Open-jeep safari...

There is no better way to venture in to the heart of the forest than by open-top jeep. Our naturalists have spent an enormous amount of time out there and will show you as much as possible during your stay with us, while always keeping their senses alert to the signs of a nearby predator...

  • Safaris within Kanha Tiger Reserve take place twice daily, except on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Morning drives are approximately 5 hours, commencing at sunrise and returning to camp by 11.15am. A picnic breakfast is taken on-board to enjoy out in the forest.
  • Afternoon safaris are up to 3 hours, commencing at 2.45pm (later in summer months), returning to camp at sundown.
  • We recommend a minimum of 5-6 jeep safaris to give yourself a fair chance of sighting tiger while taking in the full diversity that Kanha has to offer.
  • We take care of organising your safaris. Tickets are available on a limited quota, 120 days in advance.  We therefore recommend booking your trip as early as possible.
  • Please contact us for information about FULL-DAY 'PHOTOGRAPHER'S' PERMITS.

 

On foot...

A walk through the forest, winding along old village trails that lead down to the beautiful Banjaar river, is an experience not to be missed - especially if you are a macro-lover. Get close to butterflies and insects, interesting tree formations and revel in the silence. Deer and bison are often sighted at the river...

From Shergarh we gradually enter the tall sal forest, following leaf-littered trails that have been used for ever. We shortly reach the river bank, a natural boundary between the core and buffer forest. We meander further downstream observing an array of striking butterflies and dragonflies, interesting tree structures that support ant's nests, beehives and enormous spider-webs stretched across their branches. The trail crosses several wooden bridges and as you penetrate deeper, you may follow large pugmarks or come across fresh leopard scat. Wild dog and tiger have even been encountered here.

An alternative route is to ramble up the rocky outcrops that form a hill behind our camp. On this walk we criss-cross village paddy-fields before entering a mixed habitat of ghost trees, wild jasmine and flowering grasses. At the top, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the forest and the villages scattered within.

By cycle

A gentle village-to-village cycle ride allows you to freely explore the rural landscape while soaking in the slow-paced way of life of Kanha's people, halting to take in heart-warming scenes and to admire their charming blue-painted villages...

Country lanes weave between each village where you find clusters of houses moulded out of earth and painted sky-blue. The surrounding rice fields are verdant in October, having grown throughout the monsoon season and almost ready to harvest. The harvesting process: cutting, winnowing, threshing and gathering is intense and fascinating to witness. Around the same time, fields of brilliant yellow mustard will appear. By Spring (Feb-March) the rice season is complete and the forest blooms. The Mahua flower is collected and brewed into a strong country liquor devoured throughout the community. Marriage celebrations commence.

We'll provide you with a hand-drawn map to help guide you through some of the loveliest villages, allowing you to go at your own pace and distance. You can stop for chai at one of the stalls, or we can pack you a thermos if you'd prefer to halt under the shade of a tree, and be lulled by the sound of cow bells and gentle chatter.  

To market

Weekly village markets are fascinating as they cater entirely to local needs and have barely changed for centuries. Pick up some spices or glass bangles, sip chai and maybe even go for your smoothest ever shave in the most unique salon - under the shade of a tree....

There are three weekly markets that take place near to us, on  Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Each are approx 30-45 minute's distance by jeep, along scenic routes.

The village markets are an opportunity for all communities to come together to bargain or barter for their weekly stores. River fish and locally-grown vegetables and spices form the bulk of the market, sometimes cattle too. Agricultural tools, cooking utensils and earthen water pots are also important items. It's a place where you can pick up a sari, lungi or gamcha, glass bangles and chunky silver jewellery, and sometimes brass pots or woven baskets.

In the village...

Kanha's people are predominantly Gond and Baiga tribes - the original forest dwellers of central India, peaceful and animistic in their beliefs. They reside in blue-washed settlements which are beautifully integrated with the surrounding forest.

One of our team can take you on a humbling walk through their village where, depending on the time of day and time of year, you can witness the various stages of the labour intensive rice harvest, a mud house under construction, or drop in to the village school. You’ll admire the practical and aesthetic design of their homes, hand-built to complement their agrarian lifestyle, with wood stocks and hay piles, the grinding room and grain store for a year’s supply of rice, wheat and mustard, The welcoming gate-house accommodates buffalo, pigs, goats and cows and opens in to the courtyard – a shaded social space, sometimes host to a local gathering or ceremony.