Satpura Mountain Range, India

Satpura National Park

Satpura is uncharted and unspoiled and represents wilderness at its very best. This reserve is part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of forest left in India and is still connected to other reserves by forest ‘corridors’.

Satpura National Park is cradled in the Satpura Range of the Mahadeo Hills and straddles the State of Madhya Pradesh. Satpura National Park provides 1427 square kilometres of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem. This region, therefore, represents the largest block of tiger habitat left in the world.

Bengal Tiger, Satpura National Park, India
Bengal Tiger, Satpura National Park, India
Satpura Mountain Range, India
Satpura Mountain Range, India
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park, India
Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park, India

Why visit Satpura National Park

The magnificent deep valleys, high mountains, rivulets, waterfalls and vast reservoir combine to give this park a unique beauty. The terrain is extremely rugged and consists of sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, ravines and dense forests and the altitude ranges from 300 metres to 1352 metres.

Satpura has over 50 tigers in its core area. The Doob areas, with open grassy slopes flanked by thickly wooded jungle and small water bodies, are perfect grazing habitats for deer and gaur.

Marsh Mugger Crocodile, Satpura National Park, India
Satpura National Park, India

Activities at Satpura National Park

In addition to jeep safaris, visitors can also opt for canoeing on the river, and a jungle walk. A trip to the core area is highly recommended and will result in the best sightings. A new species of gecko has been discovered in the Satpura Hill ranges, named Eublepharis Satpuraensis after the location it was found in. The endangered Indian skimmer has been spotted near Pattan in the Madhai range. The Tawa reservoir recedes in the summer forming new sandbanks that act as an excellent breeding ground for these birds.

Satpura is accessed by a short flight from Mumbai or Delhi to Bhopal followed by a five-hour drive or it’s possible to take a train. Satpura combines well with Kanha and Pench.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Bori Safari Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari Lodge

Ideally located between Bori Wildlife Sanctuary and Dhapada Village, Bori Safari Lodge is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Forsyth Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Forsyth is a small wildlife lodge set in an area of reclaimed jungle on the edge of Satpura National Park. The lodge’s main purpose is to provide guests with a meaningful, sustainable wildlife experience in one of the most exciting tiger habitats in the world.

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Reni Pani Jungle Lodge £££££

  • India
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is a small but perfectly formed camp, situated in the buffer zone of Satpura National Park in Central India. Well located close to the park entrance, it offers 12 individual cottages in pristine acres of deciduous forest land. Reni Pani is defined by its high standard of service with personal butlers to take care of your every need. The Reni Pani cottages and tents offer an extremely comfortable and stylish base located around a perennial waterhole which provides great opportunities to observe wildlife right from your doorstep.

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