One of the largest and most scenic wildlife sanctuaries in India, Kanha National Park is an ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha shelter a significant population of rare species such as tiger, leopard, sloth bear, barasingha and wild dog.
Kanha's mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidans. These meadows support a high density of herbivores, including chital, barasingha, sambar and gaur, attracting predators such as the tiger, dhole or leopard to the fringes of the clearings. Perennial streams run through a number of such meadows, providing a source of water for the wildlife even in the hot summers. Kanha meadow, with its hundreds of chital grazing on a carpet of green grass against the backdrop of the majestic Sal forest, has been aptly referred to as 'the Ngorongoro of India".
The Banjaar River forms the southwestern boundary of Kanha, attracting wildlife to its waters even during the driest periods, when it retains water in large pools. Rising high above the surrounding forests, the plateau of Bamhni Dadar offers a panoramic view of the surrounding jungle. Known as Sunset Point, it offers spectacular views of the sun setting over Kanha's dense forests. Indian gazelle, or chinkara, and four horned antelope, or chowsingha, graze among the stunted trees and grasses on the plateau.
Kanha is particularly well know for its endangered swamp deer, or hardwater barasingha, which populate the large open tracks of grass amidst the forests of teak and bamboo. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story for Kanha.
“From the gentlemen who all provided the airport transfers, to the camp and Palace we stayed at, we had such a wonderful experience. We do sincerely thank you for such a great time we had. At Banjaar Tola we managed to see tigers 11 times, and a total of 8 individual Tigers plus one leopard. The whole experience there exceeded our expectations. The camp is very professionally run, and the staff are very genuine and caring. Our game drives were superb, as were the tents and the food. We got to know the staff well, and were humbled by their service standards and warmth. Rambagh Place was spectacular. We were...”
Geet Chana and Mahul Shah
Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp