Samode Safari Lodge has taken Indian wildlife accommodation to an all new high. This exceptional lodge, with its wonderfully pretty and secluded location by the new, virtually unused entrance to the park, is the perfect base for Bandhavgarh. The brainchild of the Samode Family, it has been developed with their impeccably good taste and expertise. With the timber-clad main sitting room and dining room raised high on stilts, and linked by wooden walkways giving a treehouse-like feel, it is a feat of engineering. The main lodge looks out over the large swimming pool and gorgeous surrounding grasslands and woodland, and it oozes warmth and sophistication.
Dining here is an indulgent treat and a daily surprise – different menu, different venue - either indoors or alfresco. A private bush dinner here is like no other! The lodge comprises 12 outrageously comfortable, state of the art, stylish villas – no other lodge offers such huge amounts of personal and very private space! Each villa has both open-air and closed bathrooms as well as a private terrace, large bedroom, sitting room, and a sundeck. Every ‘mod con’ is there for those who want them but they are discreetly hidden away for those who don’t. There is a sumptuous spa to ease muscles strained from trundling around in the jungle and there is a strong emphasis on sustainable tourism and the environment. A truly sublime jungle lodge where one should spend weeks rather than days.
Samode Safari Lodge is committed to eco-tourism. It has been designed and built with the lightest possible environmental footprint. The aim was to create luxury in the most sustainable manner. Not only have no trees been cut to make way for it, but new planting has also been done.
The adjoining villages of Mardari and Gohori are the inspiration for the architectural language of the Lodge. The walls are constructed with the traditional hand moulded bricks and all building material has been locally procured. The Lodge also uses solar energy and does extensive rain-water harvesting to recharge ground water levels.Other environmental policies to be advised on opening.
Samode Hotels has its own charitable trust which helps the village panchayat to improve sanitation, education, medical and infrastructure. From every room sold 2% goes to the charitable trust. Some of the work done by the trust includes: providing invertors for electricity back up for the school at Samode; providing doctors kit and medical equipment to the Government Hospital; offering and providing financial help for medical treatment to villagers; the restoration and repair of the ancient village temple; providing milk and fruit distribution to students in the village schools as refreshments; providing water supplies to the village during the summer months when water becomes scarce; cleaning and maintaining the village roads since.
For reservations please contact your tour operator, your local travel agent,or the hotel direct.
Bicycle or around the local villages, and walk up to the mighty Bandhavgarh Fort for a picnic lunch and heavenly views.
By air to Khajuraho followed by a 5 -6 hour road journey or to Jabalpur followed by a 4 hour road journey.
By train to Umaria or Katni followed by a 30 minute / 2 hour road journey.
By road from Kanha, Khajuraho or Panna.