Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh: December 22-25, 2018- Tour

Panna Landscape 1 1 - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna tigers - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Leopard in the grass Shashank Birla - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Grey headed Fish Eagle - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna Jeep - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Jungle Camp Madla 2 - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Ruddy Mongoose - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna gorge Vulture Point - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Highlights

  • A personalized group, not exceeding 10 adults
  • A charming, comfortable stay in the wilderness with all meals- Jungle Camp Madla (Twin-sharing in air-conditioned cottages)
  • A professional naturalist who will be your host for the experience
  • A video highlight reel of your entire experience
  • High quality roof prism binoculars for each guest to view wildlife up close
  • 5 jeep safaris in the Panna Tiger Reserve + An optional night safari
  • A walk with the native inhabitants of the landscape, the Pardhis, learn how to track animals and the use of local herbs in medicines and food.
  • INR 24,500 per person Ex Khajuraho/ INR 27,000 per person Ex Jabalpur (Transfer by air-conditioned cars)
  • Departures available ex Satna and Jhansi as well. Please contact directly.

The Stay

Jungle Camp Madla

Our stay has been organised at the brilliantly located Jungle Camp Madla right next to the jungle and safari gate, Malda of the Panna Tiger Reserve. The property provides a warm, homely feel in spite of being in the wilderness, the atmosphere a perfect  environment for nature lovers to partake of the beauty of this landscape

All rooms at Jungle Camp Panna are fully furnished, air-conditioned with attached bathrooms. Food is simple, tasty fare consisting of a mix of North Indian and continental dishes. Drinks can be provided on request. More details can be viewed on the hotel website and TripAdvisor

Jungle Camp Madla 2 - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

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The Plan

Day 1 (December 22):

Arrival at your transit point (Khajuraho) and transfer to the hotel where you can enjoy the wilderness at leisure. A short orientation to the Panna National Park will be provided over lunch. In the evening, we head for an intimate walk with the native inhabitants of the landscape, the Pardhis. Skilled hunters, they are now using their skills not to aid poaching but for the preservation of this landscape and will be sharing their knowledge of local herbs, how they track different wildlife and we might even get lucky to sight some of Panna’s wildlife on foot.

Day 2 (December 23):

We rise just before dawn to get ready for our first morning safari in the Panna Tiger Reserve. A short session with tea and light snacks, where our skippers will help you with any last-minute preparations before we depart for the safari, carrying along a packed breakfast. Return to the hotel post safari for lunch and some rest. We shall then depart for the evening safari. On our return to the hotel, we share our experiences of watching some of the amazing wildlife we would have witnessed over high tea. We have an opportunity. Our skippers would once again be on hand to assist with any queries. We get together once again during dinner and retire for the night.

Day 3 (November 24):

Same as Day 2. We return from our explorations, remembering the fond memories created, and bring in Christmas Eve with a special dinner under the stars.

Day 4 (December 25)

Our final safari in the Panna Tiger Reserve today morning before heading back to bid goodbye to the beautiful forests and Ken River until our next wild wandering.

On any of the days, there is an option to undertake a night safari in the Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary based on the group’s interest at an additional cost. Cost will be subject to number of interested members and does not have to be pre-booked, and can arranged during the tour itself.

The Place

Situated in the Vindhyan ranges of Madhya Pradesh, and declared as the 22nd tiger reserve of our country in 1994, the serene wilds of the Panna Tiger Reserve have already seen plenty of upheavals. A decade ago, Panna was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The park, has lost all its tigers thanks to the twin pressures of habitat loss and poaching. Things were grim. But how times have changed. Panna, is arguably now among the finest managed tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh and indeed the entire country, with over 40 of the striped cats roaming these lands along with a wealth of other wildlife.

Spread out over 550 sq. km, Panna’s location is fascinating with regard to the habitat. The northernmost tip of the swathe of teak forests of Central India, at the border of the Kardhai (Anogeissus Pendula) forest spreading from the Aravallis and just towards its north, the Gangetic plains. The Ken river, arguably among India’s cleanest river flows through the reserve from north to south. Because of its strategic location, Panna has an incredible diversity of lifeforms.

