Satpura Tiger Reserve
The Bori-Satpura is the official name of the Tiger Reserve which is an ideal destination for anyone who is a keen wildlife enthusiast. It is a great place to be one with nature, to just breathe jungle air and marvel at the sights and sounds. The Bori-Satpura Tiger Reserve lies in the Mahadeo Hills of the Satpura range in the southern parts of the Central Indian Highlands of Madhya Pradesh. The fascinating deep valleys, narrow gorges, cascading waterfalls and rich vegetation of the Bori-Satpura Tiger Reserve represent nature at its very best. It is not surprising that the park has one of the largest wildlife densities in India.
Here, patrons can explore true wilderness without the crowd. The park offers a diverse and unique range of activities. Apart from jeep, elephant and boat safaris are also available. 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 leopard, sloth bear, Indian wild dogs, hordes of gaur or Indian bison, sambar plus other herbivores found in central India and if lucky the magnificent tiger.
Satpura Tiger Reserve is also birdwatchers paradise. The Denwa river, which flows into the Tawa dam, provides excellent feeding tanks for migratory birds. Abundant water and bird attracting trees within the park are home to over 250 species of birds
Satpura is also the Northern most range of the Malabar Giant Squirrel. The Sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies and 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.
Apart from rich blend of wildlife, Satpura has to offer some stunning topography. Deep gorges and ravines, beautiful nullahs, steep rocky hills, keep most widely travelled patrons mesmerized at all times.
Things to do
Jeep safari are conducted in 4X4 open jeep which allows 360 degrees view. One can cover a large swathe of territory in a relatively short time, tracking wildlife through calls, checking favoured resting and feeding spots and traversing a range of habitats.
To enter the park, one has to cross the Denwa river that marks the boundary of the Park. Forest department boats run a shuttle service to transfer people to the park entrance. As in all the park, forest guide is mandatory which accompanies on each safari with a safari driver. We also send our highly experience and English speaking naturalist which attempt to deliver a truly exhilarating experience filled with insightful knowledge on the flora and fauna that is indigenous to the Satpura Tiger Reserve.
Boat safari is another unique activity at the Satpura Tiger Reserve. The Denwa river which flows into the mammoth tawa dam some 16 Km downstream, attracts several bird species and is home to a number of Indian Fresh Water Crocodile. Patrons can enjoy the majestic view of the Satpura Range of Hills while enjoying a leisurely boat cruise. Upstream from the camp there is a nallah called Son Bhadra, which flows down all the way from Panchmari. The Son Bhadra view point, which is accessible by boat, provides an excellent view of the valley it flows down through. Boat Safaris are ideal for a leisurely evening of bird watching, crocodile spotting and are also perfect for soaking in the beauty of a canopy forest view with the Satpura Hills in the background and the sun glittering over the Denwa River.
Canoeing is an absolute delight. A canoeing excursion is a must for any nature lover, birder and photographer. Canoe offers a chance to see wetland wildlife of Satpura over. Its allows to get close to birds without any disturbance. The calmness of water, interrupted occasionally by the honking of Bar Headed Geese or the deafening screeches of a Black Ibis while drifting in narrow creaks observing hordes of grazing herbivores on the shores, is a mouth watering treat in itself. And, where there are herbivores in an Indian forest, there will be carnivores! There is always a possibility of witnessing the unexpected.
A Nature walk within the Satpura Tiger Reserve is an activity unique to this park. People can visit the core- area of the park on foot and become one with the forest. In terms of a learning experience this activity is unmatched as our naturalists along with the forest guides intend to track Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear and other resident animals as an when an opportunity arises. The feeling of being in the jungle with no separation between wildlife and oneself is truly exhilarating and is an experience any wildlife enthusiast would cherish. This activity is also highly rewarding for birdwatchers and Butterfly enthusiasts who can go off road and stop-at-will for viewing the ample bird and butterfly life in the reserve.
Churna camp is a charming British-era forest rest house located deep inside the reserve. Wildlife experience is truly amazing and you hardly get to see any other tourist vehicle since it is far off the normal tourist zones. The drive to Churna goes through various types of forest and vivid landscape. On this drive guests may see leopard, sloth bear, Indian giant squirrel, four-horned antelope, munjac and other common herbivores. If lucky, there is also chance of seeing wild dog and tiger. At the camp there is also a pair of resident flying squirrel.
The accommodation is admittedly simple but all basic amenities like en-suite bathroom and solar electricity are available at the camp.
Near Churna camp there is a site with pre-historic rock paintings. For those who are interested in seeing these rock shelters, the early morning hours can be used to arrange a visit.
Camping is another option and a unique feature that make Satpura an ideal wildlife destination. Its hilly and undulating terrain, cascading waterways, sprawling teak forests and abundance of wildlife make it ideal walking country. This wilderness in fact is the only one of its kind in Central India where enthusiasts can traverse pristine tiger country on foot.
Although the walk will focus on the smaller aspects of the forest like tracks and signs, flora, butterflies, wild flowers and insects, guests can also expect to see a wide array of Central Indian birds including black-napped orioles, Malabar pied hornbills, crested hawk eagles, grey headed fish eagles and many more. Guests will also get a chance to see common mammals like the sambar deer, nilgai or blue bull, thickly muscled gaur or Indian bison, one of its kind in the world four-horned antelope, barking deer, Indian giant squirrel and if lucky even a sloth bear, leopard and wild dog.
The campsites for this one-of-a-kind and exclusive experience are located on the boundary of the core area. Using this camp as base, guests can explore the core area of the park on foot opting for either half or full day hikes. The camps are setup on the banks of Denwa river overlooking hills and forest.
Guests can also opt to do a night drive in the buffer area on one of the evenings. There are several options and a specific program can be designed based on your requirement. From 1 night camping to 2 nights and 3 days treks can be designed.
Best time to visit
October – May