Our final day inside Satpura's Tiger Reserve was a quick one. We walked at a leisurely pace for an hour after breakfast to reach the main road where our vehicle waited to take us back to the resort. For a thrilling account of my trip, read my blog post.
Things To Keep In Mind
Luxury camping can often lead us to believe everything is at our beck and call. But we must remember that nature does not listen to man. Keep your expectations realistic when you do the Forsyth Trail.
You May Not Have Big Cat Sightings
Despite spending entire days inside the tiger reserve, we did not see a tiger. (I'm not complaining, because I did not want to be attacked by one either!) Leopards are common in Satpura, but they are very shy, so a lot depends on your luck! With sloth bears, you are better off without any spotting as an encounter can be deadly! Unlike the big cats (which are shy and not man-eaters in this part of India), sloth bears are reckless and their movements are unpredictable. They scratch anything that crosses their path.
That said, we did see a lot of langurs and a family of wild boars stop to quench their thirst at the stream near our campsite. It is also quite interesting to study bird-calls which signal the presence or arrival of an animal. Scat and pug-marks also help track the movement of animals.
You should have a basic level of agility and the ability to walk for 6 to 8 hours a day, with plenty of breaks for resting, snacking and answering nature's call, of course! ;-)