Pugdundee Safaris is one of India’s leading responsible safari companies. With six intimate wildlife lodges in Central India – the stronghold of Wild Tigers and many bespoke wilderness experiences, it presents the very best of the Indian subcontinent wildlife & hospitality.
It begun in 1986 with a small tented camp at Panna – Ken River Lodge. Between 2007 -2010 two more lodges were setup and it was not until the year 2010 that they all were put together under a common umbrella. Today Pugdundee Safaris is run by a passionate team of wildlifers and hospitality professionals with a team of over 300 people committed in providing an incredible wildlife experience. The team includes naturalists, nature Guides, mahouts, boat men, trackers and a marketing team based in Delhi.
Pugdundee is a hindi word meaning a foot trail commonly used by humans and animals.
It is popularly used for such beaten paths in the Indian jungles.
What’s on offer
Check out what Pugdundee Safaris have to offer by a look at this video. Along with a stay at one of their six lodges across the country, there are a number of activities to experience Indian wildlife and culture in a truly sustainable way.
Manav Khanduja, co-founder of Pugdundee Safaris, shares some of the measures taken in the direction of sustainability, particularly over the last 10 years:
- Starting from selection of site till we come to operations, we plan and design the lodge in a way where we do not fell even a single tree. Moreover we supplement the indigenous root stock with more local species creating a natural forest around the lodges with their resident birds and mammals over the time. These mini forests also act as a corridor refuge for wildlife.
Tree House Hideaway – Bandhavgarh
- We opt for sensitive construction using natural light to be more energy efficient. We maximize use of local material and have used recycled doors and windows and railway sleepers in creating an eclectic collection of furniture.
- During construction local manpower is used providing employment. Many of these labourers are retained post construction as regular staff and given regular training. About more than 80% of lodge teams are from nearby villages. Many of them have grown with us on leading positions inspiring others also.
- We have in-house organic kitchen and herb garden providing fresh seasonal produce. For further requirements, more than 70% supplies are locally sourced including laundry giving a total skip to canned / packed food. With rigorous training, our chefs keeps producing exotic meals from local ingredients which are healthy too.
Ken River Lodge – Panna
- Giving employment to local craftsmen for creating artifacts for Interiors & souvenirs
- Saying total no to using one-time plastic at all levels. We started the initiative by stopping use of water bottles though same is available on request if needed. We present clients with steel water bottles at the time of check-in that can be refilled from designated water points. We saved about 90000+ plastic bottles over last three years across our lodges. For toiletries also we use glass dispensers thus avoiding plastic bottles and waste of product. We are now 100% single use plastic free at 5 out of our 6 lodges.
- We actively promote non-tiger centric tourism thus providing holistic experience.
Kanha Earth Lodge – Kanha
- Our naturalists visit local schools regularly and educate the children about the importance of saying no to plastic and saving wildlife in the longer run.
- We understand that naturalist is an important part of overall experience to the clients on ground and we felt the need to have more professional hands across the board. Though each lodge provide training to their naturalists every season, we decided to conduct a professional naturalist training course open to anyone willing to excel in this field. We are proud to share that currently the course is half way through with 20 participants including some of naturalists from other lodges too.