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Jawai at One!

There was barely any light when we first saw her, moving slowly at first then bounding into the castor fields; caught in the act of killing a porcupine. I had just finished relaying the sighting report to Adam Bannister as a message crackled the jeep wireless into life again. The voice was Jaisalbs, radioing in from Camp to say antelope alarm calls outside his tent were bellowing the presence of a leopard nearby. We were about 10 kilometres out from Camp already so stayed in our position, waiting for the light to rise on that extraordinarily cold December morning last year, sitting metres away from an adult leopard now enjoying feasting on her porcupine kill. Read More Jawai at One! »

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 »

Tiger! Tiger! A New Season at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore

As the temperatures slowly start to drop, so approaches the opening of the new Tiger Season in India. We at SUJAN’s Sher Bagh are delighted to announce that we will be opening our doors for the 15th year. During the closed period we have done some refurbishment’s and changes which we know you will love. For now, however, let us focus on the tigers. It is estimated that this season there are over 50 tigers in Ranthambhore National Park, and statistically speaking Ranthambhore must be one of the best parks in the world to see a wild Tiger. Our guides are experienced, professional and enthusiastic – we can promise that they will go all out to give you the best possible chance to see the biggest cat on earth. If that were not enough to convince you then maybe the fact that this season there are currently at least 8 cubs in Ranthambhore. Whilst we know that nothing in nature can be planned, this season, the chances of seeing a tiger cub are as good as ever! Read More Tiger! Tiger! A New Season at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore »

The Best Leopard Encounters in India

JAWAI Leopard Camp sensitively and responsibly allows you access to one of India’s most secretive cats. The camp is perfectly situated in the heart of one of the densest leopard populations in the world. Our team of naturalists will provide you with an incredible journey through this unique landscape. Back at camp, our friendly staff will tend to your every need; ensuring that your stay at SUJAN’s JAWAI Leopard Camp is perfect. Having already received the CNBC’s 2014 Award for Best Wildlife Experience in India, we are looking to grow and improve even further. Read More The Best Leopard Encounters in India »

The Delhi of Old

It’s not everyones cup of tea, but I like to sometimes play with black and white. After yet another weekend of exploring Old Dehli I got back home and downloaded the pictures. I was playing around a bit in photoshop and liked the style created in converting to Black and White and then overexposing followed by crushing the blacks. For a number of the pictures I then added some noise (grain) to the picture for that little something different. For me the textures, energy, noise, energy and feel of Old Dehli is quite effectively portrayed in this very simple post- processing. Read More The Delhi of Old »

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 »

The Taj Mahal

The 68th Indian Independence Day meant for a long weekend of festivities and exploration. I walked the length and breadth of Delhi nearly wearing holes in the soles of my shoes. On Saturday night I made a spur of the moment decision that on my third visit to India it was about time for me to see the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal page, in my guide book, is curled up and dirtied so much by me reading, re-reading and reading again the page dedicated to the greatest symbol of love! I decided that enough was enough – it was time to visit one of the great Wonders of the World. Read More The Taj Mahal »

Delhi with an iPhone

Carrying a large DSLR camera whilst exploring a foreign city is not always practical. It makes you stand out (more so than you would already) and draws unwanted attention. In my opinion a big camera can also create a little bit of tension and can create an immediate barrier when meeting and interacting with locals. I spent last Sunday, map in hand, walking around Old Dehli. I was alone and did not feel like carrying my camera…so I charged up my iPhone and decided to snap a few shots of my memorable day. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Enjoy my day in Delhi… Read More Delhi with an iPhone »