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 camp.
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team members Phillip Ross, Karthik Rugvedi
and Samantha Ross
, will guide your child into the forests, take them through the fundamentals of wildlife photography and equip them with a basic understanding of animal behaviour that will help them take stunning photographs. All instructors know these forests like the back of their hand and will lead your child 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, photography and fun nature-based games, your child is sure to have an unforgettable camping 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 very luxurious stay and delicious meals at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, JLR
- A fun-filled great holiday
- Expert guidance from wildlife photographers Phillip Ross & Karthik Rugvedi
At the crack of dawn, we depart from the city of Bangalore and proceed to check-in at the Bandipur Safari Lodge, run by Jungle Lodges & Resorts. After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, camp 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 gather around a campfire for a presentation on composition and discuss our safari experience and animal behaviour.
We end the night with a session of entertainment followed by 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 play a few nature-based games, review photographs taken over the last 3 safaris, learn and practice low-light photography and end the night with some entertainment and 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 Bangalore, where we are sure your child won’t be able to wait to tell you some fascinating tales.
Who is this camp for?
Any child or teen between the ages of 10 and 16 is welcome to enrol for this camp. There are no other eligibility criteria.
Pricing : Including GST
Per Kid: INR 25,740
Two kids: INR 50,404
- Road transfers from Bangalore, to the destinations and return
- Shared accommodation in very comfortable rooms
- All delicious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
- Bottled water
- Four jeep safaris and entry fees
- 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