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Jungle Safari

Into the Wild – Jungle Safari in Nepal
Jungle Safari in Nepal
Wildlife and jungle safari are the prime tourism products in Nepal. The country’s jungles are home to some of the most unique and rare animals in the entire world. The warm subtropical Terai region of Nepal houses such animals as Royal Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopard’s wild elephants, sloth bears, monkeys, crocodiles, and four kinds of dear and over 250 species of exotic birds.

The Terai region is home to the Royal Chitwan and Bardiya national parks. This wildlife parks were established to protect these endangered animals and the environment they live in. They are the premier places in Asia to enjoy a true jungle experience.

The Royal Chitwan National Park has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. These secluded resorts are the perfect place to experience the true safari atmosphere of the Terai.

All the jungle activities are just a step away and there’s always a chance to spot wildlife. The resort offers individual cottages with a private bath or well-appointed luxury tent camps to stay in. You will be in the heart of the park surrounded by the soothing jungles of Nepal. The accommodations outside the park are more budget type guesthouses.

The Chitwan National Park is one of the best Parks in Nepal, established in 1973, where you can have a look of various species of birds, plants and animals including wildlife, flora and fauna. Chitwan is situated only 150m above the sea level, during the March-June the steamy covers all the way around. Whereas the short grass of Feb-May the best game-viewing season, but the autumn months are gorgeous with Himalayan views and in winter (December-January).
The Bardiya National Park is smaller than Chitwan but houses the same exotic animals and jungle environment of the Terai. Bardiya is more isolated than Chitwan. But this also adds to the excitement of exploring this jungle. All resorts border the boundary of the park and numerous jungle activities are possible. The resorts are extremely pleasant and enjoyable and offer Bardiya as their front yard.

There are a wide variety of jungle activities available in both parks. Elephant rides are the best way to explore the jungle and search for wildlife. Jeep safaris are also available for those who don’t feel like riding atop an elephant.

Others might enjoy a jungle walk with an experienced guide who can tell you all about the wildlife and vegetation that is unique to the Terai region. Canoeing on the Rapti or Narayani rivers is a great way to see the many different bird species of Chitwan. And there’s always the rare chance that you can see the elusive freshwater dolphins that inhabit the rivers. All of these activities are included in your jungle package.

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve can be reached through air, surface and river. The journey by air is just 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and then a mere one and half hours drive to the camp. Rafting down for 8-10 days, on the wild stretches of the Sun Koshi River is another exciting way to reach the destination. The third option would be the scenic drive through the meandering countryside road of about 500 km. That takes almost 10 hours from Kathmandu.

  • Two nights – three days’ classic jungle safari
  • Three nights- four days Chitwan Safari
  • Three nights-four days standard safari
  • Four nights- Five days’ standard safari
  • Two Nights Threee Days Bird Watching & Safari
  • Three Night Four Day Bird Watching & Safari

National Parks in Nepal:

Most Safari begins in a park, hence its worth noting here, the national parks of Nepal; they are the places to go for Safari. Whichever you decide to see or feel, Nepal has ideal Safari destinations for you, some are located at higher altitude while others at lower altitude. Here is the list, have a look…


National Parks

Area(sq km)

Location & Altitude(meters)

Remarks

Chitwan

932

Terai

Thick jungles and teeming wildlife including one horned Rhino, and Bengal Tigers. Sal forest makes the 70% of its area. Best Visit: All around the year

Rara

106

1800 to 4048

Has the country’s biggest lake (10.8 sq km) Pinus, Rhododendron (Guranse in Nepali), Himalayan cypress, pine forests. Musk deer, black bear, mallard, merganser cock and other birds. Best Visit: Oct to Dec or Mar to May.

Suklaphant

155

Far-West of Nepal

View the largest herd of swamp deer in the world and an infinity of open grass lands! Best Visit: Feb to March

Everest (Sagarmatha)

1148

*extreme*

Includes the Mt. Everest peak (8848 Meters), Impeyen pheasant (the national bird of Nepal), Himalayan tahr, goral, serow. Obviously excellent mountain views from here.

Shey-Phoksundo

3555

 

Includes snow leopard, blue sheep, Impeyan pheasant (danphe), blood pheasant, and cheer pheasant. Best Visit : March to May

Bardiwa

368

Terai,
152 to 1441

70% of the park is Sal Forest. Rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, black buck, swamp deer. Also found are the gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile and Gangetic dolphin. Best Visit: All time

Parsa

499

Terai

Chir pine, sissoo (Dalbergia sissoo), silk cotton forest, elephant, tiger, leopard, sloth bear, blue bull, and wild dog, over 280 species of birds, many species of snakes.

MakaluBarun

2330

435 to 8463

Most visitors are the trekkers and mountaineers due to relatively extreme location. 30 rhododendrons color the hillsides, over 3000 species of flowering plants, red panda, musk deer, Himalayan Leopard, over 400 bird species.

Langtang

   

Dog red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan tahr, ghoral, serow. Breathtaking views of the Himalayan range.

TTDC President


Sameer Gurung

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