CC Africa Media Release
TAJ SAFARIS’ BANJAAR TOLA JUNGLE LODGE SET TO OPEN IN SPRING 2008
~ Birth of a Tiger Circuit ~
Breaking new ground in the Indian tourism industry, CC Africa/Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces’ joint venture, Taj Safaris, offers the first and only unique Indian wildlife luxury lodge circuit offered by one company. Taj Safaris provides guests with the ultimate interpretive wildlife experience in India based on a proven sustainable ecotourism model. Guests benefit from Taj Hotel’s legendary hospitality, and the expertise of CC Africa in delivering a unique, intimate and in-depth wildlife experience.
Taj Safaris’ third jungle safari lodge, Banjaar Tola, is set to open in spring 2008. Situated on the edge of the Banjaar River overlooking Kanha National Park on the opposite bank, Banjaar Tola consists of two intimate camps which have been designed with a light footprint so as to protect the sensitive riverine environment. Each camp comprises only nine elegant tented suites featuring bamboo floors, canvas roof and walls, and glass doors leading out onto a floating veranda overlooking the river.
Each camp also has its own comfortable guest sitting area with a spacious open-air dining area and interpretive library, as well as a refreshing swimming pool for relaxing afternoons between game drives. Locally crafted furniture will be hewn from the timber of exotic Indian trees and the textiles have been designed in tones of delicate saffron and acid-washed green, with rich block-printed Madhya Pradesh cottons and silks. The atmosphere is light, ethereal and organic.
Kanha National Park is one of India's largest national parks, covering 1945 km² and is located in the Maikal Hills of the Satpura Hill range in the south eastern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The park has beautiful areas of Sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows. In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of nine reserves selected for the project. It is prime tiger country and is the project’s star success story.
Herds of animals are found in the central parklands where approximately 22 animal species are regularly spotted, including the more unique species such as the three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig and black buck. Striped hyena, leopard, mouse deer and porcupine also reside here, as do the chinkara and ant-eating pangolin. It is also home to the highly endangered deer, the hardground barasingha, as well as sambar, chital and gaur. Kanha features approximately 70 tree species and is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 200 recorded bird species.
Guests visiting Banjaar Tola would fly from Delhi to Jabalpur, followed by a five-hour chauffeured journey by road to the lodge. Alternatively, they would fly from Mumbai to Nagpur, followed by a five-hour chauffeured journey by road.
India offers a fascinating alternative to Africa. The safari experience comprises game viewing, interpretive jungle walks and world class birding. The intimate guest experience is complemented by warm staff welcomes, butler service, interpretive game drives with CC Africa-trained naturalists, and delicious regional food. Maintaining CC Africa’s reputation for sophisticated simplicity, each lodge has a distinctive and always appropriate architectural style reflecting the character of the region in which it is located.
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