Kanha Tiger Reserve will always be special and is considered as one of Asia’s premier wildlife reserves. Kanha spectacular forests of Sal and Bamboo, meadows, the rivers Banjar and Tannaur, hills cover an area of 2100 Sq.km including a core area of 1,134 Sq.km. Kanha is considered to be one of the best places in the world to see the tigers and is also blessed with a rich bird life and a variety of wildlife making it a delight for wildlife enthusiasts.
One of the first lodges to be established in Kanha as early at 1982, Kipling Camp serves a legacy of conservation and a firm ethos of ‘treading softly’ in the forests environs of Kanha.
Managed and owned by Belinda and Anne Wright, Kipling Camp is set close to the Kisli side and is the perfect access to the Kanha and Kisli zones of the national park. Kipling offer 14 double rooms in cottages under shades of trees with a lake close by.
The cottages at Kipling Camp have an ‘old world’ charm to them and transport you straight into the era of colonial forest bungalows. Comfortable two-to four-room cottages, each with its own verandah offering views of the wilderness, the waterhole and the surrounding forest, each cottage room has its own tea and coffee making facilities, and tiled ensuite bathrooms with hot showers. The Camp functions on strict green values and adheres to a season from mid-October to April when the temperature is comfortable and hence requires no air conditioning. Since there is a good tree cover, the temperature at the camp is very comfortable during early summer months. Heaters and hot water bottles are provided during winter months for comfort in the cottages.
‘Shamiana’ is the camp centre and is a social hub for guests at the camp. It acts as the dining room, a library, a lounge as well as the bar. Keeping with the philosophy of “treading softly in the jungle”, Shamiana is a tiled pavilion, open on all sides with large cushioned walls set in a forest environment. This is also the area where guests are welcomed with hot or cold towels depending on the weather at the time. Safaris into the jungle in the morning are always accompanied with packed breakfast carried on the jeeps along with tea and coffee. For those choosing to relax at the camp or explore other activities offered by the camp, breakfast is served on tables outside the Shamiana under the beautiful mahua tree. Lunch is usually Indian and is served outside where one can take in the natural beauty of the surrounding forest. Drinks in the evening can be enjoyed at the bar or under the trees. Guests and managers eat together on the same table, where they share their experiences separate tables can be set-up on special requests.
Kipling is home to Tara, the much loved elephant mascot of the camp and is loved by both grown-ups and children making Kipling the perfect place for families. The camp has over the years employed and taken in many villagers and trained them in hospitality and service. Apart from the park safaris which are a staple of most of the wildlife lodges, Kipling has varied activities which makes it an extremely diverse place to learn about the forests and also experience wildlife.
Many guests stay at Kipling for 4 nights or longer. Most days begin with an early morning drive into the park in open 4WD vehicles in search of barasingha, sambhar, chital, wild dog, leopard, tiger and other wildlife. Breakfast is always set up it the park. Back at the camp Lunch is usually outdoors. For the afternoon drive, guests can return to the Tiger Reserve, go bird watching, take a guided nature walk in the forests that surround the Camp, retreat to a hammock with a book, or – most popular of all – bathe Tara in the Banjar River. Evening time is to relax in the Shamiana around a campfire with drinks and dinner, the sounds of the jungle the only music while conversation flows among guests about their day in the park. Longer stays would allow for visits to a colourful tribal market, relaxing massages, volleyball for the energetic, a candlelit outdoor dinner, tribal dances under the stars (if there are sufficient guests) and screenings of films on Kanha’s remarkable wildlife.
Visited Late Feb, early March with group of 11 from USA.. Tigers of interest, but Tara really the draw... 3 lazy afternoons with Tara at the river were better than I imagined and so very worth...
We had a wonderful time and were lucky enough o stay at Kipling at Christmas - so were treated to a visit by Father Christmas and his elephant. Hugely exciting to see two tigers in the park. It's...
We were so excited at the propspect of staying at Kipling Camp, and it certainly did not disappoint. As it was the end of the season, we were the only guests staying, but were looked after royally...
Nearest Airport : Jabalpur -160 Km , Nagpur -260 Km
Nearest Railway Station : Jabalpur - 160 Km
A cancellation fee of 50% is charged if bookings are cancelled within 30 days of the commencement of a guest?s stay at Camp, 100% if within 15 days.
There are no credit cards facilities at the Camp.
Terms & Conditions
A booking can only be confirmed with a 50% deposit and the balance payment must be made 45 days prior to arrival at Camp.