Kabini Wildlife Resort, Nagarhole
The Bison Resort is located on the banks of the Kabini river close to the Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka in India. The Bison is a tented wildlife camp offering ten luxury African style safari tents positioned in a wonderfully tranquil spot.
At a Glance
The Bison has just ten tents all looking out over wonderful views of the Kabini river
Superb swimming pool to retreat back to after a morning game drive before lunch
Friendly, convivial drinks around the campfire before dinner
One of the best chances to see big cats in the wild in southern India, and combinable with itineraries to Kerala and beyond
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The first thing you notice about The Bison is its fantastic location and sheer tranquillity; all its tents and main facilities overlook the Kabini River and verdant farmland. You can't help yourself just sitting down, grabbing a sundowner and letting your shoulders drop. It is quite common to have the odd wild elephant stroll past showing just how undisturbed the location actually is.
Let's begin with the camp itself before talking about the wildlife experience in the park. The tents are all connected by a long boardwalk behind the tents, meaning they all look out to uninterrupted views of the lake and farmland from your private veranda. There are seven luxury tents, one Suite Cottage which has two rooms and two Machan Suites which are raised up on stilts. The inspiration for the design has come from African safari tents, and expect large shower areas, a desk and luggage racks.
There is a main restaurant and living area, slightly raised off the ground on stilts. Guests generally meet before dinner around the camp fire or by the pool to regale stories of their wildlife adventures over a refreshing G&T. Meals are all included in the room rate and they serve this as a buffet service, offering Indian and continental food. There is a delightful swimming pool, a TV Room and library.
Nagarhole National Park is possibly the best park to visit in South India and comprises 643 square kilometers of semi-evergreen and deciduous forests. It is one of the best places to see the wild Asian elephant. There are a high density of big cats in Nagarhole, and there are usually weekly sightings of tiger and leopard as well as a diverse selection of other widlife such as Gaur, deer, boar, monkey, bear, wild dig, hyena, jackal and jungle cat. There is superb range of bird life on offer. Game drives are either conducted by boat (directly from The Bison) or by jeep.
There are 10 tents, comprising seven luxury tents which are ideal for couples, one two-bedroom cottage for families and two Machan suites. The two Machan Suites have a large double room, a separate single room / dressing room and a spacious indoor and outdoor sitting room / balcony overlooking the lake. They are reached by a sturdy ladder. The Suite Cottage has two double rooms and a large bathroom and its own veranda. It is closest to the main lodge. The Luxury Tents have a veranda with day bed alongside a desk, table and luggage racks.
In all tents, bathrobes are provided. They have freestanding fans, hot water is plentiful and provided by boiler. Two bottles of complimentary mineral water per person per day are provided. The tents are non-smoking and have wheelchair access along a wooden walkway.
The Bison has one central communal area comprising a restaurant, sitting area and outdoor terrace. There is also an unheated swimming pool, TV Room, bar and library.
In addition to game drives, this area of India is superb for exploring. There are elephant rides within the park, walking through local tribal villages, bullock cart rides, visits to local temples, fishing and the lodge can arrange for private bush dinners.
Location & Directions
Kabini Wildlife Resort, Nagarhole
The Bison is located on the banks if the Kabini River, which is dammed so actually looks more like a lake. It is one of the closest lodges in the area to the entrance to the Nagarhole National Park.
When to go
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite the warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore this Indian land of mystery.