Young Photographer Wildlife Camp - Summer Camp for Kids
There's an explorer in every child. Let them be it.
On the banks of a picturesque river, against the backdrop of a rising sun, the calls of an eagle cut through the morning air as an elephant grazes peacefully on the verdant grass. Suddenly, the langur monkeys, watching on quietly hitherto, cough out in alarmed frenzy at the sight of a leopard walking out regally. It's just another day in an Indian forest but could be a life-changing experience for an impressionable mind.
If you want to let your child know what it is like to be enveloped by a blanket of stars, taste the magic of the wild and have a fun-filled outdoor holiday; if you would like your growing child to grow green, the time to act is now.
Snaking its way pristinely through the Nilgiri Biosphere, the Kabini, the backwaters of which part Nagarahole from the adjoining Bandipur, forms a spectacular backdrop to the abundant wildlife of the region.
Composed of mixed deciduous forest, its green environs are well-endowed with mystery, beauty and mesmeric charm, which seep into your veins thick and fast. In its hallowed folds it harbours such riches that in summer, its receding width draws hundreds of elephants to its banks, and in winter, it attracts a spectacular variety of avian life to throng its misty surface and green shores.
What will be seen and photographed?
Kabini can be explored by multiple modes. While the vehicle safari offers high chances of producing a leopard sighting, the boat safari provides tremendous opportunity to learn about birds, mammals and even reptiles, in a breathtaking setting. Huge crocodiles can sometimes be seen basking in the late afternoon sun and some fortune can produce the coveted sight of otters.
Often seen hanging off a tree like an enticing fruit, the Kabini leopard adds a dash of orange panache to a dominance of green environs. There is consensus that spots seldom come in a more desirable form than on an indolent leopard in its high-rise quarters regarding the affairs below with contempt. And on occasion, when in a more down-to-earth mood, a sight of it sitting by the track or crossing your path like a poem on legs can stick to your memory cells inseparably.
Rubbing shoulders with Nagarahole's most famous penthouse-tenant is a multitude of wildlife, including a thriving population of the endangered Asiatic wild dog. The Kabini area is also a part of the largest refuge of the threatened Asiatic elephant and is still home to magnificent tuskers.
Highlights of avian life include the white-bellied woodpecker, the osprey and the greater spotted eagle; winter migrants, of which the peregrine falcon is perhaps the most notable; and four Western Ghats endemic species including the Nilgiri wood pigeon.
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 11 April/18 May 2017: Arrival and First Safari
We depart Bangalore at the crack of dawn and proceed to be enchanted on our much-awaited Kids Wildlife Tour. After a quick breakfast stop on the way, we soon reach our welcoming resort at Kabini.
After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, Skipper Phillip Ross will introduce the children to the art and science of wildlife photography. There will also be a brief on the wildlife found in the area.
For this evening, the group will depart on a vehicle safari, 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 the children get to know one another better and discuss the unique experience of the safari in Kabini.
We end the night with a session of entertainment followed by a presentation on wildlife conservation.
- DAY 2 12 April/19 May 2017: Morning and Afternoon Safaris in Kabini
An early morning wake-up call and tea will set the tone for the morning safari at 6:30. Cutting through the curtain of mist that gives the forest a surreal feel, we pursue materialization of wildlife and very possibly try some of the tips and techniques discussed in the ChaayaaChitraChaayaaChitra: Photography Techniques, Tips, Trickssession the previous night.
Upon our return from the excursion at 9:00 a.m., a hot breakfast will await us, and after satiating our hunger we retreat to our rooms to refresh and rest awhile, meeting again at noon for an interactive session full of fun and learning.
After lunch, perhaps a brief nap and tea, we enjoy the fascinating experience of a boat safari, watching riverside wildlife, and the children get to learn an immense lot about forest ecology and the various species from their ever-enterprising Skipper.
Having spent a cumulative five hours in the wild for the day, we walk into camp a happy bunch and relate our tales over tea, following which the Skipper will facilitate a light-hearted discussion of the day's events.
We tuck in for the night after enjoying an appetizing dinner.
- DAY 3 13 April/20 May 2017: Final Safari, Checkout and Return
The final morning of the Camp arrives as we wake up to the melodious bird-songs outside our windows.
Hoping for a fitting climax to a great excursion, we embark on the last safari at the usual hour in the morning. And since cat activity is at its peak during the early hours of the day, there is every possibility of the trip ending on a high note.
After the safari and breakfast we gather for a final rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and driving back to Bangalore, where you eagerly wait to hear your child's tales.
Inclusive of service tax
Inclusive of service tax
Inclusive of service tax
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should attend this Camp?
Anybody between 10 and 16 years of age is welcome to join the Camp. There are no other eligibility criteria.
How many participants can be expected to attend?
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.
What sort of accommodation can my child expect?
Accommodation will be in luxury tents in a well-furnished resort with all the basic amenities (electricity, running water, hot food etc) available. Each tent will be shared by three children.
By what mode will children explore the forest on this Camp?
Children will enjoy the wilderness mostly in a safari vehicle, but also by boat.
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, shorts, swimwear, night clothes and towel
Toiletries and other personal essentials
Notebook and pen or pencil
Camera and binoculars (if possible)
How do I register my child/children?
Simply click on the 'BOOK NOW' tab and fill out the form on the page and we'll get back to you pronto.
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