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Reviewed 11 January 2010

This was like a home from home the rooms are simple but well cared for with
little extras like mosquito cream and the very welcome hot water bottles at night. The location in the middle of the forest was, for us, spot on. The staff comprise paid locals and a small group of English gap year students - a mix that works very well. Food was also very good; we ate outside at lunch and in the dining/bar/lounge area at other times. We stayed for 2 nightsand would love to have been there longer. The setting and ambience was perfect for us. One huge bonus was that Kanha is the only place we actually saw tigers - but as a real treat this was a pair who proceeed to mate in front of us - hopefuly the next generation of tigers is now developing well!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank muscadet
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Reviewed 14 November 2009

I have intended writing up our trip to India and am sorry it has taken this long to do so. The whole trip was organised by India Experience for my husband, myself and two friends. It was fantastic and everything worked like clockwork. Our guides and drivers turned up exactly when they should have done. It was brilliant. We started in Delhi and travelled down the country staying in various places along the way.

We stayed in Kipling Camp whilst going Khana to see tigers and other wild life. The place was beautifully clean. The staff were welcoming and helpful. Air conditioning was just being installed in the rooms. Monkeys, deer and lots of other wild life are immediately outside the rooms, which are all in little chalets with your own toilet and shower facilities. The naturalist (Rishin) and driver were brilliant at trying to find the animals we were keen to see and even took us to the top of a mountain so that we could see over the park as the sun was setting. It meant a late drive back in the dark, but was fantastic. We were woken at around 5.15 am with tea and biscuits and sandwiches etc were taken into the game park.

Another attraction for me was Tara, Kippling camp's very own elephant. She is taken down to the river for a bath daily and, if you wish to you can ride down on her and help with the procedure. I loved it! There is no extra charge for this (but there is a box in the bar if you wish to donate anything).

Food is taken in an open area, (of which there are pictures on the camp's website). It is very pleasant. The food was generally very good when they don't try and make our British food!! Packed lunches were a little basic - a boiled egg, a sandwich and fruit when available.

Rishin even organised for us to see some local dances etc. The other thing which I liked here, was that they organised the tips for us - in order that fairness is maintained between the various guides in the national park. I quite liked this as I am very happy to tip good service (which we had through out our tour) but not always sure to who or how m uch!

This place is "out in the sticks" as you would expect from the nature of the place and, obviously, you will not have choice of meals nor the facilities of the large hotels - but go. It is fantastic!

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank CAEWALES
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Reviewed 4 June 2009

Kipling Camp was a complete surprise. however much I had heard about it I did not expect it to be as it was. It's beautifully located, and after the surprise of landing up in the jungle from the city, one quickly loves it. the colours, the sounds and the beauty of Kanha itself are amazing. and at night the lamp lit paths around the camp are so pretty. early early rides into the Park are eased by blankets to tuck round your knees (much needed - before the sun comes through it's freezing!), and flasks of tea. I left exhausted but happy: i enjoyed it far too much to have an afternoon nap - so that tiredness was self inflicted!

If you want a 5 star in the jungle, don't go to Kipling Camp. If you want a proper, enjoyable experience and feel as though you are really somewhere that knows and cares about Kanha, Kipling is a must. Belinda and Anne Wright have such exceptional knowledge about wildlife and have definitely passed their enthusiasm onto the team there.

Loved it.

  • Stayed: October 2006
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Thank LadyJalebi
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

Stayed at Kipling Camp for 2 nights. The camp is built in the bush trees all around the accomodation etc. The accomodation itself is pretty basic, meals are taken outside mainly which is nice but can get a bit chilly in Oct. One night we had a movie night (watching tiger films of course) and dinner on the terrace which was very nice and nice that you had your own table which gave you some privacy as sometime your fellow travellers are not really your cup of tea and can get tedious having to make conversation. We did have problem during our stay with the insects, which I have seen on other people reviews. I thought it just might be a couple of bugs etc. But the camp being built in the bush is a haven to wildlife. We had an army of ants in the room and when we stayed there is a major issue with wood spider (they had not yet hibernated) Had 5 large ones in our room. To top it all when we went to get into bed a rat/mice had beaten us there and had dropping in the bed which was not nice. The staff did react well and immediately came to change the bed and strip it right down to ensure there was nothing still there. I like wildlife but not happy sleeping with it and didnt really relax fror the whole stay slept with one eye open. Only 3 other guest in resort at time we stayed and they all had the same problems. Bindyha that runs the camp is lovely and very into wildlife and rishin who was the new naturalist was very nice and very informed on the wildlife. We did not see any Tigers in Kanha National park in fact during our stay there were very little sighting by any of the 100s of visitors. Tigers are the main event and if you dont seem them there is not a great deal else to (many diff birds, deer and monkeys and bison and thats it). Having said all of the above it is worth going here to just have the experience to bath Tara. Its a great experience and she is so co-operative. Was amazing to get in the water with her and then rub her down with stones whilst she just led there and enjoyed the attention. Fell in love with Tara! Food was of a reasonable standard and staff were very helpful had we not had the insect problem would have enjoyed the stay much more.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JacMB
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Reviewed 14 May 2008

We stayed for five days at Kipling Camp. This resort is 10 minutes drive from the Kanha National Park. It's well managed, the staff is efficient and warm. The rooms are well equipped and comfortable. The Manager - Bindiya Vij is a naturalist at heart, she is a great source of information on birds and animals of Kanha. It seems like one is staying within the jungle premises, we actually saw a spotted dear (cheetal) a few times in the resort. Kipling Camp has a resident elephant called Tara which is such a treat for kids and adults. My kids enjoyed the experience of bathing Tara in the river, a once in a lifetime...surely ! Overall an excellent place to stay if you are visiting Kanha.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Thank smart_mummy
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