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Wildlife & Nature Summer Camp

Organized By:

 

Mansoor Ishaq – Wild & Beyond

 

Dates:  

CAMP 1         27th April to 30th April 2015

            4 days, 3 nights ex Bangalore 

Age:             9 – 15 years

Location:     Masinagudi, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park

Venue:          Jungle Trailz, Masinagudi

       http://www.jungletrailz.in/

Group Size: Maximum 20 per Camp

Camp Site:   Located in an area of 3.5 acres, right at the foothills of the unparalleled Blue Mountains, in the middle of the jungles, it is fenced in to form a beautiful grassland, perfect for the various activities planned. On a clear summer day, the view is breathtaking, as is a cloudless starry sky at night. 

Accommodation:   Spacious, well constructed rooms, with a capacity of 5 per room; a huge living area to hang out; dining space; tents to camp out. The entire property is fenced in. 

Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea with Snacks (requests from children will be accommodated; parents to inform in advance if there are any restriction in food habits)

Additional mid meal snacks and juice/milk will be provided twice a day

Distance: 270 km from Bangalore; 5 km from Masinagudi Town; 8 km from the nearest hospital

Camp Goals:

-         To enrich children with an entertaining, informative, once in a lifetime adventure

-         To inspire and motivate children to explore and conserve Nature

-         To help them recover a connection with Nature dulled through urbanization

Activities:

-         Camping (learn to set camp, experience sleeping in a tent)

-         Two Bird Watching & Identifying Sessions by our Naturalist and Professional Bird Photographer

-         Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Visit and Boat Safari

-         Trekking (mini trek with breaks and snacks enroute; trek duration and participation will depend on age and fitness of the participant)

-         Creative Eye – a workshop that aims to tickle the little minds on the different ways they can see the natural world around us

-         Basic Wildlife and Nature photography session (only for those who bring their cameras)

-         Storytelling and Nsature, travel and wildlife awareness sessions around the Camp Fire every evening

-         Star Gazing and Basic Astronomy Session

-         Two Jungle safaris in Bandipur National Park with expert guides and spotters. (Wildlife exclusive to the area include elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, deer and Serpent Eagle)

-         Treasure Hunt

-         Wildlife and Nature movie and video watching sessions

-         Multiple fun and interactive sessions with our team of photographers and wildlife conservationists

-         Profile shoot for each participant and group picture with a Certificate (Group Certificate will be couriered and Individual Portfolio click will be emailed to participants after returning to Bangalore)

All inclusive Bangalore Package: Rs. 14,900/- per child

Itinerary: 

Day 1

-         6.30 a.m - Departure from MG Road, Bangalore

-         8.30 a.m - Highway Breakfast

-         9.30 a.m to 11.30 a.m - Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Visit and Boat Safari

-         2 p.m - Check in and Lunch at Masinagudi Camp Site

-         2 p.m to 4 p.m - Relax

-         4 p.m to 5.30 p.m  

o   Group 1: Basic Photography Session

o   Group 2: Nature Walk inside the camp site, learn to use a telescope to view mountains and wildlife

-         5.30 p.m - Tea/Coffee/Milk with snacks

-         5.30 to 6.30 p.m – Learning how to pitch and fold a tent

-         7.30 p.m - Dinner

-         8.30 p.m to 9.30 p.m - Campfire and Story Telling Session 1

-         9.30 p.m - Retire for the day in Tents/Luxury Rooms

Day 2

-         6.30 a.m - Morning Tea/Coffee/Milk

-         6.30 a.m to 8.30 a.m – Guided Birding Session 2 on a Safari through Moyar Forest Range

-         8.30 a.m to 9.30 a.m - Breakfast

-         9.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m - Creative Eye Workshop; an interesting learning concept with breaks (Refer details shown separately below)

-         1 p.m to 2 p.m – Lunch

-         2.30 p.m - Depart for Wildlife Safari point (30 min drive through forests)

-         3 p.m to 3.45 p.m

o   Group 1: Basic Photography Session 2

o   Group 2: Nature Walk to spot birds and animals around the safari point

-         4 p.m to 5.30 p.m - Wildlife Safari in Mudumalai/Bandipur core forest reserve with our expert Naturalist, Spotter and Wildlife Photographers

-         6.30 p.m – Tea/Coffee/Milk with snacks at camp site

-         7 p.m to 8 p.m - Wildlife Movie/Documentary

-         8.30 p.m to 9.30 p.m - Campfire and Story Telling Session 2

-         9.30 p.m - Retire for the day in Tents/Luxury Rooms

Day 3

-         6.30 a.m – Morning Tea/Coffee/Milk

-         6.30 a.m to 9.30 a.m – A one hour trek to nearby Hillock

-         9.30 a.m to 11 a.m - Breakfast and freshen up

-         11 a.m to 12.30 p.m - Treasure Hunt

-         1.30 p.m - Lunch

-         2.30 p.m - Depart for Wildlife Safari point (a 30 minute drive through forests)

