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Visit the land of sloth bears and wild dogs on this gentle and rewarding walking safari, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve.

Satpura National Park is one of the rare places in India where you can experience a safari on foot. Although tigers have been spotted inside the park, the lush vegetation makes the occasional encounter rare. Daily walks in different parts of Satpura and Pachmari with expert naturalist guides are an unmissable opportunity for a true wilderness experience of India’s diverse fauna and flora. And for the tiger fans, a visit to Pench at the end of your trip will drench your thirst with almost guaranteed sighting from your safari vehicle.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Delhi.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Delhi

    Upon arrival at New Delhi, you will transfer to your overnight hotel located near the airport.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn Aerocity, 1-night

  3. Day 3: Fly to Bhopal; transfer to Satpura National Park

    This morning you transfer back to Delhi airport for a flight to Bhopal. On arrival, transfer by road to Satpura National Park (approximately four hours), arriving in time to enjoy an afternoon jeep safari.

    Accommodation: Reni Pani Forest Lodge, 3-nights

  4. Days 4-5 : Explore Satpura National Park

    During your stay at Satpura, there is plenty of time to enjoy a number of wildlife activities, including nature walks, canoeing on the lake, and both daytime and night time jeep safaris.

  5. Day 6: Transfer to Pachmarhi Sanctuary; walking safari

    Today you take a short road transfer to Pachmarhi Sanctuary, arriving in time for an afternoon nature walk.

    Accommodation: Rock End Manor, 1-night

  6. Day 7: Return to Satpura; vehicle safari

    This morning transfer back to Satpura National Park for a final night. In the afternoon enjoy a jeep safari in the park.

    Accommodation: Reni Pani Forest Lodge, 1-night 

  7. Day 8: Transfer to Pench National Park; vehicle safari

    After a morning walking safari, transfer by road to Pench National Park.

    Accommodation: Pench Tree Lodge, 2-nights

  8. Day 9: Pench National Park; vehicle safaris

    Today you can enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris, giving you plenty of opportunities to try and see the elusive and so charismatic tiger.

  9. Day 10: Drive to Nagpur; vehicle safari

    After your morning jeep safari, you transfer by road to Nagpur (approximately three hours). 

    Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, 1-night

  10. Day 11: Depart Nagpur & fly back to the UK

    Depart Nagpur and fly home via Delhi, arriving back in the UK later the same day.

You should note: New regulations in India’s national parks mean that safaris must be booked and paid in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. As places are limited, we recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 11 days from £2,695 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £1,995 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,095
  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is one of India’s most intriguing wildlife destinations. Walking safaris are possible here and hides have been built in its meadows, forested plateaux and mountains, which are shared by a number of mammal species, including sloth bear, leopard and bison (gaur).

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh State
  • Ideal for viewing: sloth bear, wild dog, nilgai, sambar, leopard
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Bear watching

Pachmarhi Sanctuary

Part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve, this park is home to rhesus macaque, Indian giant, and flying squirrel which are all endemic to this region, as well as tiger, blackbuck and four-horned antelope. The area is also a real paradise for bird enthusiasts, with numerous raptors residing here.

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh State
  • Ideal for viewing: sloth bear, rhesus macaque, chital, Indian giant squirrel, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Birdwatching

Pench National Park

Pench National Park is renowned for the richness of its flora and fauna. Nestling in the Satpura Hills, it takes its name from the nearby river, which winds through the park. Its most famous residents are tigers, but is also home to large herds of Indian bison and four endangered species of vulture.

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh
  • Ideal for viewing: chital, nilgai, sambar, tiger, gaur
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Pench Tree Lodge

This exclusive lodge, situated on the outskirts of Pench National Park, features just six chalets perched amidst the trees in an undisturbed area of forest in the small village of Sarrahiri. Guests can enjoy treetop dining or a dip in the swimming pool between safaris and nature walks into the wildlife-rich park.

Reni Pani Forest Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is an exquisitely designed conservation and wildlife focused lodge located close to Satpura National Park. Set in 15 hectares of striking forest, it offers 12 luxury cottages, a jungle pool located along the seasonal stream, and waterholes that attract several species of birds and animals.

Rock End Manor

Rock End Manor is a small, well-restored, colonial bungalow set in beautiful gardens on a hillside in the Pachmarhi plateau. The property features six very comfortable, traditional rooms with huge tiled bathrooms. The verandah offers fantastic views over the hills and gardens.