An idyllic wilderness on the edges of Kanha National Park, Kipling Camp has conservation at its core. A handful of sympathetically designed cottages sit unobtrusively among the trees bringing guests right into the heart of the wild landscape. Though perhaps not as luxurious as some camps you may find, if it’s connection and charm you’re after then this is the one.
When you’re not out on safari, there are loads of cosy corners and hammocks throughout the camp where you can curl up with a book from the library or just lay back and listen to the sounds of the forest. Feast on traditional local cuisine served at atmospheric settings around the site, enjoy picnic breakfasts during morning ventures into the National Park, and meet the camp’s most famous resident: Tara the elephant.
Kipling Camp is set in the buffer zone on the outskirts of Kanha National Park - arguably the best place in the world to spot elusive wild tigers. Arriving into Jabalpur airport, the camp is a 3-4 hours’ drive away.
Nature walks & birdwatching
Rescued resident elephant, Tara
Perhaps not the most high-end camp, but certainly the most memorable!
Discover what to expect from staying at Kipling Camp
It’s impossible to talk about Kipling Camp without mentioning the elephant in the room which is, quite literally, an elephant! The camp’s resident retired elephant, Tara, was once the companion of world-renowned conservationist Mark Shand, and she has become very much part of the family. Guests are welcome to join Tara and her carers as she heads to the river to bathe each day.
Arriving at Kipling Camp, you’ll immediately feel welcomed by the attentive and enthusiastic staff. Nature envelopes the camp, and its setting in the heart of the forest is ideal for wildlife spotting. The vast landscape feels open and expansive. The nearby watering hole is a particular highlight; watching the animals go about their day in their natural habitat is unforgettable. It is a pleasure to spend time around the staff here, and see how passionately they believe in the work.
Spend your days wildlife watching in the National Park, keeping your eyes peeled for tigers. Enjoy riverside picnics and nature walks, luxuriate around the campsite, treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage, and indulge in a little stargazing after sundown. Get a taste for local life and head out on a tour of a nearby village, or discover the surrounding forts and caves.
Since Kipling Camp was opened in 1982 by pioneering conservationists, the Wright family, it has led the way in the region’s eco-tourism. They’re committed to investing in local communities and continue to strive towards reducing their carbon footprint.
Take your best shot at spotting wildlife with an itinerary that includes not one but three different parks, all located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This allows you to explore some surprisingly diverse scenery, see myriad bird and animal species, and hugely increase your chances of spotting one of these elusive big cats.