If there’s one name that wildlife junkies and conscientious tourism promoters quote with respect in the context of travel to Africa, it is CC Africa. In India, under its new name &Beyond, they have tied up with Taj Safaris to launch two new properties in Madhya Pradesh—after Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh, and Baghvan in Pench—at Banjaar Tola in Kanha, and Pashan Garh in Panna.
The accommodation at Banjaar Tola comprises nine tented suites set on raised structures that are supported by just seven points on the ground.
Dusk: The Taj property at Banjaar Tola has nine tented suites. DookPhoto
Despite the minimally invasive construction, each suite has its own private deck, tribal-influenced décor and what they call eco-friendly air conditioning. At Pashan Garh, guests stay in 12 cottages atop a small hill which have been inspired by the local dry-stone construction technique. Each cottage has magnificent views of the forests and a nearby watering hole. Khajuraho is an hour away.
At both lodges, you can expect the services of &Beyond-trained naturalists, travel in specially designed 4x4 safari vehicles, watch birds and a rich diversity of wildlife. Prices during the high season (till 15 April) are Rs30,000 per person per night on a sharing basis; in low season (16 April-30 June), they drop to Rs18,000.
The rates cover accommodation, all scheduled safaris and meals, alcohol, laundry, emergency medical evacuation and park fees and government taxes. Visit www.tajsafaris.com for more information.