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Samode Safari Lodge

Bandhavgarh, India

Samode Safari Lodge is a 12 cottage hotel on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park. The cottages take inspiration from the architecture of the local villages and the lodge offers daily game drives with specially adapted vehicles and knowledgeable guides.

At a Glance

  • Samode Safari Lodge sits near Zone 2 of Bandhavgarh; the closest lodge to this gate

  • Zone 2 is quieter and more peaceful as the town is in Zone 1, so you'll have a more tranquil nature experience

  • A beautiful lodge which boats lovely alfresco dining options

  • The naturalists are extremely well-trained here which makes for insightful game drives

  • Due to its location close to the park, your drive time to queue in the morning is a mere 10-minutes

Couples, Wildlife, Adventure, Family

Insider's View

Ask to go on a village walk with one of the naturalists if you have a spare few hours. You will get a really wonderful understanding of the surrounding area and maybe spot some rare birds.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

Enjoy a sundowner on the sociable open air deck after your safari to share tales of your wildlife sightings.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

When not out on game drives, I recommend you visit the library where you can see amazing photographs taken by guests and understand fascinating information on the resident tiger territories

Victoria Langmead

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Samode Safari Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Central India


Samode Safari Lodge is a charming, luxurious option for those wanting to explore the incredible wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park. The lodge is the sister property of Samode Haveli and Samode Palace in Jaipur and has just twelve private villas.

Inspired by the local architecture, the villas are most elegant with a spacious lounge, bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a unique open-air bath court. They also have private verandas with striking views of the wilderness landscape.

Guests can enjoy dining at the main restaurant, at a table set out in the bush, poolside meals or barbecues by the camp fire. There is a different menu each day, lighter continental fare is served during the day, followed by an Indian meal each evening.

The park’s tigers are best seen while on a jeep safari, and Bhandavgarh has the highest population density of tigers so if you're going to see them anywhere it will be here! The lodge has expert naturalists to guide and teach you about the wildlife. The lodge also organizes sightseeing tours to ancient temples and nearby villages as well as having a library, recreation room, art gallery and a swimming pool.


There are just twelve private villas at Samode Safari Lodge. Each has its own ensuite bathroom as well as an open-air bath court and verandah.


Children are welcome at Samode Safari Lodge, but please be aware there are no specific facilities for them.


There is just one restaurant in the main lodge at Samode Safari Lodge, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar here. Dining is flexible; enjoy a hearty breakfast and afternoon tea and later sundowners around the campfire. Meals can be arranged under the stars as part of a unique dining experience. Both Indian and international food is served throughout, all using fresh, local ingredients.


All scheduled safari activities are included in the price of your stay. Two safaris are offered daily and give you the chance to see the abundant wildlife from purpose built vehicles for maximum comfort and safety.

Location & Directions

Bandhavgarh, India

The Samode Safari is located in the largely untouched Bandhavgarh National Park, in central Madhya Pradesh.

When to go

The climate of Madhya Pradesh can be labelled tropical and monsoonal. Seasonal variations occur mainly in the form of three distinct seasons - summer, winter and monsoon.

Summer runs from April until June with temperatures reaching over 40°C during the day, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant, around 18-24°C. Rainfall is heavy in the monsoon season which lasts from mid-June until September. Winters are pleasant and the best time to travel is from October to March when game viewing in the national parks is at its best.

Please note the national parks in this region are closed during the monsoon season, from July until October.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Samode Safari Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Central India

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