Explore Panna Tiger Reserve- The Hidden Wildlife Treasure of India !!
About the Panna National Park :
Panna, The Land where Tigers Made a Comeback !! Located at 37 kms from the cultural destination of Khajuraho, Panna National Park is probably 2nd most beautiful forest in India after Corbett National Park for its beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. The mighty Ken River flows along the boundary of the park which keeps the forest alive. Hillocks, grassy meadows, dense teak forests and beautiful gorges leaves one mesmerized. One has good chances of spotting tiger or even a leopard in Panna during summers when the temperature reaches it peaks and animals come to water to cool off however above the big cat sightings, Panna as a whole a different world altogether. Come join us in exploring the untouched beauty which lies in Panna National Park.
Train Suggestions for the tour :
Mumbai to Jabalpur : Garibrath Express
Jabalpur to Mumbai : Garibrath Express
Note* : You may get in touch with us for assistance regarding the train / flight booking, we will be happy to help you.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in Resort on Triple Sharing Basis in AC Rooms/luxury tents- Camp Panna Resort or equivalent.
- All Meals at Panna National Park
- 05 Tiger Safari in open gypsy
- All tolls, taxes, guide fees and Safari Permits.
- Expertise Charges.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transfers from Jabalpur to resort and back*
- Transfers from Mumbai to Mumbai
- Meals during the train/flight journey
- Lens/Camera charges
- Any personal orders, laundary, phone calls.
- Any porter charges,tips and gratitudes.
- Anything other than mentioned above
- Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc.
- Taxes as applicable.
- Transfers from Jabalpur to resort and back will be arranged at an extra cost. The cost of transfers will be shared equally among the participants and the leader.
Day 1 :
Meet at Resort by 1:00 pm. Check in, Ice-breaking session with group and Lunch. Post lunch rest for the day, evening we will be enjoying Tribal dance. Post Dinner, Group discussion about Panna tiger reserve in detail. Lights off and day ends.
Day 2 :
Early morning wake up and we leave for our first safari in Panna. Enjoy the safari ride with cool morning breeze, amazing landscapes and if lucky spot a tiger or two. Post safari back for Lunch. Post lunch head out for Second jungle safari. Evening Back to Resort. Group Dinner. Post Dinner Experience Sharing Session. Lights off and day ends.
Day 3 :
Early morning safari and track more cats! Enjoy birding and photographing the biodiversity of Panna. Return for Lunch and rest. Post lunch get ready for our 4th Safari. If lucky spot a tiger and if luckier spot tiger and sloth bear both!!! Evening return to resort. Group dinner, discussion, games and Overnight in the resort.
Day 4 :
Wake up early morning and head for our 5th and last safari. Explore more of Panna forest, look out for gharials in the lake and photograph more wildlife! Return to the resort and freshen up. Check out and bid adeiu to Panna!
Drop to Jabalpur in a private car.(Sharing basis)* Reach Jabalpur by 6pm. Board train for Mumbai. Overnight train journey.
Say goodbyes and disperse with loads of happy memories!
- Tiger is just a part of forest and tiger sighting is matter of luck, so always enjoy the overall forest with other mammals and birds.
- Costing might increase at last minute if there are any changes made in Fees structure by Forest department.
- Tiger / leopard sighting is a matter of luck, so enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
- Costing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in Fee structure by Forest department.
Things to carry
- Id Proof Compulsory
- Lunch / Dinner as per schedule.
- Water Bottle (2 Liters Compulsory)
- Electral Powder / Energy bars / Dry Snacks (dry fruits. biscuits, plum cakes etc).
- Good grip quality trekking shoes – Must (Please check soles of your shoes and get them stitched if necessary).
- Personal Medication / First Aid kit
- Toiletries (Napkin, facewash, tissue paper etc.).
- Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent etc. (as per season)
- Proper Backpack to carry all these things (No handbags, duffle bag or jholas)
- Camera (Optional)
- Rainwear (Jacket / Ponchos ) or Winter wear (Jackets, warmers or sweaters) – (as per season).
How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.
What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
- Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
- Always carry original identity proof.
- Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
- Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
- Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
- Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
- Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
- Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
- o follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
- Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during a safari.
- For helping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing, and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rainproof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
- Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
- Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
- Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
- Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
- Never feed any animals.
- Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
- No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
- Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.