Jungle Safari and Wild Life Activities in Nepal might sound odd to some travelers, not to be surprised as Nepal although a small country but with highest mountains on earth that extends down south to the lowest flatland of Terai belt, where deep dense tropical jungle located.
Nepal offers a wide range of Jungle Safari and Wild Life Activities around its national parks within driving and flying distance, where all types of travelers can spend for few days or more with exciting thrill on elephant backs or nature walks. Nepal one of world's richest countries in biodiversity due to the unique geographical position and altitude variation, the elevation of the country ranges from 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all within a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic changes from Sub-tropical-alpine to the Arctic.Nepal-occupies 0.03% of the earth is home to:
02 % of all the flowering plants in the world; 08 % of the world's population of birds (more than 857 species); 04 % of mammals on earth; 11 of the world's 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species); 600 indigenous plant families; 319 species of exotic orchids All Jungle Safari and Wild Life Activities guided by expert jungle guides and naturalist to show you endangered animals and exotic birdlife in the comfort of nice lodge-hotels and lodge.
Nepal National Parks for wildlife adventure within driving or by air distances:
Chitwan National Park:For 2-3 days or more
A popular and oldest national park of the country, listed as Asia’s best park for wild-life, located subtropical lowlands Terai belts of South-Central Nepal, the park was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984. The Park covers a pristine area with a unique eco-system of significant value to the world. It contains the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains of the rivers Rapti, Reu and Narayani. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The Park is famous for the endangered and elusive "Royal Bengal Tiger".
The park is home to the one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, freshwater Gharial crocodile along with many other common species such as gaur (Asian bison) wild elephants, four-horned antelopes, striped hyenas, pangolins, Gangetic dolphins, monitor lizards, and pythons.
Other animals found in the park include Sambars, chital (spotted deer) barking deer, sloth bear, palm civets, languor’s and rhesus monkeys. The park is also famous for over 450 species of birds. Among the endangered birds are the Bengal Florican, the Giant Hornbill, the Lesser Florican, the Black Stork and White Stork.
Common birds seen in the park includes Peafowl, Red Jungle fowl, and different species of Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, and Woodpeckers.The best time for bird watching is around March and December.
More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles have been recorded in the park, some of which are the Marsh mugger Crocodile, cobras Green Pit Viper and various species of frogs and tortoises.
Chitwan National Park is also an educational field for botanists and zoologists alike. The park is actively engaged in scientific studies and research concerning several species of wild fauna and flora.
Chitwan National Park has many lodges and tented camps outside the park and can be reached via overland of 190 km driving distance from Kathmandu or Pokhara, by air about a 20-minute flight to Megauli or to Bharatpur including a short ride on four-wheel drive.
It may also be reached by the ultimate way with a surge of adrenaline and scenic floats Rafting on the Trisuli River.
The Bardiya National Park:For 2 days or more.
Where flight takes you at Nepalgunj with an hour drive to Bardiya national park, located Nepal’s Far South-Western Terai, east of Karnali River, and it is one of the largest undisturbed areas of wilderness in the Terai region.
Bardiya National Park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, swamp deer, blackbuck, Gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile, and Gangetic dolphin. Endangered birds include the Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, silver eared Mesia and Sarus crane. More than 30 different mammals, over 200 species of birds, and many snakes, lizards and fish have been recorded in the park's forest, grassland, and river habitats. A good number of resident and migratory birds are found in the park.
Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:For 2-3 days.
Where flight involves 45 mins to reach Biratnagar city and then few hour drives to Kosi Tappu Wild Life Reserve, located on flood plains of Sapta-Kosi River at Saptari and Sunsari districts of Eastern Nepal, this reserve is defined by the eastern and western embankments of the river.
The reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving populations (about 100) of wild buffalo or Arna are found here. Other mammals are the hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer, and the blue bull.
A total of 280 different species of birds have been recorded in the reserve which includes 20 species of ducks, two species of ibises, many storks, and egrets, herons include endangered swamp partridge and Bengal Florican. The Kosi Barrage is extremely important as habitat for migratory birds.
Many species recorded here are not seen elsewhere in Nepal. The endangered Gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been recorded in the Kosi River.