Elephants? Kanha National Park?

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I heard that the 'Elephant Safari' at Kanha National Park isn't there any more (apparently because there's 'not many elephants' but I don't know). When I saw this I assumed it was a 'safari' RIDING on an elephant but maybe it meant a normal jeep safari looking for wild elephants - does anyone know? I'd LOVE to ride through the jungle on an elephant! I guess it's not really relevant if they don't offer them at all anymore though....

Do most people get to ride an Elephant in India? I rode one at the fort at Jaipur. What was your best elephant riding experience in India?
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There are no wild elephants in Central India. This includes Kanha. When tigers are spotted, visitors may be ferried closer to the tigers on elephants, for a few minutes. The availability of elephants depends upon the whims of the Forest Department.

In some parks you may hire an elephant for a proper safari. The typical duration will be about two hours. In most parks what they call a safari is actually a half-hour 'joy' ride around the periphery of the elpehant camp.

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Thanks for the info Apana - Any ideas which National Parks offer elephant safaris (as opposed to joyrides). One of the things my 14 year old sister really wants to do when we go to India in Feb 04 is ride on an elephant through the jungle so I'm trying to do what I can for her! (I love your website - I'll be forwarding it onto a photographer friend of mine!).
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Thanks for your comments. Nagarhole has now introduced elephant rides, but every ride will be restricted to about two hours. In the mornings it becomes too hot for the elephants after 9 ish. In the afternoons, the ride must stop by 5.30 so the elephant can return to camp.

The rumour is that Jungle Lodges and Resorts, the people who run the resort at Kabini, will introduce a proper elephant safari, where visitors will travel between tented camps where they can spend the night. I just checked their web site, but there's no official word on this as yet.

At the moment Jungle Lodges takes visitors to the elephant camp at Dubare in Coorg, where visitors may feed and bathe the elephants.

Hope this helps.

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Any tips for what should I expect at Kanha? I would be there sometime next week. Also anything special that I should keep in mind for the safari? Would be staying at the Taj Safari Lodge (long story how). Any diea what to expect there?
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Originally Posted by mridula View Post Any tips for what should I expect at Kanha? I would be there sometime next week. Also anything special that I should keep in mind for the safari? Would be staying at the Taj Safari Lodge (long story how). Any diea what to expect there?
Hi mridula ,
Just do not expect any tigers they only come when not expected. one small tip: do not go for a elephant show, ask your guide to take you to the show site when tiger starts moving you will have a better sighting, that` what we did. do not miss the oppurtunity of birding . kanha has a treasure house of them. dont pet the gaurs, just love the place.
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Thanks Travelling the Hills for the tips. I will not expect to see a Tiger Any tips for clothing? Anything that is expected in this regard on a safari and that a first timer like me won't know of?
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Hi Mridula,
its going to be hot, be prepared for it . We went in April this yr & it was already burning. do carry a scarf or headcover for your head and arms, otherwise sunstroke is a possibility. and do carry gallons and gallons of water. if you have time do an evening drive to Bamni Dadar(sunset/sunrise point), hardly anybody goes that route and believe me when i say its exciting. chck my blog for the pics, we stayed in Baghira Log huts, which was pretty exciting. I dont know where Taj Lodge is. Clothes must be light shaded, preferably earthy colors, loud colors r not allowed in jungle. by the way do ask how 17 tigers died in Kanha this yr?? you will have every kind of funny stories, ours was 'most of them were old and died fighting among themselves'. then ask them what the total no is, every guide will have a different no.
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Thanks for the tips Travelling the Hills. I will follow your advise. Will ask about the Tigers too. And I know about summer, after all I live in NCR, so will take care.
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Oh that Taj lodge is in Banjaar Tola.
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grt enjoy .
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I am back from Kanha National Park, no luck with the tiger. But as they say, so what if you could not see the tiger, be happy that the tiger saw you!

And got a good picture of Malabar Pied Hornbill.
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lovely pic, that bird is a treasure to look at.
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Thank you Travelling the Hills. I am quite amazed that the bord stood still for such a long time!
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Beautiful photo!! Love it.

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