The hidden Gem of India’s Wildlife Heritage!
About Satpura National Park :
Satpura National Park located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh was established in 1981. The area of this tiger reserve is about 1427 sq.km including core area, buffer area, Bori sanctuary and Pachmarhi wildlife sanctuary.
Satpura National Park derives its name from the the Satpura mountain range (Satpura means Seven Mountains) that falls in the sanctuary. Satpura boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in India…full of gorges, ravines and dense forests. The reserve has varied biodiversity and is home to varied flora and fauna. The Tigers, Leopards and Sloth bears rule this forest along with other species that include Indian Gaur, Wild boar, Fox, Porcupines, Chinkara, Spotted deer, Sambar deer, Indian giant squirrel and so on. About 254 species of birds are also found here including a few globally rare ones.
In recent years the leopard population of Satpura has gone very high and the beasts have gone truly bold to roam around the park in broad day light. No wonder that today Satpura is synonymous with Kabini forest for the easy and almost guaranteed leopard sightings which is otherwise a rare opportunity.
No matter which all and how many forests in India you have explored so far, the Sal forest of Satpura will leave you mesmerized for sure! It’s truly a gem of Indian forests !!
Category : Wildlife Safari Tour-Leopard Special
Onwards Train: 13202 LTT RJPB EXPRESS @ 22.15 (10.15 pm) from LTT
Return Train : 13201 RJPB LTT EXPRESS @ 18.00 (6.00 pm) from Pipariya
Note* : You may get in touch with us for assistance regarding the train / flight booking, we will be happy to help you.
THINGS TO CARRY
ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
1. Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
2. Sanitary Kit
3. Dry Food (snacks)
4. Torch (Must)
5. Personal First Aid kit
6. Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc.
7. Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
8. Electral powder / Glucon D
9. Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
10. Water Bottle (3 liter must)
11. Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
12. Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
13. Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:
1. 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)
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
Some Do’s :
* 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.
* Do 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 an safari.
* For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
Some Don’ts :
* 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.
What is included in the tour
1. Ex Piparia Transfer (Pick & Drop by private vehicle)
2. Accommodation at Resort on Triple sharing basis in AC deluxe Rooms.
3. All Meals at Destination.
4. 04 Open jeep safaris.
5. Accompanied forest guides and Mumbai Travellers Wildlife expert.
6. All forest permissions and guide fees.
What is NOT included in the tour
1. Transfer from Mumbai to Mumbai
2. Meals during the train/flight journey
3. Lens/Camera charges
4. Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls.
5. Any porter charges,tips and gratitude.
6. Difference in cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities or sudden changes in forest fees, permits etc
7. Anything else not mentioned in Inclusions list.
8. Taxes as applicable.
Note**Accommodation on twin sharing available on request.(Nominal charges to be paid by participant as applicable)
Day 0 :
Leave for Piparia from Mumbai in train. Overnight in train.
Day 01 :
Reach Piparia in the afternoon and get transferred to Satpura National Park. Travel to Satpura is in private vehicle like Sumo and takes about 2 hours to reach. Reach resort, freshen-up and leave for our first safari. Enjoy Boating on Denwa river to reach the entry gate of the forest, one of the most unique things about Satpura! While on this boat transfer, one may come across beautiful flocks of some splendid birds like Bar headed geese, Indian Skimmers and Darters. During safari, explore the beautiful untouched forest of Satpura in open gypsy, try tracking maximum wildlife & birds.
Post safari take the boat back to return our resort. It’s a mesmerizing experience enjoying that surreal sunset and breeze blowing on Denwa river surface. Refresh yourself with a cup of tea. Get together for discussion about today’s sightings, followed by dinner. Before going to bed one can surely take out time to enjoy beautiful sky and milky way spread in dark sky over Satpura Tiger Reserve. Lights out!
Day 02 :
Early morning wake up, get ready for the 2nd jungle safari. Enjoy the forest safari, do extensive birding and try to track some leopard movement. Breakfast at the hotel on return. Post lunch leave for Afternoon safari or Night safari (Decision will be made by expert / leader depending upon the recent sighting reports). Late evening return back to resort. Discussion about today’s sightings around dinner table. Lights off !
Day 03 : Early morning leave for your last safari at Satpura National Park. Try to make the most of it and photograph the amazing landscapes of Satpura. Satpura is a magical forest…who knows you might come back with a memorable sighting of a Tiger or a leopard that was always on your wishlist !!
Return to resort and freshen up. Check out followed by lunch. Post lunch proceed back to Pipariya. Board train back to Mumbai / your respective destination.
Next Day : Reach Mumbai
Tour concludes with Happy Memories :)
1. Tiger / leopard sighting is a matter of luck, so enjoy the forest with other mammals and birds.
2. Costing might increase at last minute if there is any changes made in Fee structure by Forest department.