Jungle Safari

Trip Descriptions

The Great green outback of a different kind - Wildlife parks you’d love to visit:


Itineraries designed by ‘Incentive Holidays’ and its well thought-of activities within the Chitwan and the Bardia national parks are an ideal vacation in tandem with nature, but activities may be dissimilar between seasons. Your wildlife safari is actually shaped by the number of nights you book for. Two nights - three days programs could include activities like an Elephant back safari, jungle walk, bird watching, dugout canoe rides on the river and a visit to the elephant breeding center. At eventide, cultural shows of the traditional Terai dances are a must. By booking a three nights – four days program you could add up a few more specialized excursions like a rumble-tumble jungle jeep drive and a visit to watch the crocks basking in the sunshine. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy, ironically, habits picked up by visitors who pamper them. But the chances of seeing most of the species are very good, owing to the experience of the local guides and the fine vantage point from the back of an elephant. Indeed, these elephant rides are an attraction in itself and there is also boat trips arranged to say hello to the playful dolphins. To further augment your jungle experience and add to the thrill and excitement out in the wild, a stay in one of the lodges in the parks will give you a memorable holiday of adventures that can only be found out in the wilderness with nature & its best friends; the animals.

A typical ITINERARY for one of your vacations in the park will read like this:

Day 1:

- Arrival and welcome with refreshments
- Briefing by the Lodge manager about the park
- 1300........ Lunch amidst the chirping of birds {welcoming you}
- 1530........ Elephant ride/nature walk/a visit to observation tower
- 1830........ Slide show/Tharu stick dance {real exciting}
- 1900........ Dinner

Day 2:

- 0530........ Wake up call
- 0545........ Tea/Coffee
- 0600........ Elephant ride/bird watching
- 0800........ Breakfast {to the tune of chirping birds}
- 0900........ Canoe ride/elephant breeding center / swimming and bath
- 1300........ Lunch
- 1500........ Elephant ride / nature walk / visit to observation tower / Canoe ride
- 1830........ Tharu Stick Dance/slide show
- 1930........ Dinner

Day 3:

- 0530 ........A.M. Wake up call {at most times, it’s done by the birds themselves}
- 0545........ Tea/Coffee
- 0600........ Bird watching/elephant ride
- 0800........ Breakfast
- 0900........ Elephant briefing/swimming and bath/Canoe ride
- 1300 .....,..Lunch
- 1530........ Jungle drive/elephant ride/Canoe ride
- 1830........ Slide show/exciting Tharu stick dance
- 1900........ Dinner

Day 4:

- Morning free for packing.
- 8:00 A.M. Breakfast
- 9:00........ Departure from the lodge

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Things you need to bring for your safari holidays:

  • Clothes of a Neutral color are much recommended.
  • Light clothing is needed in the day time with a light sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to February.
  • Pants / Trousers of the loose kind, half or full, are recommended for elephant safaris.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunscreens & sunglasses etc. are essential. Insect repellents and personal medical requirements should be carried.
  • It is highly advisable to travel light with only one small suitcase or a duffle bag. After all, it’s a trip into the wild.
  • During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  • A Small flash light is recommended.
  • Binoculars can be real handy & adds to the zing in your enjoyment for bird and wildlife viewing.
    (In case of rafting and a Jungle Safari combination trip, please visit our ‘rafting in Nepal’ section for more details on Rafting and its necessary information.

The Chitwan National Park

With lush green forests and exotic fauna which include the rare one horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger, crocodiles, elephants, deer and over four-hundred species of birds, the Chitwan National Park has on display one of the finest wildlife scenarios in Asia. Geographically located in the Terai belt, encompassed by the Churia Hills and adjacent to the Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers, the park covers an area of 932 sq. km. It was established in 1973 and is the oldest National Park in Nepal. The park became a World Heritage Site in 1984.

During the late 19th century, Chitwan was used as a private hunting reserve of the Rana Prime Ministers. As early as 1911, King George V led a hunting party to Chitwan that culminated in the killing of thirty-seven tigers and eight rhinos. Between 1933 and 1940, the King and his guests were said to have killed four hundred and thirty-three tigers and fifty-three rhinos. For which if the late king had done that today, pet lovers would have probably surrounded his palace with protests. By the late 1960s the population of rhinos and tigers in Chitwan had decreased even further due to arbitrary hunting and poaching. The declaration of Chitwan as a national park in1973 and the obligation of strict measures against poaching and unauthorized conversion of forest to farmland have given a lifeline to the wildlife population. We now see more wildlife in the park. Currently, Chitwan National Park is regarded as one of the most developed and most commonly visited national parks in Nepal.

The Bardia National Park

The Royal Bardia National park is really an area of 968 sq. km. in the mid-far Western region and is thickly forested by sal trees (Shorea robusta). An area of 327 sq. km belonging to the park was turned into a buffer zone in 1997. This park is home to blue bulls, deer, wild boars the langur and rhesus monkeys, civets, hyenas, rhesus macaque, jackal wild dogs, sloth bears, otters, tigers, rhinoceros, mongoose, wild elephants, black buck, the gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles, the gangetic dolphin and many other rare and endangered species. Passionate bird watchers and naturalists find this park a paradise for sightseeing exotic bird species like the Bengal florican, silver-eared mesia, lesser florican, and the saurus crane etc. On your wildlife safaris, you will get awesome views of six different species of deer, namely: the Chital or spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Sambhar deer, Swamp Deer, Barasingha deer and the Barking Deer all cheerfully hopping around the high grasslands. While in the park, you get abundant opportunities to enjoy the famous elephant safari, bird watching, rafting alongside the Karnali River, & an interesting village tour. This will also include a visit to the crocodile breeding center. Your fun in the wild is ultimately concluded with a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles in the area. Wildlife tour in these parks gives you a whole lot of fun, adventure, excitement and pleasure. It’s almost mandatory to visit parks when on holiday to Nepal. Your holidays are never complete without this trip into the wild.

