Which month is best for jungle safari?
July 22, 2023
Which month is best for jungle safari?
During the dry season from March to May, Bardia National Park’s vegetation thins out, making it an opportune time for a Jungle Safari to spot tigers, offering photographers and visitors an excellent chance to capture rare photographs of these majestic creatures.
The one-day Jeep Safari offers the best chance to see a tiger during the crepuscular hours of dawn and dusk. When these elusive creatures are most active and likely to reveal themselves from their hiding spots.
Why March to May is famous for tiger?
March to May falls within the dry season in many tiger reserves and national parks. During this time, the weather is hot and dry, causing water sources to shrink and vegetation to wither. As a result, animals, including tigers, are more concentrated around the remaining waterholes and rivers, making them easier to spot.
With water sources becoming scarce, tigers are more likely to visit waterholes frequently to quench their thirst and cool off. These predictable waterhole visits increase the chances of sighting tigers during a safari.
Thinning Vegetation: As the dry season progresses, the thick vegetation in the parks begins to thin out, improving visibility for safari-goers. This reduction in foliage makes it easier to spot tigers moving through the grasslands or resting under the shade of trees.
During the hot days of the dry season, tigers tend to be more active during the cooler hours of the early morning and late evening (crepuscular hours); when temperatures are more comfortable. They are more likely to be on the move, hunting or patrolling their territories during these times, increasing the chance of encounters.
In some regions, the period from March to May coincides with the breeding season for tigers. Male tigers may roam more widely in search of potential mates, increasing the chances of spotting them during this time.
Photographic Opportunities: The combination of reduced vegetation and concentrated wildlife around waterholes provides excellent photographic opportunities for capturing images of tigers in their natural habitat.
However, the factors mentioned above contribute to the increased probability of encountering these magnificent big cats during the months of March to May, making it the best time for tiger sightings during a safari.
Why Tiger active during the early morning and late evening?
Tigers are crepuscular animals, which means they are most active during the early morning and late evening hours. There are several reasons why tigers prefer to be active during these specific times:
Tigers are powerful predators that rely on their keen senses, particularly their exceptional vision, to hunt efficiently. By being active during dawn and dusk, they take advantage of the low light conditions, which offer better camouflage and stealth for their approach towards prey. During these times, the light is not too bright to give away their position, and it’s not too dark for them to see and locate their prey effectively.
In tropical and subtropical regions where tigers are commonly found, the midday and afternoon hours can be scorching and extremely hot. Tigers are well-adapted to cooler temperatures, and being crepuscular helps them avoid the peak of the day’s heat. They conserve energy by resting in shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day and become more active when temperatures are more favorable.
Many of the animals that tigers hunt, such as deer and wild boars, are also crepuscular. These prey species are active during similar times, so it increases the chances of a successful hunt for the tigers during dawn and dusk.
Tigers are territorial animals, and they use scent marking to establish and defend their territories. Being active during low light conditions allows them to patrol and mark their territory more effectively without being easily detected by potential rivals.
In some areas, human activity is lower during early morning and late evening hours, especially in and around national parks and wildlife reserves. This lower human presence during these times may make it less likely for tigers to come into conflict with people, reducing the risk of negative encounters.
Overall, the crepuscular nature of tigers is a well-adapted survival strategy that allows them to thrive in their natural habitat, making them highly effective and elusive predators.
Jungle safari in Bardia
Why Bardia National Park famous for tiger sightseeing?
Bardia National Park is famous for tiger sightseeing due to several factors that make it an ideal habitat for these majestic big cats:
The park’s diverse ecosystem supports a rich population of prey species, such as deer, wild boars, and antelopes. This abundance of prey attracts tigers, as they are opportunistic hunters and require a stable food source to thrive.
Large Protected Area:
Bardia National Park offers a vast and relatively undisturbed wilderness, providing ample space for tigers to roam and establish territories. The park’s size and protected status allow the tigers to maintain healthy populations without facing excessive human interference.
The park is traversed by the Karnali River and its tributaries, creating a lush riverine habitat with thick vegetation and water sources. Tigers are known to frequent these areas, especially during the dry season when water is scarce elsewhere.
Minimal Human Disturbance:
Compared to some other tiger habitats in India, Bardia National Park receives fewer visitors, resulting in reduced human disturbance. This less intrusive environment allows tigers to behave more naturally and feel less threatened, increasing the chances of tiger sightings.
Tiger Encounter’s experienced guides and naturalists possess extensive knowledge about the local wildlife, including tiger behaviour and movement patterns. Their expertise greatly enhances the likelihood of successful tiger sightings during safaris.
Apart from tigers, Bardia National Park is home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including rhinoceros, elephants, sloth bears, wild boars, and a vast array of bird species. This diversity attracts nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers looking for a comprehensive wildlife experience.
Bardia National Park’s unique combination of factors creates a favorable environment for tiger sightings. It one of the premier destinations for tiger sightseeing in Nepal.
Tiger Encounter is renowned as the best in Nepal due to its unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction, exceptional safari experiences with expert guides, and a strong emphasis on wildlife conservation, making it a top choice for unforgettable adventures in the Nepalese wilderness.
Our focus primarily centers on the top six animals of Nepal – the regal Tiger, elusive Leopard, majestic Snow Leopard, endearing Red Panda, iconic One-Horned Rhino, and gentle Elephant. All of which contribute to the country’s remarkable biodiversity and wildlife heritage.
Embark on a thrilling jungle safari in Nepal, with a special focus on Bardia, to immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness and encounter diverse wildlife in this enchanting national park.
Tiger Tracking in Bardia National Park – Jungle safari outline itinerary:
Day 01: Fly to Nepaljung (50 minutes) & Drive to Bardia National Park (2 hrs)
Visit Elephant breading center, Sunset view point & warm-up hike
Day 02: Full day private Jeep Safari inside Bardia National Park
With pack lunch, follow the tiger habitat Balconi, Kingfisher, Tented Camp etc.
Day 03: Full day private Jungle walk, core areas of Tiger
With pack lunch, walk in the tiger trail Tinkuni (three corners) & Chital Machan.
Day 04: Full Day Private Rafting (Wild animals, Birds & dolphin sightseeing) or Jeep Safari
A downstream drift in an inflatable raft is experience the wildlife inside the National park. Start from Karnali Bridge – 45 minutes’ drive by private jeep
Day 05: Morning Village tour, departure
Drive to Nepaljung (2.5 hrs) and fly to Kathmandu (50 minutes)
Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park trip itineraries are customizable; according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay. Simply, Contact Us
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