Apart from the scenic views, glaciers and lakes, majestic Himalayas, spectacular mountains, clear waterfalls and raging rivers, Nepal has yet another popular activity to offer - the jungle safari adventures. The geography of Nepal can be divided into high mountains, mid hills and low lands. A wide range of ecosystems, from sub-tropical jungles of the Terai to the arctic conditions of Himalayan highlands are found within an area of 147,181sq.km. There are a total of 10 national parks, 3 wildlife reserves, 6 conservation areas and 1 hunting reserve, including 11 buffer zone areas. Nepal’s rich bio-diversity renders it ideal as an eco-tourism destination.
Your passion to see wildlife can be met by visiting Nepal's national parks. Every national park has unique characteristics and thousands of different species of flora and fauna. The Chitwan National Park and the Bardia National Park are popular destinations for wildlife and jungle adventure. Birdwatchers may enjoy the visit of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. We offer packages from 3 to 5 days to these national parks. All these trips can be combined with a trek, or sightseeing to the cultural spots in Nepal.
Chitwan National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, experience of Tharu culture.
Accommodation: Resorts, Hotels and Lodges.
Overview: Chitwan National Park is situated in the south-central part of Nepal. It covers an area of 932sq.km. UNESCO declared Chitwan National Park as a World Heritage Site in 1984A.D. The park is home to more than 50 mammal species, over 525 birds and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered fauna found in the park are: One-horned rhinoceros, Gaur, Royal Bengal tiger, Wild elephant, Fourhorned antelope, Pangolin, Golden monitor lizard, Python, Bengal florican, Lesser florican, Giant hornbill, Black stork and While stork, etc.
Bardia National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, boat ride, jeep drive.
Accommodation: Jungle lodges.
Overview: Bardia National park is the largest national park in Nepal covering an area of 968sq.km. The park was established in the Western part of Nepal to protect representative ecosystems and conserve tiger and its prey species. The park is home to endangered animals such as the Royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, Greater one-horned rhinoceros, swamp deer and black buck. The other endangered species include gharial-crocodile, marsh mugger and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds found in the park are Bengal florican, Lesser florican and sarus crane. More than 30 different mammals, over 230 species of birds and several species of snakes, lizards and fishes have been recorded in the park, grassland and river. Karnali River is the suitable home for Gangetic dolphin.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Activities: Bird watching, boat ride and wildlife viewing on jeep drive.
Accommodation: Resorts, Tented camps.
Overview: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the floodplains of the Sapta Koshi River in the south-eastern part of Nepal having an area of 176sq.km. The reserve was established in 1976A.D. to preserve habitat for the only remaining population of Wild buffalo, Arna (Bubalus arnee). The reserve is also home to around 20 other animal species such as Hog deer, Wild boar, Spotted deer, Blue bull and Rock Python. About 441 species of birds (14 endemic species) have been recorded seen here, including 20 duck species, 2 Ibis species, white tailed stonechat, Striated marsh warbler, 30 shore birds, 114 water birds, and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal florican. The Koshi Barrage is an extremely important resting place for many migratory birds, containing 87 winter and Trans-Himalayan migratory species. The Koshi River is home to 80 species of fish. The endangered Gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been recorded in the river as well. During winter, many of the migratory birds can be seen on the Koshi Barrage and on the river channel. Migration usually peaks around mid March. The clear skies allow for beautiful sights of several Himalayan peaks including Mt. Makalu (8,463m), the world's fifth highest mountain.
Suggestion: Don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera with extra batteries.