Reni Pani is a lovely lodge of 12 individual cottages, a handful of tented suites and social areas set in 30 acres of forest in Satpura National Park. Its grounds and waterholes act as magnet attracting animals and birds year round, making this an ideal spot for nature lovers. The owners live here and are happy to spend time with their guests.
You can explore the park by jeep and boat, and, unusually for a national park in Central India, take walks in the jungle. Sambhar, cheetal, nilgai, black buck, wild boar and sloth bear are often seen here, plus leopard and, of course, tiger.
Cottages are arranged in 3 main areas, along the seasonal nallah (stream), in the forest and at the top of the hill. They vary slightly in design, each offering spacious accommodation, top quality bathrooms, lounges and private decks where you can sit and look out into the forest. Tented suites are set in the gardens and are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. All rooms and tents are furnished with natural, local materials.
At the heart of the lodge is the 'Gol Ghar', or meeting place, which contains the lounge, library, dining room and bar. Meals are often served outdoors, including popular barbecues which offer you the chance to pick up some culinary skills should you wish. There's a tempting pool, and, if you feel the need for some special pampering therapists are available to administer traditional massages.
Open: Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is open from 15 October to 30 June each year.
Location: Reni Pani Jungle Lodge is near Satpura National Park and Tiger Reserve. It is set in 30 acres of grounds. The lodge is 135 kms from Bhopal, site of the nearest airport, and the nearest train station is at Suhagpur, 16 kms away.
Rooms: There are 12 guest rooms in 3 different designs: 6 nallah units by the seasonal stream, 4 forest units and 2 hill units. All have a bedroom, bathroom stocked with toiletries, and a private deck. Nallah units have outside showers as well as indoor ones, forest units are 2-storey buildings and the top-of-the-range hill units have wonderful views of the forest canopy, and are reached by a short uphill walk from the main area. All rooms are air conditioned, have tea and coffee makers, safes and feature large bay windows with forest views. There are also a number of tented suites, each with a bedroom, sitting area, bathroom with running water, private deck and courtyard.
Activities: The lodge offers jeep safaris, boat rides in the park and bird watching. You can also explore on foot with your guide, which is not permitted in many national parks in central India. Canoeing is also possible. The lodge can arrange overnight stays at Churna Camp, a colonial era rest house in the tiger reserve, a 3 day trek to Pachmarhi, a nearby hill station, camping en-route, called 'Satpura Under Canvas'. At the lodge you can take walks in the estate. Please note, as of April 2015 night drives in the buffer area have been discontinued until further notice.
Facilities: The Gol Ghar is the heart of the lodge, acting as the lounge, bar and dining area, set around an open fire. There is an outdoor dining deck used for barbecues, a dining area beneath the trees which is lit by lamps after dark and a camp fire where you can enjoy drinks and snacks. The lodge has an open air swimming pool and provides a massage service. The lodge has a laundry service. You'll be assigned your own butler and naturalist for the duration of your stay.
Dining: Meals are eaten at the same time, and tables can be arranged communally or separately.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are age limits on some activities.
Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is internet access at the lodge.
A great opportunity to view tigers in the wild as well as see the iconic Taj Mahal - a majestic combination!
"Very similar to Kings Lodge in terms of rating; the only reason I have rated them Good rather than Excellent is that they had some literature in the room promoting elephant rides, and it was possible to elephant safaris at Satpurna (which I appreciate has nothing to do with the accommodation, I just didn't know where else to put this). However in every other respect Reni Pani was on a par with Kings Lodge."