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Tiger Tracking on Foot

April 11 - April 22

£725 – £3095

There are few wildlife experiences that can rival tracking big cats on foot, and when the big cat you are in pursuit of is the Bengal tiger the thrill cannot get any bigger. There are very few places where you are able to track tigers on foot and this adventurous tour will take you to two of these locations. They are two of the tigers’ last strongholds in the Indian Subcontinent; Bardia and Chitwan National Parks in Nepal’s Terai. The Terai is a continuous subtropical forest that extends from north east India in the west to Burma in the east. There are many individual tigers in these parks and with the expert help of local guides and our own big cat expert zoologist you will be taken into the jungles and grasslands in search of this incredible and endangered predator on foot. During this tour you can be sure of some exhilarating experiences and improve your tracking skills, and with a little bit of luck you will join the short list of people that have stared into the golden eyes of wild tigers on their turf.

Holiday Features

Tiger75% success in finding Tigers on foot

Expert big cat trackers

Luxury lodge in Bardia

Up to 6 full days tracking tigers

Elephant safaris in Chitwan & Bardia

Track tigers through Chitwan & Bardia

Top Animals on Tour

Tiger

Asiatic Elephant

Jungle Cat

Sloth Bear

Indian One-Horned Rhino

Leopard

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  11/4/2019 – 22/4/2019

Duration:  11 nights

Type / Focus:  Tracking Tigers

Tour Difficulty:        

Pricing & Costs

Price: £3095 per person

Deposit: £725 per person

Single Supplement: £450

Min. Passengers: 4 persons before tour runs

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Kathmandu

After arriving in Kathmandu international airport you will be met by your zoologist guide and local driver. From here you will be transferred the short distance to your accommodation, level – 3* guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge) in the bustling tourist district of Thamel. If your flight is early you will be taken for some sightseeing around this incredible city. You will visit sights such as Swayambunath, Boundath Stupa and Durbur Square before returning to Thamel and having your welcome to Nepal evening meal.

Day 2

Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at our hotel in Thamel we will be transferred to Sauraha (~6 hours), which is the quaint little gateway village for Chitwan National Park. Since its protection in 1973 Chitwan has seen the majority of its wildlife increase in number and it has become a wildlife enthusiasts dream destination. The park was originally set up to the protect the dwindling population of Indian one-horned rhinos; this has been an incredible success and the numbers have increases from around 40 to over 500 today. A fantastic by product of this protection is that the other wildlife has boomed here and the park now boasts large numbers of tigers, leopards, sloth bears and around 40 other species of mammals and ~550 species of birds. The park receives many tourists and is leading the way in sustainable tourism and the Nepalese governments initiative to make sure that 30-50% of the parks revenue goes back to the local people is helping to increase animal numbers and decrease poaching and animal – human conflict. Once we arrive in Sauraha you will be taken straight to the accommodation, level safari guest house, (Sapana Lodge). Sauraha is fighting a battle between development and maintaining its traditional farming techniques, it is common to see traditional farmers ploughing their paddy fields with buffalo ploughs next door to a modern safari lodge. 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. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and 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 or gharial basking on the river bank.

