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
Leopards are widely regarded as the most elusive of the big cats. At Londolozi, however, they are quite the opposite. Established by the Varty family in 1926, it is among the finest private game reserves in the world. On our first drive we saw four different Leopards, and even a mating pair!
This was only the second time in my life that I have been fortunate enough to witness Leopards mating; the first time being earlier this year in Ranthambhore, better known to be finest place in the world to observe Tigers in the wild.
Filmed by Jaisal Singh
“I was not the lion, but it fell upon me to give the lion’s roar” Winston Churchill Read More World Lion Day
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!
While the legendary Machhli (T16) is celebrated the world over as the quintessential queen mother of Ranthambhore and global concern over her advancing age and failing health has reached obsessive and hysterical proportions, there is another Grande Dame that is quietly writing her own chapter in the history book of Ranthambhore tigers. Read More The other mother
There is something special about black and white photography. Perhaps by removing the colours you remove distractions, forcing the viewer to focus on the contents of the picture and the story that it is attempting to portray? Read More The Mara in Black and White
SNS Foundation signs a MoU with Department of Education, Himachal Pradesh State
On 12th June, SNS foundation signed a MoU with Department of Education, Himachal Pradesh State. The two parties were represented by Mr. C.S.Patel, Trustee DCA Foundation and Mr. Ghanshyam Chand, Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, HP state. With the signing of this MoU, SNS Foundation would be working jointly with the government in improving the quality of education in the 11 government schools of Parwanoo township. The 11 schools being attended by close to 2400 students studying in primary to senior secondary grades, will be covered over the next two years in 3 phases. The first phase beginning July 2014, would focus on 3 primary schools with approx. 500 students. Providing students with additional coaching after school hours, improving existing school infrastructure would be some of the salient features of this partnership. In all aspects of quality of education, the Anand School would play a pivotal role. Since, majority of the 2400 students come from the 15 slums that dot the Parwanoo township, improving hygiene and sanitation conditions of the slums is the another crucial aspect of this engagement. Attached are a few photographs of the MoU signing event. Read More Educational initiatives
Elephant Pepper Camp happens to be situated smack bang in the middle of prime lion habitat! Vast grasslands surround the luxury-tented camp for as far as the eye can see. Large herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, Topi and gazelle are dotted all over: plenty of food for Africa’s apex predator. So much food in fact that this area houses a lion pride that last month numbered over 25 individuals! Read More Whooping and Roaring
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
One usually amuses oneself by watching videos of dogs chasing squirrels. Here is one that will change your idea of that! Read More Leopard vs squirrel