Best of Bardia (Budget Safari)

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Best of Bardia (Budget Safari)

March 29, 2020 - April 9, 2020

£495 – £2365

Bardia National Park is one of the most isolated national parks in Nepal. Seperated from the main tourist areas of Nepal by a 2 hour internal flight or a long 15 hour bus journey. On this budget tour we opt for the internal flight (but this can be changed to reduce costs further), and when we arrive at the park you will notice how few tourists make it this far west in Nepal. This park has an increasing number of tigers and Asiatic elephants and due to great conservation efforts in Bardia many more one-horned rhinos are being reintroduced here from Chitwan National Park. Bardia has a wealth of wildlife and the thought of tracking tigers on foot through the vast jungles and grasslands is only bettered when you consider that you may be sharing the park with less than 50 other people. This huge park receives so few tourists that we often track tigers, elephants and rhinos all day and do not see any other human. So if you have ever wanted to explore jungles full of top predators and large herbivores without dealing with large crowds and lots of other people then Bardia is the place for you.

Holiday Features

TigerTrack tigers on foot through the jungle

Explore Bardia on elephant-back

Over 200 species of birds

7 full days exploring Bardia NP

Enjoy tracking with expert guides

Visit the blackbuck sanctuary

Top Animals on Tour

Tiger

Blackbuck

Indian One-Horned Rhino

Gharial

Asiatic Elephant

Leopard

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  29/3/2020 – 9/4/2020

Duration:  10 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers & Rhinos

Tour Difficulty:        

Pricing & Costs

Price: £2365 per person

Deposit: £495 per person

Single Supplement: £250

Min. Passengers: 2 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by your zoologist escort and our local guide/driver. You will then be transferred in our private air conditioned vehicle to your accommodation, level – eco-guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge) in Kathmandu (20-30 mins). If your flight has arrived in the morning you will have lunch in Thamel and then there is the option for 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

Bardia National Park

After breakfast you will be transferred to the domestic airport to catch the internal flight west from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (1.5 hours). This is an industrial town and we will spend as little time here as possible and instead just head straight towards Bardia National Park (2-3 hours). Once we arrive at the accommodation, level – basic safari lodge and your dinner will be served (if we have not taken our lunch en-route). This afternoon you will enter the park on elephant back. Elephant safaris are an exceptional way to explore the rich jungles and tall grasslands of Bardia. Elephants are a naturally occurring part of the environment here and so when wild animals such as rhinos, tigers and even other elephants ignore them and this allows us to get much closer to them than usual. This is a great introduction to this park and as the sun begins to creep behind the trees and the sky gets darker there is the chance of spotting one of Nepals top predators as the tigers, leopards, dhole and sloth bears begin to start a night of hunting. The elephant back safaris are usually around 2-3 hours long and in this time your mahout and great pachyderm guide will take you deep into the jungles, through crocodile filled rivers and explore the grasslands where the grass can grow to over 20ft tall. You will arrive back at the accommodation in time for your evening meal and we recommend a good early night as the next few days will be long and exciting as you go in search of some of the worlds most incredible, beautiful and endangered wildlife.

