Looking to get out of the city and take a break from all the hustle-bustle? Check out The Bison Resort. Yes, they have re-opened! Touted to be the only property in Kabini that actually overlooks both the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks, you don’t just pay for your luxe tent or rustic machan here. It's about making memories! The best part? It’s just a five-hour drive from Bangalore. Accommodation includes African safari-style tents with four-poster double beds, writing and dressing tables, and armchairs to boot. Our fave is the machan suite though, which is elevated and therefore is a great vantage point for a view of the Kabini backwaters, camp, and the forest. We, however, easily spend more time in the walk-in showers which have clear views of the surrounding area. It’s like showering in the outdoors. Thrilling!
Head out for a safari to catch a glimpse of elephants, gaur, boar, deer, and if you’re lucky, a tiger or two. We particularly love their night boat rides. It’s magical, romantic, adventurous, and oh-so-beautiful. The boat anchor in the middle of the backwaters for an hour, as a little bar is set up so you can sip on your favourite poison with the moonlight, lapping of waves, and a starry sky for company. Or perhaps the Sundowner is for you. You’ll be taken to a spot that has views of the vast forest, with elephants dotting the foreground of that image. Throw in a campfire, bar, easy chairs and you’ll want to Instagram everything. But don’t. Just sit back and enjoy, because thankfully, there’s very little cell reception and Wi-Fi is not even on offer! They now can accommodate only 28 guests at a time and they take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the guests is taken care of.
They have dedicated teams to clean all contact surfaces and all the staff deployed within the premises is vaccinated. You will need a negative RT-PCR certificate no older than 72 hours if you're travelling from outside Karnataka and masks are compulsory for the duration of the stay in the premises. The staff undergoes temperature checks regularly and they make sure to incorporate all COVID appropriate measures.