While many people heading off on a tiger safari will be on their first-ever adventure to see these majestic creatures, there are those who have been on multiple tours and just can’t get enough of them. There are some national parks that, while still offering a positive experience for the seasoned big cat watcher, might feel a little ‘tame’. If you want to step up your tiger watching safari to the next level, Panna National Park, in India, may offer an experience a little more out of the ordinary.
Panna National Park
For a ‘wilder’ tiger safari, the national park at Panna provides visitors the option of a less structured environment in which to experience the incredible diversity of wildlife that this part of India is home to. The national park is located on the banks of the Ken River, and is well-known as one of the most exciting locations in India for wildlife watching. Visitors to the park are presented with a rich variety of bird life and hoofed mammals. On the avian front alone, there are over 200 species of birds that live in the park.
If you’re heading to Panna National Park on a tiger safari, you will find yourself amongst a plethora of other wildlife as well; so, even if the shy big cat is being elusive, you certainly won’t be disappointed! The truly astonishing range of birds in the park include: the Crested Serpent Eagle and the Malabar Pied Hornbill, as well as many species of babbler, flycatcher, warbler and raptors. Some of the most popular bird species on the wish list of those who travel to the park specifically for bird-watching include the King Vulture, the Honey Buzzard, the Bar-headed Goose and the Blossom-headed Parakeet.
Why Choose Panna?
The park takes in an area of just under 1,500 km2, featuring a geographically diverse terrain of forests, streams and waterfalls. In 2007, the park was given the Government of India Ministry of Tourism’s Award of Excellence for the best maintained, tourist friendly national park. The rugged terrain is a veritable paradise for many species of animal and those on tiger safaris in the park will also be treated to the sight of Chousingha, Marsh Mugger Crocodiles, Nilgai and Spotted Deer; as well as the more elusive leopard and dhole. Overnight stays within close proximity of the park will also allow visitors to enjoy night drives to see owls, night jars, jungle cats, civets and foxes.