Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

November 29, 2010

A week in the Lion Safari Camp especially for Asiatic Lions and Leopard.

Day 5 and the driver and guides both saw a Leopard so you can imagine how I was feeling. 

We remedied that situation 30 mins later when I found my own resting briefly on a ledge in the forest sunlight.

A total of 19 Asiatic Lion and one Leopard over 6 days is an awesome experience and throughout all this there were Jackal, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Chital, Sambar and wondrous other beasts.

A visit to The Lion Safari Camp at Sasan Gir was the final part of a trip to the Global Birdwatchers Conference held in Jamnagar, Gujarat State, n.w. India in November 2010:  

The Lion Safari Camp is a veritable dream of a place, situated by a river, complete with local ladies doing their washing and a few birding gems along the riverside walk. While I add this a Bonelli's Eagle has cruised past and a Pied Kingfisher hovers and drops, hovers and drops, hovers and drops in front of the lodge! Meanwhile Black Ibis make a noise to rival my own Channel-billed Cuckoos in Sydney!   

First day out on the rostered trails on the jeeps and we pull up behind a covey of jeeps to find bins and cameras trained on 11 female and 2 male lions (one being the dominant older one and the other a tolerated younger one. 

Other great experiences here include Marsh Crocodile in the aforementioned river at the front of the lodge, jackals, wild boar, black-faced langur, etc. 

By day 6 the Leopard had graced us with his presence, perched resplendently on a rocky ridge, just in time too as we were on our way out at that point.

Thanks to Lion Safari Camps and Camps of India for having such great resorts in sensational places.

Locations visited

Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir


Land Birds 81 species
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) 200
Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) 200
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) 100
Eastern Jungle Crow (Corvus levaillantii) 50
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus) 50
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 50
Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) 44
Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) 40
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 40
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicopterus) 40
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 40
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) 30
Red-naped Ibis (Pseudibis papillosa) 30
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) 30
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 30
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) 30
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) 25
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) 22
Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) 20
House Crow (Corvus splendens) 20
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) 20
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 20
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) 15
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) 13
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 12
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 10
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) 10
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 10
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) 10
Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) 8
Tawny-bellied Babbler (Dumetia hyperythra) 6
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva) 6
Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) 6
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 6
Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) 5
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) 5
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) 5 m & f
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 5
Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) 5
Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata) 5
Indian Robin (Saxicoloides fulicatus) 5
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) 5
Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus) 5
Bank Myna (Acridotheres ginginianus) 5
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) 5
Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) 5
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) 5
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 5
Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus) 4
Thick-billed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum agile) 4
White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) 4
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) 4
Crested Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) 4
Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) 3
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) 3
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) 3
White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa) 3
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 3
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) 3
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis) 3
Mottled Wood Owl (Strix ocellata) 3
Shikra (Accipiter badius) 3
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) 2
Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 2
Brahminy Starling (Sturnia pagodarum) 2
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) 2
Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata) 2 Finally a tick;-)
Brown Rock Chat (Oenanthe fusca) 2
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) 2
Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis) 1
Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga) 1
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) 1
Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) 1
Indian Spotted Eagle (Aquila hastata) 1
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus) 1
Indian Nightjar (Caprimulgus asiaticus) 1
Hume's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) 1
Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) 1
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) 1
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) 1
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) 6
River Tern (Sterna aurantia) 4
Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) 4
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 2



Manisha R. on July 28, 2011 about Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

you are welcome in Gujarat....will post some photos of Mottled wood owl ..soon...regards..mansiha

Arpit D. on July 27, 2011 about Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

FYI... Mottled wood owl subspecies found in GIR is endemic to this place only.... Strix ocellata grandis Koelz, 1950, Type Locality: Adult male; Sasan, Junagadh, Kathiwar, Western India, February 3, 1949; W. Koelz, collector. Deposited in The AMNH And it's largest of Mottled Woodl Owl Subspecies see this for more information

Gyorgy S. on February 14, 2011 about Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

This forcing me to plan another trip to Gujarat. ;) Best, Szimi

Alan McBride on December 8, 2010 about Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

Yes Manisha, hopefully a good photo of White-bellied Minivet and three Mottled Wood Owl too. To top it off last morning also had two Painted Sandgrouse which was a fitting finale.

Manisha R. on December 7, 2010 about Lion Safari Camp Sasan Gir Gujarat

Lucky you.You got your leopard atleast and what about White bellied Minievet and Mottled wood owl?

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