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Chitwan Safari in Style

May 19 - May 29

£750 – £3295

Chitwan National Park in the lowland Terai region of Nepal is one of the worlds best national parks. The amazing diversity of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and plant life that is found here is stunning. The park boasts over 45 species of mammal, nearly 550 species of birds and dozens of reptiles and amphibians. It is not just the great diversity of life that makes Chitwan so good but also the fact that it harbours large populations of Indian one-horned rhinos, Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, gharial and other rare and endangered species. All of which are commonly seen here. This tour explores the park from two different bases, one around the buffer zone village of Sauraha and the other from the best wildlife lodge located right on the boundary of the park. By visiting both these locations you will gain a great overview of the park, as numbers of tigers, elephants and rhinos increase in the park the wildlife is now as readily seen outside of the park as inside. We also like visiting these two different lodges (including one on the border of the park) because we are able to explore the park in a great variety of ways, canoe safaris, elephant back safaris, guided walks, jeep safaris and boat trips up and down the various water ways are all excellent ways to appreciate the park and get close to some of its rarer inhabitants.

Holiday Features

Tiger80% of finding wild tigers

Canoe in search of 7m gharial

Track rhinos, tigers & bears on foot

Spotlight after dark inside Chitwan

Explore the park on elephant back

Stay inside the jungles of Chitwan

Top Animals on Tour

Indian One-Horned Rhino

Gharial

Tiger

Sloth Bear

Asiatic Elephant

Gangetic River Dolphin

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  19/5/2019 – 29/5/2019

Duration:  10 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers & Rhinos

Tour Difficulty:    

Pricing & Costs

Price: £3295 per person

Deposit: £750 per person

Single Supplement: £320

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 Kathmandu (20-30 mins). Once in Kathmandu we will head to Thamel district of this busy town and our accommodation, level – eco-guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge / Kathmandu Guest House). Depending on what time the flights were we will eat either just our dinner or lunch and dinner at our accommodation and in the meantime you will be free to walk around Thamel. Thamel is the heartbeat of Kathmandu and a place which teems with colour, sights and sounds. You can easily get lost meandering down the maze of streets souvenir shopping and we can spend hours here enjoying the hustle and bustle of Nepals busiest city. If time permits you can be taken for some sightseeing, Swayambunath, Boudnath Stupa and Durbar Square can all be visited within around 3-4 hours.

Day 2

Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at our accommodation we will be transferred to Sauraha (~6 hours), which is the gateway village for Chitwan National Park. Chitwan is a wildlife enthusiasts dream. With large numbers of tigers, leopards and sloth bears the forests and grasslands here a stronghold for some of the worlds most elusive predators, but the most obvious animals in the park are the 500 plus Indian one-horned rhinos and we absolutely guarantee these wonderful animals. Once we arrive here you will go straight to the accommodation, level safari guest house, (Sapana Lodge). Sauraha is a quaint little village which has a good mix of elephants, tourists and local Tharu people walking its streets; you have to keep an eye out when walking the main street as the elephants are silent and can sneak up behind you on their way to the river. During the transfer from Kathmandu to Chitwan you will stop along the way to grab some lunch and your evening meal will be at our accommodation. If you wish your zoologist escort will take you to watch the sunset over Chitwan from the banks of the Rapti River and hopefully spot some migratory birds like ruddy shelducks or even a mugger crocodile.

