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Kanha Jungle Safari

Kanha Safari

Introduction

While doing any wildlife trip, jungle safari drive is the most important part of trip. In most of the destinations, it is the only activity to do in forest area thus it is very important to ensure that safari drives should be planned in advance to enjoy the tour as per plan. Here we are operating Kanha jungle safaris for our guests. One can book Safari tickets in advance for Kanha National Park Safari. Now Madhya Pradesh State Forest Department has offered online safari ticket booking system for visitors. Through online safari booking system, one can see the tickets availability status and through online payment one can book safari ticket. Safari Ticket means your have paid Park Entrance Charges and have permission to enter. But it does not include Guide Fee and Vehicle rent. Guide Fee in paid at entrance gate at the time of entrance and Vehicle is need to be hired in advance. Recently Kanha park management has introduced Canter (open bus) for jungle safari, managed by park authority. It is more economical way to enjoy park safari. But as per our experience, we have noticed that tourists like jeep safari as their first choice as it is a silent drive, causing less disturbance to surrounding wild animals where as Canter safari is a open bus vehicle producing some noise and its reachability is also limited in compare to jeep safari. If we talk about Kanha elephant safari rides, rules are such that now it is not in reach of normal tourist. Here natural elephants are not found thus they are purchased from other states and their primary use is patrolling. Due to their limited in number, forest department is not promoting elephant safari drives and rules are made strict to avail this safari. Now a days, it is provided to professional photographers or movie makers at very high cost. Its assurance can't be provided in advance as written permission is required of park Field Director and such decisions were made one day before ride date.

Kanha Safari Booking

As we have earlier said that Forest Department offers online safari ticket booking. It means you have got the permit to enter but doesn't include cost of safari vehicle and safari guide. They are need to be booked separately, from booking counter. In order to avoid separate booking of Entrance Ticket, Guide, Vehicle one may book Safari through booking travel agents or through resort. Usually safaris booked through resort/hotel entitles you for shared safari at cost of exclusive safari thus either go directly or through your travel agent. Here all the visitors are required to provide their ID (Passport/PAN Card/ Adhaar Card/Voter ID/ Driving License/Central Govt. ID Card ) details on mandatory basis. For Foreigner visitors, their active Passport is the only document, treated as their ID document. Without ID document, safari booking is not possible, as per rule so one should must provide this information and carry the same ID document during all the safari drives. As per current status, Madhya Pradesh Forest Department is offering two types of safari drives i.e. Full vehicle safari and Shared safari. In Full-vehicle safari , you will get exclusive safari with your guide and driver. In Shared-safari or Single-seat safari you will be accompanied by other co-visitors. Maximum 06 tourists are allowed in one safari vehicle. In such case gypsy+guide fee is paid at the time of safari entrance, to forest department official. This amount varies as cost is distributed between sharing partners and it is know to us when we practically reach their. So sharing safari visitors should must carry some cash INR. (maximum 3000 INR. per drive basis, it is subject to change with revision of fee) to pay off this fee. Those wildlife photographers who want more space for their equipments, in vehicle, should go for Full-vehicle ride. We are doing both types of safari ticket booking i.e. Full-vehicle safari and Shared-safari. Safari Guides are decided and offered park management. These guides are trained & registered with park authority and have good wildlife knowledge. They are mainly local villagers having good local knowledge and trained by forest department. Their fluency is in their local language i.e. in Hindi Language but can explain things in manageable English also. If tourists want English speaking guide then they are required to book deluxe or luxury resort and take their English naturalist service, by paying separate fee.

Safari Aim

Most of us visits a national park with some predetermined plan and expectation to see some selective animals like most of us visit tiger reserves with single mind-set to see tigers in wilderness and if not seen, safari was declared unfruitful/wastage of time. We should go for safari with blank mind and try to coordinate with associate guide and absorb all the vital information provided by him. In jungle, there is something amazing in every step. Nature is not something to see but to feel. During safari we can realize the distance covered by human race since its evolution and also the gap between nature and our daily life. Such jungle safari introduces us to another world left far behind by human race. It also makes us realize what we have missed and missing in our urban lifestyle.

During Safari Drive

Drive slowly and with due care. It is different from driving in cities or open highways. Slow and steady drive will not disturb nearby animals and create scope for very good sighting and better wildlife photography from short distance. Similarly wild animals are not use-to to human presence and safari vehicles so they would prefer to maintain long distance from safari vehicles. Forest department has set the speed limit of 20 km/hr, during safari drive. It is the duty of safari guide to ensure that his driver will strictly follow this rule, else will be liable for punishment. Here we should understand that fact that we are outsiders and visiting the home of wild animals thus our rights are very limited and we should respect the first right of wild animals in their natural home. Safaris should be conducted in such a way that it would not disturb any wildlife from their natural activity. Slow drive will also avails time to concentrate on jungle calls and notifying things more comprehensively.

