Khapa Jeep Safari


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Distance (From Kanha National Park): 32 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4-6 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: The Kanha National Park remains closed from 1st July to 15th October every year. It is also closed on Holi festival and every Wednesday afternoon safari. The park management may also cancel the safaris due to floods and forest fires and no refund is provided to tourists.

At a distance of 32 km from Mocha, Khapa is the buffer safari zone of Kanha National Park. This zone is primarily visited through Mukki entrance gate, located near Mukki village.

Adjacent to Mukki core zone, Khapa safari zone lies in the south-west of Kanha tiger reserve. It is close from Mukki entrance gate thus tourists staying at resorts close to Mukki gate side can easily visit this buffer zone. It is a nice forest where we can enjoy less tourist crowd. It is believed to be good for birding, due to the presence of some water bodies and marshy lands. It is gaining popularity among tourists.

It is new for the tourism world and available for safari drives since the year 2017. Here prominent tourist attractions are mammals like Leopards, Jackal, Sambar, Tigers, Indian Gaur, Spotted Deer, Sloth Bear, etc. Prominent tigers of Khapa Zone are T-72, MA-1. During a safari in this zone, our guests have seen tigress with 3 cubs from Balaghat male.

One can book the entry ticket either online at or through travel agents or if available one can also get this from the booking window at the entrance gate of the national park. Presence of buffer zone safari allows more safari options to all the wildlife lovers who wish to visit Kanha National Park. As if now, here sharing safari option is not available, only full-safari is available which means, one will have to book exclusive safari drives for visiting Khapa Zone safari. All the visitors are required to carry their original identity document during safari drives as it is verified at the entrance gate. Safari tickets are non-transferable. During safari drive, guide service is compulsory on each safari vehicle.

While booking the safari tickets in Buffer zone, you should be aware of the fact that you need to take hotel close to the entrance gate of that buffer zone otherwise you will face problem in reaching the entrance gate, due to distance problem. For Khatia zone, select the hotels near Khatia gate. For Khapa zone, prefer Mukki gate hotels. This zone is open for jungle safari drives from 15th October to 30th June. During the monsoon period i.e. from July to September, it remains closed for tourists.

Safari Timings: 6.30 AM - 11 AM & 2 PM - 5.30 PM from Oct - Feb and 6 AM - 10 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM from Mar - June, Closed on every Wednesday evening, on Holi, Diwali & during monsoon.

Safari Permit Fee: Rs. 250 for Single Seat in Jeep, Rs. 1500 per Whole Jeep (max 6 Persons). Jeep hiring cost & guide cost extra (around 2500 per jeep and 480 per guide).

Note: Safari cost changes frequently