The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh boasts of good forest areas – which are also excellent tiger habitats. Hence one can see a variety of wildlife which includes Barasingha, Barking Deer, Chital, Gaur, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Wild Dogs and many more mammals along with a huge diversity of migratory as well as resident birds which are in plenty at Kanha National Park
You are able to explore the park in safari vehicles, which cover over 50 – 70 kms of forest roads in each safari. Kanha is an excellent place to spot wildlife but it is your observation skills that will actually help you sight these animals in the wild. Your eyes have to be sharp and ears alert to look out for movements and to listen to calls, as the prey and the predator both rely on camouflage. Alarm calls and smells can actually make the search even more exciting.
The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The Park’s landmark achievement is the preservation of the rare hard ground Swamp Deer (Barasingha), saving it from near extinction. Stringent conservation programs for the overall protection of the Park’s fauna and flora, makes Kanha one of the most well maintained National Parks in Asia.
The objective of the Kanha jungle camp is to help the participants to learn the skills of reading the jungle and not just go in for tiger tourism. Any zoo in the world would show you the tiger but the thrill of looking out for signs, listening to alarm calls and then finding animals is something to be experienced at least once
Here the participants search for the signs and smells in the forest that can lead to sightings of the various animals which are there but need to be found out. Introduction to Birdwatching and appreciating the various trees that Kanha is so popular for forms an important part of the programme. At the same time participants will be able to learn about the lifestyle of the local people who reside in and around the forest.
Kanha National Park is in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Today Kanha stretches over an area of 940 sq kms and with the surrounding buffer zone of 1,067 sq Kms and the neighboring 110 sq km Phen Sanctuary it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve. This makes it the largest National Park in Central India.
From Jabalpur, Kanha is 150 kms and from Nagpur it is 300 kms by road.Brief itinerary flow:This program makes a judicious use of the time available for wildlife and exploration with a mix of nature trails in and outside the jungle and the safari rides in gypsy inside the national park.On all the days at the national park the participants will observe the amazing interaction of animals in Kanha National Park by listening to bird calls and alarm calls, seeing pugmarks of various animals, identifying the signs left behind by the animals and many more. They will be able to go on the Gypsy safari and also follow a nature trail into the forest to find many exciting insects and reptiles and amphibians.For further information and booking, contact Pugmarks.