Safari and Wildlife Viewing
At Pashan Garh, Guests Can
- Participate in twice-daily jungle safaris in the reserve, observing a rich diversity of wildlife
- Learn about the rich biodiversity of Central India from a &beyond trained naturalist
- Travel in comfort in a specially designed Tata Open 4x4 safari vehicle
- Observe over 250 types of bird species
- Take guided nature walks
Panna National Park
Panna is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over Panna and Chhatarpur districts in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. Panna National Park is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges. It is the only place where one can witness the rare gharial crocodile that inhabits the Ken River.
Panna is home to the majestic tiger as well as leopards, wolves, hyenas, jackals and the sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and the gharial crocodile. The park is also home to more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, the honey buzzard, the king vulture and the blossom-headed parakeet.
The park’s dry and hot climate, combined with shallow Vindhyan soils, has given rise to dry Teak and dry mixed forest. The dominating vegetation type is miscellaneous dry deciduous forest interspersed with grassland areas. Other major forest types are riverines, open grasslands, open woodlands with tall grasses and thorny woodlands. The characteristic floral species of this area include tree species such as Tectona grandis, Diospyros melanoxylon, Madhuca indica, Buchnania latifolia, Anogeissus latifolia, Anogeissus pendula, Lannea coromandelica, and Bosswelia serrata.
Our naturalists are more than just guides. Vigorously trained by &beyond, they have an encyclopedic knowledge of every inhabitant of the forests, and every secret nook and pathway of the wilderness. Warm, personable, and genuinely excited about sharing their knowledge, they are an integral part of what makes the Taj Safari experience unique.
The custom-made Tata TL 4 x 4 single-cab pickup is built for the tough terrain and has the power and design elements required for safari vehicles. It is powered by a 92bhp, 1948cc turbocharged intercooled engine ideal for driving through the off-road forest landscape. The front cab was removed and a foldable windscreen installed for better vision. The driver’s door was also removed to enable the naturalist to stand up and point out points of interest to guests. A narrow rear door was fabricated on the right side of the pickup bed to allow access to the three rows of bucket seats placed at different levels. The first row sits on the original floor pan while the other two are on raised platforms to enable all guests to have a good all round view. To accommodate the third row of seats, an extension frame of about 33 mm was fabricated and the space below it has been used to make a boot of wire mesh. This boot holds the icebox with all the refreshments and the hot cases for the ‘bush breakfast’ that is served to guests after the game drive.
&beyond is the continent’s leading Ecotourism company and one of the most comprehensive safari operators with exceptional lodges and safaris in Africa's most breathtaking wilderness locations. The company is well known for its success in creating a business that has reaped viable financial returns through long-term investment in commercial wildlife conservation. With over 30 years of tour operating and safari planning in Africa, and a strong focus on guided and walking safaris, &beyond’s portfolio consists of 38 high-end private game lodges and camps across South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Some of their internationally acclaimed lodges include Phinda, Londolozi and Ngala in South Africa and Mnemba and Ngorongoro in Tanzania.