BENGALURU: Ever thought of an escape to Nature with family but did not know where to go? From this month on, Gerry Martin, the first Nat-Geo adventurer of Indian-origin has opened his farmhouse for families who are looking for a weekend getaway into the wild.
Located 180km away from Bengaluru, Gerry Martin’s farm is a 10 acre stretch of wilderness where you can spot iguanas, donkeys and reptiles. Gerry describes his farm colourfully, to be an “oasis for numerous animals from jumping spiders to jackals.”
Nagarhole Tiger Reserve falls within a distance of 45 km from Ossie Martin’s Farm, as the farm is called. “Unfortunately, there’s too much between us and the forest to get the large game. But, we have a lot of smaller mammals like giant fruit bats, palm civets, jackals, grey mongooses and the occasional leopard,” says Gerry. During winters thousands of bar-headed geese can be spotted in the farm lake.
While adults will get serious workshop lessons on survival skills by Gerry Martin, children will get to experience hands-on projects such as building a raft and interacting with animals.
“The camp will be conducted in such a way that my life as an adventurer is summed up in these three days,” says Gerry. “What the campers will experience will be the highlights and the skills that are required to best explore nature,” he adds.
At the same time a lot of precautionary measures are to be taken including keeping a bug repellant handy and a good torch.The nature camp starts this September 30 at noon and concludes on October 2. The camp is organized by Campmonk, a campsite listing platform that curates outdoor camping, in association with Gerry Martin and The Gerry Martin Project. This event will take place every month.