Sitabani Jeep Safari
Buffer Zone in Corbett National park, spans from reserves forests and constitutes of 19 villages. It is the lesser known delights for visitors as it is called Buffer Zone and visitor mainly prefer to visit the main Corbett National Park. Buffer Zone area only has two modes of transport — Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari are allowed. This surrounding area to the park can be strolled on foot and walking is allowed in this zone.
The buffer zone is loaded with nature`s wonders, and borders the main attraction of the park. Of all the major avian species found in Corbett and areas abutting Corbett, the buffer zone shelters around 600 species of birds, most of which are migratory birds. Sprawling with vast acres of wilderness, dotted with villages and sunrays filtering amidst the tall sal woods, it is truly a magical to go a walk on the lanes here. And, there is no better way to bird watching than this. Birds Watching Safari can be enjoyed to a large extend in this Buffer Zone of Corbett Park.
Price: INR 3600/jeep
Sitabani buffer zone is very famous tourist spot of Corbett National Park. This buffer zone is not in under of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR). It means Corbett Park’s rule regulation not apply in this zone. One can take a wild trek inside the forest. There is a famous temple dedicated to lord Shiva and a beautiful river. Wildlife safari of this zone is also very famous. When people don’t get permit of CTR zone they choose Sitabani for safari. In safari you can see here tigers, leopards, elephants, dears, jackal, wild boar many other animals.This zone is very famous amongst bird watchers specially Vulture lovers.
Flora: Sitabani is very famous for its rich and varied flora. In this Zone more that 600 species of trees, herbs, shrubs, bamboos, grasses, ferns, orchids, Wetland vegetation, Woody climbers and Non-flowering plants have been founded. The important flora of the Sitabani Zone consists of the evergreen Sal, Sheesam, Dhak, Kanju, Pipal, Haldu, Rohini and Mangos trees. These trees cover almost 74% of the sitabani zone . The 10% of the region consists of grasslands.
Fauna: Sitabani is one of the famous well saved wildlife Zone in India. Various tourists come every year to see the Fauna of this zone. Sitabani zone defined various tourism zone inside the Jungle for tourist to view various species of Fauna and enjoy the wildlife fully.
Mammals: Royal Bangal Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Asian Elephant, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Chital, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Black Face Monkey, Rhesus Monkey, Wild pig, and Jackal.
Birds: Long Tail, White Bush chat, Oriental-Pied, Emerald Dove, Red Wattle Lapwing, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Rested Kingfisher, Indian Shirks, Indian Alpine Swift, Woodpecker, Laughing Thrush, Vulture, Parakeet, Kales Pheasant, Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Seagull, Duck, Stork, Cormorant, Parrot, Indian Roller and many more.
Reptiles: Indian Crocodile, Gharial, King Cobra, Russels viper, python and Monitor Lizard
Fish: Mahaseer, Troude, Kalimuchi, Goonch, Kalabasu, chilwa and many more In Kosi River.
Best Time For Safari in Sitabani Zone:Morning & Evening.