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How to get Safari at DammanaKatte Kabini?

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How to get Safari at DammanaKatte Kabini?

This article will explain about the Safari at DammanaKatte Kabini and why it is of prominence and what makes it one of the best even though it is a canter safari. This is the best way to experience budget kabini safari or what we call inexpensive kabini safari.

What is DammanaKatte? How is it related to Kabini?

Kabini is the name given to South Nagarhole which is on the banks of River Kabini/Kapila. Dammanakatte (also know as Antharsanthe) is the place where forest department resides and also where forest dept. canter safari starts.


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Why so prominence for DammanaKatte?

In South, Kabini probably has the best sightings without a doubt. Even across india, the kind of variety of sightings Kabini offers along with the frequency of sightings, it can easily compete with the best of the best in the country. You get to see Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Wild Dogs, Fox, Jackal, all types of deer – spotted, mouse deer, Sambar, barking deer to Gaurs, all kinds of mongoose, snakes of course, malabar giant squirrel to flying squirrel and of course the Bagheera – the famous black panther!! And many many species of birds. Nowhere you get these many species in a single safari and it is very much possible to get all of them in a couple of safaris here.

Tourism department conducts a 3.5-4 hr safari in Kabini but to avail of it it is a must that you have to stay in their lodges or in one of the lodges associated with the tourism department. The cost to stay in any of these lodges are exorbitant and most common people cannot stay here (a min package for two with all  meals, 2 safaris, stay & taxes will start from 15,200 and this is after the discount and regular prices start from 18,000)

(Please note that not all Kabini lodges are associated. check with us once before booking your kabini trip – many many have called us albeit late when they have already booked with no refund and then realized that the booked resort is not associated and no luck with safari)

For people who cannot afford those exorbitant prices but still want to enjoy the Safari n Kabini, DammanaKatte comes into Picture

So I can do a Kabini Safari in DammanaKatte without a stay and without those exorbitant prices?

yes but there is a catch.

Tell me the  Catch asap.

You need to buy tickets by 10am for the 3.30pm safari and for the 6am safari, you need to buy the ticket one day earlier at 4pm. This is painful but there is no choice. There is no online or telephone booking either.

Give us more info on Dammanakatte Safari please.

please do install WildTrails India App – available on both iOS and Android. It gives every possible info about DammanaKatte and Kabini including exact location so that it can navigate you to the exact location (else you will easily miss it and the miss can turnout to be very expensive). Also the app gives you historical sightings data at Dammanakatte safari – for last few days, for last few months and also for  last year or more. You will get an idea clearly what you get to see over there via DammanaKatte safari.

Also there are two trips in the morning and 2 trips in the evening – each in a canter which is a 26-seater mini-bus. They take maximum 24 people in each trip. Please note that because of limited seats and because of that huge popularity of Kabini, the tickets will get sold out in just few minutes. Be early for tickets

Is canter Safari good? I wanted a open Jeep

Yes everyone wants a bunglow in a upscale locality but we know we cannot afford and we settledown for a run-down apartment in a ok locality. So is life – if we can’t afford, just say Canter Safari is the best 🙂

Kabini Nagarhole Safari Timings

Yes open Jeeps are best but Canter is no bad. It has huge windows, great for sighting as well as not that bad for photography either. I have seen some amazing pics taken in the Canter.

Also there is an advantage going in Dammanakkate Canter. Want to hear it?

Can’t wait. Please tell us the advantage we have over the Super Rich people who go to Open Jeep Safaris.

There is Zoning is Kabini – Zone A and Zone B. When you stay in those rich lodges, your jeep will get a zone either A or B and of the two safaris one of them will be in A and other will be in B. Zone A (statistically speaking) has very good sightings and so so in zone B. Whoever knows what it is, always wants a Zone A but you wont get it.

Guess what? For Dammanakatte there are no zoning restrictions. It goes wherever sightings are good – be it Zone A or Zone B. 🙂 Another big advantage is that Dammanakatte safari starts at least 30 minutes early and they get into forest earlier than tourism department vehicles and hence you have the first chance to spot animals, especially tigers and possible that they might get into interiors after that and tourism department vehicles might miss what you saw 🙂

Also all private lodges associated with tourism department for safari (excluding the tourism dept lodges) won’t get jeeps but mainly canters and guess you also get canters. So let’s be happy 🙂

But can I do budget stay and do DammanaKatte Safari?

Of course yes. There are a few nearby budget stays. You can stay there, buy the tickets for Dammanakatte Safari and enjoy a real budget stay-cum-safari what would have costed a fortune otherwise.


Further Info:

If you need further info on Safari at Kabini without a Stay, or plan a visit to Kabini, and need further info or you want us to help you book safaris with a stay but at budget locations, contact us any time via an email to kabini@wildtrails.in  or call us any time on +918030178142 or WhatsApp us @ +919901175444. Also please do install WildTrails India App or read the below related blogs.


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