Bandhavgarh: TOFT Focus

560 park drivers trained over last two weeks
sponsored by Cox & Kings.

 
In cooperation with the Field Director’s of Pench, Panna, Kanha and Bandhavgrah, over 540 drivers who game drive visitors in the park, where given new skills and knowledge about their job including, visitor interaction, 4x4 driving, codes of conduct, wildlife viewing, vehicle turnout, crowd control, and the importance of game driving in India’s parks. Kartikeya Singh Chauhan, an experienced and award winning naturalist, guide and researcher led the training, and was supported by two other training colleagues.  
 
Much was learnt and visitors should see very demonstrable results in parks this coming season. 
 
Huge thanks go to Cox and Kings, TOFT Wildlife Tourism Awards 2012 winners in the best Tour Operator for Wildlife promotion, for funding this training programme, and the Field Directors and range officers for arranging this. It was ably coordinated by Shekhar Kolipaka, TOFT’s Head of Training 
 
Many TOFT lodges were instrumental in feeding the drivers and staff so huge thanks to them (list coming soon)
 
Photos coming soon.

September 2012

Again, a generous number of TOFT International and Indian members jointly funded the second annual Park Guide Field training programme for 25 of the best Park Guides from Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks. This was done in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) in Bhopal, with field based training in Satpura Tiger Reserve. It is the first time these guides have had such a comprehensive training. Further details here.

September 2011

A number of TOFT International and Indian members jointly funded a Park Guide Field training programme for 25 of the best Park Guides in Madhya Pradesh, from Kanha, Pench and Bandavgrah National Parks. This was done in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) in Bhopal, with field based training in Satpura Tiger Reserve, and is the first time these guides have had such a comprehensive training. Further details here.