Location: Nepal, Asia
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve first Gazettes back in1976 was mainly established to protect the rare wild water buffaloes. The area of the reserve extends 175 sq. km. to the north of one kilometer long barrage that spans the Koshi river. The vast expanse of water created by the barrage, marshes, lagoons, mudflats and arable land that lie around it offers an outstanding wetland which has about to created one of the best and finest bird watching sanctuaries in Asia.
One of the most rewarding and greatest assets of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Park is that it offers ample scope for nature walks. For those with curiosity and perseverance, walking within the reserve on foot is the most profitable way of exploring the grassland, river lagoons and woodlands and vicinity of the barrage, just a short drive away.
The best time too visit this fabulous wildlife reserve is between October to March when much of the migratory and local birds can be sighted by the barrage and many of the river channels. Numerous Himalayan peaks including the Makalu I (8,463 m), the fifth highest mountain in the world can be seen during the clear time of the year.
The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is accessible by air, surface and river. The journey by air is just 45 minutes flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and then a mere one and half hours drive to the camp. Also rafting down for 8-10 days on the wild stretches of the Sun Koshi River is another exciting way to reach the destination. The third option would be the scenic drive through the meandering countryside road of about 500 km. That takes almost 10 hours from Kathmandu.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve also makes an exciting alternative destination of r visitors who have already visited Royal Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park. Also for mountaineers and trekkers heading of returning from Arun / Makalu and Kanchenjunga region. It also serves as ideal location to break journey while en-route to Sikkim & Darjeeling and Bhutan and have a brief relaxing stay. We recommend minimum 2 nights or longer stay to appreciate and observe what park has to offer at its maximum.
Itinerary: Bird Watching & Safari - 04 Night 05 Days
a.m. Arrival and brief introduction of the facility and program.
2.00p.m. Bird walk in the marshland outside the reserve to see the storks, ibises, snipes, waterfowl, birds of prey etc.
6.30p.m. Slide show on the natural history of the reserve followed by Nepali dinner.
7.30a.m. Full day excursion on boat and four wheels drive with pack lunch to see waders, waterfowl, birds of prey, marsh crocodile, otters, wild water buffalo and Gangetic Dolphins including a visit to Pink Tower (full day)
6.30p.m. Cultural dance followed by barbecue dinner.
7:30a.m. Bird walk inside the reserve in the scrub forest, grasslands and wetland habitat with pack lunch to see swamp partridge, black-necked stork, buntings, bulbuls etc.
12.00noon Pack lunch
2.00 p.m. Continue bird watching or optional elephant ride to watch Arna the wild water buffalo, blue bull, hog deer, fishing eats etc.
6.30 p.m. Stargazing
7.00 p.m. Chinese Dinner
7.30a.m. Proceed to deciduous forest near Chatara on four wheel drive to see racquet tailed drongo golden backed woodpeckers, pied hornbills, leaf birds, red-thighed falconet etc. with pack lunch (full day).
7:00 p.m Continental dinner
a.m. Bird watching around the camp area or leisure.
8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.00 a.m. Departure.
What is included in the price?
- All Safari Activities.
- All jungle activities
- All accommodations while safari including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Highly experienced Government licensed safari guide during the trip.
- Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide insurance and salary, national park and conservation area fees.
What is not included in the price?
- International airfares.
- Transportation to and from Kathmandu by air or road as per itinerary.
- International Airport Departure Tax.
- Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
- Entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu .
- Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
- Tips & Gratuities.
Information of Jungle Safari
As the crow files, ninety Kilometers south - west of Kathmanndu, is the Royal Chitwan National park. Widely acknowledged as one of the best national park in Asia, it spreads over a total area 967 square kilometers.. In the north- west section of the park is an island known as the Bandarjhola. Surrounded by the Narayani River, this unique island consists of riverine forest, tall grassland, marshland, numerous inlets and oxbow lakes. Such a diverse combination of nature is found only here on this island providing a perfect habitat for wildlife.
Here where the famous elusive Royal Bengal Tiger prowls and the endangered Great One- Horned Rhinoceros you will also fine leopards, sloth bear bison, wild boar, dear monkey, crocodiles, pythons, freshwater dolphins and many other smaller animals and reptiles. For the bird watcher, it is a paradise island with over 450 species of exotic birds, many of which are migratory making Chitwan their winter home.
One of the best ways to view the flora and fauna of Chitwan is from elephant back enabling you to penetrate deep into the Jungle through tall grassland, but there are many other exciting ways too. Our experienced naturalists and nature guides will take you on jungle walk, bird watching, for boat ride to seek out both the Marsh Mugger and Gharial crocodiles, and to observe wildlife from one of our watchtowers
Activities in the Park
Elephant safari is one of the best ways to explore the jungle. The tour enables you to enter into the dense forest and tall grassland to view animal species and birds. Here, you will have great opportunity to photograph the animals from close quarters
A Jeep safari through the jungle provides more game spotting opportunities than might be expected otherwise because it goes deeper into the jungle, usually beyond the beaten track. A thrilling tour in a four wheel drive into the heart of the park will enable you to view some of the rarest species of animals, birds etc. You can also visit the observation Tower for viewing the enchant movements of the animals in the wilderness. The jeep can be diverted to visit the crocodile breeding farm as well.
Jungle walk is another way of experiences the wilderness. Our trained naturalist will take you across the flowing water of the Rapti River and the prime areas of the park to view nature's gifts like wild species of animal and birds blended with the surrounding flora and fauna. Eraly morning and late afternoon walk is the best to avoid mid day heat.
The parks are well known as a paradise for the birds. Some 450 species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded so far. You may encounter many of them, while making this tour. Other species like the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Frolic and the paradise Flycatcher will also attract your attention when your are traveling along the banks of the Rapti River.
Village tours allow visitors to experience a stay in a typical Nepali village. This gives visitors an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition from the closer quarter and intermingle with locals.
The cultural program is another way to enjoy and make meaningful contrast of visit. The drumbeat and the agile breathtaking stick dance performed by the Tharus people. Their rhythmic movements and the exciting drumbeat may urge you to join them in their performances.
A typical handmade Canoe will take you along the famous Rapti River where you will encounter the Harmless Gharial and the mud drenched crocodile, basking in the sun at the River banks. Moreover, many aquatic birds can be seen on the way.
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