3 days

Chitwan Safari

Chitwan Safari

The wildlife of Chitwan National Park

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  • Chitwan was the first of Nepal’s national parks. Less than 60 years ago, the upper classes came here to hunt tigers and rhinoceros. But the area’s status as a hunting reserve helped to curb the largest threat - deforestation. In 1973, when King Mahendra heard there were fewer than 100 rhinos and 20 tigers as a result of the loss of habitat, he declared the area a national park.



    Why we love it

    • A relaxing wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park is the ideal addition to any trekking adventure. Located in the lowland Terai region of Nepal, Chitwan was the first of Nepal’s national parks.
    • Less than 60 years ago, this area was the scene of huge tiger and rhino shoots by the previously-ruling Rana family and their guests.
    • The Rana family's jealous guarding of this prime hunting area ensured that the animal population was not completely depleted and it is now one of Asia’s richest wildlife reserves.
    • Staying at a quality wildlife resort, away from the noisy and busy town of Sauraha, you can enjoy the thrill of searching out various species in forests, on the river, and amongst the tall elephant grass.
    • The opportunity to go in search of deer, monkeys and birds.
    • The canoe trip down the Rapti River to view the fish-eating gharial and flesh-eating marsh mugger crocodile.
    • Set out in jeeps to spot the great Indian rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.


    Day 1 - Chitwan National Park

    • After arriving and settling in, you will be introduced to the camp staff and resident naturalists who will discuss the program at the wildlife resort. There is some flexibility and activities may vary depending on the time of year, and known wildlife movements and locations.
    • You may visit the elephant camp to see how their handlers, known as phanits, care for these beautiful animals.
    • A late afternoon safari takes you through the forest and across grasslands to observe the varied and exciting wildlife in the park.
    • In the early evening before dinner the local Tharu dance troupe may perform a cultural program.
    Royal Park or similar

    Day 2 - Chitwan National Park

    • An early morning excursion could either include another safari to different parts of the park in search of the great Indian rhino, deer and exotic bird life, or joining one of several other activities.
    • Tiger sightings are rare these days, but these magnificent animals do inhabit the park.
    • After breakfast you will leave the lodge for a trip by dugout canoe on the Rapti River. This is an exciting trip with chances to view marsh mugger crocodiles and various birds that inhabit the riverbanks.
    Royal Park or similar

    Day 3 - Kathmandu

    • If you are a wildlife enthusiast, there is an optional early morning bird watching safari today - it is well worthwhile.
    • After breakfast you will drive on to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where this trip ends.
    • Please do not book flights out of Kathmandu before 3pm.
    Shangri La Hotel or similar
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Return transfers from Kathmandu or from Pokhara to Chitwan
    • Local guides
    • Two breakfasts
    • Sightseeing and entrance fee

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Airport transfers
    • Insurance
    • Meals not listed
    • Any optional tours and activities during free time
    • Camera fees
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Showers on trek (if available)
    • Tips or gratuities (allow US$3 per day)
    • Items of a personal nature
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Chitwan Safari

    Suanne - Dalkeith, WA, 14 May, 2011
    Overall Rating

    It's actually difficult to find which was the MOST memorable part. There was the day we left Kopra Ridge amidst sunshine, blue skies, clean crisp fresh air, valleys and snowy mountains with aeroplanes flying lower than where you were standing; there was the evening at Tadapani where George and Deb had us all in fits of laughter over a card game of "fish" using a pack depicting all 14 highest mountains whilst sitting on forms around a big square table under which the owners placed hot coals to keep us warm. Then there were the leeches... fascinating little critters!!! Oh, and making me a birthday cake ... how did they do that? Seeing millet growing. Seeing happy people  ... thinking about less is sometimes more.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PHCS
Group size 1 - 6
Start City: Kathmandu
End City: Kathmandu

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