From the glorious charm of a Royal Bengal tiger in the wild to the tranquility of the Himalayas. From the adventure of photographing a unique and rare specie to the iconic Great Migration in Africa. Witness the grandeur of the natural world through the trained eyes and photographic experiences of Nature Wanderers - India's Leading Wildlife Destination Management Company specializing and pioneering in wildlife photo tourism since 2007.
Nature Wanderers was started in 2007 by Kahini Ghosh Mehta and Shivang Mehta. Under the leadership of our founders, we kick-started the wildlife photo tourism industry in India. This pioneering venture has helped many passionate nature lovers discover their wilderness journey, along with enhancing the creativity and craft of photography for both amateur and professional wildlife photographers globally. Through the medium of photographic safaris spanning across the country and in various pristine locations all over the world, we have conducted over 1000 photo safaris across the globe. Nature Wanderers has a team with more than 2 decades of wildlife and photography experience, which goes behind planning your wildlife programs, making every safari a bespoke journey.
From wildlife photography in India, Africa, Borneo, Sri Lanka, South America, and the Polar regions, to assistance in wildlife filming in Indian national parks - Nature Wanderers is your one-stop-shop for all your wildlife logistical requirements. We work with the best of Indian and international wildlife photographers, filming teams and help them plan their wildlife programs in terms of destinations, species, and on-ground logistics. We are also the logistical partners for leading international wildlife destination management companies for Tiger safaris, Snow leopard treks, Red panda tours, and many more specialized species based expeditions in India. Organizing photographic safaris is our core strength. With a highly trained team of photo guides, we have been successfully conducting special small-sized group photo safaris in leading locations across the globe.
Apart from the fact that we create unique and experiential wildlife photo safaris for our clients, Nature Wanderers is affiliated with Travel Operators For Tigers (TOFT) (www.toftigers.org) and follows high standards of eco-tourism and ethical wildlife tourism. Nature Wanderers has been nominated as the Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year twice (2014 and 2018) at the TOFT Tourism Awards. The company is also accredited by Tripadvisor and we carry their Badge of Excellence with pride. Since our inception, our co-founder, Shivang Mehta, who is also the Canon India Brand Ambassador, author, and one of India's leading wildlife photographer, has been our guiding light, using his 15 years of experience in the forests to tailor-make each expedition for you.
It is often said that if you want to know the real pulse of the organization, look at its people. And when you look at the people of Nature Wanderers, you instantly realize that there is only one key ingredient that puts them strokes ahead of their competitors. What makes Nature Wanderers successful is not its years of experience, nor its excellent knowledge of different parks and wildlife, nor the uniqueness with which each photo safari is created and executed. These can be duplicated by any firm. But what is hard to imitate is the passion that each Nature Wanderers team member has! The company is a group of people from completely different walks of life who have come together with one purpose – to pursue their passion for wildlife and celebrate nature.
Best selling author of ‘A Decade with Tigers' and Author of 'Chasing Horizons : Learnings from Africa' and co-author of 'Leopards & Shephers of JAWAI' international award winning wildlife photographer, Shivang Mehta has donned many hats in his long career journey, including that of a Journalist and a PR Professional. His love for wildlife and nature led him to begin his on field career in the Sal forests of Kumaon 2 decades ago. As a part of Nature Wanderers conducted over 1000 wildlife photography tours and safaris in some of the toughest terrains of the globe along with many unique wildlife events and mentoring over a thousand amateur and partnering with the best of global professional wildlife photographers. Shivang also specializes in photographing rare species and has worked on species like the Clouded leopard, Snow leopard, Fishing cat and Red panda, to name a few. As a part of his work, he makes extensive use of technology like DSLR camera trapping and remote shooting. He is also the brand ambassador for Canon and Columbia Sports and has been published in numerous national and international publications.
