Samode Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and excellent facilities in a lovely location at the edge of a forest about half an hours drive from the main entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park. There are 12 individual cottages plus a main lodge and separate dining room. The facilities include a swimming pool and spa. The quality of the accommodation and service has been recognised by Samode Safari Lodge being accepted as a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux portfolio in early 2014.
The cottages are spacious and superbly furnished. Traditional in style and design they are decorated in muted colours. A small central courtyard leads to the spacious sitting room, off which is the light and luxurious bedroom. There is a private veranda leading from the bedroom. The bathroom has a bathtub and shower and there is an additional outdoor bathroom with tub and shower. Modern touches have been incorporated such as plasma screen TVs, air conditioning, heating, electric blankets and tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrobes are provided and there is an unlimited supply of mineral water in each room.
The main building houses an art gallery, shop, library and internet room downstairs. Upstairs is the sitting room, with indoor and outdoor areas. Here guests can relax and chat, enjoy a book or game of cards, a cool drink and take in the magnificent views. The nearby waterhole attracts animal and bird life especially in the early mornings and evenings.
The dining room is in a separate building, linked to the main lodge by a wooden walkway. It is set on stilts to make the most of the views. Continental, Oriental and Indian food is served and can be enjoyed in the dining room, in the privacy of your own room or at a chosen location in the camp. Meals are generally served a la carte, but buffets are also popular. Alcoholic drinks are served at the lodge.
A typical day would start with an early morning game drive in Bandhavgarh, followed by breakfast at the lodge. The naturalist guide will discuss the day ahead then leave guests free to enjoy the pool and spa, maybe go walking or read in the library. It is also possible to visit nearby villages and take picnics at local beauty spots. In the late afternoon there will be another game drive in the park, followed by drinks and dinner.
Samode Safari Lodge has a heated swimming pool, a gym and a spa offering a range of treatments including massage and Ayurvedic therapies. There is also a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Open: Samode Safari Lodge is open from 1st October to 30th June.
Location: Samode Safari Lodge lies close to the entrance of Bandhavgarh National Park in central India. It is set in 11 acres of open grassland and farmland. The nearest airports are Khajuraho and Jabalpur, from which the lodge is a 4 or 5 hour drive respectively.
Rooms: Accommodation is in 12 individual chalets. They have a traditional rustic exterior and are built of mud and local materials and painted white. Inside, they are spacious, all have a bedroom, en-suite bathrooms plus an open-air bathroom, dressing area, lounge and private veranda. Modern facilities include plasma screen TVs, iPod docks, DVD player, tea and coffee making equipment, ceiling fans and air conditioning. They also have heating and electric blankets for cooler months.
Activities: The lodge has its own expert naturalist guides who conduct game drives in the national park, nature walks and night walks. Elephant back safaris are also offered. This is a good area for bird watching by day and night. The lodge arranges sightseeing tours to local villages, fort and ancient temples. You can take walks and bike rides in the local area and to nearby villages. Keen cooks will appreciate the chance to join the head chef for a cookery lesson.
Facilities: The main lodge area features a sitting room with an outdoor terrace, library, gym, internet room and art gallery. Samode Safari Lodge has an indoor restaurant serving Indian, Oriental and Continental cuisine. Meals can also be taken outside round the campfire or in the privacy of your own chalet. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool. The well-equipped spa offers therapeutic treatments. There is a shop.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is free internet access in the main lodge.
Notes: Samode Safari Lodge is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group.
A great opportunity to view tigers in the wild as well as see the iconic Taj Mahal - a majestic combination!
"A really wonderful experience and Lodge, we found it hard to leave ! Excellent naturalists, managers and staff, made us feel very welcome and looked after. The food was of very high quality and excellent .The cottages were excellent . The only issue was getting back to the lodge after the morning safari and having breakfast at about 11,30am ( there was coffee and a small snack on the morning drive but quite late in the drive ) and then being offered lunch about 1pm before the afternoon drive at 2.30. We never had lunch ! "