Days 3-5

Chitwan National Park

Over the next 3 full days you will explore Chitwan National Park from the base at the friendly Sapana Lodge. During these 3 days you will spend up to 36 hours inside the park. If you wish we can head into the park on foot on all 3 days for full day jungle walks (however we recommend a break on the second day for a canoe safari and elephant back safari instead; this is because a 10-12 hour trek through the hot and humid jungles can take it out of you 3 days in a row – this however is completely up to you). When entering the park on foot you will be first to transferred over the Rapti River in a dug out canoe and into the jungle on the far side. It is not usually very long before you will begin to see evidence of tigers. There huge footprints and scrap makrs dot the area and remain for some time without heavy rainfall. This is where the tracking skills of the local guides and our zoologist guide will come into their own as they age and identify the tracks and decide on which one are best to follow. The tracking will take you into the jungles, sal forests and grasslands of the park and as you get closer to the tigers they will often warn you of their presence with deep guttural growls. At this stage we usually hang back and find somewhere nearby to stake out the location and wait for the tiger to come out of hiding. They often retreat into the thick grasslands and dense bush to escape the heat of the day and so it pays for us to find the tigers whilst they remain stationary and then watch and wait for them to begin their daily movements in the late afternoon. We currently see a tiger on foot around 75% of the tiger tracking tours we conduct here, so there is a good chance that you will have one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world. Meeting a tiger on foot, with their piercing yellow eyes staring at you through the undergrowth this is a thrilling experience and one that you will never forget. When we head into the jungles to track the tiger we will bring a packed breakfast and lunch with us so that we do not have to come back to the accommodation, level – safari guest house (Sapana Lodge) until evening and your dinner. As well as tracking tigers in the jungles and grasslands we also recommend spending a day exploring the park in different ways. We recommend a morning canoe ride along one of the rivers that border the park. This is one of the most popular ways of enjoying the park and the traditional dug out canoes are a silent and enjoyable way to spot the resident and migratory birdlife, such as kingfishers, bee-eaters, lesser adjudant storks, crested serpent eagles, wagtails, hornbills, parakeets and hundreds of sand martins and barn swallows. It is also the best way to see large mugger crocodiles and occasionally wading rhinos as well as basking gharial on these river trips. You would then come back to the lodge in Sauraha in the afternoon and relax, maybe interacting in the elephant bath time. Every day the mahouts bring their elephants to the Rapti River and invite anyone (for a nominal fee) to join in the fun with the elephants in the water. This is a good introduction to the elephants as we then recommend an afternoon elephant safari in search of some of the many rhinos that inhabit this park. Elephant back 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. During the evening whilst here you will have the chance to visit the village community hall to see a very entertaining 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.

Day 6

Kathmandu

This morning you can have a relaxed start to the day, there is no need to wake up before dawn this morning. So after your leisurely breakfast you will be taken back to the bus stop in order to be transferred back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive you will be free to do some souvenir shopping or just relax around the accommodation, level 3* guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge) before meeting up to have your evening meal.

Day 7

Bardia National Park

This morning after breakfast you will be taken to the airport in Kathmandu in time to catch the 1 hour flight to Nepalgunj; this is largest town in far western Nepal and is a major destination for overland transport from India so after meeting your local driver you will leave this industrial town and head towards the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Tiger Tops – Karnali Lodge) around 2 hours away and on the border of Bardia National Park. After lunch on arrival and settling into your room, you will be expected to enter the park for the first time. The 2-3 hour long elephant back safari will take you into Bardia and into one of the best kept secrets in Nepal. The park is larger than Chitwan but as Chitwan is close to Kathmandu it receives the majority of the tourists and it is not uncommon to have this huge park pretty much to yourself. This is a great introduction to the wildlife and different environments of Bardia and will no doubt get you excited for exploring the park on foot tomorrow. At dusk you will return to the lodge for your evening meal and good nights sleep.

Days 8-10

Bardia National Park

During the next three days you will once again have the opportunity to track down tigers on foot with the expert help of the local guides. The park is very similar in appearance and wildlife to Chitwan with the exception that there are far more Asiatic elephants in Bardia than in Chitwan. There is also a large population of tigers as well. Unlike in Chitwan (where the wildlife and the tigers can be found very close to the parks boundaries and buffer zones) in Bardia the best tiger watching spots are deep in the park. It can take a couple of hours just to get to their territories. Of course tigers do move around and we have seen plenty of tiger evidence all over the park but we recommend staking out some of the locations where tigers are often spotted. Once again we will bring our breakfast and lunch into the jungle so we can spend all day here; it is a great experience to sit on the banks of a river having lunch whilst a tiger and her cubs leave the comfort of the grasslands and come for a drink on the opposite bank and one that we hope to share with anyone who comes on this tour. Whilst you can have 3 full days in the park tracking tigers we recommend having a day to explore the park by other means, in order to conserve some energy as the days of tracking tigers on foot can be very tiring. What we recommend is a morning elephant safari followed by a jeep safari. 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. Each day you will have your evening meals back at the accommodation, level – luxury safari lodge (Tiger Tops, Karnali Lodge) and this lodge is a perfect place to relax and have a cold drink after a day in the wilderness.