The brain behind Nature Wanderers, Kahini Ghosh Mehta, was voted as one of the Femina Women of the Year in 2008 for leaving a flourishing corporate career to enter the challenging field of wildlife. In 2006 she produced a film called Wild Saga of Corbett in collaboration with Jim Corbett National Park forest department, to promote healthy tourism in Corbett and later on the film became a part of the curriculum for training of guides in Jim Corbett National Park. Kahini's acute management skills and her ability to bind the entire team together makes her the core of Nature Wanderers. Her eye for detail when it comes to logistical planning of Nature Wanderers program ideation, is something that each and every client vouches for. Over the years, Kahini has seen the evolution of this industry and hence she understands the pulse of wildlife tourism and that has earned her the trust and respect of our clients and the industry as a whole. Her efforts have resulted in Nature Wanderers being nominated as the Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year at the TOFT Tourism Awards twice in 2014 and 2017.
With a flavor for photography and filming, Shatabdi Chakrabarti has travelled and photographed extensively in Indian forests. In addition to traditional imagery she has a rich taste for black and white and abstract wildlife images. Her work on tribes and cultures around forests is exemplary and she made powerful short films on the same as well. Shatabdi has been a media professional for the past 14 years. She started her career with NDTV (India's leading news channel) and has worked extensively in both the advertisement and documentary space. Her passion for photography has won her a number of accolades; she won the Conservation Issues category at the NiF Photography Awards 2018 and her work was exhibited at the India Art Fair 2019. Shatabdi writes for Tattoo Cultr, India’s only online tattoo magazine and has been researching the vanishing culture of traditional tattooing of Indian tribes. Her work has also been published in various national and international publications.
30+ international and national awards including a consistent run when it comes to prestigious nature photography trophies like BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature's Best Photography Awards, International Photography Awards USA, DJ Memorial Competition and the list goes on... His eye has witnessed some of the rarest natural history moments of wild India.
Internationally acclaimed natural history photographer, Jagdeep Rajput, has made India proud in the global wildlife photography circuit with his outstanding photographic work in Indian forests over the last 2 decades. Jagdeep Rajput has also been a jury member for Canon Wild Clicks Season 5,6,7 & 8. Learn more from him as he doubles up as a photography guide for Nature Wanderers photo safaris.
Accounts & Field Assistant
A name familiar to most of Nature Wanderers guests as he handles our accounts and is in touch with all our guests regarding travel logistics. In a nutshell, Parveen is the round-the-clock Nature Wanderers point of contact as logistics is his forte. What is not known to many of you is that over the years he has developed a sound understanding of camera trapping as he has worked on numerous DSLR camera trap projects as a field assistant and has spent considerable field hours formulating plans for Nature Wanderers field projects.
Photographer & Field Assistant
Allen was a part of a couple of editions of Canon Wild Clicks where he performed well as a contestant and from there he joined Nature Wanderers and worked on critical DSLR camera trap projects as a field assistant. His creativity behind the camera makes him a critical part of our team as he handles the digital content development of Nature Wanderers. He also doubles up as a proactive field photo guide and has led Nature Wanderers field photo safaris and expeditions. A promising young creative photographer with a calm head to manage groups, Allen is the upcoming face of Nature Wanderers you all should be looking forward to.
Nature Wanderers creates experiential photo tours and photo safaris that will not only help in boosting your wildlife photographic portfolio but will also help you to take steps to the next level in wildlife photography by enhancing learnings at every step. We also arrange customized and privately guided photo safaris, which will be created as per your travel dates, giving preferences to your destinations. You can travel in a group or as an individual, depending on your choice. Having our experienced photo guide in your field projects will give you the added advantage of creating a diverse set of images. A customized photo tour can be arranged without the photo guide as well.
Shooting video footage in the wild is a game of excellent planning and patience. Our guides have the experience of working with the best of filming teams and having a technically sound field guide who knows the limitations of shooting in the wild, our objective is to support you in documenting high-quality footage of natural history moments. Our drivers and guides understand the importance of preempting animal movements to position your vehicle in strategic locations. While you focus on your filming project you can leave the logistics in terms of permissions and other ground handling on us.
Nature Wanderers loves challenging specie based projects. Be it the elusive cats of rain forests or the rare species of the upper Himalayas, our ground handling support has enabled us to solve complex specie puzzles in the past and we are keen for more such riddles.
For longer projects, both in photography and videography, we also handle the entire line production work for our clients. We will create an optimal shoot schedule depending on your time and requirements and take care of all necessary travel and stay arrangements, permits, vehicular requirements, and equipment rental if needed.