Central India's Parks camps - Jamtara - Wilderness Camp

Jamtara - Wilderness Camp

This small luxury tented camp at Pench National Park opened in 2014 and went straight on to Conde Nast’s Hot List in 2015.

The owner, Amit Shankala follows in the footstep of his respected conservationist father and places a huge emphasis on preserving the delicate eco-system of the forest; the camp is luxurious but it’s also beneficial to surrounding communities and wildlife. 

Centred round an ancient banyan tree are a dozen stylishly decorated light and airy tents, their polished wood floors and antique furniture sourced from reclamation yards all over India. Each has its own private veranda facing the dried up river bed and modern attached en-suite bathroom but for a night you will never forget, we recommend sleeping in one of Jamtara's ‘star beds’ on an outdoor platform under blanket of stars and a cacophony of jungle sounds.

The camp is the only one located on the Jamtara Gate side of the national park so your game drives are away from the crowds. The guiding naturalists are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and sightings at Pench include jungle cat, leopard, wild dog, and if you are lucky, a tiger.

Between game drives the camp offers guided walks and bicycle rides, with the opportunity to visit the small friendly village of Jamtara from which the camp takes its name. Alternatively laze by the pool or curl up in the library with a book until the evening camp fire is lit and guests congregate and share safari stories.

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