SUJAN announces the opening of JAWAI Leopard Camp in December 2013. Located in between Jodhpur and Udaipur in the heart of Rajasthan’s unexplored wilderness, surrounded by the ancient Aravalli hill range, JAWAI Leopard Camp is the only property to lie within this unexplored region of outstanding natural beauty, home to the wild Leopard.
Enjoy an exclusive wildlife experience, uninhabited by restrictions as it is not part of a National Park but a vast sprawling wilderness of craggy hills, scrub, grasslands and winding sand river beds. At JAWAI the probability of seeing this mysterious big cat is close to 75 %. The camp lies minutes upstream from Jawai Bandh, one of the largest water reservoirs in Western Rajasthan and attracts an impressive array of migratory birds and the Sarus Crane.
Comprising eight luxurious tented suites, JAWAI Leopard Camp will stay true to SUJAN’s conservation goals without compromising comfort. Spacious, air-conditioned tents, furnished in contemporary yet timeless style, include private bathrooms with rain showers, handcrafted traditional artefacts and wildlife photography from the owners’ private collection. A private viewing deck gives guests the chance to make use of semi-professional cameras and ‘His and Her’ binoculars, which are provided for the duration of the stay, to view spectacular vistas of the dramatic granite formations that surround the camp.
The camp will include dining tents, a library and private lounging areas as well as a SUJAN Spa, offering wellness therapies and treatments using indigenous herbs and oils. An attentive team will arrange private dining experiences in stunning secluded spots as well as hosting excursions to the exquisitely carved temples of Ranakpur and the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, which was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To truly make the most of the magnificent local terrain, guests can explore the area in sleek, open-topped 4×4 safari jeeps, customised to maximise the game drive experience. Escorted by trained trackers and guides, visitors are assured of an almost 75% chance of seeing a wild Leopard and will enjoy meeting the charismatic herdsmen of the semi-nomadic Rabari community, who have lived alongside the region’s wildlife for centuries.
SUJAN believes passionately in respecting the local environment and community and has initiated the idea of a Leopard Research Project in the hope of developing a deeper more scientific understanding of leopard behaviour in the region. The camp will also benefit local communities by offering quarterly free veterinary camps for livestock that share the area with wild animals, and other community conservation projects will begin in advance of the opening.