Wildlife Safari in Nepal

  • 10 Days
  • 9 Nights

Discover the wilderness of Nepal while promoting innovative conservation strategies.

Trip Highlight

  • 6 Nights 7 Days wildlife safari in Chitwan and Bardia National Parks
  • A glance into the indigenous Tharu community's lifestyle & culture. 
  • Encounter with the great one-horned rhino and other wild animals
  • Jeep Safari inside the jungle in Bardia & Chitwan
  • Visit Crocodile and Elephant Breeding Centre
  • Canoe ride and walk safari inside the National Park.
  • Beautiful sunset view from the bank of Rapti and Karnali River
  • Bird Watching- more than 500 species were recorded in Chitwan
  • The undisturbed wilderness of Bardia National Park
  • Maximum possibilities of spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : Wildlife-Safari-in-Nepal-9-Night-10-Days
  • Trip Type : Wildlife Tour & Jungle Safari
  • Trip Duration : 10 Days
  • Trip Route : Chitwan National Park - Bardia National Park
  • Trek Accomodation : Hotel and Resort
  • Preferred Seasons : March to May & August to November
  • Transportation: Flight, Drive
  • Age Limit : No limits

Wildlife Safari in Nepal is a combo trip of experiencing and exploring the heritage sites, wildlife, and culture of southern Nepal in the same trip. Rather than focusing on a specific destination, this tour takes you to most of the visited places, world heritage sites, and national parks of Nepal within 10 days of time. This tour offers wonderful nature and unique, adventurous, and wilderness wildlife experiences for nature, culture, and wildlife lovers.

The chic safari camp in Bardia and Chitwan’s national parks will be this trip’s highlight. However, the unique Tharu culture, their simple way of life, and their co-existence with the wild will charm you. To add up the spectacularly pink sunset over the Rapti river in Chitwan and Karnali in Bardia will relax your mind and soul.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is a famous wildlife-viewing national park in Nepal. In the jungles, grasslands, and wetlands extending over 953 sq. km, you can encounter more than 544 species of birds and wild animals living their untamed lives. Indulge in high-end jungle safaris like canoe rides, jungle walks, wildlife tracking, and jeep safari. Also, take part in ethical elephant experiences as an alternative to elephant rides. The ethical experiences include walking alongside the elephants and visiting them at their chain-free corrals and elephant sundowners.

Tiger Tracking in Chitwan National Park
Tiger Tracking Bardia National Park

Bardiya National Park

Bardia National Park is equally rich in biodiversity and is less populated than Chitwan National Park. This protected area extending over 968 sq km is a dreamland for wildlife enthusiasts and a favorable habitat for the Royal Bengal Tigers. Tracking and watching the majestic endangered creature has become one of the popular activities in this national park. Besides tigers, other rare and endangered animals like the one-horned rhinos and Asian elephants also reside in the jungles of Bardia. Similarly, more than 438 species of resident and migratory birds hover around the forests, grasslands, and river banks. While the Gharial crocodiles, river dolphins, and 125 species of fish are found in Karnali and Babai Rivers nearby.

Tour Plan


Arrival in Kathmandu

Greetings from Nepal, the top of the world and the birthplace of Lord Buddha! Experience the serene beauty of Nepal, the friendly hospitality of the Nepalese, and everything you've read and viewed online. Flying over stunning mountain scenery, densely forested hills, and grassy fields, you will eventually arrive at the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. One of our staff members will be waiting for you at the airport to accompany you to the hotel in Thamel.

Once you've checked in at the hotel, you can explore Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu. Restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are also available here.


Morning flight to Chitwan and drive to National Park

On the second day, we will drive to Kathmandu airport to take a short flight of about 20-30 minutes to Bharatpur, Chitwan. Then a 40-minute drive to Green Park Resort where we will be staying for 3 nights. Upon arrival at the resort, a welcome drink will be served, a briefing on the next day's activities and facilities will be given, and the rooms will be assigned.

After lunch, we will go for a traditional dugout canoe ride down the Rapti River on the western side of the national park to view aquatic sunbathing crocodiles, birds, and animals on the river banks. Get closer views of the two rare species of crocodiles: the marsh mugger and a fish-eating gharial crocodile. Sometimes, you can spot even the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Rhinoceros at the rivver's edge that comes to the river to quench their thirst.

After that, we head to the Elephant Breeding Center 4 km west of Sauraha. Established in 1985 at Chitwan National Park. it is the only elephant breeding center in Nepal. Here, we will observe how the elephants are bred and trained, and how their meals are prepared and fed. You can also know the nature and habits of elephants as well. 

Later in the evening, enjoy the stunning sunset over Rapti River sipping the beverage of your preference. After sunset, you will participate in the dinner and Tharu cultural dance program at the hotel premises. This cultural program is experienced by most of the tourists visiting Chitwan National Park. Tourists get full entertainment from popular Tharu dances like Danda Nach( Stick Dance), Ago Nach ( Fire Dance), and Mayur Nach (Peacock Dance). Feel relaxed and refreshed after a long drive and multiple activities. 


