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Tiger Safari in Kanha is one of the most thrilling and genuine safari experiences you can have in India. This is not a park for tiger centric visitors who are after a quick safari and lots of tigers; take a tiger tour in Bandhavgarh for that. Kanha is about quality not quantity of sightings and this is the way that Wildlife Trails have promoted this park since Kirsty and I first visited in 1999.

They say this stunning landscape provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kiplin's 'Jungle Book' and you do get a sense of a denser, more atmospheric 'true' Indian jungle as you drive through the park on safari. The park is located between the towns of Jabalpur and Nagpur (two possible access points) in the state of Madhya Pradesh, its diverse mixture of shady river valleys and rocky escarpments provide ideal habitat for the resident tigers to relax from the heat of the Indian summer. A tiger safari in Kanha from the quieter Mukki side is an experience our clients have been enjoying for nearly 15 years with Wildlife Trails.

The park was initially created in 1955 to preserve the dwindling local population of Barasingha (a unique type of swamp deer). The farming practices of local villages within the park and the grazing pressure of their livestock were putting too much pressure on the deer population, so some ground breaking village relocation were intiated. Kanha received further protection in 1974 when it joined the Project Tiger scheme and as the tiger population recovered alongside an increase in its prey, the first few tourists started to arrive and take a tiger safari inside the park.

The park was initially created in 1955 to preserve the dwindling local population of Barasingha (a unique type of swamp deer). The farming practices of local villages within the park and the grazing pressure of their livestock were putting too much pressure on the deer population, so some ground breaking village relocation were intiated. Kanha received further protection in 1974 when it joined the Project Tiger scheme and as the tiger population recovered alongside an increase in its prey, the first few tourists started to arrive and take a tiger safari inside the park.

Kanha is one of the largest tiger sanctuaries in India, with nearly 2000 sq km given over to the protection of tigers and other wildlife. That said, it is noticeable that the best remaining tiger populations remain in the tourist zones, rather than the other areas of the park, where poaching, illegal tree cutting and illegal grazing has taken a heavy toll on the wildlife. This is one of the reasons Wildlife Trails is a big supporter of 'quality' wildlife tourism in all of India’s sanctuaries. A tiger tour taken with a foreign travel company should enhance this protection, so please ask what your travel company is doing to safeguard wildlife and also involve local villages in their protection

Like Bandhavgarh and other park in Madhya Pradesh, Kanha used to offer elephant safaris - or the terribly named 'tiger show', We were never fans of this short and aggressive form of tiger viewing and much preferred our clients to enjoy their tiger safari from a jeep. The jeeps are very well designed for and Indian Safari, with low slung seats and doors, to allow a good range of movement and to get down at eye level with the tiger for the best photographic results.

We have been a loyal supporter of Kanha Jungle Lodge located on the Mukki side of Kanha for many, many years. The service and affection given to our clients by the owners Taron and Dimple is first class, and we are amazed how often on our travels in India, we meet other travelers who have enjoyed their hospitality. It has now been too long (2008) since we travelled to see them with our young family; so I feel a tiger safari in Kanha is coming up for the Blanchards!

     
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