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Wildlife Safari Tour

Chitwan National Park is home to over 50 species of mammals, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles and more than 450 species of birds. Important animals on this park include one-horned Asian Rhinoceros, Gaur, wild Bison, sloth Bear, four species of Deer, the Rhesus Monkey and the black-faced Langur, the spotted Leopard, Royal Bengal Tiger, the fish-eating Gharial, the flesh-eating Marsh Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin among many others. The elephant breeding centre is another attraction of the park where one can see elephants of different ages including several baby elephants . A big number of birds inhabit the national park making it an ideal place for bird watching.

The important activities offered in Chitwan include elephant safaris through the jungle in search of wildlife, nature walks, jungle drives to spot animals, canoe rides to see crocodiles & water-birds, tribal village visits and visits to elephant breeding centre etc. In the evenings, slide shows on Nepalese flora & fauna and Tharu tribal folk dances are also held.

Here is a typical 2 nights /3 days jungle safari tour at Chitwan national park Nepal.

This tour can be included not only on your regular Nepal tour but also as an extension tour at the end of your trek or before visiting Tibet from Kathmandu and is operated all through the year.

Nepal Jungle Safari Itinerary

Day 1
13.00 hrs : Arrive at your safari lodge. Check in the lodge followed by refreshments .
1330 hrs: Lunch and rest .
1430hrs : Briefing about the programs, the lodge facilities and the national park.
1600 hrs: Jungle safari on elephant back. An excellent opportunity to see four different kinds of deer, rhinoceros, wild boar, leopard, monkeys, birds including peacock and many other smaller animals.
1830 hrs: Talk on the natural history & flora & fauna of the national park
1930 hrs: Dinner.

Day 2
0600 hrs: Wake up call. Tea/Coffee. Nature walk . An excellent opportunity to be familiar with the diverse vegetation of the park and to see a great many of those over 450 different species of birds which have made Chitwan National Park their home.
0730 hrs: Breakfast.
0830 hrs: Dugout canoe ride along the river. An excellent opportunity for watching birds and to see the 2 rare species of crocodile; the marsh mugger and the fish eating gharial. Short walk through the jungle and crossing a small stream to The Elephant Breeding Farm. See elephants of different ages including several baby elephants. Drive back to the Lodge.
1300 hrs: Lunch.
1530 hrs: Village walk to visit to the nearby aboriginal Tharu village.
1830 hrs Tharu Tribal Dance presented by the local Tharu villagers.
1930 hrs: Dinner .

Day 3
0600 hrs: Wake up call. Tea/Coffee. Bird watching tour.
0730 hrs: Breakfast.
0830 hrs: Departure from the lodge for onward journey

How to get there:

A 22 minutes flight will take you from Kathmandu to Chitwan . Those travelling by surface can reach Chitwan national park by 5 hours of drive from Kathmandu or 4 hours of drive form Pokhara on a scenic highway . This drive to Chitwan can be combined with a one day rafting trip at Trishuli river . If you are going Chitwan from Pokhara , driving is the only option, there is no flight service on this section .

What to bring?

Chitwan being a sub tropical national park the, weather is usually hot and humid except during winter months .

So you should bring clothing considering the same . However , December , January and February will be quite cold in Chitwan , implying you need to bring warm clothing if you are visiting there during these months.

Bringing flashlight ( we have power cut problems in Nepal ) , insect repellents, cap and sun tan lotion are also recommended. Light clothing, hats and sunglasses are also recommended for spring and summer months.

Pants and long sleeved T shirts would be ideal for elephant rides or while staying out , this avoids mosquito bites . Bright colours such as red and white should be avoided since those colours frighten the animals.

Though malaria is eradicated in Nepal long ago, a couple of cases of malaria are reported once or twice every year . For your peace of mind, taking malaria inoculation is recommended if you are visiting Chitwan from mid March to Mid October , not required if you are visiting in winter months .


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