Full Day Jeep Safari in Chitwan National Park

Wake up with the sounds of nature and chirping birds. We begin with an early morning refreshing tea/coffee in the greenery surrounding the resort. 

After breakfast we will go on the jeep safari for the whole day covering the grasslands, forests, and wetlands of the park to explore the jungle and track the tigers and other wild animals and birds. The main tiger habitats covered by jeep safari are Kata, Dumre Chekpost, Tamor Tal, and Lamital. Tiger tracking is one of the most thrilling and adventurous activities one needs to experience for a lifetime in Chitwan National Park. Jeep safari takes you into the deep jungle covering the large areas of the park with chances of encountering rare wildlife.

On the way back, stop by Direct Aid Nepal to meet the elephant herd and watch them live in their chain-free corrals. You can also participate in ethical elephant activities such as bush walks with elephants, elephant wellness programs, and elephant baths (optional). 


Jungle Safari on jeep or walk inside Chitwan National Park

Jeep Safari inside the national park is a great way to be familiar with the wildlife. On this day, we will explore the jungle on a jeep for encountering wildlife. A fast-moving jeep covers more area of the jungle. The more the areas more will be the chances of encountering wildlife. Jeep safari is a bit noisier which might sometimes threaten the wild animals and you cannot have sight of their natural state of them. So we will do a jungle walk instead, another best alternative way to explore the jungle and view the wild animals very closely.

Get off the jeep and start yet another adventure inside the wilderness. A jungle walk under the guidance of an experienced nature guide offers a great chance of spotting wildlife. At the same time, you will love the sound of your feet walking in the silent jungle with an added bonus of the sounds of chirping birds and cool air blowing and stroking in the trees. 

Also, visit the Crocodile Hatching Farm managed by the government for the Conservation of endangered Gharials or Mugars located at Kasara. In this facility, the eggs are hatched, brought up, and released into rivers.


Drive to Lumbini - the birthplace of Lord Buddha

The day starts with a 2-hour drive to CG Temple Shaswat Dham on the way to Lumbini. CG Temple is a religious and relaxing place to get some spiritual vibes and fresh air, and to escape crowded and busy cities for enjoying a peaceful environment. 

Shaswatdham is located on the Mahendra highway, approximately 25 kilometers west of Chitwan's center city. The Chaudhary Foundation Nepal owned by Nepal’s richest man Binod Chaudhary, the largest commercial group in Nepal built the site, which is spread across seven bighas, as a tourist attraction for both Nepalese and foreigners. 

After lunch, 6 hour drive to Lumbini, and in the evening, visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site. This is the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site that attracts many Buddhist devotees around the world.  Ashoka Pillar, a famous landmark was raised by the great Emperor Ashok in 250 BC and carries an old inscription confirming Lumbini as the birthplace of Nepal. Lumbini has a number of oldest temples, including the Mayadevi Temple, various new temples, many monuments, and monasteries funded by Buddhist organizations from various countries. Also, visit a museum and the Lumbini International Research Institute that lie within the holy site.


Drive to Bardia National Park

The road trip from Lumbini to Bardia National park is an interesting journey. The ride takes around 6-7 hours to cover approximately 262 kilometers passing through the plains of rural Terai, beautiful green forests, and rivers. Upon arrival at Bardia, transfer to the Babai resort for the 3 overnight stays. 

Rejuvenate yourselves by viewing the sunset over the Karnali River and sipping the beverage of your choice after the long drive. 


Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park

Visit the National Park's visitor center for more information about the flora and fauna of Bardia National Park, and get ready for a jungle walk.

Jungle Walk: The chances of encountering the animals are high if you spend a full day inside the jungle. Packed lunch and water will be arranged so that you don't have to go back to the hotel for lunch. You will also wait in a tower (Machan) for unobtrusive wild sightseeing, accompanied by our experienced naturalists and wildlife tracker. This is an excellent opportunity to see and photograph the Royal Bengal Tiger and a great many species of birds found in Bardia National Park.

During the jungle walk, you'll walk through Chitwal Machan (Deer Tower), Hatti Machan (Elephant Tower), Bagh Machan ( Tiger Tower), and Tinkune (Three Corner). 


Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park

Jeep Safari: Drive into the park in an open-top Jeep for wildlife encounters and bird watching. A great many species of birds are found in Bardia and of course, the majestic Royal Bengal tiger can be spotted during this safari into the wilderness of Bardia National Park. Also, visit the crocodile breeding center on the way back from the safari. 

Today we'll drive through Sal Forest, Bagaura Fanta, Rhino Tower, Laguna Tower, Balcony, Lamkoili Fanta, and Dhanes Taal. 

Dinner and Tharu cultural dance at the hotel premises by the Local Tharu Community program after sunset.


Drive to Nepaljung and Fly to Kathmandu

Village tour: In the morning take a Tharu village tour to know more about the fascinating culture and lifestyles of the indigenous community. Tharu people are the largest ethnic population group residing in Terai. They have their own culture and lifestyle. They have distinct archeological housing styles using natural materials like straw, wood, and mud.

