Safari Vehicles

There are two types of vehicles permitted for Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park - the 4 wheel drive jeep (Open top roof Maruti Gypsy) and   Canter (open top roof bus). Both safari vehicles are open from all sides to explore wildlife in the forest of Ranthambore National Park, due to which they provide the best viewing wildlife experience in the forest.

A limited number of safari vehicles are allowed to enter Ranthambore National Park in each shift. A maximum of 140 vehicles are allowed to enter the park at a time by the Forest Department. A total of 88 jeeps and 52 canters are allotted in all the safari zones of Ranthambore National Park, which includes 58 jeeps for regular safari, 20 jeeps in tatkal quota, 5 jeeps in special category quota and 5 jeeps for full day / half day safari. Canters are allocated in all safari zones except zones 7 and 8.

All these vehicles are associated with the forest department and are owned by the local people. Only those vehicles that are registered with the forest department are allowed inside the park for a jungle safari. Vehicles that have not been registered with the forest department for a jungle safari tour are not allowed inside the park. All safari vehicles in Ranthambore National Park are registered with the Forest Department under vehicle model conditions. Private vehicles are not allowed inside Ranthambore National Park.

Jeeps and canters are booked in advance by visitors for a jungle safari tour at Ranthambore. Booking of Jungle Safari in Ranthambore can be booked 365 days before the date of Safari. Visitors are strongly advised to book their safari well in advance, especially jeep safari. Unlike other parks in India, a seat can also be booked for Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park. You are not obliged to book the entire vehicle for yourself but if you want a more personalized wildlife safari experience in Ranthambore National Park then there is also an option to book a full jeep by paying the required fee. It is mandatory to pay a fee of 6 people to book a private jeep. A limited number of vehicles are sent to the park for safari by the forest department, so to get a safari, it is advisable to book it in advance.

Ranthambore Safari by Jeep

A 6 seater open top Gypsy

Jeep Safari in Ranthambore is one of the most popular options to explore wildlife and admire the beautiful landscape of the park. The Jeep is a 4 wheel drive Maruti Suzuki Gypsy which is fully open from the top and can carry 6 passengers at a time to enjoy the Ranthambore Jungle Safari. You can enjoy the personalized and enriched experience of jeep safari in Ranthambore either in the morning or in the afternoon with naturalist.

Seats in jeeps are booked on a sharing basis with other visitors. If you want to book an exclusive jeep for yourself, then you have to pay the entire jeep and with this option you can experience a private jeep safari in Ranthambore National Park. If you value the location and privacy, we recommend opting for a private jeep safari in Ranthambore. To book a private jeep, you have to reserve all six seats, which mean that there will be no one else in your jeep besides you, your naturalist / guide and your driver.

Jeep is the most preferred safari vehicle for jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park. The jeep being a small safari vehicle provides a more intimate experience and takes you into the dense forest of the park which increases the chances of seeing wildlife and tiger. The Jeep is capable of easy access to the park's nooks and narrow paths. A shared jeep safari is an ideal option for visitors who want to reduce the cost of their safari trip and enjoy meeting new people. Jeep Safari is recommended for small group of six people or less.

In particular, a jeep safari is recommended for wildlife photographers, so that they can capture a clear view of big cats and other species of wild animals in their camera. A shared jeep safari at Ranthambore can be reserved online in advance for morning or afternoon shifts. Jeep Safari in Ranthambore is always subject to availability.

If you do not get seats in Jeep Safari, you can book seats in Canter Safari, Canter is also a good option for Ranthambore Jungle Safari. Both safari vehicles use the same route in all zones of the park, canters are not allowed in zone 7 and 8 only, so both vehicles have equal opportunities to see a tiger and other wildlife during a jungle safari.

Ranthambore Safari by Canter

A 20 seater open top Safari bus or truck

Canter Safari is a very enjoyable safari style for observing wildlife in Ranthambore National Park. The canter is a twenty seater open top safari bus or van. Canter Safari is also booked by the Park Authority. Up to 20 people can enjoy a jungle safari simultaneously from the canter. Most visitors and wildlife lovers prefer to go on a canter safari because the height of the canter is higher than a jeep which makes it easy to see wildlife amidst the distant forest and dense bushes. It provides a special wildlife experience to visit the park and enjoy the spectacular views of the national park. Canter Safari in Ranthambore can be enjoyed at two different times - one in the morning shift and the other in the afternoon shift.

