Walking safari in
Satpura National Park

Explore dense jungle on foot with an experienced naturalist in Satpura National Park, the only national park in India where you can make a walking safari.

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About walking in Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is the only national park in India where you can make a walking safari, explore on foot and enjoy wildlife at a more leisurely pace.

You only really get to know the jungle when you walk. Setting off in the company of your naturalist at sunrise you’ll tramp through dense sal and teak forests, across open meadows beside the banks of the Tawa Reservoir and past ravines and seasonal streams. Satpura is one of the least visited parks in central India and you’ll feel like you are its first explorer.

Satpura might not be the best park in India for seeing tigers, but this could be something of a relief when you’re exploring the jungle on foot. With all your senses on red alert even the sound of a jungle fowl scratching through the leaf litter is enough to set your heart racing. With no separation between you and wildlife the experience is truly exhilarating.

Game drives by jeep and boat are also available and we can combine a stay in Satpura with safaris in Pench, Kanha or Tadoba National Park for a rounded view of wildlife across the central India region.

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Why we love walking safarisin Satpura

Along the way your expert guide will reel off the names and myriad uses of dozens of trees that might only have been a blur from the seat of a jeep.

There’s time to stop and smell flowers, watch ants at work, gaze at butterflies and listen to the calls of birds. Linger some more and the shadows of the forest reveal gaur, the sturdy Indian bison, and flickering dappled light turns into the rumps of spotted deer skipping through the trees.

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Best time for this experiencein Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is open to visitors from mid-October until the end of June, during what is the dry season. It begins with warm days and nights but from December to February the temperature can drop to just 4 – 5°c; a warm coat, hat and gloves are needed first thing in the morning. During May and June it becomes extremely warm with temperatures reaching 40 – 50°c.

Post monsoon season when temperatures are pleasant is a lovely time to be walking in Satpura. For nature lovers, getting out on foot during after the monsoon season and into the summer months is superb for spotting wildlife and variety of birds.

Best time for this experiencein Satpura National Park

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Explore the park with a mobile camp

Satpura is the only park in India where it’s possible to camp – your private mobile camp is pitched in a forest clearing when the river is full spate, or on its dry riverbed once it recedes later in the season.

Set up as part of a walking safari the walk-in tents are spacious enough, with camp beds made up with crisp linen and a separate bathroom tent all looked after by a caring camp crew.

The chance to spend a night or two under canvas in the wilderness is to feel you’re part of nature instead of just an observer.

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Wild India at its best

Although still little know, Satpura is now one of the most promising wildlife reserves in the India. Visitors have the chance to see tiger, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear and gaur all within one reserve.

In total there are 52 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and 31 species of reptiles found here. Leopard, wild dog and sloth bear sightings have been good in the last few years. Satpura is the only park in Central India with a healthy population of Indian giant squirrel and sightings are good throughout the dry season.

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Variety is the spice of life

The mountainous terrain is what gives Satpura its beauty; its name means seven mountains in Sanskrit. The flat country of the west gradually ascends into steep slopes to the east of the park with the sandstone peak of Dhoopgarh rising from the plains of Marai and Churna, deep ravines, dense sal forests and sheltered coves and bays of Tewa Lake bordering the park.

Being part of the Central Indian rainforest ecosystem, Satpura is rich in biodiversity. A combination of different climatic and edaphic factors at varying altitudes has give rise to a rich flora and the park is home to over 1,300 species of plants.

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  • Strike out on a walking safari
  • Enjoy a traditional safari experience
  • Take in the rugged hills of Satpura
  • Combine Satpura with Tadoba for tiger fix
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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges in Satpura National Park

Our favourite jungle lodges and wilderness camps are run by families who have long been involved in wildlife conservation, consistently delivering an intelligently guided, complete safari experience.
Denwa Backwater Escape

Denwa Backwater Escape is a small intimate lodge on the banks of the dammed Denwa River on the edge of Satpura National Park.

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Forsyth Lodge

The ideal place for nature lovers, Forsyth’s is an environmentally friendly lodge set within 44 acres of rehabilitated jungle.

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Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

Reni Pani is a small lodge is superb for wildlife enthusiasts and avid conservationists. Located in the buffer zone of Satpura Tiger Reserve.

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