Use all senses during Safari

Kanha National Park is full of amazing characters. We are expected to use all of our senses during park safari. Watching animals is one thing, calls of deers, humming insects, songs of bird, fragrance of plants, crawling of reptiles on fallen dry-leaves is unique experience. At the same time signs and road-side markers, pugmarks, scratch-marks of trees are also some unique seen of jungle and deserves to be captured in camera. So in a sum-up we can say we should keep all our senses open and active and not to allow any movement un-scanned.

Roadside marks & signs

As you drive through Kanha, you will notice some numeric digit numbers on tree-stump like structures in some places. The numbers we may find in those stumps and their indicative meaning is as follows:
 
Sign Description
1
When you find sign “1” then it means it is a meadow. Most of such meadows were once sites of human settlement.
   
2
Sign “2” is used for boundary pillar. Several hundreds of such pillars indicate the boundary of Kanha Tiger Reserve. From one such pillars next one is visible. It is a good indication for graziers to keep their cattle out.
   
3
This sign is for patrolling camp. Such patrolling camps are manned by a team of forest guard and one or two helpers. About 160 such patrolling camps are present in Kanha at present. On vehicle break down or any incident with safari vehicle, these guards will come first for your rescue.
   
4
Sign “4” is for checkppost. A checkpost is a manned barrier at every entrance and exit point of National Park. About 22 checkpoints are present in Kanha National Park. Every passing through vehicle is checked by gurads at such checkpoints against poaching, illicit tree cutting etc. Entry of each entering/exiting vehicle is registered here.
   
5
Sign “5” indicates presence of Termite Hills. During parks safari we often come across such termite hill of height ranging from 1meter to 3meters.
   
6
This sign is for Animal Track developed due to regular use of same path in search of food, water and shelter. It is not developed by human interference. Deers often follows such familiar animal tracks and they remember such tracks by smell and sight. Foot marks & droppings on any such animal track reveal the identity of its regular user.
   
7
Sign of “7” is for migration corridor. This corridor is 30 mtr. Wide and 10 km. long. It connects Kanha and Bishanpura to enable barasingha to move from Kanha to Bishanpura, on their own. This corridor was created by clearing the undergrowth and make it look like a passage. Dried mahua (Indian butter tree) flowers and salt licks were put along the way to attract herbivores. As a result, it was found that barasingha moved through this corridor and accepted Bishanpura as their permanent home.
   
8
Sign of “8” is for fireline. Fire is the major threat for dense forests like Kanha specially in summer. Fireline is a preventive step to avoid any such unprecedented incident from occurrence in National Park. Width of a fireline varies from 3 to 32 meters. It divides the Tiger Reserve into smaller blocks. Fireline of Kanha National Park is about 1900km. The 965km long roads are also act as fireline.
   
9
Water source in Kanha is indicated with sign of “9”. Water is a natural resource essential for existence of all life. Small nalas, springs are natural sources of water and dams, tanks are man-made sources of water. Persence of such water sources prevents migration and over-crowding in an area.
   
10
This sign is allotted for Lapsi Kabar. Lapsi was a local tribal man with expertise in hunting and guiding. Kabar means grave. In year 1930, lapsi was accompanying some game sportsment in forest of Kanha and had close encounter with Tiger. He fought bravely with Tiger but paid with his life. A gravestone was installed here in memory of his courage and bravery.
   
11
Sign “11” is entitled for enclosure. An “Enclosure” is a fenced area in National Park, created to provide special care and attention to highly endangered species. In Kanha, such enclosure is made for barasingha’s.
   
12
Swamps and Wallows of Kanha are indicated by this symbol. These swamps are favorite place to haunt for Barasingha/Swamp Deers. Here they eat aquatic plants. Wild boars can also be seen in these swamps as they coat their skin with mud to protect themselves from insects.
   
13
Claw marks are indicated through this sign. Claw marks are generally left on tree trunks by tigers in order to clean & sharpen their claws. From these claw marks one can conclude about the height & strength of tiger who had marked. It is also a warning signal for rival tigers.
   
14
Research Plot is indicated by sign "14". It is for area under special monitoring. It is usually done to study special relationship between certain plants & animal/s. Required data are collected from these sites and analyzed to reach some conclusion.
   
15
Shravan Taal is indicated by sign of "15". As per legend, this is the place where dutiful son stopped to feed drinking water to his blind parents during their pilgrimage tour. In the same place he was shot down by arrow released by King Dashratha (father of lord Rama) of Ayodhya.
   
16
Shravan Chita is indicated by this sign. As per legend, this is the place where dutiful son Shravan was cremated after being killed by the arrow of King Dashratha (father of lord Rama) of Ayodhya.
   
17
It is for Dashratha Machan which is in ridge opposite to Shravan Tal. As per legend, it is from this Machaan, King Dashratha release the arrow towards Shravan by mistake in expectation of some animal to kill.



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