Limited canters are allowed for jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park. The canter is recommended for a large group of tourists at Ranthambore National Park Safari. The Cantor is the ideal safari vehicle for large families or groups. Canter is a very good safari option for those who want to share the experience of safari together instead of traveling in different vehicles. For the family or group, the canter safari in Ranthambore ensures that every member gets the same experience, if a group of people take a safari with different vehicles, some of them may be lucky to see tigers and others are not.

In addition, the canter is the right option for those who want to see tigers and other wildlife in Ranthambore with an economically low cost safari vehicle. A major advantage of the canter over the jeep is that due to its large size, you are in a higher position and can probably look further into the forest than a jeep.

Park Opening Times

Ranthambore National Park has two safari slots each day, one starts in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. The safari time of the year varies depending on the sunrise and sunset. Ranthambore National Park is usually opened to tourists shortly after sunrise and is closed shortly before sunset. Both morning safari and afternoon safari last for about three and a half hours. Safari departure times vary in winter, summer and rainy seasons, so check the Ranthambore National Park website for the safari timetable. Zones 1 to 5 of Ranthambore National Park are closed to tourists during the monsoon (July to September) while other safari zones 6 to 10 are open for safari in the monsoon.

Safari Costs

Safari booking of Ranthambore National Park is done by the Rajasthan Forest Department. In Ranthambore, 20 seats in a canter and 6 seats in a jeep are booked for forest safari by the forest department. Canters are not booked for safari in zones 7 and 8 of Ranthambore. Safari Charges are different for foreigners and Indians in Ranthambore National Park, which includes many components including park entrance fees, vehicle fares and guide fees.

It is better to take a jeep than a canter for Ranthambore safari, it is much more comfortable, as well as fewer people, and the jeep can navigate better and move faster. Private vehicles are not allowed inside the park, but only for Ranthambore Fort and Ganesh Temple.

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How to book jeep and canter safari?

Safari can be booked online in advance. To book wildlife tickets in Ranthambore, please provide details of all visitors, including name, age and gender. Please mention Safari Date, Safari Shift and Safari Vehicle i.e. Jeep / Canter. To book a wildlife ticket, it is mandatory to provide a copy of the photo identity card of all visitors going on safari. Any government photo identity card for Indian citizens and only passports for foreign nationals are accepted. A full amount is required for a confirm safari booking as we have to pay the entire amount to the forest department to reserve your safari. Once a safari is booked and confirmed it is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Travel Tips

Ranthambore National Park is close to Delhi and is very popular due to the fact that it is easy to see tigers here. Safari vehicles are highly regulated in Ranthambore National Park, with the number of vehicles entering the park being restricted. Though Ranthambore National Park has 10 zones for jungle safari but some zones, especially zones 1 to 6 and 10 are considered better than other zones for sighting tigers. The zone can be selected only through online safari booking in advance. If your request is accepted by the forest department, the zone can be changed by paying a substantial fee. Online Safari Booking of Ranthambore is open for the whole year from your Safari date.

Attention is paid to seeing tigers in Ranthambore.  Safari drivers take you to areas of the park where tigers are more likely to be seen. But some disturbances in the park arise when several jeeps all gather at one place and people shout between vehicles. In such a situation, you are advised to maintain peace in the forest and follow the rules of the park. Your jungle safari experience depends on the driver and nature guide. Some guides speak English better than others, and are better trained.

During jungle safari, note that many paths inside the park are bumpy and dusty, so sit with tight hold during safari. Take care of things like your photo identity card, wallet, camera, room key and mobile etc. during safari. Do not carry plastic bags, plastic wrapper with you during jungle safari. Do not throw these things in the park. Plastic is banned in the national park. Keep a water bottle, sun hat, sunglasses, anti-mosquito cream etc. with you during the safari. In winter, it is very cold in the morning safari shift, so wear clothes according to your needs.


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