This article talks about the key difference between Tadoba Core and Tadoba Buffer Safari zones / gates and therefore will aid you select the gate that is best for you.
The Core Gates of Tadoba National Park where Safari begins are:
- Kolsa – Zari
The Buffer Gates of Tadoba National Park where Safari begins are:
- Alizanza Zone
- Devada Adegaon
- Kolara Buffer Gate
- Ramdegi Buffer Gate
The Tadoba Tiger Reserve is divided into 3 major safari zones:
- Tadoba Zone/Range (via Kolara & Navegaon gates)
- Moharli Zone/Range (via Moharli & Khutwanda Gates)
- Kolsa Zone/Range (via Zari & Pangadi gates)
Difference between Tadoba Core and Tadoba Buffer Safari zones
The major difference between Tadoba Core and Tadoba Buffer Safari zones is that normally “Core” area is where the authentic forest exists and there are no settlements within this core zone (even if there exist, they will be gradually relocated by the forest department – now as of Feb 2017, there are some around 2.5 settlements in the Core Area) and “Buffer” area is the place where you will witness a interaction of villages and the forest area, this is where interestingly both villagers and animals (mostly tigers) co-exist.
There are about 79 villages in the buffer zone. The finest way to safeguard these animals in the buffer zone (the wild animals which are spread from the core area owing to territorial issues) is to decrease struggle between villagers residing there and the animals. One of the finest ways is to create tourism over in these buffer zones and discover a way for locals to get a stake in this tourism revenue. Keeping all these, buffer zones was made and tourism was allowed here. The Forest Department at Tadoba Tiger Reserve hailed the move as a step in precise direction, “Without the money from tourism flowing to the locals, they won’t come ahead to save tigers,” says the department.
In April 2012, owing to poor protection, two tigers were ensnared by poachers in Gondmohadi in Palasgaon range connecting Tadoba. “Had these regions been guarded by the forest staff, such events could have been evaded. Permitting visitors in buffer area for Tadoba Tiger Safari is one way of patrolling the jungles,” said young naturalist from Tadoba National Park.
Buffer areas in one of the best Tiger Reserve in India are striking with dense tree canopy and there are higher movements of tigers and wild animals from Tadoba Tiger Reserve in this area as there are natural water bodies. Plans are going on to create artificial water sources too in these regions. Another benefit of buffer zones are that, the forest entry tickets rates are about 40% low-priced than the core tickets (while the Gypsy & the Guide prices go on to be same) and another great advantage is that while Tadoba core is always online safari booking, you can buy tickets at the gate (spot-booking) for buffer (up until they are entirely sold out, of course)
Also, one of the benefits of encouraging tourism in buffer areas is that to ease crowding in Tadoba core regions for wildlife safari in future. Tourism in the buffer area will be exercised by eco-development committees (EDCs) set up in the buffer villages with tickets being allotted by the EDC members and the tourism revenue will be shared between EDCs and Tadoba Conservation Foundation (TCF) in the share of 80:20. Forest department also has educated 20-25 guides (who are inhabitants) that will accompany tourists for Tadoba Tiger Safari on the route. These new routes (in the buffer) would also facilitate forest patrolling in a way.