Wildlife In Satpura
Satpura is relatively newer park accessible from Pipariya station (50 kms) or Bhopal (140 kms).
Satpura is surrounded by the reserve formed by the Tawa Dam makes it one of the most spectacular sanctuary for game drives in Central India.
The park supports some of the highest densities of giant gaur (rare White Gaur is also found here) in central India, sambar, wild boar, nilgai, chausingha, chital etc. Satpura is one of the best places in India to see sloth bear, leopards and also Dhole or Asiatic wild dog. With high prey densities, tiger densities are also high. Tiger sightings are good. Satpura has more than 150 species of birds recorded.
With its mix of mountains, rivers and the vast lake it is the most beautiful park in central India and the only tiger reserve that allows walking safaris in small groups accompanied by well-trained local guides.
The Sheer diversity of animals, the presence of several bird species, numerous species of endemic butterflies and the luxury of exploring this 1,500 square km expanse makes for an excellent wildlife experience.
Safaris - Jeep Safaris are arranged by the jungle lodges (Morning and Afternoon safaris - 3-4 hours each). Boat Safaris and Elephant safaris are also arranged here. Boat safaris are popular for a bird watcher. Elephant safaris give excellent opportunity to deeper within core area.
Seasonality - Oct-March is considered good for Wildlife and Bird watching. April - May is good for photographers and Wildlifers. Temperatures can go upto 45 degrees celcius in May. Park is Open Oct 16th - Mid-June.