Safari at Satpura National Park
Park Location: Hoshangabad District, Madhya Pradesh State, and Central India (STD Code: 0754)
Prime Attractions: Black Buck, Leopard, Dhole, Indian Gaur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Sloth Bear
Best time to Visit: October to April
If you are fed-up of crowded wildlife sanctuaries, struggle for getting safari tickets, standing in a queue of safari jeeps, over-crowding of safari jeeps during wildlife sighting then Satpura National Park is the right solution for real wildlife lovers. It is the place where we will find peaceful jungle, away from hustle & bustle of safari jeeps, beautiful hilly terrains, deep gorges, rivulets, large herds of mammals, good birding. Untouched forest locations etc. of Satpura National Park is nurtured in the Satpura Ranges of Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. Total area of Satpura Tiger Reserve is 2133.307 sq. km. Its core area is of 1339.27 sq.kms and rest is buffer area. Various ways of wildlife watching distinguishes its from other tiger reserves of India. Here one can do jeep safari, elephant safari, walking safari & cannoeing, birding etc. Unspoiled Highland eco-system of Satpura National Park is unique in nature and was established in 1981.
Safari Board Morning or Afternoon
Safari from Madhai Entrance or carry Lake by Ferry..
This park is very silence as you can hear the snoring of the Beer and roaring of the Tigers very clearly. You can enjoy and spend some adventurous days in Satpura National park. It is a best place to see and feel the wildlife very closely. It has a very rich in biodiversity. There is long list of mammals in Satpura national park among which prominent ones are Leopard, Sambar, Chital, Indian Muntjac, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Bear, Black Buck, Fox, Porcupine, Flying Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Indian Giant Squirrel etc. The flora consists of mainly Sal, Teak, Tendu, Phyllanthus emblica, Mahua, Bel, Bamboo, and Medicinal Plants. There are huge varieties of birds also including lots of water birds, Hornbills and peacocks etc. Satpura ranges and Satpura national park is the heaven for wildlife and nature lovers.
Park Safari Timing:
Morning: 06:30 to 11:00 hrs,
Evening: 15:30 to 17:00hrs,
Full Day: 06:30-17:00hrs
Park Closure (Core Zone): From 01 July to 30th September
How to reach Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park is located in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh State in Central India. It is in Central region of Madhya Pradesh, spread over Satpura ranges.
Their are 02 important airports for reaching Satpura National Park. Nearest one is Bhopal Airport (220kms) and second one is Jabalpur Airport (260kms). Both the airports have direct flight connectivity with Delhi & Mumbai and are actively used by tourists.
Their are many ways to reach Satpura National Park by train transportation. Nearby railway stations for reaching park are: Sohagpur (18kms), Hoshangabad (45kms), Itarsi (65kms) & Pipariya (40kms). It is on Howrah-Mumbai rail-track.
Madhai entrance gate is about 18kms inside from Jabalpur - Hoshangabad road. Nearby cities are Bhopal (170kms), Jabalpur (250kms), Itarsi (60kms). Last 18kms is a village & forest route thus road condition is not so good else we will find almost good roads.
The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of Sal and other medicinal herbs and Tawa vast reservoir. Un-even altitude ranges from 290m. to 1352 m. Highest peak of national park is in Satpura National Park i.e. Dhoopgarh at an altitude of 4500 feets(1400 m.). As it is the highest peak of Madhya Pradesh, sunlight reaches this peak earlier than anyother landscape of Madhya Pradesh.
Safari timings, bookings and procedure:
For safari bookings one has to do it online via Madhya Pradesh / Maharashtra booking portal. Morning and evening safaris are available for tourism. The safari timing change as per seasons and sunrise and sunset.
?Morning Jeep: 6.00 A.M to 11.00 A.M. (entry allowed until 8.00 a.m.)
?Afternoon Jeep: 3.00 P.M. until 6.00 P.M (entry allowed until 4.30 p.m.)
Each gate offers safari permit to the exclusive area of that range and no vehicle is allowed to interchange the zones while on safari. The entry and exit gate for the vehicle has to be same. The gypsy charges or vehicle charges are separate and one has to pay differently.
The tourists are not allowed to get down from the vehicle throughout the safari. A set of rules and regulation exists for tiger safari and the park guide is aware of that. One has to follow his instruction in order to follow the regulations.
For the gate entry one needs to produce identification documents of the tourists like passport/driving license/ pan card etc. For the foreigners the passport in original has to be shown.