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In addition to the wildlife safaris into Kanha National Park, Kipling Camp offers a range of unique activities, which include:

Tara the Elephant

Kipling is the home of Tara, our beloved elephant who was the star of the late Mark Shand's "Travels on my Elephant". She loves to be bathed and scrubbed in the nearby River. Interactions with Tara often become the highlight of a guest’s trip to India. The experience is especially popular with families traveling with children.

Community Support

Supporting the local community is a core activity at Kipling Camp. The Camp is located in a largely tribal area, which has only basic facilities for the local people. Two Camp volunteers also teach at the local high school. Kipling Camp organizes visits to nearby villages with their traditional architecture and colourful markets. When there are more than 10 guests in the Camp or on special occasions, Baiga tribal dance performances are organized.

Exploring ancient forts, off the beaten track

For Kipling Camp guests who would like to explore historical sites that are off the beaten tourist trail, a fascinating day trip can be arranged to explore the magnificent ruins of three 17th century forts near the banks of the sacred Narmada River. The route is through forests and village hamlets and along the way, guests can stop to view a flying fox colony in a grove of giant mango trees, and climb the mysterious black mountain with its ancient hexagonal volcanic rocks.

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About The Lodge

Kipling Camp-Kanha

KIPLING CAMP was established in 1982 on the edge of Kanha National Park, by conservationists Bob and Anne Wright. It is now owned and managed by Anne and their daughter, renowned tiger conservationist Belinda Wright. It was one of the first private wildlife resorts in India and remains among the finest, with attention given to every little detail.

Kipling is the perfect destination for those who wish to relax in idyllic surroundings and explore the remote forests and villages of Central India. It is also the home of Tara, the much-loved elephant who starred in Mark Shand’s best-selling book “Travels on my Elephant”. Tara loves to be bathed and scrubbed in the Banjar River – an unforgettable experience for the guests. Accommodation is in comfortable cottages, with en-suite bathrooms and large verandahs, which are set in acres of unspoilt jungle and a lake. A large portion of the property has been set-aside as a sanctuary for the wildlife.

Kanha National Park is one of the largest and most beautiful wildlife areas in Asia. Safaris into Kanha offer excellent opportunities for wildlife photography and bird watching and it is considered one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers. Other activities include bird watching walks and visits to local villages and colourful weekly markets. Guests can also choose a book from the extensive camp library and relax in a hammock, or indulge in a massage from our two masseuses using the purest Ayurvedic oils. At night we show wildlife films and host tribal dance performances.

Kipling Camp’s motto is “treading softly in the jungle”. Apart from ensuring that guests have a comfortable and memorable experience, Kipling has always supported wildlife conservation initiatives, community welfare and responsible tourism. We have tried to move gently with the times without spoiling the area and the Camp's magical atmosphere. It is a place of peace and relaxation that strives to stay in harmony with nature. Many guests return time and again, staying for a week or more.

In December 2012, Kipling Camp received the Tour Operators for Tigers’ (TOFT) coveted PUG certificate for “Outstanding Practice”. TOFT is India’s voice for responsible tourism in wilderness areas and this is their highest rating given to “exemplary industry leaders”. In September 2014, Kipling Camp was selected as the Joint Winner of the prestigious Sanctuary TOFTiger "Most Inspirational Eco Lodge of the Year 2014” Award.

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