Vegetation seen in the park

The Park’s vegetation has Sal forest, open grasslands and riverside vegetation. We also see flowering species of trees like the sissoo, and silk cotton trees of the forest. These trees bloom from January to early spring and fill the forest with their colorful flowers. The tall elephant grass dominates the grass grassland and gives it that savannah like appearance.

Wildlife in the Park

This Park is the home to the great one - horned Indian rhino, the world’s third largest land mammal. They feed largely on grass which is also their normal habitat and generally move alone or in groups. The elephants seen frequently at the park are trained and tamed. The tamed elephants are a major tourist attraction for elephant rides & also used as beasts of burden in Chitwan. The Royal Bengal tiger, the most princely and elusive of Chitwan’s animals, is estimated to number just about a hundred in Chitwan. They are by nature reclusive and do not attack unless provoked or when hunting for food. There are four different species of deer living in the park - the barking deer, the hog deer, the sambar deer and the spotted deer. Over 400 different birds have been recorded here, including the Indian peafowl, the tuneful black headed oriole and the open bill stork. The park’s rivers and the swampy areas are home to various reptiles like the pythons, crocodiles ‘called gharial’, which feed on fishes and the marsh mugger. The common leopard, langur and rhesus monkey also make up most part of the park’s wildlife population.

Activities and knowing how to get the best out of your safari

The elephant rides make up for the best and most exciting part of your safari holiday. An elephant ride through the jungle is an experience we should never leave out. Most lodges inside the park have their own elephants. Four people can comfortably ride atop an elephant. Elephant safaris usually start in the early morning or late afternoon .we also have the rumble-tumble jeep tours available inside the park. The best months for your safari holidays are from mid-February when the elephant grass has been cut, allowing unobstructed views. You can also take a cool hike inside the park, provided you are accompanied by at least two guides. Canoeing along the Rapti or Narayani rivers is the most relaxed way of watching the wildlife, especially the aquatic birds and crocodiles. Several lodges arrange visits to nearby Tharu villages. Tharus, the original inhabitants of Chitwan, have their own culture, language and customs which are quite different from that of the Nepalese hill people. A visit to the elephant breeding camp and the gharial breeding centre can also prove to be informative…and truly interesting.

The most appropriate time to do your safari

The best time to decide a visit to the park is from October to February, the parks are mellow & cozy around this time of the year.  Many of the park lodges are closed between May to August due to the rainy season.  

Accommodating you

When at Chitwan, you can stay inside the park. A variety of lodges can be found, from the multi-starred ones and lodges that are basic but comfortable enough for 2-3 days. Campgrounds are not provided for campers inside the park. Budget travelers can find accommodation at Sauraha, a nearby village that has some higher end residencies as well. Most safari programs are planned with all Meals available either by the lodges, or you can enjoy ‘a la carte’ at the restaurant.      

Bird Watching Programs

When visiting Chitwan and Bardia, you will encounter rare and endangered animals such as the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger. Other species that can be found in the parks are wild elephants, sloth bears, several species of deer, leopards and langur and rhesus monkeys. Gharial and marsh mugger crocodiles and the freshwater Gangetic dolphins also can be found in the rivers. Koshi Tappu, in particular, is a bird watchers paradise, where hundreds of different species of water birds have been recorded.

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve consists of an area totaling 175 sq km and is geographically situated in the eastern Terai region of Nepal. It lies on the flood plains of the Sapti Koshi and is for the most part; enclosed within the 8 meter high embankments of the Koshi Barrage, which has been designed to minimize the destructive floods, which occasionally occur. This Reserve possesses a beautiful and fascinating aquatic environment and is home to an astonishing variety of water birds that flock to its ponds that are always full of flowering plants.

From Kathmandu, the Reserve is approximately a 10 hour, 450 km drive along the Mahendra Highway. It is also possible to fly to Biratnagar, from where it is a 50km scenic journey by road.

The reserve provides an important habitat for a variety of wildlife but, in particular, water birds, including several migratory species such as the sarus crane from Siberia. In all, a total of 280 different species of birds have been recorded at this Reserve and these include many varieties of ducks, ibis, storks, egrets and herons, as well as the endangered swamp partridges and Bengal floricans. Koshi Tappu is also home to the last surviving population of wild water buffalo and its other inhabitants include blue cows, various species of deer, Gangetic dolphins and gharial crocodiles.
Incentive Holidays designs and organizes exclusive tours for serious bird watchers who wish to visit these unique parks. We go the extra mile to ensure that your holidays become exotic memories that refreshes your life over the years as you reflect on the good times.

What’s the journey like and how do we get there?

By Surface

Its is a pleasant scenic 5-6 hours drive in an air-conditioned tourist coach or a private vehicle which starts from Kathmandu on the Prithvi Highway along the banks of the Trisuli River. En route, you whizz past several traditional Tharu villages and eventually reach your pickup point at the fringe of the national park from where you will be escorted by a Safari Jeep to your Safari Lodge.

By Air

It’s a 20-minute pleasant flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport (near the Royal Chitwan National Park). On arrival at Bharatpur air strip, a representative from the Safari Lodge you are booked into will be present at the airport to escort you in a Safari Jeep to Chitwan National Park. 

By Raft

Incentive Holidays organizes a day rafting trip to three parks on a 2-4 class Trishuli River. You can combine your rafting trip with the Chitwan Wildlife tour. Most visitors do that. After concluding your rafting trip near the borders of the Chitwan National park, it is a further 2 hrs (approx) drive to the park.   
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