Nepal Terai Safari (Chitwan & Koshi Tappu)

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Nepal Terai Safari (Chitwan & Koshi Tappu)

March 17, 2019 - March 26, 2019

£650 – £2850

Nepal is a gem of a country, in terms of wildlife, pristine ecosystems, geology, natural history, culture, history and religion. We will aim to showcase little bits of this diverse and wonderful country during this 10 day wildlife watching holiday. You will start off in the amazing and historic capital of Nepal, Kathmandu; full of amazing sites sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. Then you will head into the main national park in the amazing and biologically special Terai, whilst in Chitwan you will explore the jungles on elephant back and on foot as well as canoeing the many rivers here; then you will head onto the remote and isolated sanctuary of Koshi Tappu where jungle cats, water buffalo, Gangetic river dolphins and other rare animals abound.

Holiday Features

TigerIndian One-Horned Rhino

Guided walks, tracking tigers and rhinos

Spot rhinos from elephant back

Over 100 species usually seen

Cruise Koshi for rare river dolphins

75% Chance of seeing tigers

Top Animals on Tour

Indian One-Horned Rhino

Water Buffalo

Gangetic River Dolphin

Tiger

Gharial

Asiatic Elephant

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  17/3/2019 – 26/3/2019

Duration:  9 nights

Type / Focus:  Terai Wildlife

Tour Difficulty:      

Pricing & Costs

Price: £2850 per person

Deposit: £650 per person

Single Supplement: £250

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Kathmandu

On arriving in Kathmandu at the airport you will be met at the terminal by your zoologist escort and our local driver. From here you will be transferred you in our private air conditioned vehicle to your accommodation, level – 4* guest house (Kathmandu Guest House) in Kathmandu (~25 mins). This is the most iconic place to stay in Kathmandu and has had Royale and Presidential guests stay here in the past. If your flight arrived in the morning you will have lunch here before sightseeing around this historic city; we will visit the three most popular sights Swayambunath, Boudnath Stupa and Durbar Square. These are some of the most sacred Hindu and Buddhist sights in the whole country. Afterwards you will head back to the hotel in the bustling Thamel district for dinner.

Day 2

Chitwan National Park

This morning you will be transferred from the hotel to Chitwan National Park (5-6 hours). During this drive you will head out of the well populated Kathmandu valley and along the fast flowing Narayani River until you reach the lush fertile lands of the Tharu people in the subtropical lowland Terai region. Once you reach the small village of Sauraha which is the gateway to the park, you will be taken to your accommodation, level – guest house (Sapana Lodge). The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to explore the town and maybe enjoy the sunset over the Rapti River with a nice refreshing lassi. We recommend a good nights sleep tonight before entering the park and exploring Chitwan tomorrow. Chitwan is one of the top wildlife watching destinations in the world and ranks as the oldest national park in Nepal. The park was established to protect one of only two remaining populations of Indian one-horned rhinos in the world during the 70s. But since this protection the numbers of other endangered wildlife such as tigers, Asiatic elephants, sloth bears and leopards has increased as well as the rhinos. Rhinos have increased from around 30 to over 500 and are now so numerous that you do not have to enter the park to see them! In fact a walk to the river confluence at the end of the main road through Sauraha can often find a rhino feeding on the banks in the lush vegetation (if you do come across a rhino on a stroll to the shops then please be cautious and do not approach the rhino as they are all wild and very dangerous animals despite being found in the village).

Days 3 – 5

Chitwan National Park

For the next 3 full days you will explore the jungles, grasslands and rivers of Chitwan from this accommodation, level – guest house (Sapana Lodge) base. There is a variety of ways to enter the park and over the next few days we aim to showcase them all to you. Between jeep safaris, elephant back safaris, canoe trips and guided jungle walks you will see the park from many perspectives, the exact order of the activities will be confirmed on a day to day basis (based on your personal choice, weather conditions and other local factors). However we usually recommend the following itinerary for these three days. Firstly we recommend a short (1 hour) canoe safari along one of the rivers that border the park, the canoes run from a couple of a different points along the Rapti river and by casually cruising down the shallow rivers you should see a variety of birdlife. Many species are found along the rivers here such as kingfishers, bee-eaters, lesser adjudant storks, crested serpent eagles, wagtails, hornbills, parakeets, sand martins and barn swallows. In addition to the birds large mugger crocodiles, the occasionally wading rhino and huge basking gharials can also be seen. Then after returning to the lodge your zoologist escort and local expert guide will take you deep into the park on foot. Once you enter the jungles and tall grasslands you will be immersed into tiger habitat. With the help of your guides you will be shown numerous signs of tigers all over. From their claw rakes high on trees, paw prints and scrapes on the ground to scent marking on the territory borders the signs of tigers are everywhere. As well as tracking tigers and taking in the soul of the jungle your guides will be on the lookout for rhinos and elephants as well. Whilst it is never a guarantee to come face to face with any of these major animals you will have to constantly bear in mind that you will be a 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. Hopefully you will encounter a tiger on foot here and if you do this will be one of the few people to have the privilege of looking into the golden eyes of this endangered big cat. We will then head back to the lodge for dinner and then the next day we recommend a morning elephant back safari into the park. Elephant back safaris are a very special way of exploring the park and this is probably the best way to see and get close to rhinos. This is because the wildlife in the park tend to ignore elephants as they occur here naturally. The elephant back safari lasts around 1-2 hours and afterwards you will return to the lodge for lunch. Then in the late afternoon you will be taken to the night tower. This 30ft tall structure has two rooms. The rooms are very basic but by staying here you will be 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. By spotlighting after dark you may get lucky and see a tiger or leopard in the shadows of the forest edge. In the morning you will be picked up and transferred back to the lodge for breakfast. Once you arrive back at the lodge you will be free to have a traditional massage before the option to join the elephants down at the river for their bath time. Here (for a nominal fee paid direct to the mahout) you can get very wet as the elephant sprays water over you and its own back with its trunk. It is very enjoyable and the elephants seem to enjoy themselves as much as the people. Then in the afternoon we recommend another canoe trip followed by a bird watching excursion with the local birding guide. Then in the evening you will be taken to the village community hall for the traditional dance performance, these dances are mostly performed by local children and the income they receive from tourism is helping to keep most of the land around the park from being further developed. You will notice than many of the traditional ways of life are still in use around here.

