Jamtara Wilderness Camp is located at the edge of wildlife-rich buffer zone forests of Pench Tiger Reserve near Jamtara village. It is a rustic and highly ethically run camp offering accommodation in ten tented suites in the heart of rural Madhya Pradesh.
Surrounded by tall Arjuna Trees and an ancient Banyan rooted on a dry riverbed, each tent overlooks the forest providing a real jungle experience. Tents are designed to feel light and open, allowing guests the optimum view of nature.
Each day guests can take two 4x4 safaris into the National Park to search for tigers and other wildlife, accompanied by an expert naturalist guide who enriches your experience with their in-depth knowledge of the forest, it’s wildlife and their behaviours. Their love of India’s wilderness shines through and is completely infectious!
There are good chances of seeing tigers here in Pench, and in the dry season when you can access through the north gate you will be one of only five jeeps permitted to enter through this gate. This enhances the wildlife experience even further, exploring the remote region of the park north of the Pench River with privacy, exclusivity and tranquillity. In the wet season you venture further into Pench, accessing the southern ranges of the park from a nearby gate.
A very special experience that one can have at Jamtara is a ‘Star Bed’, offered in partnership with the local community in order to support sustainable and ethical tourism. Jamtara encourages guests to take a night to stay out on a Machaan, sleeping under the stars on a raised platform just as local farmers have done for generations.
The Machaans are built on the land of the local farmers and serve as a revenue source for them. Sleeping up high on stilts will allow you to see how vividly the stars shine in the sky and to watch everything below - you never know what walks through the farms at night while you are safely watching and listening form your four-poster bed atop the platform.
The lodge believes in inclusive approach and runs various initiatives to support the surrounding communities. These range from providing training and employment to the locals to donating funds as well as materials to the local school. During your stay, we would highly recommend exploring Jamtara village to experience simple rural life and to learn more about the positive impact of sustainable communit-based tourism and wildlife conservation.
The lodge itself was built with minimum impact on the local environment as part of the vision of Pradeep Sankhala, a champion of sustainable tourism-supported conservation and director of the Project Tiger initiative which helped to protect and save tigers in the 1970’s when they were in danger of extinction. Since the inception of this project, tiger numbers are recovering well but there is still much work to be done.
India is the land of the tiger and despite tiger numbers suffering considerably in the past, India has now taken steps to protect its tiger populations and the ecosystems in which they live, protecting national parks and reserves and promoting sustainable wildlife tourism as a vehicle for conservation. The most recent tiger count showed their methods have been successful as tiger numbers have significantly increased!
There are various national parks across India in which one can experience a phenomenal wildlife safari with the chance to see many beautiful and fascinating Asian species. Tigers of course are a focus for many, but leopard, sloth bear, gaur, wild dog, striped hyena, jungle cat and a plethora of vibrant birds may also be seen in the jungles and grasslands.
During winter from October to February the weather is the most pleasant with temperatures usually ranging between 10°C and 28°C (although they can be cooler in early mornings, and towards the end of February they do begin to reach mid-30's in the hottest parts of the day). This is the most popular season for tiger safaris.
The summer (March to June) can be very hot with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 42°C, however tiger viewing is very good during this time - if one can contend with the extreme heat.
The monsoon makes tiger safaris very difficult from July to September and most national parks are closed during this time.