Days 3-6

Chitwan National Park

Over the next 4 full days you will explore Chitwan National Park from the base at the quaint and friendly Sapana Lodge. Over the next 4 days we will enjoy a variety of different excursions into the park. The exact order of the activities will be decided depending on weather, local conditions and recent wildlife sightings. But you will enjoy at least one of all of the following activities. One of the most popular ways of enjoying the park is via a canoe safari in a traditional dug out canoe. These run from a couple of a different points along the borders of the park and usually produce a great variety of birdlife. From kingfishers, bee-eaters, lesser adjudant storks, crested serpent eagles, wagtails, hornbills, parakeets and hundreds of sand martins and barn swallows. We also usually see large mugger crocodiles and occasionally wading rhinos and basking gharial on these trips. You will also enter the park on foot in the expert hands of local guides and your zoologist escort. Once in the forest and the grasslands on foot you will begin to experience the true wilderness of the park. We will track tigers, rhinos and elephants on foot and whilst it is never a guarantee to see any of these species on foot it is always important to bear in mind that we are in a completely wild ecosystem where tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Asiatic elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos and around 40 other species of mammals all prowl and lurk in forests. There are very few experiences in the world that match meeting a tiger on foot, their piercing yellow eyes staring at you through the undergrowth is a thrilling experience and Chitwan is one of the few places in the world where this is possible. In addition to exploring the park by canoe and on foot you will also enter the park in a jeep, the road network inside Chitwan is extensive and links the majority of the best wildlife watching spots, including breeding and research centres for gharial, freshwater turtles and vultures. However local weather conditions do mean that some of the roads are closed and the routes can be changed without any notice. There is at least one road that always open and along here we should see rhinos, monkeys, wild boar, barking deer, spotted deer, mugger crocodiles and lots of birds. If this is the only road open then we will request other activities as it is best to explore different areas of the park as opposed to the same one a few different times. The real plus with jeep safaris is that you are able to cover lots of ground and see more of the park. The final way you will visit the park is on elephant back. These elephant back safaris is a fantastic way to watch wildlife, the wildlife in the park ignores the elephants as they are naturally occurring in Chitwan so you are able to get a lot closer to the rhinos for example. You are also free to help wash down the elephants in the Rapti river, well it would be more accurate to say the elephants are free to wash you down if you wish. Each day the elephants are led down to the banks of the river close to the lodge and for a token fee to the mahout you can climb on the back and get well and truly soaked as the elephant sprays water over you and its own back with its trunk. As well as these various excursions into the park you will also be taken to a cultural dance performance, this traditional dance is held every night in the village community hall and enables lots of the local children and their families to receive an income from the tourism without being directly involved in the national park. It is this which is helping to keep most of the land around the park from being too developed. Traditional ways of life are still common practice here because the money distributed from tourism to the local people is very good (around 30-50% of the total revenue finds its way to the local people). It is initiatives such as this which are helping Nepal achieve increasing numbers of rhinos, elephants and also tigers! You will also have the chance to visit the local elephant orphanage, here the elephants are cared for and trained for anti-poaching patrols through the park as well as a career in tourism in the future. As well as spending your evenings and nights at Sapana Lodge you will be taken into a lush clearing in the sal forests of Chitwans bufferzone for a night in the watch tower. This is a very basic tower. The two rooms are around 30ft above the clearing floor and you are able to sit high above the ground and watch as the rhinos, deer, wild boars and monkeys forage around the forest edge. We will also bring a high powered spot light for some spotlighting after dark. If we are lucky we may spot a tiger or leopard as they skulk in the shadows sticking close to the forest edge. In the morning you will be picked up and transferred back to the lodge for breakfast. All in all over these 4 days we expect you to have seen many of Chitwans largest and most charismatic mammals as well as both crocodilians and plenty of bird species, including wild chickens (the red junglefowl), Indian peafowl and many species of raptor. The waterways that dissect and surround Chitwan are some of the best bird watching sites in all of Nepal.

Day 7

Chitwan National Park

Today you will have a more relaxing start to the day and after breakfast in the lodge you will be transferred from Sauraha towards the main town of Nayangarh (this is the main town close to Chitwan) and from here you will head back towards the park and to another gate (from lodge to lodge around 2 hours). After a short drive from Narayangarh you will reach the accommodation, level 4* safari lodge (Temple Tiger Lodge). Depending on the time of arrival you will have some lunch and then head out into the core zones of the forest for an elephant safari. The lodge is ideally located with great bird watching on site. This is a very popular stop over spot for migratory birds from Siberia as they head south and India as they head north. In the evening you will have your evening meal in the main dinning room before retiring to your individual cottage for your first night next to the jungle.

Days 8 & 9

Chitwan National Park

The next two full days will be spent inside the core zone of Chitwan National Park and there is a variety of different activities that you will experience here. The exact order will vary depending on local conditions, the weather and any recent sightings of tigers nearby. But the mornings will start early, and you will be taken on an elephant safari through the jungles and dense grasslands (in both days). Despite the rhinos being numerous in the buffer zone you will be amazed at the density of rhinos here. It is not uncommon to see 10 in one 2-3 hour elephant safari. The tigers like this habitat as this is where they tend to sleep and rest during the heat of the day so you will always be on the lookout for tigers as well as rhinos. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast and then during the middle of the day before lunch you can go and visit the elephant stables and meet one of the elephants and learn more about these magnificent animals. During the afternoon you will either have a guide jungle walk through the jungle, this is a great way for you to hone your tracking skills as we search for rhinos, sloth bears and tigers as well as pythons, birds and the elusive barking deer. Another activity is a jeep safari down through the jungle to the banks of the Narayani river again and then a boat safari upstream. Here we will be on the look out for some of the large gharials as well as the very rare and unusual Gangetic river dolphins. It is also possible to see rhinos, elephants, gaur and even tigers coming down to the river banks to drink so you should keep your eyes peeled at all times. We will assess the best activities for your group whilst we are there and we will be able to tailor the activities to suit your group. Once again you will be free to enjoy the lodge facilities and bird life around here before dinner and another night surrounded by the sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 10

Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu

If you wish this morning you can have another early start and enjoy another elephant back safari and one last chance to see some of Chitwans amazing wildlife. After breakfast you will be taken back to the town of Narayangarh in time to be transferred back to Kathmandu (~6 hours). You will stop for lunch along the way and get back to the accommodation, level – eco guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge). Hopefully we will have enough time for some sightseeing if you didnt have the time for this on day 1.

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 is 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. The night spent in the night tower is 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

We loved Sapana Village Lodge, one of the eco lodges we have ever stayed at. Our wildlife highlight was tracking 2 tigers (male and female) and then finding a mating pair of rhinos all in the same place.

Michael & Victoria Easton, Hampshire

5.0
2018-05-02T10:18:10+00:00

Michael & Victoria Easton, Hampshire

We loved Sapana Village Lodge, one of the eco lodges we have ever stayed at. Our wildlife highlight was tracking 2 tigers (male and female) and then finding a mating pair of rhinos all in the same place.
From start to finish this trip was outstanding. Our zoologist, Martin Royle, was a true professional, he absolutely made an excellent trip into an absolutely tremendous trip, which will be hard to beat.

Brian Cliff, New Jersey

5.0
2018-05-14T07:53:41+00:00

Brian Cliff, New Jersey

From start to finish this trip was outstanding. Our zoologist, Martin Royle, was a true professional, he absolutely made an excellent trip into an absolutely tremendous trip, which will be hard to beat.
The choice of activities, facilities, length of stay was also excellent. The choice of lodging was great, it had some wonderful unique characteristics that made them memorable.

Mrs. Nancy Cliff, NJ

5.0
2018-05-14T08:11:54+00:00

Mrs. Nancy Cliff, NJ

The choice of activities, facilities, length of stay was also excellent. The choice of lodging was great, it had some wonderful unique characteristics that made them memorable.
Thanks for making our trip to Nepal so memorable.

Hannah & Kevin Hill, UK

5.0
2018-05-14T13:15:42+00:00

Hannah & Kevin Hill, UK

Thanks for making our trip to Nepal so memorable.
In summary, I enjoyed EVERY ASPECT OF THE EXPERIENCE ALL THE TIME

Mrs. B. Boyce, UK

5.0
2018-05-16T12:22:04+00:00

Mrs. B. Boyce, UK

In summary, I enjoyed EVERY ASPECT OF THE EXPERIENCE ALL THE TIME
I also really enjoyed every step of trekking in the wild, and seeing a bear for
the first time....The love the locals showed for wildlife, even Ronaldo (a dangerous male elephant), was pretty refreshing.
Thanks for a very memorable holiday, Martin!

Oyvind Sveen, Norway

5.0
2018-06-27T15:04:48+00:00

Oyvind Sveen, Norway

I also really enjoyed every step of trekking in the wild, and seeing a bear for the first time....The love the locals showed for wildlife, even Ronaldo (a dangerous male elephant), was pretty refreshing. Thanks for a very memorable holiday, Martin!
...thanks for a wonderful trip. I really enjoyed it.

Donna Steiner, Texas, USA

4.0
2018-06-27T15:06:49+00:00

Donna Steiner, Texas, USA

...thanks for a wonderful trip. I really enjoyed it.
The walking safari was beyond anything we could have imagined....the tour met and exceeded all expectations. The overall holiday which was excellent. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would do it again tomorrow if we could

Dawn & Simon Howarth, England

5.0
2018-06-27T15:08:47+00:00

Dawn & Simon Howarth, England

The walking safari was beyond anything we could have imagined....the tour met and exceeded all expectations. The overall holiday which was excellent. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would do it again tomorrow if we could
Another great trip by Royle Safaris, I will be back to use this company again. I love that Martin runs trips to countries that are other than India for tiger safaris

Stuart Hill, Brighton

5.0
2018-06-27T15:13:14+00:00

Stuart Hill, Brighton

Another great trip by Royle Safaris, I will be back to use this company again. I love that Martin runs trips to countries that are other than India for tiger safaris
4.9
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Details

Start:
May 19
End:
May 29
Cost:
£750 – £3295
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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:
£750 per person
Single Supplement:
£320
Minimum Passengers:
2 persons before tour runs

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