Satpura

Satpura National Park is located in district Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh. It gets the name from Satpura hill ranges (Mahadeo hills) and covers an area of 524 sq km. Satpura National Park, and along with the adjoining Bori and Panchmarhi sanctuaries, provides 1,427 km2 (551 sq mi) of unique Central Indian Highland ecosystem. It was set up in 1981.

Satpura National Park, being part of a unique ecosystem, is very rich in biodiversity. The fauna comprises tiger, leopard, sambar, chital, bhedki, nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, bison (gour), wild boar, wild dog, bear, black buck, fox, porcupine, flying squirrel, mouse deer, Indian giant squirrel etc. There are a variety of birds. Hornbills and peafowl are the common birds. The flora of the national park consists of mainly sal, teak, tendu, aonla, mahua, bel, bamboo, and a variety of grasses and medicinal plants. The terrain of the national park is extremely rugged and consists of fascinating deep valleys, sandstone peaks, narrow gorges, rivulets, waterfalls, thickly dense green forest of sal, other medicinal herbs as well as Tawa’s vast reservoir. Uneven altitude ranges from 290m. to 1352 m. Highest peak of national park is in Satpura National Park i.e. Dhoopgarh at an altitude of 1400 m.

Flora of Satpura National Park

Bio-diversity of national park is stunning with over 1300 species of plants. Flora of national park includes teak, sal, tendu, mahua (Indian butter-tree), bel (stone-apple), bamboos, grasses, bushes, unchecked grown lantanas and other many medicinal plants. Sal is the prominent tree found in the national park.

Forsyth - Satpura

Forsyth’s Lodge, Satpura is named in memory of one of the pioneers of the Indian Forest Service, a man who memorialized these fabled jungles and their human and wild inhabitants – in his classic account “The Highlands of Central India”.

Forsyth’s Lodge is located on the edge of Satpura National Park amongst 44 acres of restored wild jungle. This area was previously degraded overgrazed land and over the years the jungle has taken it back making it a paradise for spotted deer, wild boars, smaller cats and brilliant birdlife. This environmentally friendly lodge comprises twelve stylish mud cottages designed in keeping with the local style and constructed from local materials. Forsyth's Lodge works very closely with the park management and local people to create a unique jungle experience, whilst benefiting the local community.

Forsyth’s Lodge has been adjudged ‘The Most Inspirational Eco-Lodge’ and has been ranked as an Outstanding Practice Certification provider in our operational practices and the highest PUG rating by TOFT (Travel Operators for Tigers Campaign).

It is a warm and welcoming place with great food and service and a team of young and enthusiastic manager and naturalists. We hope that you will enjoy the lodge as much as the magnificent Satpura Tiger Reserve that it serves.

At Forsyth, we believe in the ideology of taking to your feet to explore the wilderness and pay attention to every detail that surrounds you, making the journey one to remember for a lifetime. There’s no better way than exploring the forest by foot, to truly marvel at the wild sights around you. You are encouraged to try the various other non-motor based activities like canoe and mountain bike safaris to enhance your Satpura experience. Hence our focus at the lodge is more towards non-motor based safaris than just visiting the wilderness in a Jeep.

In consultation with your naturalists, we aim to provide you with a tailor-made Satpura experience, which will ensure that you experience the exotic jungle along with its many denizens that comprise a Tiger’s habitat, as opposed to just one species at a time.

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