We stayed in the hut #1 which we shared together with a rat. During the first hour of staying the rat ate a soap on the bathroom table and pooed there too. We tryed to tell that to the staff but they didn't want to understand and just gave us more soap!!
Something about the cleaning ability of the staff tells that the rat poo stayed on the bathroom table for the whole staying of ours (3 nights).
During the nights the rat was having its party by moving around the hut and its ceiling.
The shower was afwul, no warm water and the drain wasn't working so all the terrible cold water stayed on the floor and you ended standing in 15cm of freezing cold water when trying to get some warm water. I postponed my showering to the next place where we were going to stay.
The first impression of the place (during dark evening) was very nice, there's nice atmosphere with lights and people around fireplaces.
The food is relatively good, unfortunately often served cold.
The hut was freezing cold during the night in December. The fire in the fireplace helped a bit for the first hours of the night but I don't know what we would have done if we didn't have our sleeping bags, wool socks, thermal underwear with us.
The staff is typical Indian friendly. I don't like the feeling when someone is staring when I'm eating, when I'm walking, when I'm doing whatever. So to my cultural background the service too friendly and awkard. I also get feeling that they are just begging for a tip all the time, which I don't if it was the case.
They guy in the reception was kind of helpful and kind of understanding but in the end you always felt that the things that were agreed never happened and you were just fooled somehow.
The Mr Naturalist from Nepal was a very interesting and knowledgeble person with good English skills and made our trips to the park very fascinating and interesting. The trips to the park where included in our fee and there was plenty of trips available. Park with its animals was great. For us it was more than just trying to see a tiger so we enjoyed the park a lot altough didn't see any tigers. Lots and lots of other animals instead.
The owner couple was very friendly and they shared the fireplace with the visitors in the evening with their dogs. They had nice stories and the atmosphere was nice. (Until you had to go back to sleep in the hut with the rat again).
The river is nice and you can get to nice boat trip to see birds.
Hint: don't fly to Japalbur and take a car to Panna. The trip is a nightmare and takes about 8 hours.
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