Kanha National Park Safari

Kanha Buffer Zones

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Just like other tiger reserves, Kanha national park is also divided into core and buffer category. All safari zones under buffer category are called buffer safari zones of Kanha national park. In below given table, we have listed the names of all those buffer safari zones. As the name suggests, core zone area is central forest area where human disturbance is least, no commercial activity is ensured thus wild animals are more secure which means better animals sighting opportunity. Core zone shares its border with buffer zone only and not with rest of the world. The mixed land area, surrounding to core zone is called buffer zone where shares its inner border with core zone and outer border with rest of the world. Thus buffer zone plays very important role in wildlife conservation and their security. It gives cushioning effect to core zone thus their support can't be underestimated. It is mixed land in which villages and resorts are also located.

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Kanha buffer safari zones

In this section, we will study about the various buffer zones of Kanha national park in which tourists can do the jungle safaris. Many times, tourists get confused about location of buffer zones and often do the mistake of booking one buffer zone permit and choosing hotel or resort which is far away from that entry gate and get the shocking surprise on reaching the hotel. Till that time, they are in so close that they don't get any refund on cancellation. Thus better to use travel agent service or book through hotel or first enhance your knowledge and then do the permits booking. Below information will be very helpful for readers.

Zone Name Designated Entry Gate Where to stay
Khatia 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 buffer zones

Buffer zone forest is the protective layer to core 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.
Guide vs Naturalist Which safari zone is best Kanha safari timing
Morning vs Afternoon safari Low cost safari options Core zone vs Buffer zone

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