12 day safari

Prices from

£5190

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

Chance to stay at the legendary Tiger Tops lodges

5 nights in Chitwan and 5 nights in Bardia

Looking for Tiger and Asian Rhino

Jeeps, boats and walking safaris

Tiger and Rhino safari in Nepal

Imagine an Asian wildlife holiday which combines amazing and diverse jungle experiences with a spectacular view of the Himalayas and the chance to take a tiger safari and stay at the legendary Tiger Tops jungle lodges. If this is your dream then we have created the perfect Nepal wildlife safaris for you, with 2 nights in Kathmandu at the fabulous Dwarika’s Hotel, before staying 5 nights at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge and then 5 nights at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge for 5 nights, where we should have our best chance to see tigers.

When to Go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

APR

Safari Style -

Small Group Photographer

June 3

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Dwarika’s Hotel

On arrival into Kathmandu airport you will be met and transferred approximately 6km to the famous Dwarika’s heritage hotel (breakfast only) located right in the heart of the city. Most of the Dwarika’s Architecture dates back to the period of profound artistic creation, preserving a cultural legacy that has defined the face and soul of Kathmandu. The courtyard- surrounded by vertically oriented building structures is one of the hallmarks of Newari residential complexes. The buildings integrate the traditional woodwork into the building façade, representing a style that is indigenous to the valley

Nepal wildlife holiday. Photo of Dwarika Hotel

June 4

Early morning half-day tour of Katmandu

The month of June is the hot season in Nepal so we will start our small group private tour of Kathmandu nice and early to avoid the afternoon heat. Visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch the monkeys frolic around another heritage site, Swayambhunath Temple; and take in the sacred prayer wheels and incense. Explore Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, which has roots going back to 600 AD. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day on this comprehensive tour.

Nepal wildlife holiday. Photo of Patan Durbar square during Kathmandu tour.

June 5

Fly to Bharatpur and transfer to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Leaving the bustling lanes of Kathmandu city behind, we take a private transfer to the airport and connect with our short flight to Bharatpur. On arrival we will be met and transferred approximately 2 hours to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge (full board basis). We will arrive in time for lunch before enjoying our first safari activity inside Chitwan national park. Tharu Lodge offers 12 Traditional Rooms built using local materials and with local Tharu building techniques. All rooms are very spacious and come with en suite bathrooms.

Tiger safari Nepal. Photo of Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

June 6

Full day of safari activities in Chitwan national park

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most famous National Parks in South Asia. It was the first national park in Nepal, established in 1973 by His Majesty the late King Mahendra with the help of the founder of Tiger Tops, Jim Edwards. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, the high population density of Royal Bengal Tigers and as ideal habitat for the highly endangered Gharial Crocodile.

Step aboard one of our restored open-top Landrovers for a jungle jeep safari unlike any in Nepal. With an experienced driver and expert naturalist to lead the way, explore the mystery and magic of the jungle from the comfort of
your seat.

Tiger safari by jeep in Chitwan national park

June 7

Jeep or walking safari in Chitwan national park (your choice!)

Nepal is one of the few places in Asia where walking safaris are permitted in National Parks. Both Chitwan and Bardia offer excellent wildlife encounters on foot. Head out with our team of skilled naturalists into the jungle in search for the abundant game that both parks have to offer for a safari experience in its purest form.

Walking safari in Chitwan national park looking for Rhino

June 8

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Chitwan national park

Chitwan national park is a rich natural area in the Terai, the subtropical southern part of Nepal. A total of 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish have been recorded in the park.

Rhino safari in Chitwan national park. Photo of one horned rhino

June 9

Morning boat safari and afternoon jeep safari in Chitwan

A boating experience down the Narayani or Karnali rivers can be a soothing and exhilarating experience. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets of rapids propel the boats along, as gentle waves lap at the sides. Sitting inside a Tiger Tops hand-carved boat, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birdlife and wildlife. Top of the list are the endangered fish-eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative, the Marsh-Muggger.

Boat safari in Chitwan national park. Photo of a Gharial

June 10

Long drive from Tharu to Karnali Lodge at Bardia

We will start very early with a packed breakfast and get on the road for our full day drive to Bardia national park. However the drive will allow us to see more of day to day life in the rural areas of Nepal, which is always colourful and fascinating. We will make regular comfort stops and choose a nice location to enjoy a leisurely lunch together. Arrive at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge (full board basis) in time for dinner and a restful nights sleep.

Nepal tiger safari. Photo of Karnali lodge at night

June 11

Morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Bardia national park

Over the years Bardia has become the go to location in Nepal for a tiger safari, although in the past elephants were used to find the tigers; as they were at one time in many of India’s tiger sancturaries. However, the habitat is ideal for tigers here and our decision to travel in the hotter months will definitely increase our chances of seeing this majestic cat. Our main focus in Bardia will be the tigers and therefore we will mainly be taking the morning and afternoon game drives during our stay.

Tiger safari in Bardia national park

June 12-14

Morning and afternoon safari activities in Bardia national park

Three days of vehicle, boat and walking safaris in Bardia national park. Given the time of year and the hot temperatures in the afternoon, any walking safaris will be conducted early in the morning to avoid fatigue and over heating. Nepal is one of the few places in Asia where walking safaris are permitted in National Parks. Both Chitwan and Bardia offer excellent wildlife encounters on foot. Head out with our team of skilled naturalists into the jungle in search for the abundant game that both parks have to offer for a safari experience in its purest form.

Tiger safari in Nepal. Photo of a tiger in grasslands at Bardia national park

June 15

Flight back to Kathmandu and last night at Dwarika’s

Depending on the departure time of our flight from Nepalgunj we may have time for a short morning safari activity before the 2 hour transfer to the airport to connect with the flight to Kathmandu. On arrival we will me met and transferred the short distance to our luxury hotel in the city.

Elephant safari in Bardia national park

June 16

Private airport transfer to connect with international flights

Depending on our groups flight departure times, we will organise private transfer to Kathmandu airport to connect with their onward flights.

Pricing Info & Dates

Costs £5190 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for multiple dates in 2024

Includes:

  • All meals in Chitwan and Bardia
  • All private safari activities for our group
  • Two internal flights
  • Services of a UK tour leader throughout

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmadu
  • Tips and gratuaties to main naturalists
  • Tips at hotels and lodges

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