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Karan & Isa, Owners, Flame of the Forest
On the border of Kanha National Park, Flame of the Forest sits on a tranquil stretch of the Banjar River with stunning views across the river to the jungle beyond. Spread across twenty acres of land, with half left to the wild, it provides a perfect natural environment to enjoy this beautiful wilderness and with only 4 safari cottages, a central lounge & dining area and a yoga shala, there is plenty of space for guests to relax or grab a pair of binoculars!
The 4 safari cottages are all river facing with private decks & wonderful outdoor beds called a Machan, which means you can really take advantage of that view and enjoy the odd siesta – it’s also a great spot for sleeping under the stars! The interiors are spacious but positively cosy with comfortable beds facing the river and large bathrooms opening onto inviting al fresco showers.
The main activity at Flame of the Forest is heading into Kanha National Park with Karan and his team of specialist naturalists on exciting morning and afternoon 4×4 jeep safaris. Unsurprising tigers are often top of everyone’s wish list and as one of the finest tiger reserves in India this is no surprise, but the park is home to over 20 mammal species including Sloth bears, Indian wild-dog and the elusive leopard. From the lodge there are also some fantastic activities not be missed which include cycling excursions to the local village, cycling safaris & treks in the buffer zone and joining Isa for a relaxing yoga and meditition session by the river.
After a fantastic day of safari, guests are rewarded with sundowner drinks overlooking the river and a chance to share some stories around the campfire. Sumptuous dinners sourced from the lodge garden and local markets are then served in a variety of locations which include the dining room overlooking the river, round a fire in the bush and even candlelit romantic dinners in the riverbed!
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