The Corbett Canter Safari
Corbett Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
The Corbett national forest reserve is accesible only on permission and fee being paid to the department. Only two types of vechiles are allowed to take the Safari into the forest and that too between 7am to 10 am and there after between 1 pm to 5 pm. Tours in trucks with seating capacity for 18 persons is called the CANTER Safari and in smaller jeeps with capacity for 8 persons is termed the Jeep Safari. The Canter Safari is slightly less priced although both the Safari tours are expensive. Having shown my Identity proof and having paid the entry fee to my guide I expected him to give me a receipt or ticket or pass but he just moved on and began a briefing in Hindi which meant that the tour would last about 4 hours and that no one should get down from the vechile unless told.
I did not know that we should scamble for the best seats and found that the only seat available was at the last row of the truck. Anticipating the begening of a quite Safari I was surprised at the loud chatter, laughter and banter of the group of fellow travellers. Added to the surprise I was shocked at the annoying loud roar and rattling noise level of the diesel truck. The shock and surprise made me realise I had paid a heavy price for a jungle Safari and this crowd and truck by their noise and behaviour are going to disturb the animals rather than silently watch them in the wild. Intending to cancel my tour I called for the guide who thought I was getting impatient and immediately told the driver of the truck to move. Oh........ to my grief and great sorrow the senseless driver just dug his heel into the accelerator and I was in for a High speed Forest motor car rally and endurance test in a rattling bumpy truck with a bunch of loud travellers for company.
Digging deep and deeper into my patience I managed to take some pictures of sunlight peering into the forest, the common spotted deer and an elephant and that too only when the truck occasionaly slowed down. It did stop at a few places for a few moments though, in the pretext of searching for tiger or by a river tributary in the guise of looking for Gairials or crocs.
I can never forget the Canter Safari or the Canter forest motor rally which has left an indelible mark in memory of how unwary tourists or Safari lovers can be misled into and be taken for a most disappointing ride or rather in other words "taken for a ride at an exorbitant price".