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Kipling Camp
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Reviewed 25 January 2015

I have been a regular visitor to Kipling Camp over the last 25 years and I should have written a review ages ago, but selfishly thought I could keep the secret to myself and close friends. It is the place where I can relax from the moment I arrive looked after by a wonderful team of staff most of whom have been there for as long as I have been going.
But to be more specific. Getting there has become easier with flights to Jabalpur which reduce the road journey from about 6 hours from Nagpur to nearer 3 hours. However, the service is infrequent and sometimes unreliable. Accommodation in camp is in chalets built in the local materials of mud, cow dung and tiled roofs with basic but comfortable furniture and a bathroom with shower. The chalets sit in an area of forest rich in bird life and leopards, even tigers, are occasional night visitors. The central building has comfortable seating and a well stocked bar where guests can get together at lunch time and in the evenings. (Note: the local tomato juice makes superb bloody marys).
All visitors set their priority on seeing a tiger in the wild, and I have been lucky enough to see one on every visit. But please try not to be too disappointed if it does not happen to you – just book in to come back next year. The excitement of driving through the forest hoping to meet a tiger round every bend in the road; the sound of alarm calls from the deer and monkeys; just the smells and sounds of the forest as dawn breaks and life wakes up - it all goes to make a thrilling time. I usually visit in February or March when it is beginning to warm up, but beware, Kanha is bitterly cold at 5:30am when you will be called and you need to take plenty of warm clothes. By mid day it should be in the high 200C.
Second only to the staff is the wonderful camp elephant, Tara, the heroine of Mark Shand’s book ‘Travels on my elephant’. She is a great favourite, especially with the young, and goes down to the river for a bath every day accompanied by any guests who want a break from tigers. Tara has a great sense of humour, so beware!
There must be downsides but I honestly cannot bring any to mind. Not everything works smoothly in India and patience is required. The camp staff are adept at overcoming little local difficulties with their charm. The bureaucracy of the officials running the park is unbelievable and sorely testing.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank Scampston
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IvandeKlee, General Manager at Kipling Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2015

It was more than brilliant having you back at camp again, and the next generation of your family. It was a delight for us and we are so happy you enjoyed yourself. See you next year??

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Reviewed 7 November 2014

Lovely setting very near the park entrance with chital, langur and many birds around the camp day and night. Drives into Kanha were organised and the camp drivers/naturalists were very knowledgable and excellent at spotting animals and birds on the drives. The Indian food particularly was very tasty and all the staff including the volunteers couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Finally, a dream come true being able to help give an elephant, Tara her bath.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Helen B
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IvandeKlee, General Manager at Kipling Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2015

Thanks for coming, and thank you for your kind review! We would love to see you back here one day!

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Just being among the thicket of young trees was nice enough,as the cottages are situated among these.As our aim was to photograph wildlife in the Park which was taken care of by the camp staff all we wanted was a clean and cool place to stay in with decent food which we got.Right from the early morning wake up cup of coffee, throughout the day with the meals etc. things at this camp went of with clockwork precision.All those expecting large buffet meals may be disappointed but for us the food was very satisfactory .The staff was always there,to please plus help.A perfect wildlife camp situated very close to the Khatia gate of Kanha NP.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank CV S
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

I spent a week at Kipling Camp in January 2014. For me it was the splurge on an otherwise budget solo trip to India. It was definitely worth it.

Obviously Kanha National Park is the big draw to the area, and it was one of the highlights of my trip to India. The staff at Kipling organised the safaris for me, and did everything they could to make my experience unforgettable. There is a wealth of information available, in the form of the extensive library, and the staff themselves. The two drivers, Rahim and Rehmet, are both very knowledgable and keen to show you as many different species as possible. I was glad to have them, they were usually much more helpful and interesting than the park appointed guides.

Even aside from going into the park, staying at Kipling was a lovely time. It is a beautiful, peaceful location, where you can lie in a hammock watching the many birds, and sometimes monkeys and chitals, pass you by. Spending time with Tara, the elephant, is a very special experience which you won't get anywhere else.

The staff are all wonderful, especially Ahmed, who is a true gentleman and looked after my every need. The cottages are very comfortable, with nice little touches. The food is good, especially the Indian food served at lunchtime.

The Wright family, who own Kipling Camp, have been heavily involved in wildlife conservation for decades. Kipling Camp has an 'outstanding' from tofttigers.org, which means that they are environmentally and socially responsible. For me, knowing that my money was going not only for my pleasure, but was also helping provide for the future of these amazing animals, was very important.

I would not hesitate to recommend that anybody stay at Kipling Camp, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank Kirsty J
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Don't waste your time coming to this hotel, for the same price you can get much better and for a little more a lot is available. This is one place where the accommodation is much below par. The food is terribly insipid and of poor quality. Rather than trying to be cordial there is always an excuse for every reason. The staff doesn't care at all, it's like talking to deaf ears. The owners we are made to believe live in Delhi and take very little interest, the staff seems very dissatisfied and is complaining a lot of their employers. Don't waste your time book elsewhere.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
5  Thank KYSINGH
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