to improve the guest experience and to ensure that any stay at JAWAI is one you shall never forget. Read More JAWAI: A Visual Update »

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. Read More JAWAI – taking guiding to the next level »

Why I have returned to JAWAI!

After a lengthy break back home in South Africa I have returned for another season with SUJAN in India. I so enjoyed my first season helping set up, run and develop JAWAI that I simply had to return for more. Currently I am based in the head offices in Delhi helping out with odds and ends with regards to all the camps, but my heart is set on returning to JAWAI. Read More Why I have returned to JAWAI! »

JAWAI Leopard Camp

The magic of the Indian wilderness goes a step further when you reach The Jawai Leopard Camp.

Sprawled between Udaipur and Jodhpur, Jawai is one of a series of hamlets strung around the Jawai dam in the Aravalli hills of Rajasthan. A place of dramatic beauty, the panoramic vista is dotted with small African Kopje-like hills which surround the water body, Cactus-like scrub, Flame-of-the –forest trees and sparsely populated farmland. Read More JAWAI Leopard Camp »

Sandgrouse Magic

Although we may be called ‘JAWAI Leopard Camp’ we are the first to appreciate and enjoy all the smaller animals, which call this marvelous landscape home. It’s not all about the big stuff. A safari experience here at JAWAI is so diverse and layered…it is a cultural, historical and ecological journey. Read More Sandgrouse Magic »

Harvesting Time at JAWAI

The afternoons at JAWAI Leopard Camp are glorious. As the sun starts to descend over the dam, dipping beautifully over the immense granite kopjes, mesmerising light is thrown throughout the floodplain. It is here that the local villagers are feverishly working away at harvesting the mature wheat. I have watched with interest, over the last three weeks, how the wheat has gently changed from a dark green to a rich gold colour. It is at this time of the day that our search for leopard is often momentarily put on halt. Out the car we hop and camera settings changed; picture perfect scenes play out in front of the lens… Read More Harvesting Time at JAWAI »