Shikha was always a free soul & wild at heart. A normal career and even a hefty pay package did not engage her for long. Quitting a 12 year corporate stint, Shikha turned to volunteering in a popular animal shelter.
The more she dealt with animal rescue, her thirst to know about the wild grew. She decided she had to visit some place that was close to wildlife. She finally zeroed in on the Walking Safari Lodge recommended by her ex colleague Shilpi. Not only that, the Lodge was part of Shilpi’s Unhotel property and trust came easy with them.
Shikha had a lovely 3 night stay that changed her perspective of animal and human life. Here is a list of 5 things that made her fall in love with the place
Unlike the usual, reaching the Walking Safari Lodge has to be done on foot! A 2 km trek followed by a river raft ride makes it exciting even before one reaches. It makes you come close to nature. Home to over 600 species of birds, one can spot some easily on the trail itself.
2. Mud Bungalows
The Lodge has private elevated mud cottages with a common dining and kitchen. It is also home to researchers who stay a full season understanding the patterns of the wild. If you are lucky to strike up a conversation with one, you will go back more informed.
3. Staff and People
Simple, warm, inviting and well read – that is the mix of people you brush shoulders with. Whilst the chef can cook up a great meal, the manager can interest you with stories of the wild. Sumantha intrigues you with his knowledge and love for wildlife.
4. Walking Trail
A mix of slow and fast walking, the trail allows you to take time and soak in the environment. With heightened senses, you are more attentive to birdcalls, lizards scuttling and soft noises from the bushes. The more difficult trails into the hills and the jungle or along the river are more rewarding when you get to see pug marks and mind you no walk is ever the same!
5. Come close to oneself – the trails, the environment, the constant silence yet noise of the wild makes you wonder at the joys of nature. It makes you sensitive about how wild life needs its own space and habitat that humans are bent on destroying.
A must do off beat destination – amongst nature and the wild. The Walking Safari Lodge’s uniqueness and unparalleled location makes it a true Unhotel!