Satpura national park

Satpura National Park Safari


Jungle Safari Just like any other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, Jungle Safari system of Satpura National Park is similar as per rules of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department. Here 4-wheel driven vehicles (petrol/diesel) are used to park-safari. Here no vehicle of more that 5-years old is allowed to go for park-safari. Park entrance charges and guide fee is similar to any other national park of Madhya Pradesh State. Close to Denva river, Forest Department have its counter, from where one can do jungle safari booking and obtain entrance ticket. Using that entrance ticket, cross the Denva river and from other end, take jeep for park safari. In Satpura National Park, one can do walking safari also. Just like other national park of Madhya Pradesh, safari entrance tickets are almost similar. Jeep fee varies with the duration of Safari. Their is 03 slabs of Jeep charge.

How to book safari

As if now, their is no online safari booking system for Satpura National Park as available for Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench & Panna National Parks of Madhya Pradesh State. Best way is to book the safari through resort in which you have decided to stay. The most common way is to book the safari through booking counter of Park management at the entrance gate. One such counter is located on the bank on Denwa river in Madhai entrance gate. Here booking starts from early morning from 06:00 hrs. Same is the way for elephant safari booking. Here park authority will ask you to fill up indemnity bond on compulsory basis. For more information & assistance one can also call to Field Director office of Satpura National Park, located in Hoshangabad town.

Satpura National Park Safari Timing (changes as per change in Sunrise & Sunset timing):

Month Morning Safari Evening Safari Nature Walk
October 06:00 - 11:30 hrs. 15:00 - 18:00 hrs. As per safari timing
November 06:15 - 11:30 hrs. 15:00 - 17:45 hrs. As per safari timing
December 06:30 - 11:30 hrs. 15:00 - 17:30 hrs. As per safari timing
January 06:45 - 11:30 hrs. 15:00 - 17:45 hrs. As per safari timing
February 06:30 - 11:30 hrs. 15:00 - 18:15 hrs. As per safari timing
March 05:45 - 11:30 hrs. 16:00 - 18:45 hrs. As per safari timing
April 05:45 - 11:30 hrs. 16:00 - 18:45 hrs. As per safari timing
May 05:30 - 11:30 hrs. 16:00 - 18:50 hrs. As per safari timing
June 05:30 - 11:30 hrs. 16:00 - 19:00 hrs. As per safari timing

Safari Vehicle

Just like any other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, here also open safari jeeps are used to visit the jungle. In any safari vehicle, total 08 persons are allowed to sit in which 01 guide & 01 driver are compulsory to accompany the visitor during park safari or game drive. It means in a single vehicle 01 to 06 tourists can sit together. Unlike any other national parks of Madhya Pradesh, here safari vehicle are owned & managed by park authority. It means, here we will not find difference in safari vehicles standard/design as we find in Kanha, Bandhavgarh or in Pench National Parks. Still, in record, luxury resorts have donated the vehicles to forest department and during safari, they get their same donated vehicle with their resort logos in vehicles. As it is not a crowded wildlife destination, their will be no difficulty or struggle to get safari tickets except in festival or new-year weekends.

Safari in Satpura National Park

After completion of all formalities, one can go ahead to enjoy the jungle safari. Here safari begins from crossing the Denwa river through motor boat, provided by forest department. It gives a pleasure of small boat ride in early morning when sun is peeping from satpura hills. On reaching the next shore, one may have to wait for 5-10 minutes for jeeps and some more formalities. Here forest department accommodation are available and most interesting thing is to share some time with spotted deers, blue bull babies, chousingha babies etc. One can touch them, feel their closeness. Actually they are the wild animals seized from nearby villages, house holds who had put them in enclosures illegally. Such wild animals and their babies are sheltered here in open, feeded time to time by forest officials and can be seen any time roaming freely without any fear of human presence.
Once all the formalities will be completed, take the safari jeep with guide & driver and begin the game drive. No-one is allowed to get down from vehicle except at some points where visitors are allowed to do so like in elephant camp, Lagda camp, view points etc. Here safari is a great experience for those who enjoys the wildlife in an aggregation of trees, birds, mammals and reptiles. As is now their is no route system in Satpura park but due to time limit, visitors usually cannot go beyound some points so as to reach exit point in time to avoid any penalty.

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