-         3 p.m to 3.45 p.m

o   Group 1: Basic Photography Session 2

o   Group 2: Nature Walk to spot birds and animals around the safari point

-         4 p.m to 5.30 p.m - Wildlife Safari in Mudumalai/Bandipur core forest reserve with our expert Naturalist, Spotter and Wildlife Photographers

-         7.30 p.m to 8 p.m - Photos & interesting Videos captured in nearby forest by our team of wildlife photographers and naturalists

-         8 p.m – Dinner

-         8.30 p.m to 9.30 p.m – Star Gazing and Basic Astronomy Session

-         9.30 p.m - Retire for the day in Tents/Luxury Rooms (Children who show interest can continue enjoying an extended Star Gazing session )

Day 4

-         6.30 a.m - Morning Tea/Coffee/Milk

-         6.30 a.m to 9.30 a.m - Take in the morning sights, enjoy the camp site environs, watch birds and insects with our Naturalists

-         9.30 a.m -10.30 a.m – Breakfast

-         10.30 a.m to 12 p.m – Short Games, Photo shoot, Slide show of professional Wildlife and Bird Photographs

-         12 p.m -12.30 p.m - Pack up, Check out and depart for Bangalore

-         1.30 p.m - Highway Lunch

-         3.30 p.m – Highway Tea/Coffee/Toilet break near Mysore

-         5.30 p.m – Highway Tea/Coffee/Toilet break outskirts of Bangalore

-         7.30 p.m –  Arrival at MG Road Bangalore

 

*Creative Eye – A workshop that aims to tickle the little minds on the different ways they can see the natural world around us

A fun, creative and practical session which encourages and coaches children to understand different perspectives of how they can see the natural world – shapes, sizes, forms and colours.

When they learn that others have different ways of seeing the natural world, it helps build mutual respect and personal growth of the child – which is the primary aim of this workshop.

This session will be led by Shashi Kiran, a professional photographer who has studied photography at the famed Light & Life Academy, Ooty. Shashi Kiran has great passion for wildlife and nature photography.

This 2 hour session will help children to observe and visualise their subject of interest in the abundant natural surroundings.

**Basic Photography Workshop (only for those children who bring their cameras)

This 2 hour session will teach children some photography and camera basics.

Only for children who bring their own cameras along.

Will be led by Shashi Kiran – Wildlife and Nature Photographer and Vamsi Chundy of Vamsi Chundy Photography

***Bird Watching and Identifying Session

There will be three sessions during the camp and will be led by Vamsi Chundi – who has been watching birds closely from his early days in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and has developed a good eye to spot birds all around. He is a professional photographer with birds and butterflies as his pet subject.

The first session will be at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary where the children would be given interesting and surprising bits of information on birds nesting here from around the world.

The second session would be at the camp site – would include a short slide show to understand birds of the region followed by a walk to identify and record different birds, their colours, bird sounds and flying patterns.

The third session and probably the most interesting one will done at Moyar Forest Range of Mudumalai Forest close to Masinagudi.

Safety & Accessibility:

The program organisers led by Mercy and Mansoor are parents of young ones and are seasoned travellers, know the camp site and surrounding region from atleast ten years. They have an eye for detail and are champions when it comes to program planning and execution.

Tents will be set up only under the safety of a roof and spacious portico of the bungalow/cottage.

A night guard will be on duty outside the tents in case of any assistance requested by any child during sleep hours.

The property is located just 5km from the main town for any medical assistance required.

Cameras brought along will be kept in safe custody of the organisers when not in use.

Boys and Girls will have separate tent and room accommodation with attached toilet and bathrooms.

Parents will get an “ALL IS WELL” WhatsApp messages/SMS at 7 a.m, 3 p.m and 8 p.m on all days.

Parents can call their wards between 7 a.m -7.30 a.m and 7 p.m -8 p.m daily on the mobile numbers shared during registration process. 

Mandatory things to bring along:

1.     Personal Hygiene and Toiletry kit  

2.     Full Sleeve tees/tops and pants/bottoms – for evening sessions 

3.     Multiple outdoor activity clothes for 4 days 

4.     Multiple pairs of socks/handkerchiefs

5.     1 pair slippers or Floaters

6.     1 pair sport/adventure shoes

7.     Torch Light 

8.     Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent cream

9.     Cap and Sun Glasses

10.             Water Bottle/Sipper to carry water during activities and safari

11.            Any medicines/vitamins that you have been advised to take

 

Mode of Transport:

Mini Van/SUV, air conditioned

Type and size of vehicle will depend on group size 

Terms:

Payment: Full participant fee to be paid in advance either in cash or by account transfer for confirmation of registration. 

Cancellation after making full payment: 50% refund upto 7 days before start of program; No Refund if cancelled less than 7 days before start of program

Package includes all food, beverages and snacks mentioned above. It also includes bottled water during to and fro travel.

Package does not include any extra activity or service which is not explicitly mentioned on this brochure

Contact

Mansoor Ishaq: +919845080960 wildnbeyond@gmail.com

Mercy Moses: +91963273017

Vamsi Chundi: +919686738697

Schedule

May 11, 2015 — 6:00 am to
May 14, 2015 — 7:30 pm

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Venue

Jungle Trailz