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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Spread over 1400 Sq Km, Sasan Gir National Park is the last known place to see n Asiatic Lion in their natural habitat.

Make sure you have a confirmed safari before you land here as there are very fewer chances that you will get a confirmed safari standing in a queue. We have only one confirmed safari and have planned to book another safari office as there are a few safaris to be book offline as well but we are not that lucky. Also, our resort owner has told us there are very less chance to get a confirmed safari for the very same day offline.

Safari can be booked online from the official site. However, many resorts provide facility to their visitors and do a favor of booking safari on behalf of them for the day they are visiting. But they charge heavy for it. So better to book safari online and then book your resort if you are traveling with a budget.

Make sure to carry your IDs to the counter even if you have confirmed safari, Because the vehicle has to be booked from the reception at Sign Sadan ( from where all safari vehicle starts)

GIR National park has a wide range of mammals and wild animals other then Asiatic Lions, To name a few, you can spot Leopard, Indian leopard, Striped Hyena, India Fox, Jackal, Sambar, Deer, Cobra, Porcupine, Desert Cats, Marsh Crocodiles and more...

Make sure you carry a hat, sunglasses and a good dslr to capture the memory.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank atraveler-krunal
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

It cost us Rs 1000 per jeep (of 3 people) for a 3-hour drive through the Gir Forest National Park in track #5. But it was a 3 pm slot in early March (2018) and quite hot and dry we had partial distant sightings of a couple of lions and one leopard plus lots of sambar & spotted deer and peacocks. It was a dry brown forest (except for sudden occasional pockets of lush green coolness near water ponds) and our guide told us that Lions like it that way because it offers them camouflage. The forest department has created artificial water pools in cement somewhat close to the jeep path and the two lions we saw were hanging around near one of them closer to sunset. Otherwise, it was just a dry drive.

The fact that the 1400 km of protected forest area is maintained well as a sanctuary for Asiatic Lions is really worth appreciating. They have a small museum with information about the Gir and the animals there. It said that the forest has 39 mammal species, 300 bird species, and over 600 flowering plant varieties.

The management staff is lazy and service is terrible. They are unfriendly and make even those who arrive early to unnecessarily wait in a crowded dis-organized line until 30 minutes before, and then work in an utterly slow pace. Instead of sitting there relaxing (which is what they were doing), if they processed people as they come, lines and crowds can be avoided. Our guide and driver were very good, but there were other drivers who were noisy and were even driving off track. Extremely undisciplined!

Knowing fully well that sightings of big animals are not likely during the heat of the day, it is greedy of them to still book noon safaris. Seeing how hot it was at 3 pm, we wanted to cancel the 2nd safari (on a different track) that they had given us for the next day at 10 am. They refused to refund the money. Waste of Rs 1000! New travelers don't know what to expect in terms of weather. The staff is supposed to advise us. Simply because they have a jeep and drivers, to go ahead and book safaris at inopportune times is a callous attitude.

Unless you get an early morning slot or late evening slot, it is not fruitful for sightings and I would NOT jump up and down in excitement about this Safari experience.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ramaa B
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We flew from Delhi to Rajkot and then we had hired a temporary Traveller from twilight tours and travels for a saurashtra visit first stop being girl. Safari had to be be booked in advance which we had done and report 30 minutes before at gate to get your Jeep and guide . Cost was RS 800 for Safari RS 1700 gypsy and RS 400 guide. Saw lot of deer , sambar, antelopes, etc. On route 4 we had a dam where we saw crocodile lazing corner of the lake. On our way out we saw loiness and loin without mane so young maybe sitting after a drink of water just about 30 yards from road. After that two more lying about 50 yards from road. Day 2 morning Safari nothing to see but on 13th March 2018 it was nearly freezing weather in the jungle. Evening Safari again at almost end saw a big male with mane sitting next to water body , raising his head once in a while, after that very lucky to reach another water body when a loiness came to drink and in about 2 mins then ran away into wilderness . We saw tortise some small crocodiles, langurs peacock and peahens ,one jackal. Good wildlife sactuary to visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank yash g
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We had 4 safaris, 2 early morning and 2 evening. Saw lions on 3 of them. 2 sightings were right in front of our jeep, The last sighting was 3 lions, mother with her 2 1/2 year old twins, one male, one female. They played in front of us for 15 minutes or so. A lifetime experience. Thanks to our great guide Prakesh and our skillful driver Bahrat, both of whom made the sightings possible.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank 386ernesth
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

As evident from title itself, one must visit Gir in the months of December and January and must prefer the safari of early morning in order to witness the pride of lions which otherwise goes deep into Gir forest inaccessible to tourists. As far as prices and booking mechanism is concerned, online system in place removes any possibility of fraud. Go ahead for this only destination of its kind...staying at night before voyage happens to be lucky. :)

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank WalterW1492
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