Family Nature Camp at Bannerghatta National Park
Trip360 is proud to present a special family retreat - the Naturalist and Wildlife Camp. This specially crafted two-day camp gives young couples or parents the perfect chance to bond with their children or partner, while experiencing the best that nature has to offer.
Set on the edge of a gleaming lake, the farm stay is a great way to experience the joys of birding, wildlife tracking, angling and wildlife photography. And with award-winning wildlife photographer Phillip Ross as your camp leader, you and your family are sure to have fun exploring areas of Bannerghatta that seldom visited by tourists.
The campsite is situated right on the fringes of the Bannerghatta National Park, home to wild Asiatic elephants. Not only is it the world’s closest wilderness to a metropolis, this unique park is richly diverse with tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears being common sights. You may also come across an array of nocturnal wanderers, including the rare honey badger or ratel, in addition to the more common animals like gaur, wild boar and various species of deer. Bannerghatta National Park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, with more than 150 species of birds, including the yellow-throated bulbul and rufous-bellied eagle; in fact, you’re sure to spot at least 30 of these bird species within the property.
Enroll now and unleash your inner child, or watch your son or daughter develop into a budding young naturalist.
Highlights of the trip
Expert guidance from wildlife photographer Phillip Ross
Staying in luxury with delicious meals at The Outback Farm & Homestay, Bannerghatta
Bonding together in a new, unique way while experiencing the best of nature
Try fascinating activities like angling and camera trapping
Learning exciting new skills in the outdoors
Have a fun-filled holiday experience with your family
On arrival at The Outback Farm & Homestay in Bannerghatta, we will welcome our aspiring young naturalists and their parents to this beautiful campsite, set on the banks of a lake in the middle of the forest. After check-in, we will give you a tour of the campsite through a fun ice-breaking name game. After the game, our camp leader Phillip will talk to you about ornithology and will lead you around the beautiful property in search of avian wonders. We should come across at least 30 species in the hour we spend birding.
Once back in the rooms, we’ll give in to the enticing aroma wafting in from the kitchen. Yes, lunch time has arrived with the chef revealing all the delicacies carefully prepared for you. After a delicious lunch, attend the fabulous presentation on nature photography, the pull out the camera and get clicking.
Phillip will teach everyone about the ideal camera settings while shooting nature and wildlife, how to carefully approach and photograph wildlife in order to capture the most fantastic images, and also the best ways to compose a beautiful image. We’ll then embark on an exciting trek up a nearby hill, which treats us to panoramic views of the forests of Bannerghatta. At this high point, we pause to witness an amazing sunset, photograph the stunning landscapes and, if we’re lucky, we may even see some of Bannerghatta’s wildlife in the valleys below. It’s a great place to spend the evening, bond with your child and practice what you’ve learnt from the photography lesson earlier in the day. On the way down, we will learn about camera trapping, including how to set up a camera trap, hoping that Bannerghatta’s nocturnal wanderers choose to walk by sometime during the night or in the wee hours of the morning. Once back at the campsite, we will have a fun evening of singing around the campfire, under an inky blanket of stars. Wrap up the day with a scrumptious dinner, and hit the sack for some well deserved rest after a productive day!
DAY 2: June 3rd, 2018, Sunday:
We awake to the sweet calls of the birds found within the campsite, walking out of our rooms to watch the mist rise over the lake and the rays of the sun light up the surrounding forests. After a hot beverage, Phillip will lead the group to the bird photography hideout, where you and your child can practice all that you learnt from the photography lesson. Make sure you see and photograph birds in an all-new way and in your own style. Follow your early morning session with a grand breakfast buffet. Later, grab the fishing rods and some bait, and head down to the water’s edge and spend the entire morning angling at the lake. Phillip will introduce everyone to the art of angling, showing you the various methods of fishing, the types of tackle, and the species of fish found in the lake. Learn how to cast the line, set the hook, and carefully retrieve the catch without hurting the fish. Please remember that all fish caught will be released back into the lake.
After lunch, we rush to retrieve the camera trap to uncover images of what may have crossed the trap at night? Once we check the camera trap, we will return to the campsite and play some fun nature games. In the last hour at the camp, Phillip will help put together a checklist about birds, and talk about wildlife conservation and how we can make a change. And all good things come to an end, so we bid farewell to beautiful Bannerghatta. On the way back, we reminisce about the highlights of the camp and return to the city with happy new memories of exciting adventures with your young naturalists.
Inclusions + Exclusions
Accommodation in tents/rooms on sharing basis
All meals (breakfast, lunch x 2, dinner, evening snacks, marshmallows, coffee/tea/boost/bournvita)
Activities, such as trekking, birding and angling
Tips by award-winning photographer and mentor on bird and nature photography
Transport to reach the campsite
Personal expenses during the trip
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
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