The name Eco camp summarizes it all.The accommodation is in permanent tents,erected on raised cement platforms.The tent itself is spacious,but is in need of urgent maintenance,specially in the attached toilet area.The management assured us that this was in the pipeline for later this year. The trees at the entrance to the camp premises was covered with blooming Dendrobrium Orchids,which afforded a beautiful welcome. A restaurant is available,which serves clean tasty basic Assamese food. The tent we were assigned to first had an unpleasant smell in the toilet area,and when we complained,we were moved to a much better one.All the tents were named after a bird or animal.
The surrounding garden was beautiful with plenty of trees,and equally plentiful bird life. A Great Hornbill couple had built a nest on the top of one,and at the time of our visit,the female was plastered inside with the male providing her food many times a day.This was a treat in itself,and rather a rare sight!!
The Nameri park itself was about half hour away by jeep,and one had to take the boat across the Bhorelli river. An armed wild life guard accompanies each group,as this park is only for trekking.When it rains one has to be aware of leeches!!The treks were very rewarding,as we even saw the white winged wood duck in it's natural habitat. On the way back from this,we had an unexpected encounter with an equally startled elephant who was foraging for food.He gave a loud trumpet and slowly moved into the jungle,while we made our way quietly and meekly to the river!!
We were fortunate to see many species of birds,and a giant squirrel to boot.
The camp also arranged a rafting trip down the river,which was very enjoyable.The rubber dinghy and life jackets are provided by the camp.
A pygmy Hog conservation program is also carried on behind the camp by the wild life department. We visited this too.
All in all this was quite an enjoyable visit,in natural settings close to the jungle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Idyllic forest village of Nameri Tiger Reserve.Birding ,Rafting and trekking in the core area of the tiger reserve. ... more less