amenities

  • Caretaker
  • Cook
  • First aid kit
  • Games
  • Hot water
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  • Caretaker
  • Cook
  • First aid kit
  • Games
  • Hot water
  • Linens
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  • Caretaker
  • Cook
  • First aid kit
  • Games
  • Hot water
  • Linens
  • Nearby hills
  • No smoking
  • Non-veg
  • Parking
  • Queen-size bed
  • Security
  • Taxi service
  • Vegetarian
  • Waterbody nearby
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  • Caretaker
  • Cook
  • First aid kit
  • Games
  • Hot water
  • Linens
  • Nearby hills
  • No smoking
  • Non-veg
  • Parking
  • Queen-size bed
  • Security
  • Taxi service
  • Vegetarian
  • Waterbody nearby
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the space

Bush Camp, the heart of a conservation project, sits in a thriving Savannah grassland ecosystem. This grassland is a sanctuary for mammals and a rich array of avian species, insects, and reptiles. What once was a range of denuded hills caused by rampant deforestation, recurring droughts, the demand for firewood, and overgrazing by local cattle now serves as a crucial centre for biodiversity conservation.

 

The transformation is the result of an Andhra-based collective committed to ecological restoration, women’s empowerment, alternative education, and natural resource management. The collective can be traced back to 1992 when the team recognized the urgency of rehabilitating village commons. Over time, this model spread to eight villages, fostering a shared commitment to forest regeneration in their surroundings.

 

The villages, along with the collective, have successfully overseen the reforestation of over 8,000 acres, with each village actively preventing indiscriminate grazing while also nurturing native species like Maddi, Neeruddhi, Pacchari, Kanuga, Eetha, Rela, and Modhuga

 

As recently as 2010, the grassland was found to host 55 species of birds, 28 species of herpetofauna, and 22 species of mammals. The topography functions as a watershed, collecting and supplying water for the people living downstream, helping the community make a living without harming the environment.

 

The collective has established an eco-tourism campsite known as the ‘Bush Camp,’ attracting enthusiasts passionate about ecology, the environment, wildlife, and birdwatching. Experience firsthand 30 years of communal efforts that changed an arid and drought-prone area into the dramatic landscape you see today. 

comforts

Stay in a campsite that provides comfortable, thatched accommodations powered by solar energy. With all its openness to the wild, the bamboo huts still feel safe and private. There are four such air-cooled huts (no fans/ACs), all simply furnished, featuring half-walls open to fresh air and the sounds of nature.

 

Three of the huts have two double beds and the fourth has one double bed. All rooms are equipped with mosquito nets for a soporific slumber. 

 

Bathrooms and loos come unattached just 10m away. In addition to this, there is an open shower set-up, if you’re feeling adventurous! Bush Camp has the convenience of both Indian and Western-style toilets. 

 

This off-the-grid haven lets you relax in comfortable beds, and the spotty network connection ensures a digital detox, making the camp rustic in wildlife-rich surroundings and no Wifi, just the wild.

 

While the huts are semi-open, you are assured of near-total privacy and seclusion, should you want it.

food

Simple, vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals with the flavours of rural Andhra can be enjoyed in a common dining area, with rice as the staple. No meal goes without the traditional pappu, a daal to eat with rice, different varieties of pickles, ‘podis’ (a coarsely ground dry powder of lentils and dried chillies), and seasonal vegetables. The meals are wholesome, home-cooked, and mouth-watering, especially in the open dining area.

 

Ingredients are sourced from the collective, the nearby villages, and foraged from around the camp itself. 

ideal for

Bush Camp is perfect for a broad spectrum of personalities, all united by their appreciation for the natural world. Birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, hikers, and people who care about conservation will all find something interesting on a trip here. It’s perfect for a group of outdoorsy friends and family who’d like to experience camping, but with a higher level of comfort. 

 

It is ideal if you are curious to see how the collective has worked for over 30 years to restore an area damaged by deforestation, overgrazing, forest fires, and climate change into a vibrant savannah grassland. Learn about wildlife, ecosystems, and the importance of conservation. Disconnect from technology and immerse yourself in nature.

getting there

Bush Camp is a minimum of 3 hours from Bangalore by road. Accurate details will be provided at the time of booking. 

 

The best part of this journey is that you get to drive straight through the heart of this vast grassland ecosystem.

things to do

Bush Camp offers activities such as birding, hiking, and casual stargazing for nature enthusiasts and explorers. It’s a great destination for those interested in ecology, environment, wildlife, and grasslands, providing a chance to connect with the wonders of the natural world. 

 

Experience an eco-adventure at our secluded camp, where nature and comfort meet.

price

Rs. 3,200 + 5% GST = Rs. 3,360 for 1 guest in 01 hut.

Rs. 4,900 + 5% GST = Rs. 5,145 for 2 guests in 01 hut.

Rs. 6,500 + 5% GST = Rs. 6,825 for 3 guests in 01 hut.

Rs. 8,100 + 5% GST = Rs. 8,505 for 4 guests in 01 hut.

Children between 5-10 years are charged Rs. 1,250 per night. Children above 10 years are considered adults and charged Rs. 1,600 per night with an extra bed in the same hut.

*We have one double hut and three quadruple hut, which can accommodate a total of 14 guests.

*For subsequent nights, we offer, 10%, 15%, and 20% discounts on the above pricing.

The pricing is inclusive of accommodation, all meals, coffee and snacks, daily guided hikes and applicable service charges.

Note – During peak season between Dec 15 and Jan 2, there would be a surcharge of 15% on the above prices and single occupancy rates would not be applicable.

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