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Morcha Village, Kanha National Park 481768, India   |  
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“out of this world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

we spent four nights here, after a hectic week in Delhi, and it was welcome respite! we had booked 7 safari trips into the park, and were assigned a naturalist and driver to take us in to the park every morning and afternoon of our stay. they were extremely knowledgeable and the naturalist's english was excellent so there was no language barrier.
the camp itself is set back from the road, so you feel very secluded even though there were many other resorts all around us. our room was very well decked out, and was cleaned daily by the house staff. we had booked
food in the camp was excellent. indian food is served at lunch, and western food is served at dinner, so that you don't get curry overload. you get a picnic breakfast prepared for your morning safari, and are given both indian and western options. one thing i wasn't prepared for was evaporated milk in my breakfast tea, which took a bit of getting used to, but didn't blemish the experience at all.
the staff are all friendly, polite, dedicated, and above all, aim to please. Tara the elephant also enjoyed our company, especially when we fed her Jaggery. she is well cared for, and enjoys plenty of freedom.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bath, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

This was our last stop on a very hectic 10 day tour of India and our favourite! The camp is set in a peaceful location and you instantly feel relaxed. The bungalows that you stay in are dotted around the camp and very comfy, but not luxurious (but this is a camp in the middle of nowhere!). As it is a malaria area, the camp provides anti mozzie plug ins, creams, mozzy nets etc - very thoughtful. This camp has a very 'British Colonial' feel - in a shabby chic way. Food is served at set sittings and you eat together. Indian food in the day and european in the evening. All home made and very good. The camp has it's own jeeps and naturalists / Guides that come into the park with you. The two who were there whilst we stayed were fab. On early morning safaris your every need is thought of, blankets, packed breakfast, tea, coffee etc.

My two regrets are that we didn't get to bathe the beautiful Tara as we arrived too late, and we only had three nights here in this very special place. I truely hope to return one day.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

Kipling Camp is a place where I wish to re-visit. The people running it were so helpful and friendly. We were the only group staying there and we felt we were treated like royalty. The food was excellent and nothing was ever too much trouble.Bathing the resident elephant, Tara, was a real treat. Being right in the middle of the forest we were treated to visits from monkeys, spotted deer and wonderful birds. The bedrooms were really comfortable too

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

It was 16 years since we last visited Kipling Camp. Whilst the surrounding area has grown considerably with many more hotels and jeeps in the Wildlife Park, Kipling retains it's rustic charm and ambiance. The rooms are now great, camp staff very helpful and informative, and of course they still have Tara the wonderful elephant. The Naturalists who accompany you on safari are extremely knowledgeable and helped us see 8 tigers in four days - absolutely brilliant!. Game drives are long but beware - we travelled in late February and the early mornings were bitterly cold. If you want a pool and all the trimmings, go elsewhere. If you want a wildlife holiday as it should be, go to Kipling Camp.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

It took two 16 hour train rides for us to reach Kipling camp and it was really worth it. The people at Kipling gave us a fabulous four days. From the moment their driver met us at the door of our train (how did he know which coach we were on?) to our being allowed to feed a last breakfast roti to Tara the elephant before we left, we were treated as if we were the dearest friends of madly generous hosts who couldn't be there themselves.
We had a lovely, comfortable and spacious room and very good food. And every evening we were treated to well organised and informative entertainment.
Delightful details: Going into Kanha park for an early morning view of the wildlife, rugs and hot water bottles waiting for us in the jeep. An exceptionally knowledgeable naturalist with us in the park and at meals before and after. Taking Tara the elephant for a walk and swimming with her. Seeing a tiger from elephant back.
As good as it gets. And I concur with the review of 6 April 2010.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We stepped out of our car to a wonderful welcome by the resident naturalist (Rohan) and the manager (both Indian) plus 2 charming British gap year students. To our amazement and delight, we were invited to choose between the room we booked (to share) or each our own room as other guests had cancelled. We each took a twin-bedded room so our accommodations were unusual, perhaps, spacious, comfortable, simply and charmingly decorated - and with the invaluable mosquito netting. Our evenings were also unusual in that the owner (the indomitable, delightful Anne Wright) was present (with her dogs) with her special guest so we had wonderful wildlife films (made by or with her daughter, Belinda) while being served drinks, hors d'oeuvres and soup. A treat! The food, mostly Indian cuisine, was always wonderful and the service impeccable. The early March mornings are chilly so the wake-up "call" with a tea tray at the door was hugely welcome. Our safari drives with the highly knowledgeable Rohan were superb. As were the drivers. Would that we had had more tiger sightings! But then, no number is ever enough of these gorgeous elegant Big Cats. Meeting and caressing the famous resident elephant, "Tara," was also special although in the end, though very torn, we chose an additional opportunity to see a tiger rather than spend the afternoon giving Tara her bath. Would that we had had time for both! You cannot go wrong sstaying here: it is a very special place, with special people and - above all - those special Cats! We loved every minute of our (alas, only) 3 days.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

Finally got around to writing a review! We had a fantastic stay at Kipling. From the wonderful food to the fantastic company - both staff and other guests alike - it was probably one of the most enjoyable stays we had during our month tour of india. We stayed at Kipling for 3 nights and were lucky enough to spot a tiger on our final day. We really enjoyed the drinks and food around the fire at night and a trip down to the river to wash Tara was one of the highlights. The camp is comfortable but not luxurious, although this is part of it's charm. We would highly recommend Kipling. One bit of advice we would give to travellers going to Kipling in January is that although it is warm during the days, it is absolutely freezing in the early hours when you set off to track the tigers. Lots of layers, gloves a scarf and a balaclava are musts.

Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Morcha Village, Kanha National Park 481768, India
Location: India > Madhya Pradesh > Kanha National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Kanha National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kipling Camp is the perfect destination for those who wish to relax in idyllic surrounds and explore the remote forests and villages of central India. Our comfortable cottages are set in 25 acres of unspoilt jungle. It is one of the finest wildlife camps in India with attention given to every detail. Kipling is also the home of Tara, a much-loved elephant who loves to be bathed and scrubbed in the Banjar River by guests. ... more   less 

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