Ultimate Guide to Tadoba Safari

Jungle Safari Zones/ Gates of Tadoba National Park for the best Tiger Sightings Deciphered

– There are 22 gates, 4 zones & 2 areas in Tadoba.
– Moharli zone offers the best sightings and accommodation.
– Tadoba Tiger Reserve has core and buffer areas, both equally likely for tiger sightings.
– Choose a mix of core and buffer area gates for your safari.
– Tadoba experiences distinct seasons, each offering its own unique charm & wildlife experiences.
– Our Safari Packages.
– Book safari tickets at official Tadoba website:

Or let us do it for you, our travel desk can design packages that include safari bookings across core & buffer gates, accommodation, food & any pick up & drop services that you may need. Click the call button to get your customised package now!


Tadoba is divided into core and buffer areas.
Core : These areas receive strict protection, ensuring minimal human intervention and creating a safe haven for flora & fauna. The core areas of Tadoba represent the heart of the reserve, serving as prime habitats for the majestic Bengal Tigers and other wildlife species.
Buffer : Surrounding the core areas, the buffer acts as a transition zone between the reserve and human settlements. They serve as important corridors for wildlife movement, allowing species to migrate, disperse, and maintain genetic diversity.

Zones/ Gates

Tadoba region is divided into 4 zones, a zone comprising buffer & core area. Imagine the whole Tadoba region being split into 4 pieces & each piece(zone) containing a different set of gates(buffer & core).
There are different gates in each zone & the safaris in these gates either operate in buffer or core areas.

Tadoba zones

Moharli Zone
Moharli Gate(core)
Khutwanda Gate(core)
Junona Gate(buffer)
Agarzari Gate(buffer)
Devada Gate(buffer)
Adegaon Gate(buffer)
Mamla Gate(buffer)
Pangadi & Zari Zone
Pangadi Gate(core)
Pangadi Aswal Chuha Gate(buffer)
Zari Gate (core)
Keslaghat Gate(buffer)
Zari Peth Gate(buffer)
Kolara Zone
Kolara Gate(core)
Palasgaon Gate(buffer)
Kolara Chauradeo Gate(buffer)
Alizanza Gate(buffer)
Madnapur Gate(buffer)
Shirkheda Gate(buffer)
Belara Gate(buffer)
Navegaon Zone
Navegaon gate(core)
Navegaon Ramdegi gate(buffer)
Nimdela gate(buffer)

The challenge of deciding between buffer and core zones

Unlike other Tiger Reserves, Tadoba works a lot differently. It is important to address a common misconception regarding the core and buffer areas of Tadoba Tiger Reserve. There is a belief among some individuals that the core area offers better tiger sightings compared to the buffer area, but this is not true. In reality, tiger sightings are equally probable in both regions of the reserve.

This image was shot in the Agarzari buffer area.

How to Design Your Perfect Safari: Choosing the Right Combination of Zones, Areas, and Gates?

– Go for multiple safaris & choose a combination of core and buffer area gates.
Moharli zone has seen the best sightings and that has been the trend for a while now.
– Moharli zone also has the best accommodation & is easily accessible from other two zones (Pangadi & Navegaon).
– Both the core and buffer gates of Tadoba offer exceptional opportunities to sight tigers because of the region’s high tiger density.
– Also because buffer areas feature water bodies and fewer human settlements. Whether exploring the core or buffer areas, visitors can enjoy the presence of majestic tigers and the conservation efforts that ensure the reserve’s thriving ecosystem.

Seasons in Tadoba

Winter : In the winter season, Tadoba Tiger Reserve boasts mild temperatures and dry vegetation, making it an ideal time to spot majestic Bengal Tigers and other wildlife species. The clear visibility and fewer crowds enhance the safari experience.
Spring : With the arrival of spring, Tadoba undergoes a transformation as lush foliage emerges, creating a picturesque backdrop for wildlife sightings. The season brings heightened activity as animals become more active, and migratory birds return to the reserve, adding to its avian diversity.
Monsoon : During the monsoon season, Tadoba experiences refreshing rains that transform the landscape into a lush green paradise. While some areas may become inaccessible, it is a time of abundant flora, replenished water bodies, and a tranquil safari experience with fewer visitors.
Autumn : As autumn arrives, Tadoba experiences a transition from the monsoon season to winter. The landscape gradually dries up, revealing a mix of green and brown hues. This season is marked by mating rituals and territorial displays among the wildlife.

Where to book the Safari & how to book?

You can book safari tickets on the official Tadoba website: https://mytadoba.mahaforest.gov.in/. Or, we can book it for you (call us at 080 47185939).

Safari Pricing

Core Area : The ticket price for a gypsy which can accommodate 6 adults & 2 kids ranges from Rs4500 to Rs11500 depending on date and day of the safari. Weekend & Tatkal tickets are expensive, so make sure you book your ticket in advance.
Buffer Area : The ticket price for a gypsy which can accommodate 6 adults & 2 kids ranges from Rs4000 to Rs5000 depending on the day of the safari.

Tadoba Safari Packages by Avadale

Embarking on a safari adventure in Tadoba Tiger Reserve can be an exciting but complex endeavour. With a number of choices among 22 gates spanning the core and buffer areas, booking the perfect safari, selecting the ideal accommodation, arranging seamless pick-up and drop-off services, and even deciding on a suitable meal plan can pose quite a challenge. However, fear not! We are here to make your journey a breeze. Our dedicated team will handle all the intricate details, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience. Sit back, relax, and let us take care of everything, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Tadoba without any worries or hassles.

Safaris will be booked from the official Tadoba booking platform, we do not charge any fees for our services(actual safari receipts will be shared with you).

Note : Keep in mind that wildlife behaviour can be unpredictable, and sightings are not guaranteed.