Kolitmara Jeep Safari


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Distance (From Pench National Park): 95 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 6-8 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: Kolitmara remains closed for tourists from 1st July to 15th October and on every Wednesday. Also, it is closed for afternoon safari on 26th January and on 1st May every year.

At a distance of 85 km from Khawasa and 95 km from Turiya, Kolitmara is another safari zone of Pench National Park on Maharashtra Side. The entry gate of the zone is situated at Khursapar village.

Kolitmara is another zone sheltered in the Maharashtra part of Pench National Park. It harbors backwaters of Pench Reservoir, which draw many species of birds as well as wild animals to it. One can go for jungle safaris in this zone along with boat ride on the backwaters of Pench Dam. The forest of this zone is dense compared to Sillari and Khursapar.

The best way to explore the flora and fauna of the national park is to travel through jeep safari. Jeep Safaris operate in two shifts, one in the early morning and another one in the evening. The Jeep Safari is done only with vehicles registered with the park administration as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. The number of vehicles allowed into Kolitmara Zone is 7 in the morning and 13 in the evening. Each jeep can take up to 6 travelers other than a driver and one naturalist. The safari entry and exit timings change according to the change of seasons. Afternoon safari is closed on 26th January & 1st May every year and completely closed on every Wednesday.

Online Jungle safari booking is available for this gate. The safari tickets can be booked online at www.mahaecotourism.gov.in. It is strongly recommended to book safari almost 120 days before your trip. The guide fee and vehicle hire fee are to be paid separately at the park before undertaking the safari. Else, one can book safari tickets at the ticket window or through hotels.

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.

Safari Timings: 6 AM - 11 AM & 2.30 PM - 6 PM from October - June, closed during monsoon months, every Wednesday and on 26th January & 1st May for Evening Safari.

Entry Fee (approximately): Rs. 190 per Adults & Rs. 50 per Child for Indians, Rs. 280 per Adults & Rs. 180 per Child for Foreigners, Rs. 480 for Jeep, Rs. 300 for Guide, Rs. 2000 for Jeep, Rs. 330 per Person for Boating