Ten-Second Takeaway

The Bison Resort in Kabini is a slice of wildlife heaven where tented-camp meets hunting lodge of yore. Plus, a night-time boat ride for a dreamy experience.

Luxe Lodge

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. Because when you return none of that will matter in comparison to the memories of the views {especially the sunrise and sunset} or the activites you’ll have gained. That said, we do adore the resort for bringing back the wooden flooring, white linen and rustic decadence of old-school hunting lodges. The best part? It’s just a five-hour drive from here.

Jungle Nights

Photo Source: The Bison

Accommodation includes African safari-style tents with four-poster double beds, writing and dressing tables and arm chairs 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!

All About The Experience

But we’re here for the great outdoors and suggest that be your priority too! 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!

So, We’re Thinking…

With no electronic distractions, good homely food, wildlife, and tranquillity — this is high-level down time.

Feature Photo: Varoonn Palaninathan