While making a move from Bardia National Park stopover at the Babai river to see the crocodiles. Drive to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu. 

Once you reach Kathmandu we will check you in at the same hotel in the Thamel area. Self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub for souvenir shopping and drinks is a good way to spend the rest of your day. Later in the evening, we will take you out for a farewell dinner and listen to your wildlife tour experiences. 


Final Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, we will drop you off at the airport 3 hours before on time to board a flight back home. In the near future, Tiger Encounter plans to take you on another thrilling wildlife safari in Nepal.

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • ​​​International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur- Chitwan
  • Bharatpur to Sauraha (Chitwan National Park) private transportation 
  • 3 night 4 days premium accommodation in Chitwan 
  • Full board veg/non-veg. basis accommodation entire the Chitwan Lunch, dinner, and breakfast with tea or coffee
  • Chitwan to Bardia National Park transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Ethical elephant activities like Bush Walk with Elephants or Elephant wellness program or watching them a bath
  • 3 night 4 days premium accommodation in Bardia 
  • Full-day Jeep safari inside national in Chitwan & Bardia
  • Jungle walk in Chitwan & Bardiya
  • Full board veg/ non-veg, basis accommodation entire the Bardia Lunch, dinner, and breakfast with tea or coffee
  • All entrance and National Park fees included
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary are included
  • Professional government license holder English-speaking tour guide.
  • Necessary assistant guide during jungle walk & safari
  • Flight ticket from Nepaljung to Kathmandu for member & guide
  • Private transport from Bardia to Nepaljung Airport
  • Mineral Water entire the safari
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in typical Nepali food
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver )
  • Government Tax and office service charge.
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, and mineral water, during the tour.
  • All food and beverages are other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude to the staff.


Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

The first national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park covers an area of 952.63 sq km and covers the districts of Nawalpur, Parsa, Chitwan, and Makwanpur. Its altitude ranges from 100m to 815m. Narayani-Rapti River is a natural boundary in the north and west of the park whereas Parsa Wildlife reserve lies in the east part of the park and India’s Valmiki National Park is in the South.

Bardia National park lies in the southwest part of Nepal. Its 968 sq km of the area makes it the largest national park in the Terai region of Nepal. With the crest of Siwalik range on the north, Karnali River and its tributaries on the south, forest, cultivated land, less populated villages, and Mahendra highway on its south and east the park provides a large undisturbed area of surroundings for a large number of rare species.


What to Bring:

  1. Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  2. Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  3. Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walks.
  4. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  5. Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried out. 
  6. It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  7. During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  8. A small flashlight is recommended.
  9. Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment of bird and wildlife viewing.

We will meet pickup you from Internatinal Airport:

We organized Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) airport pick-up and drop service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet- Tiger Encounter) by our representative member from a company, then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

As per our plan, we’ll provide you with domestic departure and arrival as per the flight schedule.

Passport & Visa: 

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport-size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, and the time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Safety precautions for Bardia National Park Safari:

Aside from geographical protection, Tiger Encounter has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  1. Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  2. Tour leaders and guides have years of wildlife experience and can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  3. We’ll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Tiger Encounter team assisting you.
  4. Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  5. Food and accommodation in the national park would be rechecked for additional hygiene.


Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, driver, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are accepted and a lovely way of saying thank you (“Dhanyabada”) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the tour and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips on the last day of the tour.

Safety Precautions: 

  1. A first-aid kit is recommended to carry by the visitors for their own safety.
  2. Visitors should be alert to the wildlife inside the core area.

Stop Population:  

  1. Carry out what you carry in.
  2. Buy only what won’t pollute, or carry it out.
  3. Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
  4. Do not use polythene/ plastic materials.

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    Frequently asked questions

    • Will the wild animals attack us?
      While we encounter the wild animals, we will be traveling in a jeep. We will view from view towers which will be in a safe distance. Not, just to the visitors, but the safe distance will be for the animals as well to ensure they are not disturbed in their natural habitat.
    • Do I need permits for wildlife safari?
      Yes, permits are required in most places during the trip. However, the expenses are included and taken care of by Tiger Encounter.
    • What is the best time of the year for wildlife safari in Nepal?
      Although the trekking season in Nepal is specified as per the weather, Wildlife safari can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, during September to May it is not rainy, so the visibility of encountering animals is high during that time.
    • What animals are in Chitwan National Park?
      Chitwan has 68 mammal species including rhinos, tigers, deers, monkeys, elephants, leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, hyenas and 544 different species of birds.
    • How may tigers are in Chitwan National Park
      Currently, Chitwan National Park has 128 tigers and Parsa National Park 41 tigers
    • How many tigers are in Nepal?
      Nepal is currently recognized as the first nation to double its Tiger population, which is going from 121 to 355 adult tigers in 2022.
    • How many tigers are in Nepal?
      Bardia National Park has adult 125 tiger. Nepal is first country to double its tiger population year of 2022

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