A Luxury Nepal Jungle Safari

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A Luxury Nepal Jungle Safari

March 9 - March 19

£1100 – £4295

The Terai region of Nepal is one of the most biodiverse areas of the world. For around 1,400km there is a narrow strip of subtropical forest sandwiched between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the Gangetic plain to the south. This forest is under threat from increasing populations in India and Nepal but there are some great conservation efforts underway throughout this ecosystem. This luxury wildlife watching tour takes you into the heart of two of the greatest national parks in the Terai, Chitwan and Bardia. These two parks are separated by a couple of hundred miles but through a great network of forested corridors and buffer zones the wildlife can disperse between the two. These wildlife corridors are working to such an extent around Chitwan and Bardia that a lot of wildlife watching can be done by staying on the fringes of the park. However this tour will take you into the core zones of both parks and allow you unparalleled access to the parks. By staying in the top lodges and having the on hand expert guidance of some of the parks best local guides plus your own zoologist escort you will be sure of a enjoying the ultimate Terai wildlife safari experience.

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  9/3/2019 – 19/3/2019

Duration:  10 nights

Type / Focus:  Luxury Jungle Safari

Tour Difficulty:      

Pricing & Costs

Price: £4295 per person

Deposit: £1100 per person

Single Supplement: £500

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Kathmandu

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by your zoologist escort and our local guide/driver and transferred in our private air conditioned vehicle to your accommodation, level – 4* guest house (Kathmandu Guest House) in Kathmandu (20-30 mins). This is the most iconic place to stay in Kathmandu and has played host to Royalty and Presidents in the past. After settling in and if your flight was early in the day you will have lunch here before enjoying some sightseeing around this historic city; we will look to visit Swayambunath, Boudnath Stupa and Durbar Square and then we will head back to Thamel for dinner.

Day 2

Chitwan National Park

After breakfast this morning you will be picked up from the hotel in our own private vehicle and taken to the domestic airport terminal for the 20min flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur, on arrival you will be met by a new driver and then you will head towards the 932km sq of protected forest, grassland and waterways called Chitwan National Park. After around a 1 hour drive we will reach the park gates and after some formalities we will enter and drive up to the banks of the Narayani River, here we will be transferred to the far bank and deep into park with the help of the local boat men. From here it is a short jeep ride to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Temple Tiger Lodge). As long as the flights were on time and you have arrived early in the day you can enjoy either a jungle walk or an elephant safari through the nearby forests and grasslands around the lodge. There is a wealth of wildlife around here, it is not uncommon to see 3-4 rhinos every time you head into the park and there is always the chance of seeing tigers, leopards and sloth bears anywhere in the jungles. This afternoons activity is a great introduction to the wildlife and ecosystems here and afterwards you will be able to relax and learn more about the park and its wildlife from your zoologist escort. The lodge has a great viewing platform overlooking a large lake, here many rhinos and crocodiles can be seen as well as huge numbers of birds. There are many resident species like anhingas, Indian cormorants, purple gallinules and pied kingfishers and these are joined by migratory species from Siberia in the north and India in the south, making this platform one of the best places around to sit and watch the wildlife and listen to the magical sounds of the jungle. After your evening meal in the dinning room you will be free to relax in the outdoor bar and whenever you are ready a guide will be waiting to escort you to your own jungle cottage for a good nights sleep.

