Bandhavgarh National Park : Elephant Safari

Elephant Safari in Bandhavgarh

Introduction
Bandhavgarh Elephant Safari

At Bandhavgarh national park, anybody can enjoy two types of safari drives i.e. jeep safari and elephant safari. To know about Bandhavgarh jeep safari please click here . Although jeep safari drive is the most popular way to explore Bandhavgarh safari zones but on some occasions, their is no alternate of Elephant safari drives. Safari jeeps can move only on their safari trails and they cannot move away from their safari trails like crusade into bushes, dense forest area etc. Wild animals are shy by nature and they usually try to stay away from safari trails due to which their sighting becomes difficult for visitors. In such circumstances, elephant safari drive is the best alternate option to more away from safari trails and ensure more satisfaction to tourists.

Elephant Ride
Here at Bandhavgarh national park, very limited elephant ride options are offered to tourists. Elephant safari booking options are also so difficult that we cannot ensure the visitors they will get the elephant ride with guarantee. Their is justified reason for this uncertainty. Bandhavgarh lies in Madhya Pradesh state and it is a fact that wild elephants are not found in jungles of Madhya Pradesh. All the national parks, located in Madhya Pradesh like Kanha national park, Panna national park, Pench national park, Satpura national park etc. don't have their own wild elephants. They have to purchase them from other states, where wild elephant herds are still surviving. Each elephant costs high due to which, each national park have very limited elephants like 10-15 elephants. They are basically purchased for patrolling purpose so park management give preference to its use in forest duty rather than encashing them by issuing to tourists. Terms and conditions are made so difficult that it is not easy for normal visitor to hire them to enjoy elephant safari in Bandhavgarh.

Elephant Ride conditions:
  • Elephant can be booked only 24 hrs in advance.
  • Elephant safari booking need written approval from Field Director of national park.
  • Elephant ride approval is usually given for wildlife photographers for photography purpose and not for normal safari.
  • Elephant ride approval is usually given to those who have also booked jeep safari on full-day basis.
  • Their is not guarantee that if full-day jeep safari is approved then elephant safari ride request will be approved.
  • Maximum 03 hours elephant ride is allowed, with full-day jeep safari.
  • For full-day jeep safari, application should be filed 10-15 days in advance. Only 03 person allowed for this safari.
  • Usually 3-5 elephants applications are accepted for any particular day.
  • Submission of application does not means guarantee of approval.
  • One CD copy of taken photographs, has to be submitted to park authority.

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