A big hit at The Outback Experience is our unique Father and Child Naturalist Camp. This specially crafted two-day camp is a perfect opportunity for all fathers to get to bond with their children and experience the best that nature has on offer at the same time. Staying at The Outback Farm & Homestay, our own property on the edge of a gleaming lake, this is the perfect gateway to experiencing the joys of birding, wildlife tracking, angling and wildlife photography. What’s better, with award-winning wildlife photographer Phillip Ross as your camp leader, you and your child are sure to have a fun-filled time getting to explore areas of Bannerghatta seldom visited by tourists.
Birdwatching, Trekking, Angling, Fishing, Learn Photography, Camera Trapping, Nature Games, Roasting Marshmallows
On arrival at The Outback Farm & Homestay in Bannerghatta, camp leader Phillip Ross will welcome all fathers and our aspiring young naturalists to this beautiful campsite on the banks of a lake amidst the forest. After check-in, Phillip will introduce the property to you while you enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and later we will get to know each other through a fun ice-breaking name game.
After the game, Phillip will talk to you about ornithology and will lead you around the beautiful property in search of its avian wonders. We should come across at least 30 species over the hour we spend birding. Once back at the rooms, we’ll give in to the enticing smells coming in from the kitchen. Yes, lunch time has arrived and the chef reveals the delicacies prepared.
After a delicious lunch, and a presentation on nature photography will be conducted and the it’s time to pull out your cameras. Phillip will teach everyone about the ideal camera settings to set while shooting wildlife, how to carefully approach and photograph wildlife in order to capture those fantastic images and also the best ways to compose a beautiful image.
Phillip will now lead the group to the bird photography hide, where you and your child can practice what you’ve learnt from the photography lesson, and where you will get to see and photograph birds like never before.
After the hide photography session, we’ll embark on an exciting trek to a nearby hill from where we are treated to a panoramic view of the forests of Bannerghatta. From here, you and your child can witness an amazing sunset, click stunning landscape images and, if lucky, sight some of Bannerghatta’s wildlife in the valleys below. It’s a great place to spend the evening, bond with your child and practice what you’ve learnt from the photography lesson earlier. On the way down, we will learn about camera trapping and set up a camera trap, hoping that Bannerghatta’s nocturnal wanderers chooses to walk by sometime during the night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Once back at the campsite, we will have a fun entertainment and sing-along session while enjoying the campfire, and hit the sack soon after a scrumptious dinner.
We awake to the sweet calls of the birds found within the campsite and walk out of our room’s to watch the mist rising over the lake and the sun rays lighting up the surrounding forests. After a hot beverage, it’s time to grab fishing rods and bait, and head down to the water’s edge. Phillip will introduce the art of angling to everyone, and you and your child will learn about the various fishing methods, types of tackle and species of fish found in the lake, and how to cast, set the hook and carefully retrieve the catch without hurting the fish. Please remember that all fish caught will be released back into the lake.
After a working up an appetite hooking onto some of the monsters in the lake, we rush to devour the breakfast buffet.
After a hearty breakfast, we eagerly leave to retrieve the camera trap. What may have crossed the trap during the night? Once the camera trap is checked, we’ll return to the campsite and play some fun father vs children games.
During the last hour of the camp, Phillip will help put together the bird checklist and talk about wildlife conservation and the steps we can take in order to make a change.
Finally, since all good things come to an end, we bid farewell to beautiful Bannerghatta. On the way back we reminisce about the highlights of the camp and return to the city, after having created new memories with your young naturalists!
Price per Father & Child - INR 8500
Price for 2 Fathers & 2 kids - INR 16000
Group Size - 6 fathers and 6 kids
Not including 5% GST
• Shared accommodation in luxury rooms or luxury tents
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
• All camera and entry fees
- 5% GST
- Transfers to and from the destination
- Any extra meals and beverages ordered
- Anything that is not expressly mentioned in the inclusions list