Staying with Satyendra and Kay at their guesthouse is like being invited in to their home. They are extremely hospitable and knowledgable people, and their passion for the wildlife of Bandavgarh is clear.
The rooms were comfortable, and very cosy in the cold weather of early mornings in December. The food was good, and every night we sat around a fire with Kay and Satyendra chatting about the park, wildlife, and our other interests.
I picked Skay's Camp based on reviews here on Trip Advisor, and it was clear from the beginning that Skay's was the best choice. Unlike a lot of other tour and safari operators in the area who seemed to be racing each other around the park trying to see tigers, the people at Skay's were responsible and clearly had the best interests of the environment and animals at heart. This made the experience of seeing the tigers all the more worthwhile. If you're interested in nature, wildlife and/or photography, Skay's is the best choice for Bandavgarh. Staying with them was one of the highlights of our trip to India.
Travelled with a group of photographers to this wonderful place, where Kay and Satiandya run a guest house which is a haven. They bring passion, knowledge and experience of the tigers in the area, and do everything to ensure not only that we have every possibility of seeing them, but also that it is done with the best interests for the animals. They also make sure the accomadation is comfortable and the food is plentiful and to everyone's taste. Would recommend in a heartbeat.
Our stay with Satyenda and Kay was was one of the highlights of our trip to India. They have spent most of their life in and around Bandhavgarh and are great naturalists and photographers. The safaris by day led by Satyenda and dinner conversation at night with both of them were delightful. The accommodations are very cozy and Satyenda and Kay have great knowledge of the Tigers and the area. We had history discussions of India in general in the evening, and learned all about the local tigers and the area. The food was fantastic and all vegetarian and the whole experience was unforgettable.
My girlfriend and I enjoyed the hospitality of Satyendra and Kay immensely. They treat their guests like family, including eating together if you'd like, so after a few days have passed you feel like you're visiting friends. The other guests are so friendly too. The food is very nice and the staff is helpful. The accommodation isn't luxurious but it is comfortable. They are kind enough to help with train and car arrangements as well.
We did two safaris a day during our visit and saw six tigers and two leopards, along with so much other animal life like monitor lizards, eagles, storks, owls, jackals, peacocks, wild boar, hornbills, many monkeys, herds of sambar and spotted deer and many others. The park itself is beautiful, especially at dawn, and there are 1000-year-old temples and statues sprinkled about the park to give it some added mystery. Kay and Satyendra know everything there is to know about the animals and everything else in the park. They know each tiger and its habits and family tree intimately. They accompanied is on our tours, which improved our experience greatly. Everyone told us that we were lucky to have seen so many tigers and, especially, the leopards but we also saw the tracks of many other tigers that are active in the park.
If you want to see tigers, go to Bandhavgarh, where there are the most tigers per square kilometer and you'll have the best chance. I suggest you stay at Skay's camp while you're there. You will learn the most about the tigers and feel welcome and comfortable. It is very relaxed there and in the neighboring village, which is nice after all the hectic times you have traveling in India. Skay's is also a good value for your money compared to other nearby options. Have fun!
Skay's Camp is a non nonsense lodge for wildlife enthusiasts! Simple but lovely accommodations in the edge of Tala village, surrounded by a shading garden. Homemade delicious vegan meals. Unbeatable price for value! The guest is a part of the family during is staying, and can enjoy clarifying conversations about India's Natural History (specially Bandhavgarh's). Kay and Satyendra have an impressive accumulated knowledge of tiger ecology, and are always available to share their rich experience. Staying at Skay's it's kind of a "reality check" experience because one gets an insight into real tiger conservation in India. Absolutely recommended!
Our safaris in Bandhavgarh were guided by Kay. Although we were blessed with incredible tiger sightings we did never engaged in "crazy runs through the forest" as it did happen too frequently in other places. Kay immediately understood that we were there for the whole experience and not just the tiger, and so under her guidance we were able to contemplate and understand the incredible richness and vulnerability of these unique ecosystems.
Me and my wife stayed at Skay's from 25th to 30th april 2015. It was the highlight of a one month journey through the forests of Central India (also including Tadoba, Pench, Kanha and Ranthambore).
One experience that we will never ever forget...
Jorge and Rita @ Portugal