The tiger safari at Kanha National Park is organized for tracking tigers in the wild. The safari is conducted in the open jeeps driven on organized road network. The road network intersects through a wide cross section of the park in the core zone often called tourism zone.
There are four zones in the National Park for tourism of which Kanha Zone is preferred the most. The reason for Kanha being a premium zone is the presence of excellent grassland habitats, dense forests and water bodies that attract game.
Other Zones are:
The only way to enjoy wildlife is on open jeep safaris since trekking is not allowed except on one nature trail. The jeep safaris take place in the morning and evening at fixed times. The timings are usually from break of sunlight to noon and from late noon to little before sunset.
A gate entry charge and booking is necessary before one can enter the park. Eighty percent of gate entry is booked online and a zone is designated while doing so. Hence book your favorite zone when paying for the gate entry. All this is subject to availability because the entry is limited in each zone. So book much in advance while finalizing your tour. Booking is done on MP Online Website.
The jeep for excursions are available locally at a fixed rate from the association. Else all your bookings and safari arrangements can be done by the resort you prefer to stay at.
A forest guide accompanies you on all excursions but if you wish you can hire expert naturalists with the help of locals or the resort management. Some resorts employ in house naturalist who accompanies you on all trips.
Proper guidance makes a difference and you may see more of wildlife and birds this way. Before arriving for a tiger safari do a little bit of reading on India and the park. There are many books and literature available in stores and online as well. Carry these books with you along with a pair of good binoculars.
Keep lots of warm clothing in winters and wear Khaki during the dry summers. A hat will help you shield from direct sunlight of the tropics.
Indian wildlife is very secretive and offers an element of surprise which can really thrill you to the bone. Hence be alert and keep calm while on safari.