Day 11

Kathmandu

This morning will represent another leisurely morning before travelling back to Nepalgunj in time to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. After arriving back at the accommodation, level – 3* guest house (Thamel Eco Lodge) you will be free to enjoy your last night in Nepal before your farewell evening meal at the iconic Kathmandu Guest House.

Day 12

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. Return flights to 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

Going out and spending the whole day tracking tigers is so cool. A dream come true for me

Tom Starr, West Midlands

4.0
2018-04-24T10:24:08+00:00

Tom Starr, West Midlands

Going out and spending the whole day tracking tigers is so cool. A dream come true for me
...the highlight was becoming part of the jungle and learning out to read the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle and then finding the tiger...

Mr. Pearl & Family, Dublin

5.0
2018-04-24T10:24:49+00:00

Mr. Pearl & Family, Dublin

...the highlight was becoming part of the jungle and learning out to read the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle and then finding the tiger...
It is hard going given the heat, but the rewards of walking in the footsteps of the tiger are more than worth it. Thoroughly an enjoyable experience to get out of the vehicle and hike in the forest

Mr & Mrs. Boyer, Michigan

5.0
2018-05-02T09:38:19+00:00

Mr & Mrs. Boyer, Michigan

It is hard going given the heat, but the rewards of walking in the footsteps of the tiger are more than worth it. Thoroughly an enjoyable experience to get out of the vehicle and hike in the forest
Tracking the tigers and rhinos on foot was a thrilling experience and one I will always remember.

Mr. B. Chalk, England

4.0
2018-05-02T10:14:46+00:00

Mr. B. Chalk, England

Tracking the tigers and rhinos on foot was a thrilling experience and one I will always remember.
Suffice to say that the list you provided me with now boast a good number of ticks! I had a lovely young chap as a guide and a good driver to get me into the Park.    The guide was young and sometimes lacked patience and also was still learning a bit about his area as he had only been there for two years.  On one day the senior guide (25 years in situ) and I had a long chat and the next day another older guide came out with us so that he could show the younger man a different area and how to get there on foot (about 2 hours of walking).  All is all an excellent experience as was my first time there.

Ms. B. Potter, UK

5.0
2018-05-14T08:45:33+00:00

Ms. B. Potter, UK

Suffice to say that the list you provided me with now boast a good number of ticks! I had a lovely young chap as a guide and a good driver to get me into the Park.    The guide was young and sometimes lacked patience and also was still learning a bit about his area as he had only been there for two years.  On one day the senior guide (25 years in situ) and I had a long chat and the next day another older guide came out with us so that he could show the younger man a different area and how to get there on foot (about 2 hours of walking).  All is all an excellent experience as was my first time there.
Brilliant, what a trip and one we would happily repeat. In fact Hannah got a tiger tattoo on her shoulder as a momento of this amazing trip.

Hannah & Kevin Hill, Somerset

5.0
2018-05-16T12:18:35+00:00

Hannah & Kevin Hill, Somerset

Brilliant, what a trip and one we would happily repeat. In fact Hannah got a tiger tattoo on her shoulder as a momento of this amazing trip.
Yes the tour met my expectations, in every aspect. In fact the professionalism and wild life experiences exceeded them greatly. The same is true for the quality of the hotel accommodation given where I stayed, as well as everyone’s care, warmth and professionalism.

Brigitte Boyce, UK

5.0
2018-05-16T12:20:03+00:00

Brigitte Boyce, UK

Yes the tour met my expectations, in every aspect. In fact the professionalism and wild life experiences exceeded them greatly. The same is true for the quality of the hotel accommodation given where I stayed, as well as everyone’s care, warmth and professionalism.
4.7
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Details

Start:
April 11
End:
April 22
Cost:
£725 – £3095
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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:
£725 per person
Single Supplement:
£450
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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