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The brainchild of the Samode family, Samode Safari Lodge is in a secluded location by the new – and virtually unused – entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park.
Accommodation is in 12 state of the art villas, all with bags of space - each has both indoor and open air bathrooms, a private terrace, sitting rooms and sun deck. The main lodge overlooks the swimming pool, and the timber clad sitting room and dining room are raised on stilts, linked by wooden walkways.
As well as the swimming pool, there is a spa to ease those aching muscles after a hearty jungle walk. Away from the hotel, highly trained naturalists guide guests through the jungle on wildlife excursions, and show them sites such as the ancient temples and nearby villages.
The food is also delicious and each day brings a new menu, and occasionally a different location.
Why we love it
- As well as being extremely comfortable and bang on location, Samode Safari Lodge takes eco-tourism very seriously, which gets our vote any day.