Wild Nepal (Budget Chitwan Safari)

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Wild Nepal (Budget Chitwan Safari)

May 1 - May 11

£385 – £1995

Get close to one-horned rhinos on elephant back, find gharials from a log canoe and hopefully spot a tiger from the safety of a jeep. This tour has it all! We explore Royal Chitwan (Nepals oldest and best) National Park. As well as being one of the best places to see tigers in Nepal there is a huge chance of seeing the highly endangered gharial and one-horned rhino as well as many other bird and mammal species. Join us on this tour and see the Nepal which is dominated by large animals and not large mountains!

Holiday Features

TigerCanoe down the Rapti River

Five half day jeep safaris

Two nights in Kathmandu

Guided walks into Chitwan

Three elephant back safaris

Visit the Gharial conservation centre

Top Animals on Tour

Tiger

Blossom-headed parakeet

One-horned rhino

Leopard

Gharial

Gray langur

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal

Tour Dates:  1/5/2019 – 11/5/2019

Duration:  10 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers & Rhinos

Tour Difficulty:      

Pricing & Costs

Price: £1995 per person

Deposit: £385 per person

Single Supplement: £100

Min. Passengers: 4 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. From the airport we will be transferred in our private vehicle to Kathmandu (20-30 mins). Once in Kathmandu we will head to Thamel and our accommodation, level – guest house (Hotel Potala / 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.

Day 2

Chitwan National Park

After breakfast at our accommodation we will be transferred to Sauraha (6-7 hours), which is the gateway village for Chitwan National Park. Chitwan (formerly Royal Chitwan) is the oldest and one of the largest national parks in Nepal and has of one the greatest ranges of wildlife to find as well as being the best place to see rarer animals such as one-horned rhinoceros, gharials and tigers in the world. We will go straight to our accommodation, level safari resorts, (there are a number of different resorts in Sauraha which our Nepalese guides will book from Kathmandu. A resort we have used in the past is Gorkha Resort). Sauraha is a quaint little village which has a good mix of elephants, tourists and local Tharu people walking its streets. We will stop along the way to grab some lunch and our evening meal will be at our accommodation. We will 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.

Day 3

Chitwan National Park

Our time in and around Chitwan National Park will be variable over the next 6 nights. We will eat all our meals in our accommodation but the daily activities will be variable; in this itinerary we have set out a rough idea to the order of these activities but this is by no means the definitive order. We do promise that weather and local conditions permitting all the activities and visits into the park will be included over the next 5 days. So we may start the day with an early morning elephant back ride into the park. This is the best way to spot the huge rare one-horned rhinoceros as they ignore the elephants and allow us to get very close to them and observe their natural behaviours. All the elephants here are either government owned or privately owned and they are all well looked after. In fact every day there is elephant bath time in the Rapti River which you are welcome to join in and get well and truly drenched for a small tip direct to the mahout. In the evening after our lunch and rest we will head back into the park and delve deeper into it in a jeep. These jeep safaris usually stop at a breeding centre for gharials, vultures and freshwater turtles deep in the forest. Visiting here is a great way to see the strange looking crocodilian and see first hand the conservation efforts going on here. The main focus of our jeep safaris are the tigers here which are regularly spotted.

Day 4

Chitwan National Park

Today we will really explore the forest. By taking a guided walk into the forest we have a good chance of finding wildlife on their own turf literally. It is not uncommon to meet a tiger on foot or a leopard, rhino and many other large animals, and coming face to face with a Bengal tiger in this way will live with you for ever! This trek will last the majority of the day and can get tiring in the heat; but it is not to be missed as the there is nothing more thrilling than becoming part of the jungle. After this long day spent surrounded by exotic and amazing wildlife we will enjoy our well deserved meal and a good nights sleep.

Day 5

Chitwan National Park

This morning we will go on a morning jeep safari to see if we can find a top predator on a hunt or even find a tiger at a fresh kill. Animals are often more active in the early morning and this is certainly the best time for bird watching. With black-chinned yuhina, Goulds sunbirds and blossom-headed parakeets being top of most birders lists here. In addition to these we usually see Bengal floricans, lesser adjudant storks, grass warblers, Indian peafowl and red jungle fowl. Lunch will once again be back at our accommodation and today is as good a day as any to join in the fun during an elephant bathing session, its so much fun having an Asiatic elephant spray you through its trunk. In the afternoon we will get up close and personal with one of these elephants again as we go elephant back riding to see how close we can get to rhinos, tigers and possibly spot a basking gharial on the banks of the river as we cross. Crossing on elephant back is an unforgettable experience and the sheer size and power of these animals coupled with the love and affection they share with their mahout is brilliant to behold.

Day 6

Chitwan National Park

Today we will once again go on foot into the park and hopefully spot many of the animals which make up Nepals fauna. We would like to spend some time today looking at the smaller species which are often missed whilst on the elephant back or are scared away by the loud, smelly jeep. These animals include the reptiles which this part of the world is famous for like, king cobras, Indian rock pythons, Indian star tortoises and Bengal monitor lizards; as well as the reptiles there are small mammals which are a treat to spot like hispid hares, yellow-throated martens, Bengal foxes, smooth-coated otters, chinkara (four-horned antelopes) and Indian pangolins. Tonight your guide will treat you all to a drink on the Rapti River bank as we look back on a fantastic day spent walking the jungle.

