Jungle Jeep safari is an adventure that allows any wildlife lover to explore the deepest unexplored secrets of the forest. It takes the visitor to the trails of untainted horizons of forests. Besides that, for enjoying wildlife photography in the best way, Jungle Jeep safari is the right thing that should be carried out. Undertaking a jungle jeep safari does not only refer to scouting the forests of a specific area, but also comprises wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, where other mode of safari or walking is not feasible. Jeep safaris keep one enthralled for the adventure and provide the flexibility to explore especially those places, which are difficult to travel via any other mode of transportation.
India boasts an assortment of forests, wildlife sanctuaries, national wild reserves in which the Jungle Jeep Safari can be relished amid the exquisiteness of lush green forests and abundant wild species prowling around. The Jungle Jeep Safari trips usually cover the dense green vegetation, thick forests, cascading waterfalls, bird watching, spotting some wild animals, beautiful views to capture into your camera.
Nestled between the Himalayan foothills in the north and the ancient Shivaliks in the south, Corbett Tiger Reserve extends over 1300 square kilometers of scrub, grassland, sal forests, rivers and a lake, varying between 400-1210 meters above sea level.
Established in 1936, and once nobility’s favored hunting ground, the sanctuary protects over 50 mammals, including the Royal Bengal tiger, the Asiatic elephant and the shy sloth bear, along with nearly 600 hundred domestic and transitory birds, and remarkably rare reptiles.x
Through the year, the riverbed and the surrounding forests host herds of grazing deer, root-digging wild boar, noisy jackals and the occasional tiger or leopard. During their seasonal migration, elephant herds trumpet their arrival and are sighted often on jungle walks.
The world famous wildlife sanctuary Sariska Tiger Reserve provides many fascinating spots for the wildlife lovers, as well as for those who are interested in art and archaeology. The Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the few forested areas in the Aravalli hills and has a good population of Sambhar, Panther, Chinkara, Chital wild boar, Tiger, Nilgai and of birds including Parakeets, Storks, Pheasant, Oriels, Eagles, Owls and plenty of the National bird peacock.
A Jungle Jeep Safari in this tiger reserve is your best transportation which will take you to the depth of the forest and allows you to click pictures of the tigers, and other animals along with the lush green forest.
Pench is one of the topmost destinations for wildlife tourism in Madhya Pradesh, albeit a little less famous and popular than the other star attractions of the Madhya Pradesh tiger circuit- Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
The Pench National Park is named after the Pench River, which flows from north to south through the park. This river constitutes the district boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in the upper region and State boundary with Maharashtra State in the lower region. This area became the 19th Tiger Reserve of India in 1992. The Tourist traffic is experiencing a very fast growth in this park. The Pench National Park which constitutes the core of the Tiger Reserves was notified in the year 1983. The total area of the park is 292.85 sq.kms. The total area of the Pench Tiger Reserve is 757.85 sq. kms.
The popular fictional works of Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book also have their stories set around this region. It is for this reason that Pench is often known as the original land of Mowgli.
There are more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Common Langurs and Rhesus Macaque represent the primate group. Carnivores include the Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Gray Mongoose, Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard and Tiger. The artiodactyls frequently sighted are Wild Pigs, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Chausingha, Nilgai, Chinkara and Gaur. Mammals such as Dhole, the small Indian Civet, Palm Squirrel and Lesser Bandicoot Rat are seen occasionally.
Among the herbivores, Gaur is the only coarse feeder. There are two main ways of getting about in the park- in a motor vehicle or on elephant back. Many of the animals are now accustomed to both; even so, it is best to talk quietly and not make rapid movements. Jeep safaris are best undertaken from dawn until about 10 A.M and from about 4 P.M until dusk, as the animals are most active during these periods. A Forest Department guide must always accompany you. This guide will be able to direct you and point out wildlife. Elephants are used every morning by the Forest Department for Tiger- tracking. If a Tiger is found, then the elephant will take you directly to the Tiger either from the lodge or from a nearby point reached by jeep/car.
