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Exploring Bardia National Park

Overview

Enjoy intimate jungle encounters at Karnali, a comfortable safari lodge on the edge of Bardia National Park, the largest wilderness area in Nepal. Bardia is home to an abundance of wildlife including tigers, rhinos, spotted deer, and a fantastic profusion of birds. Accompanied by expert naturalist guides, you’ll search for the park’s wildlife on foot or by jeep. You can also take a gentle river safari by boat and visit a local village school. Accommodations are in comfortable en suite rooms with ceiling fans and mosquito netting for the beds, with meals served in a dining room or al fresco in the evening around a roaring fire.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Karnali Lodge

Transfer to the Kathmandu airport and fly by light aircraft to Nepalgunj, where you are met by a Karnali Lodge representative for a scenic drive to the property (about 2 hours). Karnali Lodge is located in Bardia National Park, the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area within Nepal. Bardia is home to at least 53 species of mammals, including rhinos, wild elephant, swamp deer, and the ever-elusive Bengal tiger. Enjoy lunch on arrival and the afternoon to settle in and explore the grounds or enjoy a swim in the pool. In the late afternoon, head out on a jeep safari to the national park to search for elusive tigers and leopards. Tigers hunt in the cool of the day so dusk is a great time to catch a glimpse of the great cats patrolling their territories. Returning to the lodge, enjoy a cocktail around the outdoor fireplace before heading to the dining room for a delicious dinner. Overnight at Karnali Lodge...LD

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Days 2-3
Karnali Lodge

Rising early, take a tour of the jungle to track tigers, elephants, or the great one-horned rhinoceros in the morning light. After a buffet breakfast, explore the park on foot with your expert naturalist guides, head to the river for a fun float trip, or go on a gameviewing safari in search of resident wildlife. Karnali also has an elephant camp and you’ll have a chance to bathe them! Or, choose to relax in a sunny spot in the lodge’s garden with a good book and a cool drink. After a delicious dinner, made from ingredients from the onsite organic farm, relax around the outdoor fire pit and recall the highlights of the day. Overnights at Karnali Lodge…BLD each day

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Day 4
Karnali Lodge / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll transfer back to the Nepalgunj airport in time for your scheduled light aircraft flight back to Kathmandu, where you are met for a transfer to your hotel...B

Note: This is a sample itinerary. The exact order of activities may change upon your arrival at the lodge.

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1495  
Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal
Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal
Lodging: 3 nights jungle lodge
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris, Photography
Trip Level:

Gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, foot safaris, optional small riverboat trip