Among its larger life-forms, mammals such as the sambar and spotted deer, gaur, wild dogs, sloth bear, wolf (on the outskirts), chowsingha (four-horned antelope), nilgai (blue bull), jungle cat, chinkara (Indian gazelle), striped hyaena call this reserve home. It is a fantastic place to catch sight of elusive leopards, usually shy in other reserves, but often times seen boldly in the open here. Not long ago, it was only the big cat here but not anymore. The tigers reintroduced here from Kanha and Bandhavgarh survived, thrived and nearly three generations of them now roam in this landscape.

The park’s birdlife is no less diverse with over 250 having been recorded in this landscape. Surely, among the park’s most popular draws is that you can see as many as 5 species of vulture often roosting near the park’s famed gorges. The aptly name Vulture point is one such place. Apart from vultures, you may also spot other raptors such as crested serpent eagle and changeable hawk eagle. The park also facilitates good sightings of sandgrouse, francolins and quails in the grasslands.

The Package

INR 24,500/- per person ex Khajuraho or INR 27,000 ex Jabalpur

A maximum of 10 adults will be accommodated on this expedition.

Inclusions:

  1. 3 nights’ stay on double occupancy in air-conditioned rooms at the Jungle Camp Madla inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  2. 5 safaris with 4 of your fellow guests and your accompanying skipper in each vehicle for comfort, apart from the mandatory forest guide and driver (If you would prefer 4 travellers in a jeep, please advise at time of booking)
  3. All park & safari fees (please note optional night safari is at an additional cost)
  4. Skipper mentorship fees
  5. Complimentary roof prism binoculars for the duration of the expedition.
  6. Transfers ex-Khajuraho/Jabalpur by air-conditioned cars
  7. A 4-5 minute highlight reel of the expedition
  8. All associated taxes based on the costs above

Exclusions:

  1. Airfare/Rail fare to transit point
  2. Any additional services or meals requested at the property
  3. Beverages not included as part of meals as well as bottled water
  4. Tips/gratuities to hotel or safari personnel
  5. Any other fees or costs not mentioned in the inclusions

For payment terms & other enquiries, please contact us

The Experience
  1. Wilderness Exploration: This expedition is not recommended if the intention of your travel is to purely kick back and relax. While relaxing in the lap of nature will be part of the experience, the majority of our day will spent exploring the wilderness. Sighting wildlife can never be predicted, however the more time you spend exploring the wilderness, the better the chances are you will be witness to amazing natural spectacles.
  1. The Best of Guidance: Our accompanying skippers include some of the most well-renowned naturalists of India, having accomplished a level of expertise in their domains where they now inspire others to follow in their footsteps. With their in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and its denizens, we are sure as they reveal the hidden treasures of the wild, you will experience nature like never before.
  1. Personalized Experience: With a maximum group size of ten and a ratio of naturalist to guest of 1:10 during this expedition, we wish to provide a customized and intimate nature interpretation experience. In addition, we provide complimentary roof prism binoculars on our expedition to enhance your viewing experience when we encounter the wonders of the wild.
  1. Stay: Our chosen place of stay would be one that allows you to truly experience the wilderness and natural environment with the additional benefits of providing all modern amenities, comforts and a professional service level.
  1. Memories: We will be documenting the expedition on video, capturing not only those amazing moments of rare and endangered wildlife we see, but also of you watching them, together with all other fun-filled memories. We will be providing a short highlight movie (ranging from 3-5 minutes) within 2 weeks of return from the expedition to reminisce with your family & friends at leisure.
  1. A Responsible Outlook: It will be our effort to minimize the impact of our time spent in the wilderness on the natural environment by making responsible and sustainable choices wherever possible and try to leave the wilderness as it was, if not in a better condition.
Gallery

Leopard in the grass Shashank Birla - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna Landscape 1 1 - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna tigers - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna Jeep - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna gorge Vulture Point - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Grey headed Fish Eagle - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Ruddy Mongoose - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Panna Cave - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Your Skipper
Shashank Birla 300x300 - Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh

Shashank Birla is a naturalist & photojournalist. Passionate about wildlife since childhood, he is happiest tramping of into the wilderness whenever the opportunity arises. His formal background has been in the management and business domain having worked with companies such as Jumbo Electronics, Sanctuary Asia and the Seascope Group. Wishing to make a career in his field of passion, he has undertaken several short-term courses with organizations such as The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), United For Nature (A joint initiative by WWF, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and several organizations) and the iNaturewatch Foundation to improve his understanding of natural history & conservation by first participating, and then undertaking coordination and leadership roles in biodiversity survey programmes, conservation initiatives & events. Some of his past works have been featured in publications such as National Geographic Traveller India, Nature in Focus, Sanctuary Asia, Saevus, and Hornbill among others, and he continues to contribute to many of the above. He is also the founder of Wilderlust, an initiative he hopes will bring people closer to nature and forge a lifelong connection with it.

FAQs

What do I need to be pack for?

We advise winter clothing for this time of year. We advise carrying winter jackets, sweaters, woollen caps and gloves and thermals. We also suggest avoiding bright colored clothing. You may also carry sunglasses, scarf, comfortable walking shoes with socks, insect repellant (recommended to be used sparingly and only if needed), lip balm, and a flashlight/torch. You may also carry a dust mask if you are allergic. Please also carry along a first aid kit and prescription medication.

Do you provide guidance for photography?

While photography is not the primary focus of our expedition, we recognize that rarely anyone travels to the wilderness without a camera in one form or the other. We will do our best to provide you opportunities for photography as well, however please keep in mind the focus remains experiential so if you are travelling to photograph a particular subject, this may not be the trip for you.

How many people will be with me in a safari jeep?

To provide comfortable seating during the safari, you would be in the company of a maximum of four guests and your expedition skipper which ensures a comfortable seating of four in the safari jeep. The jeep driver and mandatory forest guide would be seated in front in separate seats.

Is there a more budget-friendly option?

Yes, trips to the wilderness can be far more budget-friendly than this, you can choose to join tours more friendly on the pocket or plan to travel on your own, which we will be happy to help you with. However, the experience we wish to provide on this expedition goes far beyond a regular trip, and it is our belief you will find as much value, if not more in such an expedition.

How are your tours different?

Please find the full details of the same here

This will be my first trip to the wilderness? Is this recommended?

Absolutely! The objective of this expedition is make you experience the magic of the wild, and we will be always be thrilled to share this with someone who will be visiting the wilderness for the first time. Our trips are designed to introduce you to the wild in a comfortable environment, in an unhurried manner, which we truly believe is the way to be one with nature.

How will I reach the destination?

Panna is best accessed from Khajuraho which is about an hour’s drive from your place of stay. Khaujuraho is accessible by train and also a few flights via Delhi. Satna is another major railhead about 2.5 hours drive away while Jabalpur is the nearest major airport, approximately a 5.5 hours drive away.

Is it safe to go?

Yes, visiting tiger reserves is quite safe. Many of our country’s popular tiger reserves see lakhs of visitors every year and numbers are growing every year and instances of travellers or tourists facing any threat from wildlife are extremely rare. However, especially when exploring a wilderness on foot, we should take necessary precautions as this is the wild. Our skippers are always on hand to guide you for the same, and we believe there should be no hindrance to you enjoying your time in the wilderness.

Can I get my children along?

While we believe the sooner children are introduced to the wilderness the better, a 4-hour long safari can provide challenging for a young child’s comfort. Therefore as a policy, we believe it is best that children younger than 10 years old not be part of the expedition. We do realize that some children adapt to safaris much quicker, and if a child is comfortable and used to taking safaris, we can look at exceptions but we believe such a policy is in the interest of comfort for all as well as the welfare of wildlife.

Can you arrange for a camera as well along with the binoculars?

We do not currently offer camera equipment rental but would happy to assist you and put you in touch with third-party providers who can seek to provide you with the camera equipment of your choosing.

For more details, please contact +91 976-9005751