Meet the Real Jungle Book Characters
Gather your brood of ‘little britches’ and take them on the ride of their life as you discover the jungles of India, Sri Lanka, Borneo or even the rocky mountains of the USA to meet and greet the famous Jungle Book characters we all know and love.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
For: Elephants Colonel Hathi and Hathi Junior, and Baloo the bear
Yala National Park
is well-known for being one of Sri Lanka's premier ecotourism
destinations and is the best place to get up close and personal with the untamed
wildlife that call the tropical island nation home.
Book a safari trip with
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris
to experience the ‘real’ Yala with all-inclusive
camp/safari packages. Children as young as three are welcome at the camp, and kids’
activities on offer include guided nature walks, amateur photography classes and
The national park is home to a vast number of
herds, one of which might just be part of the real-world jungle patrol. Although I
wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for a song and dance number; Colonel Hathi would be
far too busy protecting the herds… and keeping Junior out of trouble!
trouble, keep your eyes peeled for the gentle, and somewhat shaggy, sloth bears.
You might even hear the faint melodies of bumbling Baloo as he bounds round the jungle
without a care; looking for those simple bare necessities.
Kanha & Pench National Parks, India
For: Shere Khan the tiger
India is home to some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife and a visit in one of
its wild national park might just have you face to face with some of your favourite
animal characters… or villains. Kanha and Pench National Parks are renowned as prime
spots for seeing the elusive royal Bengal tiger and Indian leopard.
In the ultimate
Jungle Book experience, andBeyond has created a safari itinerary which will have your
little man-cubs never wanting to return home to the man-village. This seven-night
adventure allows you to walk in Mowgli’s footsteps through the lush forests which
inspired Rudyard Kipling’s tales.
Sleep under the stars by the Banjaar River, sample
local tribal food and village life, and jump onboard a game drive through grassy
plains and lush bamboo forests. Keep in mind that the properties are not fenced off,
so keep an eye on your cubs; you are in Shere Khan’s territory after all.
Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia
For: King Louie the orangutan
The Central Kalimantan province on the island of
Borneo is home to the largest wild
orangutan population in the world, residing deep in the tropical rainforests of
Tanjung Puting National Park.
The park was designated a UNESCO Biopshere Reserve in
1977 and is known for its conservation efforts, and on tour with Adventure Indonesia
you can ‘monkey around’ on a jungle safari like no other. Choose from a range of
three-, four- or five-day tours where you’ll visit the Pondok Tanguy rehabilitation
centre, uncover the secrets of the rainforest and see the orangutans chattering from
the treetops above as you cruise along the river aboard traditional klotoks.
even meet King Louie himself, and although he can seem like an imposing and insolent
ape, once you get some good swing rhythms going he’ll loosen right up.
the lyrics – “I wanna be like you-ooh-ooh, I wanna walk like you, talk like you” –
and you’re sure to get on his good side.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
For: Akela and Raksha the grey wolves
Yellowstone National Park is said to be one of the last places worldwide where you can
observe wolves in their natural habitat, and with roughly 100 locals, you’re bound to
see one of the packs roaming around.
Take a tour with Yellowstone Safari Company and
spend the day hiking through the ‘real America’, keeping a look out for Raksha
teaching her pups to hunt and Akela and his pack roaming in search of shelter.
For a more in-depth look into the life of Yellowstone wolves, a five-day expedition
with Yellowstone Wolf Guides offers not only prime spotting opportunities but rustic
accommodation in the heart of wolf country and knowledgeable guides. Binoculars and
spotting scopes are provided so that you can view the hypnotic creatures without
putting your little ones in harm’s way.
Watch out though; if your man-cubs get left
behind, they just might take up residence with the nearest pack and become a real-life
Rural Rajasthan, India
For: Bagheera’s cousins
While big cats can be found across many of India’s rugged jungles, there is nowhere
more likely for a spotting than in rural Rajasthan, home to one of the largest
populations of wild leopards in the world.
In a wildlife experience like no other,
Suján has recently opened the doors to
JAWAI leopard camp where guests can see these
charismatic creatures in their natural habitat.
Your little ones can immerse
themselves in the local way of life with the array of Junior Rangers’ activities on
site. Explore the rugged landscape with a ranger (don’t forget your binoculars and
picnic) and pay a visit to the local village – where your mini Mowgli might just meet
a pretty local girl fetching water.
While black panther Bagheera might be hiding deep
in the jungle, you’ll have ample opportunity to meet his spotted cousins on the
camp’s twice daily wilderness drives.