Days 3-9

Bardia National Park

Over the next 7 full days you will be exploring the amazing and complex ecosystems that make up Bardia National Park. The safari activities here include guided walks through the park, elephant back safaris and jeep safaris. There are also some additional excursions that we can look to do if you wish. As the next 6 days are free for you, your guides and zoologist escort to decide on what to do, the activities described here are just to give an overview of what can be done here. The main factors when deciding on what to do in Bardia on a day to day basis are the weather, local road conditions and if there has been any recent sightings of target species in easy to find locations within the park. What we do recommend is spending at least one full day tracking tigers of foot through the park. Being led through the sal forests, thick sub-tropical forests, tall elephant-grasslands and over clear blue rivers whilst following the huge paw prints of a female tiger and the smaller prints of her cubs is an exceptional experience. But not even the sight of your boot prints standing in and following the enormous tiger prints will prepare you for when you meet a tiger on foot. These encounters can never be guaranteed but this is just about the best place in the world to try and see tigers on foot. We can also increase our chances by spending the full day (10 hours or so) inside the park, we will being a packed breakfast and a packed lunch and stake out some of the more well known locations for tigers. All the while you will also be searching out the hundreds of bird species that inhabit the forests and grasslands. When scanning the grasslands for birds we will pay particular attention for the critically endangered Bengal florican and lesser floricans. These stunning birds are almost extinct elsewhere and the grasslands here are one of the last strongholds of these birds. You should also see white-rumped vultures, Indian peafowl, Malabar pied hornbills, various kingfishers, parakeets, bee-eaters and wading birds. Jeep safaris are also an excellent way to explore the park, they allow you to cover much greater distances than on foot or elephant back. This allows your to visit areas which are known territories of predators. There is a particular road that is very good for leopards. However this elusive big cat is very difficult to see, although they do get seen here and we will try of course. You will also be taken to the various watch towers dotted around the park, from here you would be able to scan the horizon for distance herds of elephants, grazing rhinos, small groups of large guar and maybe even a solitary hog deer as they break the cover of the dense grass to drink from a river bank briefly. As well as entering the park (whether in a jeep, on elephant back or on foot) you are free to experience some other excursions that are possible around Bardia. There is a section of the Karnali River (the largest river in all of Nepal) that has a population of Gangetic river dolphin living in it, this is within a couple of hours drive from our accommodation, level – basic safari lodge. However there is so much development and overuse of the river here that we have been seeing less and less dolphin activity and unfortunately no longer hold out a strong hope of finding this critically endangered and unique species anymore. However there is a species around Bardia that is fairing much better than the Gangetic river dolphin; this is the elegant blackbuck. This antelope was once very widely distributed through the lowlands and flats of India and Nepal, but due to habitat destruction and hunting their numbers have been significantly reduced as has their range. In Nepal their last stronghold was Bardia and whilst there are no blackbuck in Bardia itself there is a sanctuary nearby (2-3 hours) which has a thriving population. Here the blackbuck live in an open semi-wild population which is being bred and protected for future reintroduction into Bardia. We are able to visit here and walk amongst the blackbuck in the sanctuary, here we also have a good chance to spot the small and shy Indian fox and mongooses as well as some of the many migratory birds of prey such as hen harriers that love the short grasslands here and hunt for rodents here by flying low over the fields. By spending these 7 days here exploring the diverse wildlife of the park and its surroundings we are confident that any wildlife enthusiast would fully enjoy this trip. We recommend spending 6 of the days exploring the park and then visiting the blackbuck sanctuary on another day. Whilst visiting Bardia you will also be able to visit the gharial, crocodile and freshwater turtle breeding centre. This is a small breeding centre concerned with raising the critically endangered gharial to adulthood and then reintroduce them into the parks rivers. The gharial is the most endangered animal in he whole of the Indian Subcontinent and one of the most endangered in the world. There are only around 200 breeding individuals left in the world and with a huge list of manmade threats affecting the population every day it is paramount that these animals are helped with breeding projects such as this one. They also breed the numerous species of freshwater turtles here for reintroduction as well. All the freshwater turtle species here are endangered and many of extinct in the wild. For example our Nepal zoologist guide has yet to see a wild freshwater turtle in Bardia despite always looking for them. We hope that one day the projects here and elsewhere do so well that we begin to see wild turtles as well as more gharial in the many waterways that dissect Bardia.

Day 10

Kathmandu

This morning you will have relaxed start to the day. No need to wake at before dawn today and after a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to 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 – eco guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge) 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 in the iconic Kathmandu Guesthouse.

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 as well.

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. Internal flights from Kathmandu and Nepalganj 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

Being the only people in the park was a highlight. Enjoying elephant back safaris in pristine forest was a dream come true also.

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

5.0
2018-05-02T09:43:32+00:00

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

Being the only people in the park was a highlight. Enjoying elephant back safaris in pristine forest was a dream come true also.
Bardia itself is as enchanting as ever as there are so few tourists and the sighting of animals is a daily occurrence.  However the main attraction there has to be the tiger.  As you know I was lucky enough to see one whilst on foot as the deer were barking their alarm calls and we (the driver and myself) just stood there and waited to see what would come out of the scrub.

Ms. Potter, UK

5.0
2018-05-14T08:43:58+00:00

Ms. Potter, UK

Bardia itself is as enchanting as ever as there are so few tourists and the sighting of animals is a daily occurrence.  However the main attraction there has to be the tiger.  As you know I was lucky enough to see one whilst on foot as the deer were barking their alarm calls and we (the driver and myself) just stood there and waited to see what would come out of the scrub.
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Details

Start:
March 29, 2020
End:
April 9, 2020
Cost:
£495 – £2365
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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:
£495 per person
Single Supplement:
£250
Minimum Passengers:
2 persons before tour runs

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