Imagine staying in a treehouse overlooking Bandhargarh tiger reserve. Watching rhino from your window in Kaziranga. Or spying sambar deer on your doorstep each morning. A stay at an Indian safari camp brings the wildlife to you.

Whether you're looking for a luxury tented camp or a simple lodge in the wilderness, choosing the right place to stay is key to a great India safari.

Some of the best include small camps and lodges whose families have long been involved in wildlife conservation. Or those owned and run by passionate people who want to share their expert knowledge with you. Both are sure to deliver an intelligently guided, complete India safari experience and, as far as possible, keep you away from the crowds.

It’s all in the balance

With no accommodation permitted within the parks themselves, we’ve sought out safari lodges that pair proximity to an entry gate with a sense of feeling remote and at one with the jungle. And the best succeed with real aplomb.

You could wake to see langur monkeys scampering outside your tent at Kanha. Stay among acres of reclaimed land transformed into a verdant landscape with a resident sloth bear and a profusion of birds at Satpura. Or catch tiger, leopard and wild dog on hidden camera at your lodge in Tadoba.

Think comfort and space without excess: hot showers and flush loos, a steaming cup of tea or coffee brought to your bed at dawn, delicious meals in the shade of a tree or around a camp fire. All in some of the most remarkable wildlife environments on earth. Talk to us to take the first step on your adventure.