Days 3-5

Chitwan National Park

For the next 3 full days you will explore the jungles and grasslands of Chitwans core zone. This is the most diverse area of the park and one of the best places in the world for wildlife watching. There are a few different activities that can be completed here to see the wildlife, you will have a morning and an afternoon activity each day. The exact activities will be decided the night before based on the previous activities, sightings that have occurred elsewhere in the area. But we recommend experiencing all of them throughout the next 3 days. One of the most popular ways to start the day is on elephant back. The accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Temple Tiger Lodge), has a small herd of elephants that it uses for these safaris. When on elephant back your expert mahout will guide you through the jungles and grasslands almost silently, this is the best way to get close to wildlife as elephants are a naturally occurring part of the environment here. As a result rhinos, deer, tigers and other wildlife remain in the area longer and allow for excellent prolonged views. These elephant safaris are usually between 2-3 hours long and as well as walking through the dense jungles following tracks of tigers and looking into the vegetation for resting sloth bears and leopards you will be taken through rivers and into the elephant grass. This grass can reach heights of 18-20ft and whilst its rare to see the grass that high, it is only possible to experience the grassland on elephant back. This is the favoured spot for rhinos, hog deer, wild elephants and the largest species of cattle in the wild, gaur. Tigers also use the grassland to sleep during the heat of the day and it is possible to come across the little nests that they make for themselves as they curl up in the thick grass. Another favourite activity is the jungle walk, here you will be led through the jungle with the expert guidance of the lodge naturalists. They will be looking out for the huge paw prints of tigers and the unmistakable three toed tracks of one-horned rhinos. But as well as tracking down these two mighty mammals they will also be looking out for sloth bears (which are being seen here with more and more regularity), leopards as well as other smaller mammals. The forests here are home to two species of monkeys (the northern-plains grey langur and the Rhesus macaque as well as 4 species of deer. The largest of which is the impressive sambar (the tigers preferred prey), the most numerous the chital (or spotted deer), the loudest is the small and ochre coloured barking deer and the most elusive the tiny hog deer. There is also the chance (although a slim one) of spotting some really rare mammals here, clouded leopard, leopard cat, dhole, civets and genets are all known from here but are seldom seen. More commonly seen are squirrels, wild boar and golden jackals as well as a wealth of bird life. Parakeets, kingfishers, nilvatas, cuckoos, prinias, raptors, bulbuls and drongos are all abundant here as are some bird watchers specialities such as the slender-billed babbler, bristled grassbird and grey-crowned prinia. The walks are a great way to getting closer to some species that can often remain hidden from view such as the Indian rock python, frogs and numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies. It is also a great way of interacting with the jungle and becoming at one with the environment. Tracking wildlife on foot and possibly coming face to face with a tiger on foot is one of the greatest experiences you can have in the natural world. The other way of exploring the park is very different from the elephant back safaris and jungle walks, instead of being taken through the terrestrial ecosystems here you will be guided down the Narayani River in a small wooden boat. From here there are many chances of seeing resident and migratory birds such as the very common pied kingfisher and small pranticole as well as the critically endangered gharial. This fish eating crocodile is the most endangered animal in the Indian Subcontinent and the Narayani River is one of the last strongholds for this huge animal. There are around 50 breeding individuals here and it is still possible to see a huge 6-7m animal; although 2-3m gharial are much more common. But it is not just the river banks that you should be scanning when on the boat safari, these waters are also home to one of the most unusual mammals in the world. The long nosed and almost blind Gangetic river dolphin. They surface for breaths as do all dolphins however they surface very briefly so it takes a good eye to spot one as they typically only break the surface for 3-4 seconds at a time. There is time to enjoy each of these activities twice if you wish, we particularly recommend the elephant back safaris as you are able to get much further into the core zone than you are on foot. The plan for each day will follow the general safari pattern with tea or coffee early each morning before your first safari activity into the jungle and then afterwards breakfast will be served. The middle of the day is free for you to relax, possibly visit the elephant stables to meet one of the elephants, learn about the training they experience, their ecology and even feed one. But probably the best thing to do between breakfast and lunch is relax with some binoculars on the viewing platform and watch the rhinos feeding in the water, crocodiles swimming by and the hundreds of birds that make this wetland area its home. Then after lunch your afternoon activity will take you back into the jungles followed by your evening meal and then getting ready to do it all the next day.

Day 6

Bardia National Park

This morning you are welcome to have one more elephant safari if you wish or just have a leisurely morning and late breakfast. After getting back from the elephant safari or just after a relaxing morning on the viewing platform you will be asked to get ready for departure. Today you will be transferred back to Bharatpur in time to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu you will have short stop here before the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. This is another short flight (1 hour) and on arrival in Nepalgunj you will be met by another driver and transferred from the very industrial town of Nepalgunj towards the isolated and wonderful protected land of Bardia National Park. The drive from Nepalgunj to the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Tiger Tops – Karnali Lodge) is around 2 hours. By the time you arrive it will be evening and your dinner will be waiting for you on arrival. After dinner and a briefing you will be free to relax today after a long day of travelling.

Days 7-9

Bardia National Park

Very similar to the 3 full days in Chitwan National Park there are a few different activities that you can enjoy here and they will be decided on a day to day basis. Once again the pattern of the days will be the same as in Chitwan, with tea and coffee in the morning before entering the park and then breakfast on your return. Elephant safaris are very popular here and the major difference when out on elephant back in Bardia compared with Chitwan is that there is a far larger population of wild elephants here. There are around 50-60 in Chitwan but over 200 in Bardia. There is very little that compares to meeting wild elephants whilst on elephant back, the communication between the elephants is amazing to see close up. There is so much going on that we do not understand and are only beginning to scratch the surface with. But of course there are large numbers of tigers, leopards, sloth bears, rhinos and other wildlife here as well so your mahout will be constantly on the lookout for all of these animals plus many more. We also recommend spending a full day inside Bardia National Park on a guided jungle walk. We will bring a packed breakfast and lunch with us into the park and spend the whole day traversing the many streams, dry river beds, grassy meadows and jungle whilst tracking tigers, leopards and rhinos. The real advantage of spending a full day in the jungle here is that you will be able to get to some of the best known tiger hotspots. These are often a couple of hours walk into the jungle and so only a full day will suffice to get out there. Once you are around here deep into tiger territory you will stake out some good areas and see if one of the many tigers here come into view. Of course shorter half day jungle walks are available however we must stress that by spending less time walking here will significantly reduce your chances of seeing tigers. The other very popular activity that is offered at the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Tiger Tops, Karnali Lodge) is a jeep safari into the park. Jeep safaris allow you to delve very deep into the park. The wonderful thing about Bardia is that due to its remote location far fewer tourists visit here (compared with Chitwan) and so it can often feel like you have the whole 968km sq to yourself as you walk, ride or drive around the park. The jeep safari will also allow you to get to some of the watch towers set up around here. From these towers you are able to see out over the grasslands and possibly spot a distant herd of elephants or a tiger leaving the long grass to come down for a drink at the river. In addition to these activities inside the park you will also be able to visit the small crocodile, gharial and freshwater turtle breeding centre at the park headquarters. This is a very valuable project as the gharial are in a very bad situation as are all of the many freshwater turtle species recorded here. All of them are critically endangered and the projects here are indispensible to their long term survival. We can also arrange a day trip to the local blackbuck sanctuary. This sanctuary was set up to protect and breed this beautiful antelope after they have all but disappeared from the protected parks in Nepal. They have around 450 individuals in a semi-wild protected meadow, it is great to walk amongst these graceful animals and there is also the chance of spotting the very slight and shy Indian fox and possibly some hunting marsh harriers as they scan the short grass for rodents and lizards. Unless you are in the forest on a full day walk or decide to visit the blackbuck sanctuary you will return to the lodge for lunch and then have some free time before the afternoon excursion into the park.

