Exploring Bardia National Park

Karnali Lodge Extension

Nepal

4 Days

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    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.

    Arrive: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Depart: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Highlights

    • Search for tigers and one-horned rhinos in Nepal's Bardia National Park
    • Safari by jeep, on foot, and by boat, with an option to visit a village school

    Itinerary

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    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, swamp deer, and the ever-elusive Bengal tiger. Enjoy lunch on arrival and have 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
    Rising early, take a tour of the jungle to track tigers 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. You can also 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
    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.

    Pricing

    Trip Extensions can be added on to Small Group Adventures or Private Journeys, to lengthen and customize your trip. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!
    Included
    • Service of local English-speaking guide
    • Accommodations in jungle lodge
    • All meals
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the extension's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to guide, drivers, or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
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    Karnali Lodge

    Days 1-3 (3 nights)

    Karnali Lodge offers the best access to the wildlife of Bardia National Park and expert guides who enhance your experience on your choice of wildlife activities. Guest rooms offer a simple elegance, with comfy beds and hot showers. The staff is superb—they even put a warm water bottle in your bed while you're at dinner!
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