Category: India

Satpura’s East Buffer Zone

After coffee and cake it was time to leave on our evening safari to the East Buffer Zone. The first time we had been there. This zone had more interaction with the local village and because of this had encountered problems. With Tigers, Leopards, and Dhole crossing the river and attacking the local cattle. The…


Morning Drive in Satpura

Another early start began with coffee and a biscuit  and a drive in the dark to the river crossing for a morning safari in Satpura. As we reached the crossing a flock of Red Wattled Lapwings flew across in front of us, heading down to the rivers edge. Entering the park we saw a large…


Tigers and Sloth Bear in Satpura

We left the lodge at 3.00 p.m and headed for the river travelling through the villages. hoping for more sightings of Sloth Bear in the park. It was harvest time and although some of the crops were being harvested by machines. Many of the fields were being worked by hand. Long lines of mostly women harvested…


Sloth Bear in Satpura

The wake up call was at 4.45 a.m and then we were off in the dark to the river crossing into Satpura in the hope of more sightings of Sloth bear. As we drove along a Field Mouse scurried across the road dazzled by the jeeps headlights. Arriving at the river once again we left…


Sunday Morning Safari in Satpura

Once again we left the lodge in the dark and headed for the river and the entrance to the National Park. We negotiated the floating bridge by torchlight and headed off in the park jeeps. Early in to the safari tiger pug marks were seen on the sand track. The four jeeps split up to…


Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone

This morning the four jeeps, their passengers, guides and naturalists that made up the Bear group were on safari in Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone. After a slightly later wake up call at 5.30 a.m. we left at 6.00 a.m. in our jeep with Alf and Carol. The track led through villages full of cows, goats…


Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

After breakfast we left our hotel for our three to four hour journey to Satpura National Park and the Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Today, 21st March is the festival of Holi in India. It celebrates both the arrival of Spring and the death of the demoness Holika. So it celebrates the triumph of good over…


Heathrow to India’s Satpura National Park

 This spring we joined Naturetrek’s Wildlife Festival in India’s Satpura National Park.  The group was to be based at the luxurious Reni Pani Jungle Lodge in the parks buffer zone. We were to depart from London Heathrow on a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai. Rajan Jolly had already alerted us to some problems with Jet…


Keoladeo National Park

Having spent the last ten days in fairly remote locations, Bharatpur also know as Keoladeo National Park wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We knew that the wetland sanctuary had been created some 250 years ago, initially as a hunting ground for the maharajahs of Bharatpur. There were duck shoots  organised yearly in honor of…


River Chambal National Park

The overnight train journey passed without incident and we arrived in Agra. We spent a day with the crowds  visiting the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Then it was time to say good bye to three members of the group. Our next stop was the River Chambal. This was an area that we knew…