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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 on an overnight to Bhopal (via Mumbai)

  2. Day 2: Arrive Mumbai, fly to Bhopal, 1-night

    Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport you connect with an onward flight to Bhopal where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Jehan Numa Palace or similar, for 1 night.

  3. Day 3: Drive to Satpura National Park, 3-nights. Vehicle safaris

    Today you transfer by road to Satpura National Park (approximately 3-4hrs). In the afternoon you head out on your first wildlife safari.

    Accommodation: Reni Pani Forest Lodge, 3-nights. Breakfast and dinner included.

  4. Days 4-5 : Explore Satpura National Park on foot, and elephant safari

    During these days 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. Full Board basis

  5. Day 6: Drive to Pachmarhi Sanctuary, 1-night. walking safari

    Today you take the short (approximately an hour) transfer by road to Pachmarhi Sanctuary. In the afternoon you take a nature walk.

    Accommodation: Rock End Manor, 1-night. Full Board basis

  6. Day 7: Return to Satpura, 1-night. Vehicle safari

    This morning transfer back to Satpura National Park for a final night. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the National Park.

    Accommodation: Reni Pani Forest Lodge, 1-night. Full board basis

  7. Day 8: Drive to Pench National Park, 2-nights. Vehicle safari

    Transfer by road to Pench National Park.

    Accommodation: Tuli Tiger Corridor, 2-nights. Full Board basis.

  8. Day 9: Pench National Park wildlife viewing. Vehicle Safaris

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

  9. Day 10: Drive to Nagpur, 1-night. Vehicle Safari

    After your morning game drive, you transfer by road to Nagpur (approximately 3hrs). On arrival you check in to the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar for 1 night. Breakfast and lunch included.

  10. Day 11: Depart Nagpur and fly home via Mumbai, arrive UK 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 £3,095 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £2,345 pp
  • Single supplement: From £760
  • 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.

  • 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, black buck and four-horned antelope. The area is also a real paradise for bird enthusiasts, with numerous raptors residing here.

  • Where: Madhya Pradesh
  • 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, Wildlife Art Safaris, Vehicle safaris, Tiger safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

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.

Tuli Tiger Corridor

This exclusive property likes in the western region of Kanha National Park, and is perfect for any wildlife enthusiast who enjoys a touch of class. Eight elegant tents each have a king size bed, air conditioning, private dining lounge, minibar and contemporary bathroom, with superb river views from the deck.