EXPERIENCE NAGARHOL E NAT IONAL PARK
Between October and April is the best time to visit the park. Avoid the peak season in December and January
than the big cats, there is an impressive number of species to see: chital, sambar, wild dogs, wild boar, elephants, gaurs (Indian bison), giant squirrels, and grey langurs. We also saw around 30 species of birds, such as the crested hawk eagle, the Oriental honey buzzard and the osprey. Although there were multiple alarm calls during the several safari trips, we didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of another tiger.
On the night before I left Kabini, we visited Papa John’s former residence, which now stands to commemorate him. There is also a bar named after him, called the “John Wakefield Bar”. Papa John’s lifetime mission has benefitted the local villagers and the tourism industry in the way of sustainability. He has left a legacy – a hard act to follow. The high standard of service he maintained instilled a pride in their work amongst his fomer team – both in ensuring the welfare of wild animals, and in upholding excellent service in wildlife tourism.
Even though the popularity of tiger tourism has grown rapidly in the past decade, the current condition of the jungle has not changed, and that was a joy to see. The creation of waterholes and the sustainable maintenance of the jungle habitat has also served to prevent forest fires, which has in turn led to a larger population of herbivores – keeping the tiger population at a healthy number. agp