|We Mark Out And Measure Our First Cottage|
|Digging The Footings For The First Cottage|
On my original visit to Bardia I stayed two weeks, going into the jungle almost every day. I was amazed, the jungle was absolutely teaming with wildlife, and being able to walk around on foot to experience it was absolutely fantastic, totally unlike the jeep safari’s that I had been on in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara. At the end of the two weeks I was sure that at some point in the future I would return.
|Cutting Up Reclaimed Wood|
After many years of planning to create a project in Bardia, finally, in April 2012 I came with the definite intention of building a guest house in Bardia from which could run jungle adventure’s from.
|Inside The First Cottage|
At first, the project started slowly, planning in detail exactly what I was going to build and where we were going to build it. Once an outline of this had been devised then came the hard struggle of collecting materials to build it. Even though we are situated right next to the jungle, as it is a protected national park, wood is quite difficult to obtain, and I was going to need quite a substantial amount to build my cottages. Over many months of searching we finally found a local family who were selling their house (or in actual fact, the materials that their house was made from) so that they could build a new house. This house contained nearly all the wood we needed to construct our cottages, and with the bricks which Sitaram and his family had made a few years before we were ready to start.
|The Grass In The Foreground Will Then Thatch The Roofs|