Mind you, this is a special safari! Before the Mumbaikars were able to view the Flamingoes from a distance in Sewri and Uran but this safari will take you closer to these beauties, which is also confirmed by, N Vasudevan, who is the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, State Mangrove Cells told the Conde Nast Traveller.
There is a boat ride into the city’s Flamingo sanctuary, a boat ride that will be taking you Flamingo spotting through the Thane Creek Mangroves.
This is India’s first Flamingo safari and specially designed for the bird lovers. 1690 hectares of the mudflats and mangroves between Airoli and Vashi creeks is the place where the tour will take you across in a small boat to visit the pink-legged, thin white beautiful Flamingoes. This place is very safe and protected for the birds. The birds originally fly from Gujarat’s Kutch for 5 months every year – Mumbai is where they migrate to.
Each of the boats has the capacity for 24 people, there is also a provision for a smaller eight seater capacity speedboat which navigates to the less navigable parts.
The Flamingo safari will commence from the Coastal Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli, which is nearby Thane.
It is an hour-long tour of around 10 kilometres amidst the beautiful mangroves, located along the Mumbai city’s eastern seaboard and then it takes all the way up to Vashi and back.
The tour will cost you ₹300 per head on a weekday for a large boat, ₹400 on a weekend. There is also a seven-seater boat for ₹5000 but only for the group of seven. For bookings, you can contact the Coastal Marine Biodiversity Centre at +91-9987673737.
The guides for this specific safari have been well trained by the Bombay Natural History Society.
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