Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve is one of India’s first and finest Tiger Reserves, and also Southern India’s most famous. The reserve boasts of an array of fascinating flora and fauna, and is the best remaining haven for the endangered tiger, leopard, Asiatic elephant and Indian wild dog. The reserve is also home to over 300 species of birds.
Bandipur is primarily a dry deciduous forest that is rich in bamboo, teak, sandalwood and flame of the forest.
Serving as base camp, the tastefully furnished Bandipur Safari Lodge by Jungle Lodges and Resorts will be our home for the 3 days at Tour.
What’s better, Phillip Ross &/or Karthik Rugvedi, will guide you into the forests, take you through the fundamentals of wildlife photography and equip you with a good understanding of animal behaviour that will help you take stunning wildlife photographs. Phillip has been travelling to Bandipur since 1994 and know’s these forests like the back of his hand and will lead you to places where wildlife sightings are known to happen. Bandipur after all is easily one of the best places in India, to track a tiger and also happen’s to be Phillip and Karthik’s most favourite jungle of South India.
So what are you waiting for ? Book a place now and reserve a chance to come across one of Bandipur’s famous big cats.
With an array of activities including wildlife safaris, animal tracking, birdwatching, and photography learning, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The specific of the camp include:
- A fascinating experience in one of India’s richest tiger habitats
- Comprehensive understanding of photography and wildlife
- Tons of good wildlife sightings
- A luxurious stay in “Cottages” and delicious meals at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, JLR
- A fun-filled great holiday
- Expert guidance from wildlife photographers Phillip Ross &/or Karthik Rugvedi
Dates: 1st to 3rd November 2019
Arrive at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, and be greeted by Phillip Ross. After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, tour leader Phillip Ross will introduce the participants to Bandipur with a brief on the wildlife found in the area, the afternoon’s safari plan and also a presentation on the ideal settings for their cameras for the first safari.
We’ll then find ourselves aboard safari vehicles, driving into parts of Bandipur, not knowing what will be lurking around every corner. Bandipur is one of India’s richest tiger habitats, and is especially known for having some amazing tiger sightings. We’ll keep our eyes peeled and hope that the safari turns out to be a very successful one.
Later that evening, we’ll meet for a presentation on composition and discuss our safari experience and animal behaviour.
We end the night with a delicious dinner.
We awake to the sweet calls of the birds found within the campsite and after a hot cup of coffee or tea, prepare to depart for the morning safari. This safari will be very exciting as each participant will certainly have a better grasp of photography after the instruction session the previous evening and will be more confidant to take that stunning shot.
We return to the resort for breakfast and rest for a bit. Just before lunch, we’ll have a discussion about exposure compensation and focussing before we embark on the afternoon safari. On our return at dusk, we will have another learning session on photography, followed by a one-on-one image review session and end a celebratory dinner.
On the final morning, the forests of Bandipur beckon us to end the camp on a high note with a superb sighting on the fourth and final safari trip.
After the safari and breakfast, we gather for a rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and driving back to home, where we are sure you won’t be able to wait to tell your friends and family some fascinating tales.
Pricing including GST-
Individuals - INR 27,800
Pals ( For two ) - INR 54,700
- Twin-sharing accommodation in the ”Cottages” at Bandipur Safari Lodges
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
- Four safaris into Bandipur Tiger Reserve
- Guaranteed photography learning and a whole lotta fun!
- Road transfers from Bangalore, to and from the destination. We will however assist you with car pooling or booking a cab.
- Camera Fee’s – As per the Karnataka Forest Department, the fee is INR 500/- + 18% GST, per safari for a DSLR and lens above 200mm. The total camera fee’s per participant will be: INR 590/- x 4 safaris = INR 2360/-
- Any extra meals and beverages ordered
- Airfare, if applicable
- Anything that is not expressly mentioned in the inclusions list
Have questions about this camp? We hope you'll find your answers here.
Who is this tour for?
Anybody above the age of 18 with a passion to learn and master photography. There are no other eligibility criteria.
How many participants can be expected to attend?
A maximum of 12 adults are expected. USP is to provide as much individual attention and quality time to each participant as possible and thus the workshop strength has been kept low.
Where are we staying and what sort of accommodation and food can we expect?
We will be staying at the Bandipur Safari Lodge run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts. The food served is a delicious buffet spread of local, Indian and continental delicacies.
What are the requisites for the tour?
Bringing your own camera is strongly recommended. This camera should ideally be a Digital SLR (DSLR) or Mirrorless Camera with a telephoto, macro and wide angle lens to make the most out of the photography tour. In case you do not have the recommended equipment, we will help you hire.