Kanha was a joy to explore, complete with a grassland area where rare southern swamp deer thrive, having been brought back from the brink of extinction. With a core area covering 580 square miles, it is the second largest reserve (after Satpura) in Madhya Pradesh: I took in part of the west of the park from Kipling Camp and a southern stretch from my last port of call, Kanha Jungle Lodge.
FIFTY YEARS AGO, INDIA’S BENGAL TIGERS WERE ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION. NOW THE POPULATION IS THRIVING THANKS TO THE SANKHALAS, A THREE-GENERATION CONSERVATION DYNASTY.
VERA - APRIL 2023
Sankhala is certain I’ll see a tiger. He tells me this as we bump along the dirt roads of Bandhavgarh National Park, India’s tiger country – 1,540km2 of swaying grassland and tropical forest where the mighty Bengal tiger roams freely.
ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO SEE WILD TIGERS IN INDIA – AND A LODGE TO STAY AT RUN BY FAMILY OF PROJECT TIGER FOUNDER WHO KICK-STARTED BIG CAT’S SUCCESSFUL CONSERVATION
SOUTH CHINE POST - AUGUST 2022
Today, Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge is managed by a member of the third generation of the Sankhala family – Pradeep’s son Amit. A trustee of the Tiger Trust, Amit also manages the Kanha Jungle Lodge, near Kanha National Park, and, like his father and grandfather, is regarded as an important Indian wildlife conservationist.