Myself and my boyfriend stayed at the Bison for 4 nights and had an incredible experience. We had been travelling around India for a month and decided to visit the Bison as one last treat before we flew home to the UK.
Situated over-looking the Nagarhole National Park, yes this place is off the beaten track, but that is what makes it such a special and magical place - with elephants bathing in the river at sunset, campfire dinners under thousands of stars, and seeing 3(!) tigers in the wild whilst out on safari I will never forget our stay.
The accommodation is fantastic. Beautiful, luxury, eco safari tents over-looking the park, and is breath-taking when the sun goes down. The staff are incredibly friendly, and the perfect combination of letting you have your own space but also very attentive to your needs when you ask for it. Shaaz (the director of the camp) is so passionate about the park and its wild-life (he has after all grown up surrounded by it), as well as being a fantastic wildlife photographer in his own right, that going out on tracking with him on safari is a real treat.
If you want a pristine, identikit, air-conditioned hotel this is not the place for you. But if you want to escape the chaos of the towns and cities, and immerse yourself in real nature and wild-life whilst having the luxury of a beautiful camp to stay in, then I can not recommend this place highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene and tranquil through the day yet exciting and stimulating at night; the Bison, a boutique tented camp, the first of its kind in India, offers luxury at the very of adventure. "The Bison" is situated at the confluence of the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks, on the shores of the exotic Kabini River in Karnataka (west of Mysore), which offers you the perfect wildlife adventure. It is the only resort in the area which directly overlooks the national park. Elephants and other wildlife are regularly spotted from the resort. The decor and ambiance of the camp recreates the adventurous decadence of a bygone era. Wooden floors, elegant linen, beautiful artifacts, old cabin trunks and other original antiques seek to enhance the rustic setting of the camp site. Each tent is lavishly furnished with double beds, writing and dressing tables, full length mirror and arm chairs. En-suite bathrooms with expansive showers are a virtual treat. ... more less