Day 10

Kathmandu

After these 3 days of wildlife watching in Bardia you will be able to have a more restful morning today. There is no need to wake at before dawn today and after a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to back Nepalganj in time to catch your return flight back to Kathmandu. The flight east can be very scenic if the weather is good and clear. If you try and get seats on the left hand side of the plane you could be in for some great views of the Annapurna massif as well as much more of the Himalayas as well. As you approach Kathmandu you will enter the lush and well cultivated Kathmandu Valley and nearer the airport the true size of Kathmandu becomes apparent, the city is sprawling larger and larger and taking in more and more hills and side valleys. Then once you arrive back in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the accommodation, level – 4* guest house (Kathmandu Guest House) and if you did not have any time for sightseeing on day 1 and would wish to go this afternoon this would be an option. Then in the evening your zoologist escort will take you out for your farewell evening meal.

Day 11

Home

This morning after breakfast we will arrange for transfers to Tribhuvan International Airport so you can catch your return flight home.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

Extra Information

Weather Conditions

March and April are considered the best time for wildlife watching in Nepal. But the weather is very hot, this is the peak of the dry season, so expect no or very little rain and temperature well above 30 degrees C. The evenings and nights will also be hot aswell.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides and drivers where needed.

All our excursions including treks, guided walks, jeep safaris, elephant back rides, canoe safaris, boat safaris and park entrance fees are also included. Return flights to Bharatpur and Nepalgunj are also included.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. Waterproofs are not necessary but could come in handy. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.

Included Equipment

We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.

Extra Expenses

Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any departure taxes applicable when leaving are not included (but may be included in the cost of your flights), Please check this before hand.

Flight Information

As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport

We recommend Qatar Airways as a good airline for flights to Kathmandu. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.travelup.co.uk. They are an ATOL bonded company and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.

Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.

Visas and Health Information

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Nepal. These are easy to get and are usually issued on arrival at the airport for a fee. The fee for a multiple entry tourist visa valid for 30 days is £35. For more information look on the Nepalese embassy website www.nepembassy.org.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Nepal, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Nepal as soon as you have decided on this trip.

Reviews of this Holiday

It was obvious throughout the tour that Martin cares deeply about the wildlife, the environments and also about the people whose country we are visiting.

Mrs. Nancy Cliff, New Jersy

5.0
2018-05-14T08:15:00+00:00

Mrs. Nancy Cliff, New Jersy

It was obvious throughout the tour that Martin cares deeply about the wildlife, the environments and also about the people whose country we are visiting.
I learnt so much from Martin, it is great to see the wildlife up close, but with Martin's knowledge, the wildlife meant so much more. I can't wait until our next trip with Royle Safaris

Mr. Brian Cliff, NJ

5.0
2018-05-14T08:17:04+00:00

Mr. Brian Cliff, NJ

I learnt so much from Martin, it is great to see the wildlife up close, but with Martin's knowledge, the wildlife meant so much more. I can't wait until our next trip with Royle Safaris
I was on foot when I saw the tiger!  He was only about  50m away....  Bardia is a true delight.

Thank you so much for arranging everything for me - it worked like clockwork.   It could not have happened without you.

Ms. Beatrice Potter, UK

5.0
2018-05-14T08:42:10+00:00

Ms. Beatrice Potter, UK

I was on foot when I saw the tiger!  He was only about  50m away....  Bardia is a true delight. Thank you so much for arranging everything for me - it worked like clockwork.   It could not have happened without you.
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Details

Start:
March 9
End:
March 19
Cost:
£1100 – £4295
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Venue

Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal + Google Map
Phone:
0845 226 8259

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone:
0845 226 8259
Email:
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

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Deposit:
£1100 per person
Single Supplement:
£500
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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