Safari Timing

Information on jungle safari timing in Bandhavgarh. Read about morning safari, afternoon safari, night safari. Whatsapp us on 8989007070

Introduction

In order to plan for Bandhavgarh tour, it is important to know the jungle safari timings so that accordingly we will draw our tour plan, decide arrival & departure schedule. Here in Bandhavgarh, 3 rounds of jungle safaris are offered. First safari of day is called morning safari which begins just before sunrise. Its safari duration is longest. Later after some gap, afternoon safari begins at Bandhavgarh. Duration of afternoon safari is always less than morning safari. It lasts 30 minutes more than sunset timing. Both morning and afternoon safaris are offered in both core safari zones and buffer safari zones, as per our permit booking for any particular safari zone.

Safari Timing at Bandhavgarh

Period Morning Safari Afternoon Safari Late Evening Safari
01 Oct - 31 Dec 06:00 - 11:30 Hrs 14:30 - 17:30 Hrs 19:00 - 21:30 Hrs
01 Dec - 28 Jan 06:30 - 11:30 Hrs 14:30 - 17:30 Hrs 18:30 - 21:00 Hrs
01 Feb - 31 Mar 06:30 - 11:30 Hrs 15:00 - 18:00 Hrs 19:00 - 21:30 Hrs
01 Apr - 30 June 06:00 - 11:30 Hrs 16:00 - 19:00 Hrs 19:30 - 21:30 Hrs

Here the park management authority retains the right to change the safari timing at any time as per situation. Usually park opens 30 minutes before sunset and closes 30 minutes after sunset. As per change in sunrise and sunset timing, due to change in seasons, park authority adjusts the park entry & exit timing. Impact of change in sunrise and sunset timing is also on night safari timing. If sunrise will be early then afternoon safari will close early thus late evening safari (night safari) will also begin early. Here we have to note that night safaris are always done on buffer zone forest only and not on any part of core zone forest areas.

Morning Safari

As mentioned above, duration of morning safari is longest among all these 3 modes of jungle safaris in Bandhavgarh. Here opening time varies as per season but closing time remains same at 11:30 PM. In case of any tiger census activity, tourist entry will get delayed than only closing time changes to maintain same safari duration for visitors. Just of our idea, we can consider the duration as almost 5:00 hrs which is more than enough for any wildlife lover and photographer. In this long duration, we can explore sufficient forest area and can gain sufficient wildlife knowledge in company of safari guide. In this duration we can extract information about various birds, trees, rocks, insects, history of part etc from our safari guide and take various photographs for our collection and sharing. Morning safaris are operated in both core safari zones and buffer zones. Considering the long safari duration, we recommend to carry your own pack breakfast and have it at "Central Point". It is a place for safari break to have breakfast, go to toilet, have tea and do some body stretching. Morning safari can be booked online and in advance to visit popular zones.

Afternoon Safari

Afternoon safari is many times referred as evening safari also. This safari is performed from afternoon hours till 30 minutes more, after sunset. Till we can see the forest in natural light, we have chance to enjoy the safari. Here opening and closing timing is decided by park management which should be strictly followed at any condition. Its duration is always less than morning safari duration. It is performed on both core safari zones and buffer zones, as per our safari permit. Every safari drive  at different timing have their own importance. Afternoon safari is good for those who are not early risers, who don't want to sit for long duration, who are visiting Bandhavgarh to relax more than wildlife exploration. Many wildlife species gets active in evening hours thus it offers some good wildlife photography opportunity. Tiger activity may be experienced at any safari timing. Afternoon safari can be booked in advance through online safari booking system.

Night Safari

Night safari is nothing but a late evening safari, performed only in buffer safari zone. It is always started after closing of afternoon safari i.e. after sunset and maintaining some gap between afternoon safari closing and opening of night safari in Bandhavgarh. Night safari permits are only booked through ticket counter at Tala village thus it can't be booked in advance. Only limited safari permits are issued so if you want do undertake it then do early on that day. Night safari experience is totally different from day safaris. Here we can better experience jungle calls and high probability to see many commonly unseen species like Jungle Cat, Hyena movements, Porcupine, Nilgai (Blue bull), Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Honey Badget and our favorite Tiger. Many new mammal species are discovered in night safaris only so it is of high importance.

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