Note: The Park is closed from July 1 to October 15 so make your plans accordingly.
Kanha Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 1,949 sq km (940 sq km of core area and 1,009 sq km of buffer zone), making it one of the best habitats for tigers in India (the current dominant male, Munna, is easily recognized by a symbol on his forehead that reads – “CAT”). The park is situated in the Central Indian Highlands, which are part of the extensive tableland that forms India’s main peninsula. Kanha’s lush sal and bamboo forests provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous narrative, “The Jungle Books”. Its greatest achievement, however, has been the preservation of Hard Ground Swamp Deer or Barasingha from near extinction (they numbered just 66 in 1970). Today, they number more than 400 and are the only surviving population of Barasingha in the wild.
Jeep Safaris are the best way to experience Kanha’s wildlife and wild habitats. Safaris are conducted early morning and in the late afternoon by qualified and experienced naturalists in open 4×4 Suzuki jeeps that have been specially fitted with front-facing, elevated seats to enhance the safari experience. Kanha opens from sunrise till 11:00 A.M and then from the late afternoon until sunset. The park permits entry only after sunrise while exits must be before sunset, so timings tend to change with the season. Places of interest inside the park include Shravan Tal, Bahamani Banjar, Kanha Meadows and the Interpretation Centre.
Panna National Park is spread over 1645 sq. km was carved out of the hunting reserves of Panna, Bijawar and Chatarpur states. Out of the total area 543 sq km is core and 1002 sq km is buffer. In 1994 it became India’s 22nd Tiger Reserve. It is predominantly an open forest and offers great opportunity to view animals like Tiger, Sloth Bear, Cheetal, Sambhar and Nilgai. Panna is also home to crocodiles and over 300 species of birds.Panna is the land of cascading waterfalls- Raneh falls and Pandav falls are a great attraction, both are situated in the reserve forest. Along with Raneh falls, Ken Gharial Sanctuary can also be visited. On a sunny afternoon the guests can see innumerable Gharials sun basking.
Jungle Jeep Safaris are offered in the Panna National Park and provides good opportunity to see nocturnal animals. Frequently seen animals include Civets, Jackal, Porcupine, Hynea, Fox, Sloth bear Jungle cat, Blue bull and Cheetal. Also seen less frequently are leopards, Wolves, Rusty spotted cat and Leopard cat. One can also explore the jungle on foot, there is an exciting forested hill with ruins and neighboring villages to be explored.
The Satpura Tiger Reserve is an amalgamation of the Satpura National Park, the Bori WildLife Sanctuary and the Pachmarhi Sanctuary. This prime wildlife habitat is relatively unknown and is rightly believed to be one of India’s best kept secrets. Here, patrons can explore true wilderness without the crowds. The park offers a diverse & unique range of activities. Apart from Jeep, Elephant & Boat Safaris, Satpura is the only park of its kind in Central India that offers Walking Safaris, giving enthusiasts a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity to explore tiger country on foot. You are likely to sight Leopards, Sloth Bear, Indian Wild Dogs, hordes of Indian Gaur, Sambhar plus other herbivores found in Central India & if lucky the magnificent Tiger. Satpura is also the Northernmost range of the Malabar Giant Squirrel. The sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies & the luxury of exploring this 1,500 square km expanse of classic Central Indian wildlife habitat in so many different ways make Satpura a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.
Jungle Jeep Safaris are offered in the Satpura Tiger Reserve and provides good opportunity to see nocturnal animals. Some birds commonly spotted in the vicinity include Grey Hormbills, Malabar Pied Hornbills, Black Shouldered Kites, Tree Pies, Shikras and many others. Frequently seen animals include Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Civets, Jackal, Porcupine, Hynea and Fox. Also seen less frequently are leopards, Wolves, Rusty spotted cat and Leopard cat.
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