The Jungle Diaries: Kanha

It's very easy to wax eloquent about the jungle. It's beautiful, it's almost untouched by man and is truly a sight to behold. Here are snapshots from my trip to Pench and Kanha earlier this year. We saw three tigers in Pench, and unfortunately none in Kanha. The guides say that we were extremely lucky to see a tiger on our first ever safari, and we continued that luck in Pench. We were in Kanha for five days and didn't spot a single one. It was really disappointing, but the gorgeous old forest made up for that a little. Kanha is so big that safaris are divided into zones. They only allow a certain number of jeeps into each zone to keep peace and quiet. That's a little debatable, I've almost yelled at people screeching 'ehhhh taaaaiigggeerrr aaalaaa' and scaring the tigers and other animals away.

We saw a pack of wild dogs walking down one of the main roads, and then crossing over. They look like little foxes (yes, I say foxes) but are one of the more vicious predators in the jungle. We saw billions and trillions of birds whose names I never remember nor bother to. A rare barking deer surprised us all for they are known for being skittish. This one was eating something from the base of a tree by the road and stayed with us for a good five minutes while we inched closer and closer until we could almost touch it.

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