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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Stayed in the east bunglow if i recollect. Rooms are large, but over all nothing to write home about. Food was decent fare (buffet).

But you do go to stay @ Kabini for the safari. Evening we took the long boat ride, and in the morning took the jeep safari into nagarhole forest. Though we were unlucky to spot any other than deers and foxes, we did enjoy the rides. Unfortunately (or luckily) for us a tiger decided to visit the resort while we were away on the safari :(

Its a expensive affair, but the safari are long, and well organised, so makes sense to go for it.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank shishirgowda
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We spent four nights here while exploring the nearby national park. The location is great. The facilities had some quirks.

Hot water in the room was so complicated that unless you are a seasoned engineer, you will need a lesson on how to turn it on.

WiFi in the area is virtually non-existent if that is important to you.

The food was OK, but lacked some variety. We took advantage of boxed meals for breakfast several times, which worked well, allowing us to get to the forest early.

The forest is fabulous. See my separate review of things to do in the park. We saw leopards, tigers, and many hard to find birds.

The safaris into the park by jeep are not the only way you can get a good look at the wildlife. We actually had better looks at a tiger on a boat tour of the reservoir.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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2  Thank The Other Jim H
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

one of the best places to stay if you want to see leopards & tigers in India especially the black leopard in tourism zone .(only because of monopoly they have over the right to take people for safari )
food is decent or ordinary to say the least for the price , tents are ok , dormitory are bad and they do not guarantee a safari if you stay in dormitory so check before you book dormitory
naturalists are good !

Room Tip: great safari , dormitory is the cheapest but does not guarantee a safari
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank chetanrn
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

My parents stayed in this accommodation on Jan 17, 2018. I wanted to send them to a luxury holiday but it turned out pathetic.

Booking process: Website has limited photos so we called the manager to understand difference between two bungalows and whether photos available elsewhere, answer was East bungalow have not been renovated ( does not mean falling apart). So I booked the same.

Faced following-
Almirah in room does not have doors
There is no socket near the place where tea kettle is kept, so u carry kettle to socket. Tea sachet are provided in a mug
No mosquito repellent
Door of bathroom and room are chipped
No hand towel given along with towel
There is supposedly a waiter outside East bungalow but he was nowhere to be seen after checkin

You have to go out for all meals to Goleghar which is 200-300 Mt from room. There it is full self service including picking your plate, glass and keeping it back in dustbin. Nothing wrong if I go for tenting trip but we paid 19k
There is hardly any light to go from bungalow to Goleghar which is unsafe when one is staying in jungle
There is lot of dirt and plies of leaves in viceroy building

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Ankit C
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I spent 4 days and 3 nights at Kabini, staying at Kabini River Lodge, and my time there was spectacular. I arranged private transport through Wild Trails from Bangalore and it couldn’t have gone smoother. My driver, Satish, picked me up on time and was a very safe and professional driver. He was very kind and accommodating. From Bangalore, it took us 4.5 hours before we arrived at the River Lodge.

The Lodge itself is very quiet and the cabins are spacious. They have a small balcony looking down towards the water and you are just a short 20 meter walk from lovely sunset views over the the reservoir, watching flying foxes swoop down over the water at dusk. The buffet food is absolutely amazing, with over 80% of it being vegetarian. After spending a few days here, expect to put on a few kilos of delicious Indian cuisine.

What has surprised me most about Kabini is the level of care and respect they have for wildlife management. The number of vehicles for the amount of square kilometers means that it’s very easy to set off in your own jeep without a line of other vehicles ahead or behind you.

The zones are just the right size for jeeps to meet up every so often to check in on sightings, and then drive off in separate directions--giving you a true experience with nature and wildlife. The lighting in the morning and evening is wonderful, and driving down dirt roads with hundreds of spotted deer and countless langurs bouncing around in search of bigger game is a beautiful experience.

Another thing I like about Kabini is that it feels wild. It’s not like some places you go where they bait or surround sighted animals as if they are in show. Finding cats at Kabini takes patience and time. Don’t expect them to be sitting there waiting for you—posing on a rock or tree branch wondering what took you so long. You have to work to find them, but this is what makes the safari experience feel authentic, as you truly appreciate your encounters with the big cats.

The drivers and naturalists are great. They are very attentive and proactive. Their ears and eyes are open at all times, and they strike a perfect balance of sitting and waiting when calls indicate something might be near, and driving ahead to see what may be found around the next bend or hill when nothing presents itself.

Going with Wild Trails was a great decision. After a slight miscommunication on my first safari, Manju and Gee were quick to contact the general manager here to make sure everything went smoothly the rest of the time. Wild Trails checked in each day to see how things were going and whether we had any sightings. Having spent a few days here at the Lodge, the guides and naturalists began to know what I wanted and were helpful in providing the safari experience that suited my needs. The general manager and lead naturalist could not have been more accommodating and hospitable, and this is due to their relationship with Wild Trails.

Overall, I would highly recommend booking a multi-day safari at Kabini with Wild Trails. Great park, great guides and great care of their clients. A big thank you to Gangaswamy and Ravi at Kabini, along with Manju and Gee at Wild Trails.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
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1  Thank Reid W
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