The spring-fed, crystal clear western Ramganga is the main lifeline of Corbett Tiger Reserve. Teeming with fish and other aquatic life forms, it's one of the best spots for fishing in northern India. The protected habitat, wild surroundings and stately Sal forests are prime reasons for big fish and the healthy populated pools that the Ramganga has to offer.
The Corbett Tiger Reserve spans three distinct topographic zones - the hilly Shivaliks, Bhabar in the Patlidun valley and the swampy Terai. Elevation ranges from 400m to 1200m. With such diverse topography, it is home to an excellent variety of avifauna all year round.
Camp Forktail Creek, located on the north-eastern periphery of Corbett Tiger Reserve, provides incredible bird watching opportunities - both outside and within the camp. Camp Forktail Creek organizes a variety of bird watching trips - ranging from day walks around Camp to multi-day birding tours with a skilled bird guide in the varied habitats of Corbett, upper Himalayas and some bits of northern India.
Game drives take place in two Tiger reserves - Corbett Tiger Reserve & Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
Corbett Tiger Reserve is perhaps one of the few national parks in India where one can spend the whole day tracking game, and where one can stay overnight in one of the many Forest Rest Houses strewn about in the heart of the reserve.
Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is located in the north-west of Uttar Pradesh, India. From mosaic grasslands and dense Sal forests to swampy marshes, Dudhwa's terrain is as diverse as the wildlife population it harbors. Dudhwa is a wonderful bird watching destination & much of the park's avifauna is aquatic in nature and is found around Dudhwa's lakes.
Camp Forktail Creek organizes short (two-hour) as well as multi-day safaris on elephant back, through the dense jungles of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Multi-day elephant-back safaris are only permitted in one particular area of the Tiger Reserve, not famous for its game because of the terrain, but with good moist forests, great for birds.
Imagine driving in a rugged open jeep into the middle of a forest, and breaking camp in an ancient bungalow amidst the wild.. developed for visitors who love adventure and wildlife, Camp Forktail Creek's Himalayan Forest Rest House Tours combine the best of jungle safaris with the unbeatable experience of staying in atmospheric bungalows built in the days of the Raj.
Himalayan Forest Rest House Tours are easily customized to suit the profile and interests of the people traveling - be they bird watching, wildlife, Himalayan views, old colonial architecture, age old Kumaoni temples, discovering the way of life in small local hamlets, solitude or peace and tranquility.
Multiple Day Hikes
One of the best ways to experience the landscape is through hikes, long and short. Camp Forktail Creek is located close to the ridge where Jim Corbett shot the infamous 'man-eater of Mohan' in the early 1900's. With trained staff and a naturalist from Camp Forktail Creek, guests can retrace the trail Jim Corbett walked on.
Another lovely hike in the winter months is from Camp to Nainital via Pangot. This forest trek offers huge diversity in bird and mammal life. And last, the most cherished walks while being based at Camp, are the long day hikes, sometimes from sunrise to sunset in the forests adjoining the Camp.
Mahout Training Programmes
Mahouts, people who train and care for elephants, have a mystical relationship with the animals they live and work with. Camp Forktail Creek is probably the only outfit in the region to have created a Mahout Training Program for people who want a deeper understanding of elephants.
There will be one elephant for every two guests from the beginning till the end of the course. Guests should expect to spend most days with their elephant, gently building trust with it. They will be taught how to communicate (verbally and physically), feed, bathe and care for the mighty mammal. By the end of the program, guests will realize that each elephant has a distinct personality, moods, likes, dislikes and so on.