When to book your safari?
120 days prior to your trip is the ideal time to book since all the spots fill up quickly for the core zone and also you cannot book in advance more than this .
However, there are a few spots available last minute for a shared and private safari if you’re in luck.
Last-minute booking (at least 2 days prior to your safari date) will cost you 1.5x if you book with your hotel and hence planning is the key to save an unnecessary expense.
But it will cost you the same if you book it from the Reserve’s Gate (offline) for any gate and for online you can book it here. Bookings for the next day are open at 11 am.
Permit status with “W” indicates your permit is under “waiting”. If it doesn’t get clear 5 days from your excursion date, you visit will be cancelled and you’ll be refunded.
Tatkal bookings open 1 day prior to Excursion at 5:00 pm till safari starts
How many safaris are enough?
Well, I would say a hundred will also leave you wanting for more!
I would love to be in the jungle the entire time but on a realist note and considering your plans, ideally, 2-4 safaris should be sufficient.
A private or a shared safari?
A private safari in the morning will give you 5 hours and a shared one in the afternoon will give you 3 hours with the wildlife and guide/s.
While a private safari gives you the luxury of stopping anywhere for an infinite amount of time to enjoy and click the nature, a shared one leaves no stone unturned in answering your queries and imparting knowledge about the wildlife. However, be mindful of annoying co-passengers who have zero/less safari etiquette!
Hence, I’d suggest taking one each or in case of cash crunch, all the shared safaris is also a good deal.