Day 6

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning you will have a more relaxing morning and a leisurely breakfast before beginning the long journey east to the small and remote wildlife reserve of Koshi Tappu (~8 hours). Along the way you will see many small communities of people living and working in ways that remain mostly unchanged for hundreds of years. Then after arriving at the reserve you will be taken to your accommodation, level luxury safari camp (Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp) and after settling in you will have your evening meal and briefing about Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Days 7 & 8

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary

This small sanctuary gets its name from the Koshi River that borders the sanctuary and as a result much of the park is wetland. The wildlife here is different from Chitwan and by visiting both areas you should see a very good overview of the wildlife in the Nepalese Terai. Koshi Tappu boasts a very impressive bird list for such a small area and with over 100 recorded species and some specialities such as swamp francolins, red-necked falcons and striated marsh warblers birders will be in their element. But there are also some very rare mammals that are either absent or very hard to see elsewhere in Nepal such as water buffalo, Gangetic river dolphins and smooth-coated otters. On your first morning you will either have a guided walk along the river banks, lagoons, grasslands and woodlands of the sanctuary or a boat safari along the Koshi River. These are the two wildlife watching activities available here Koshi Tappu and both over some great wildlife sightings. This section of the Nepalese Terai has the last remaining population of wild water buffalo in Nepal and they are quite easy to see whilst rafting, as are the very rare and unusual Gangetic river dolphins if you keep your eyes peeled. Also whilst drifting down the Koshi River you may see both species of crocodilian, the fish-eating gharial and the mugger crocodile and maybe a playful group of smooth-coated otters. Whilst walking here your guides will be searching out jungle cats, hog deer, chital, nilgai (the largest antelope outside of Africa), golden jackals and possibly if you have a lot of luck on your side a fishing cat. In between your morning and afternoon activities on both days you will return to the accommodation, level – luxury safari camp (Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp) for your meals. After visiting here and Chitwan we would hope to have amassed around 20 species of mammals and over 100 species of bird without too much trouble. Making this a fantastic Nepal Terai mammal watching holiday for any wildlife enthusiast.

Day 9

Kathmandu

This morning you will start the journey back towards Kathmandu (~10 hours). This long drive from the lowland Terai to the Kathmandu valley is very spectacular. The rice paddies that stretch into the distance whilst in the fertile and flat lands of the Terai gradually change until the all of the hillsides are terraced and then you will begin to see the vast sprawling suburbs of Kathmandu as you re-enter the city for your last night. You will be taken back to the same accommodation, level – 4* guest house (Kathmandu Guest House) as your first night and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax.

Day 10

Home

This morning after breakfast we will arrange for transfers to the airport in time to 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 in the Terai. But the weather is very hot in the Terai, 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. Rain is not unusual here but it can happen.

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 a professional zoologist who will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable English speaking local guides. All internal flights are also included as are all other transportation costs.

All our excursions including elephant back safari, canoe safaris, boat trips, jeep safaris, hikes, guided walks, spotlighting sessions and park entrance fees 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. Hard wearing khaki shorts, shirts and trousers are recommended. As the nights can be a little chilly we recommend you bring a fleece and long trousers. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy 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 souveniers and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.

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.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securely. 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

The grasslands here are so full of life...we loved exploring two different places....the wildlife in each place was different and we enjoyed seeing the differences.

Ben & Brigitte, Croydon

4.0
2018-05-16T14:46:56+00:00

Ben & Brigitte, Croydon

The grasslands here are so full of life...we loved exploring two different places....the wildlife in each place was different and we enjoyed seeing the differences.
A family of jungle cats in KT was our highlight wildlife wise. Our non wildlife highlight would have to be watching out over the rivers in the evenings for tigers to cross. The scenery was stunning and the sunsets so photogenic.

The Douglas family, LA, California

5.0
2018-05-16T14:49:25+00:00

The Douglas family, LA, California

A family of jungle cats in KT was our highlight wildlife wise. Our non wildlife highlight would have to be watching out over the rivers in the evenings for tigers to cross. The scenery was stunning and the sunsets so photogenic.
4.5
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Details

Start:
March 17, 2019
End:
March 26, 2019
Cost:
£650 – £2850
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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

Other

Deposit:
£650 per person
Single Supplement:
£250
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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