I had the privilege to be a guest at this home stay recently.
If you are looking for 5 star, al a carte menu or someone to wait on you hand and foot - this will not be the place for you.
If on the other hand, you are looking for a place that provides good SAFE, wholesome food, great company and a smile at every corner, this is probably more what you are looking for.
Kay and Satyendra work very hard at making sure you feel like you are a guest in their home. Nothing is too much trouble and specific dietary requirements can be easily catered for.
Their place is covered in trees and plants which provide welcome shade in the heat of the afternoon if you don't want to be stuck in the room. The trees and plants encourage lots of birds and smaller creatures (butterflies and other insects) that provide you with the opportunity to occupy your mind whilst your not "out and about". The rooms however do have Air Conditioning if the heat gets too much for you.
The village in which this place is located has a few shops that can provide the basics (Coca-Cola, biscuits, chocolate, souvenirs, etc) but are limited in their offerings. It felt safe to walk around even in the evening.
The rooms have constant power, running water, shower and European facilities. There is plenty of shelf space for putting your gear, windows that open, a desk and chair if you find the need to write in your diary. The beds are quite basic and are a welcome place to rest the weary bones after a day of game drives through Bandhavgarh National Park.
I don't recall having any specific problems with those pesky little critters - mosquito's, which for a person that has a vulnerability in this area was quite welcome. Of course it could have been the time of year.
The reason that I went was for the Tigers.
Both Kay and Satyandra are both extremely knowledgeable in this field and were invaluable on the drives through the park. The sightings that we had were nothing short of extraordinary. Don't kid yourselves, seeing the wildlife is nothing short of a team effort and is very difficult. The Driver, Kay and Satyandra and the official guide all contribute to the guests realising their goals (remember - these are wild animals so nothing can be guaranteed).
If I were asked to recommend a place to stay, this would be my place of choice. Sure, I could have chosen a more impersonal, up market place but the recommendations that I had read resulted in my contacting Satyendra and the rest, as they say, is history. What I wanted was a place that was going to pander to my desire to see wildlife - and to be staying with like minded people that have an appreciation and passion for wildlife.
As an additional note, I would like to add that Satyendra organised my entire Indian experience from the time that I arrived at Jabalpur Airport right through to getting me to the airport in New Delhi. They listened to what I wanted to do, built an itinerary for me that met my needs, organised everything so all I had to do was show up.
I spent 4 days in Kanha National Park - with Satyendra
I spent 6 days in Bandhavgarh National Park - with Satyendra and Kay
I spent 2 days in Agra (including a trip on the train - interesting experience in its own right)
This was all organised by Satyendra and Kay to work seamlessly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a simple home stay type accommodation where you share the jungle experience in a family atmosphere. Skay's Camp is run by Satyendra K Tiwari, Wildlife Photographer and Kathleen Mary Hassall, Wildlife Artist duo. ... more less