India is one of the finest safari destinations in Asia. Although the Bengal Tiger remains the primary attraction for most, India is blessed with an incredible variety of wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, Asiatic lion, one-horned rhino, elephants, bison and various other species of big and little game.
Satpura National Park in the central state of Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. Its fascinating terrain with steep ravines and teak and sal forests make it an ideal trekking country. Reni Pani Jungle Lodge’s exclusive campsites are perfect for those wanting to go off-the-beaten-track and explore the reserve’s core zone on foot.
One of the most famous trails in the region is the route taken by Captain James Forsyth to arrive at Pachmarhi during his explorations of the region in the 1860s, where he established the state’s forest department.
On a two-night and three-day walking and camping expedition, you would follow the Forsyth Trail and ascend to the lovely hill-station, nestled in the highest peaks of Satpura. The route, covering approximately 14-16 kilometres per day will take you deep into the ravines, along a wonderful perennial stream where you can enjoy a refreshing dip and through the pristine woods.
Camps are set up in carefully selected sites along the banks of picturesque Denwa River. Tents are simple yet comfortable and delicious local food is freshly prepared by your personal camp chef.
Your accompanying expert naturalist will ensure that you have the best nature and wildlife experience, as the forest is teeming with incredible flora and fauna, and the programme allows sufficient flexibility to be guided by your particular interests and stride.
For bird lovers, you may spot an incredible variety ranging from Grey Hornbills and Crested Serpent Eagle to Oriental White-eye and beautiful damselflies like Stream Glory and the Stream Jewel.
The trek can be easily combined with a stay at the Reni Pani Jungle Lodge where other forms of safaris can be undertaken including 4X4 game drives, elephant safari, boat safari and canoeing. For those wishing to stay away from the crowds chasing the tiger, Satpura offers a truly genuine safari experience.
“The book of nature has no beginning, as it has no end. Open this book where you will, and at any period of your life, and if you have the desire to acquire knowledge you will find it of intense interest, and no matter how long or how intently you study the pages, your interest will not flag, for in nature there is no finality.” – Jim Corbett.