For so long people have been travelling to the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to visit the popular parks of Kanha and Bandhavgarh. And for just as long people have been oblivious to the wonderful delights of Satpura National Park. This wonderful small park is the best place in the world to see the very elusive sloth bear. Currently our guides based at Satpura National Park are seeing a sloth bear every single day they enter the park! But it is not only this seldom seen mammal which is commonly spotted here, dhole (the Asiatic hunting dog) and leopards are also seen regularly. This tour will couple luxurious accommodation with exploring the park by foot, elephant back, jeep and canoe. We also have camera traps and a nocturnal hide set up at the accommodation where a resident leopard as well as porcupines, civets and other nocturnal mammals all make appearances.
Best place in India for Sloth Bears
Canoe, Kayak and Boat Trips
Elephant back safari available
Safari in a Tiger Project Reserve
Guided walks in Tiger country
Up to 2 Jeep safaris per day in Satpura
Malabar Giant Squirrel
Tour Dates: 17/1/2021 – 25/1/2021
Duration: 9 nights
Type / Focus: Sloth Bears & Mammal
On arrival at Delhi international airport you will be met by your zoologist guide and transferred to your accommodation (4* hotel – The Residence).
Satpura National Park
Today you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your short (1 hour) flight to Bhopal. We will have breakfast or lunch (depending on the flight arrival time) in Bhopal before continuing onwards to our accommodation (Luxury safari lodge – Reni Pani Jungle Lodge) and on arrival here, you will check in and have your evening meal.
Satpura National Park
Over the next 6 days you will be exploring this very beautiful national park. With the help of local naturalists and your zoologist escort we will try and find the sloth bears which are usually seen here in the early morning. They are usually one of the least seen and most elusive of all mammals in India but here they are seen well and usually at close range. Other animals which are regularly seen here include the dhole, gaur and leopards. One of the best parts of this park is that you will often be the only foreign people in the park, it is a sure fire way to visit a top tiger reserve (yes there are tigers here too, although they are seen less often than some other parks) with the huge crowds. Amongst the larger mammals, such as tigers, sloth bears, leopards, dhole, gaur, Indian wolves, striped hyena, 3 species of deer, 2 species of antelope and 2 species of monkey; we will also have the chance to see Malabar giant squirrels, jungle cats, Indian palm civet, common palm civet, Bengal foxes, Black-naped hares and Indian mouse deer which are all rare to see in other parks around India. Another excellent reason why Satpura is a great destination is that you are able to enter the park in a variety of ways. As well as the usual jeep safaris which are excellent and highly recommended to see dhole and sloth bears you can also have guided walks through the jungles. These walks will allow you to track down wildlife and really immerse yourself into the environment with the subtle sounds and smells of the jungle. If this was not thrilling enough the knowledge that you are walking in tiger country is just the ticket to make this an experience to remember for the rest of your life. You are also able to observe wildlife from boat trips, canoe or kayak trips down the Satpura River and also take an elephant back safari. On elephant back you will be able to get very close to wildlife the wildlife is very used to the presence of elephants and they are a naturally occurring part of the environment and then allows you to get very close to wildlife without disturbing it. You can pick and choose the activities once you arrive and see how sightings go whilst staying in the accommodation (Luxury safari lodge – Reni Pani Jungle Lodge). You will have 2 trips into Satpura National Park each day, once in the early morning and once in the afternoon. In between you will return to the accommodation and this is where you will have all your meals.
This morning you will be free to rest and have a lie in before breakfast. Then you will be taken to the airport in Bhopal and catch a short (1 hour) internal flight back to Delhi. Once we arrive in Delhi you will be transferred to your accommodation (4* hotel – The Residence) and enjoy your final evening meal.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
The National Parks Authority for Madhya Pradesh have announced that with effect from 1st April 2011, all National Parks within the State will remain closed to public access on Wednesday afternoons until further notice. This order will affect Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Panna Reserves. The inconvenience caused to Royle Safaris tour participants is regretted but unfortunately there is nothing we can do to facilitate entry during these closures. On occasions when our tour itinerary would normally include entry to one of these reserves on a Wednesday afternoon we will try arrange alternative natural history activities either around the periphery of the park. In the event that this is not possible we will offer the opportunity to watch a Tiger related documentary during this time.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in April and May in central India will be hot with daily temperature above 30degrees C and up to 38. The night time temperatures will also be warm and average 20degrees C. Rain is possible but very unusual at this time of year.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have a professional zoologist who will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, jeep safaris, canoe trips, kayak trips, boat trips, elephant back rides and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not inlcuded are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souveniers and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not inlcuded (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
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All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for India. These are only obtainable in advance from your local embassy. The easiest way to find information is by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit India, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting India as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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