Summer Wildlife Camp - For Kids
"Start young, stay young."
That is the most relevant aphorism of our times. And in a world increasingly alienated from its own roots, an early introduction to the wonders of Nature can have a long-lasting positive effect.
This summer, Toehold invites children and young nature-lovers to make that start and experience the great outdoors like never before, on the Summer-Special Wildlife Camp at Bandipur.
CAMP SYNOPSISNestled in the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains, these twin forests boast of an array of fascinating flora and fauna, including over 300 species of birds, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
A vital cog in the Nilgiri Biosphere, historic Bandipur is one of India's first and finest Tiger Reserves, and also Southern India's most famous. Its priceless tiger and leopard habitat is home to three rivers and represents in part the best remaining haven for the endangered Asiatic elephant, Indian wild dog and a plethora of life in all its sensational forms and colours.
Rich in bamboo, teak, sandalwood and flame of the forest, the hallowed alleyways of the two forests exude whimsical enchantment from every wild nook and cranny.
Serving as base camps for the exploration of all this glory will be two lovely lodges that strike the perfect balance between homely comfort and the spirit of adventure - the tastefully furnished Bandipur Safari Lodge at Bandipur run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts.
Book a place now and send your child on a wild ride that will pave the way for a green future!
An avid angler, great raconteur and naturalist par excellence, Phillip uses his passion for wildlife to spread the joy of nature through his infectious ways to adults and children alike. Having explored wilderness areas throughout India as a photographer and naturalist, Phillip has won many laurels, including a Wildlife Conservation Award in 2009 for his report on saving the Bannerghatta National Park. And courtesy of his skill, imagination and technical mastery, his work has been used in various magazines, newspapers, journals and calendars for embellishment and education through his incisive lens.
Read more about Phillip here.
TESTIMONIALS BY PREVIOUS CAMP PARTICIPANTSKids who were a part of a similar Camp previously said:
This Camp was just amazing! Meeting people and making new friends, the service at our lodge, which included the food and the comfort of our tents, and the wildlife made the camp a roaring success, literally, as we saw a leopard which entered our resort caught on the camera trap and some of us saw three tigers! That was my first sighting of a wild tiger! It has been a wonderful experience with Phillip and the Toehold team off safari and on safari as well!
- Arnav Pai, Bangalore
Absolutely awesome! A very home-like and informal feeling. I made new friends and this camp sparked an interest in photography and wildlife.
- Ankit Ranjan, Bangalore
Having no big cat in my country, I was really looking forward to seeing my first tiger in the wild, and the big male we sighted on the first evening in Bandipur made my dream come true! The atmosphere was most cordial and the company was fun. I look forward to coming back next summer!
- Samantha Whiting, The United Kingdom
It was very good. We saw a tiger on a Friday, the 13th, so it wasn't bad luck for a supposedly bad day. All the activities were fun and I learned a lot from Phillip.
- Shashank Reddy, Bangalore
The view from the room was just beautiful! Also, I really enjoyed waking up to the spotted deer feeding just outside the window and the lovely Nilgiri hills.
- Sathya Ram, Mysore
The camp was great fun! We learned camera-trapping in the beautiful jungle. Phillip also taught us how to do time lapse photography and gave us a lot of knowledge on the wildlife. The tiger sighting was my favourite moment of the trip and I hope to come back and see more tigers.
- Shweta Manohar, Bangalore
- DAY 1 23 May 2017, Tuesday: Excited Arrival and Early Exploration
We depart Bangalore at the crack of dawn and proceed to be enchanted on our much-awaited Summer Wildlife Camp. After a quick breakfast stop on the way, we reach Bandipur in the afternoon and check in to our beautiful lodge.
After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, Skipper Phillip Ross will introduce participants to the art and science of wildlife photography. The group then departs on an evening jungle safari in Bandipur, where we explore the wildlife hotspots and keep our eyes peeled for surprises.
We return to the resort at dusk, after enjoying the many sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Over bonfire and dinner we get to know one another better and discuss the unique experience of the maiden safari.
We end the night with a session of entertainment followed by a presentation on wildlife conservation.
- DAY 2 24 May, Wednesday: Excursion Proper
We wake up early to the melodious bird-songs outside our windows.
After a delicious breakfast, we set out to behold Bandipur Tiger Reserve and its numerous marvels in the morning light, and we utilize the time and the opportunity to learn time-lapse photography and practising other forms of nature art, by choosing appropriate subjects.
Soon we hit lunchtime. The chef at the resort is renowned as one of the best in the area, and we can be assured of a meal that will pamper our taste buds. After lunch we rest awhile and prepare ourselves for an evening to remember.
When we embark on an evening safari in Bandipur, we will have a great opportunity to practice what we've learnt on the trip so far with regard to photography and tracking.
We return just after sunset. If blessed with a clear sky, we will learn the art of star-gazing and spend the rest of the evening reminiscing about the sightings and experiences we've enjoyed on the trip.
- DAY 3 25 May, Thursday: Swansong and Return
The final morning arrives and we make an early start to enjoy the last safari in Bandipur. After hopefully a productive experience, we breakfast and check out.
We stop for lunch at Mysore, the City of Palaces, and continue onwards to Bangalore to conclude an unforgettable excursion that your child will cherish.
Exclusive of service tax
Exclusive of service tax
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should attend this Camp?
Anybody between 8 and 16 years of age is welcome to join the Camp. There are no other eligibility criteria.
How many participants can be expected on this Camp?
Your child can expect a maximum of 15 other kids for company. The Camp strength has been kept down to ensure smooth running of the event and quality time with the Skipper for each kid.
By what mode will children explore the forest on this Camp?
Children will enjoy the wilderness in a safari vehicle.
What about my child's safety during the event?
Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us. The Skipper leading this Camp has been trained by Toehold on child protection; child behaviour and development; health and safety; activity programme delivery; and Toehold's code of conduct, policies and procedures. The Skipper will accompany the children on all activities and the Camp will have at least one staff member qualified in administering First Aid, at all times.
What things should my child bring to this Camp?
Cap or hat
Shoes and slippers/floaters
Three sets of sober-coloured outdoor clothing (including shorts and swim wear), night clothes, towel and woollens
Toiletries and other personal essentials
Notebook, pen, pencil, crayons and watercolours (if possible)
Camera and binoculars (if possible)
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