Kanha National Park Safari

Safari Zone

Basic Introduction
Kanha core safari zones
Why to visit core safari zones
Important Links


As per its name, core zone forest is central part of Kanha tiger reserve. As per court rule, we can do jungle safaris in 20% part only thus here also we will do jungle safaris in small part of forest, rest of the area will remain protected but undisturbed from tourist activities. These tourism areas of core forest is open for visitors from October to June month. It means it remain closed in monsoon season (July to September). Here we are sharing valuable information to resolve the queries like:

  • What are the core zones in Kanha national park ?
  • What is the importance of core zone?
  • How to do jungle safaris in these core zones ?
  • What precautions we should take while plannig to visit core zones ?
Kanha wildlife safari

Kanha core safari zones

Here we have tried to prepare a list or core zones in Kanha national park. All of these core zones are popular among tourists. In addition to this, learn about the associated safari vehicle entry gates for these core zones and advisory on where should we choose our stay as per safari zones. Right combination will make your tour experience better and convenient with no shocking surprise. So go through details carefully and plan accordingly.

Zone Name Designated Entry Gate Where to stay
Kanha zone Khatia entry gate Stay at any resort or hotel but near Khatia gate
Khapa zone Khapa entry gate (near Mukki gate) Stay at any resort or hotel but near Mukki gate
Sijhora zone Sarhi gate Stay at any resort or hotel but near Sarhi gate
Phen zone Phen gate Stay at any resort or hotel but near Mukki or Sarhi gate

Why to visit core zones

Core zone forest is the central part of forest which is surrounded by buffer zone. When it comes to forest, both core and buffer zone forest are almost same and there is not physical boundary in between them thus for normal visitors, forest will be same and oursider will never distinguish between core and buffer zone forest. Same is the case with animals. They can't distinguish between core and buffer zone forests. In terms of conservation, buffer forest plays important role in protecting core forest area. While visiting Kanha national park, we should must do at least one safari in buffer zone for following reasons:

  • Coexistence: Surrounding villages of Kanha national park are mostly in buffer zones. Visit buffer zones to study the theory of co-existence of human beings and wild animals. Buffer forest is best place to study it.
  • Birding: Buffer zone forest offers better birding than core zones. Many birds, insects, reptiles prefers to live in country side. Buffer zone offers both forest and country side atmosphere thus better place for such birds, insects, reptiles.
  • Crowd free: Usually buffer zone safari is second choice thus if you are fedup of safari vehicle crowd at core zones, then do relaxed safari at buffer zone forest.
  • Low cost safaris: Safari permit cost of core zones are almost double to buffer zones thus core zone safaris is not in budget for low budget tourists. Buffer zones are good option for such visitors to enjoy jungle safaris at low cost.

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