Overlooking the lush forests of Kanha National Park, one of India’s largest tiger reserves, Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp is an ethereal tented camp where just 18 lightweight tents spread out along the tranquil banks of the Banjaar River with views into the sal forest.
Situated on the forested banks of a river and with beautiful views over the rich heart of the national park, two intimate camps of just nine tents each sit lightly on the earth at Banjaar Tola Kanha Tented Camp. The lightness of the beautiful bamboo floors is reflected in pressed bamboo wall panels, and fabrics in delicate tones of bleached saffron, forest green and earthy cinnamon. Wide glass doors beckon onto private verandas that offer panoramic views across the river and into the wilderness beyond. Raw timber furniture, canvas wardrobes and leather detailing extend the chic, glamorous camping feel. Clean modern lines enhance the rough edges of handcrafted furniture made from fallen trees and driftwood.
The refreshing cool waters of the lodge pool invite guests in for a quick dip and the interpretive library provides hours of quiet revelation. Mouth watering dinners infused with the fragrant spices of India are served on large dining decks with dramatic river views, on the shady pool deck or by the light of lanterns in the sal forest.
Prime tiger wilderness, Kanha National Park was one of the first areas to be protected under Project Tiger, aimed at preserving this magnificent animal, and remains a renowned conservation area. One of India’s largest national parks and is renowned not only for its high tiger concentration, but as the last remaining habitat of the hard ground barasingha, or swamp deer, which was brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the efforts of Kanha’s conservationists.
This picturesque reserve boasts the ideal habitat for both tigers and their prey species. Lush sal and bamboo forests are interspersed with vast grassy meadows known as maidans, while the Banjaar River, which forms the park’s south western border, provides a steady water source for the abundant wildlife. The central parklands are surrounded by a steep, horse-shoe shaped embankment that rises to the spectacular plateau of Bamhni Dar, which offers breathtaking views of the valley. Rocky crags and ravines are home to roosting birds or a variety of reptiles.
Weather & climate
India enjoys a tropical climate and days are frequently hot. In summer (from April to June) temperatures can get as high as 44°C, while early morning and evenings are a pleasant 18 to 24°C. In winter (from October to March) night time temperatures can drop to between 2 and 20°C, while days are sunny and pleasant. The monsoon season is from mid-June to September and heavy rainfall is experienced during this time.
The Indian currency is the rupee, which consists of 100 paise. Major currencies such as US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to exchange throughout India.
The most commonly used cards are Visa and Mastercard, but neither American Express nor Diner’s Club are widely accepted in India. Outside the main cities, it is recommended that travellers carry enough Indian currency for purchases and tips. ATMs linked to international networks are situated in most big cities. Indian ATMs will only work with a four-digit PIN code.
Visas and documents
South African passport holders require a visa to travel to India. Visas are issued free of charge, but must be applied for in South Africa before travel. Visa applications are normally processed within two to three days.