Michael Lorentz (www.passagetoafrica.com), based out of Cape Town, has an impressive reputation among his fellows, including safari guides and lodge managers, which makes a tangible difference to his demanding coterie of clients. It’s this level of service he intends to bring to the Indian subcontinent. Lorentz, who also stands apart for his formidable knowledge of conservation issues, has just announced new Asiatic safaris led by the company’s partner-guide Stephen Cunliffe, who spent three years living between India and Nepal.
The new 28-day itinerary (from $21,755 per person, based on two sharing, excluding flights) departs on January 24 and includes Satpura Tiger Reserve and Kanha for tigers and dhole (Indian wild dogs), Chitwan and Bardia in Nepal for one-horned rhino, and Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, which sequesters the world’s highest density of leopards. (You can cherry‑pick eight to 10 days if a month is too long out of the office.)
For an alternative Indian-wildlife safari, look to Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.com/landrover), which has teamed up with Land Rover to offer four group tours starting in Delhi, running between November 1 and December 11 (last year’s Land Rover Experience endurance drive along the Silk Trail is pictured). The route takes in Rajasthan and includes the jungle terrain of Pench National Park for tigers. Land Rover Experience instructors accompany the nine-night adventure, which costs £8,500 per person, excluding flights.