Day 7

Chitwan National Park

Today we will rise early and head out in a log canoe along the haunting Rapti River at sunrise. This is a beautiful way of seeing the local bird life such as grey-headed fish eagles, Indian pond-herons, spangled drongos and pied kingfishers as well as being lucky enough to see a one-horned rhino bathing in the warm water or a mugger crocodile silently gliding beneath the surface. Tigers, leopards and even sloth bears are spotted here although rarely. This ride takes around 1-2 hours and afterwards we will come back to the accommodation for breakfast. The afternoon is for your leisure and it may be worth visiting the local Tharu village with a guide to see how the indigenous people survive here and see real Nepalese culture first hand. After lunch we will head back into the national park on another jeep safari, once again hoping to find a tiger or leopard, sloth bear, dhole, rhino, wild boar, chital and many more of the spectacular mammal species found here.

Day 8

Chitwan National Park

This morning will follow the same pattern as yesterday as we go down the Rapti River and look for the rhinos enjoying a aquatic plant breakfast and the watch the various egrets and herons awake and begin the day stalking in the reeds for unsuspecting fish and amphibians. After our pleasant cruise we will have lunch at our accommodation and get ready for a jeep safari into the national park again. Once again we will be looking for the charismatic tigers, leopards, rhinos and deer of this jungle as well as the common langur, rhesus macaques and wild boar.

Day 9

Chitwan National Park

Today is our last day in the Chitwan National Park and we will spend it visiting the park in a jeep in the morning and by elephant in the afternoon. In the evening we will once again watch the sunset over the jungle and enjoy a nice alcoholic lassi if it takes your fancy!

Day 10

Kathmandu

Today we will rise leisurely and after breakfast leave for Kathmandu (6-7 hours) in our private vehicle and once again we will travel along the winding and spectacular roads of southern Nepal and as we enter the Kathmandu valley there is often great views of the Himalayas in the distance. We will stop along the way for some lunch and have our evening meal back at our accommodation in Thamel. Here we will regroup and review what we have seen and enjoy our last night in the wonderful country of Nepal.

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.

Extra Information

Weather Conditions

November is considered one of the best times to visit Nepal, the skies and blue and there is very little rain and the temperature is a very nice 20-30 degrees C. The evenings and nights can be chilly but it never gets what we call cold in England here.

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 and park entrance fees are also included.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. As the nights can be chilly we recommend you bring a fleece, long trousers, scarf and a woolly hat. 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

Seeing the face off between the rhino and the crocodile was the wildlife highlight for me...I thought it was a really good tour...

Brian Chalk, London

4.0
2018-04-24T08:39:46+00:00

Brian Chalk, London

Seeing the face off between the rhino and the crocodile was the wildlife highlight for me...I thought it was a really good tour...
Our highlights were the rhino and sloth bear sightings and we would book again with Royle Safaris no problem.

Mr & Mrs. Boyer, Michigan

5.0
2018-04-24T08:40:17+00:00

Mr & Mrs. Boyer, Michigan

Our highlights were the rhino and sloth bear sightings and we would book again with Royle Safaris no problem.
When we were out walking and being between the wild elephant and the rhino was amazing! I also enjoyed spending the evenings watching the sunset.

Tom Starr, UK

4.0
2018-04-24T08:40:50+00:00

Tom Starr, UK

When we were out walking and being between the wild elephant and the rhino was amazing! I also enjoyed spending the evenings watching the sunset.
We loved every second...arranged an extension to Bhutan and visited Tiger's Nest, which was wonderful

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

5.0
2018-04-24T08:41:23+00:00

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

We loved every second...arranged an extension to Bhutan and visited Tiger's Nest, which was wonderful
Martin you are truly wonderful person, you gave Nancy and I an amazing life memory and we cannot wait for our next adventure!

Mr. Cliff, New Jersey

5.0
2018-05-14T08:04:12+00:00

Mr. Cliff, New Jersey

Martin you are truly wonderful person, you gave Nancy and I an amazing life memory and we cannot wait for our next adventure!
I would love to come back to Chitwan and hike more, maybe have a longer elephant safari and longer canoe safari. We really enjoyed the whole trip!

Mrs. Cliff, New Jersey

5.0
2018-05-14T08:08:43+00:00

Mrs. Cliff, New Jersey

I would love to come back to Chitwan and hike more, maybe have a longer elephant safari and longer canoe safari. We really enjoyed the whole trip!
The highlights were so many rhinos (one a bit close for comfort), bison herd, with male bison sussing us out on jeep safari, then evidently telling his harem we were not of sufficient interest to bother any longer with staring at us and the herd including him ambling off into the bush.

Mrs. Boyce, Switzerland

5.0
2018-05-16T12:16:43+00:00

Mrs. Boyce, Switzerland

The highlights were so many rhinos (one a bit close for comfort), bison herd, with male bison sussing us out on jeep safari, then evidently telling his harem we were not of sufficient interest to bother any longer with staring at us and the herd including him ambling off into the bush.
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
Great tour, we enjoyed the wildlife and our highlight was the elephant and baby....shame we didn't see a tiger but we were very close on several occasions. We would love to come back to Nepal in the future.

Pen Halley & Daryl Saunders, California

4.0
2018-07-31T15:19:46+00:00

Pen Halley & Daryl Saunders, California

Great tour, we enjoyed the wildlife and our highlight was the elephant and baby....shame we didn't see a tiger but we were very close on several occasions. We would love to come back to Nepal in the future.
My highlight was the jungle day walk and the night in the jungle tower. Sapana lodge was very good, nice location, friendly staff, quite well organised and happy to help.

Ms. Mary-Laure Bollini - Switzerland

4.0
2019-02-26T14:30:47+00:00

Ms. Mary-Laure Bollini - Switzerland

My highlight was the jungle day walk and the night in the jungle tower. Sapana lodge was very good, nice location, friendly staff, quite well organised and happy to help.
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Details

Start:
May 1
End:
May 11
Cost:
£385 – £1995
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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:
£385 per person
Single Supplement:
£100
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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