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Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga is in Assam, a state in north-east India. It’s perhaps not the first national park you think of when considering a wildlife safari in India as it’s less known than, say, Ranthambore, Corbett or Kanha, however, we would argue that it should absolutely be high on the list of any wildlife enthusiast. There are three very good reasons for this: great one-horned rhinos, tigers and it is an Important Bird Area. 
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  • The park has two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinos –2413 individuals at last count (2018). In a 2-day visit, Tribes’ directors saw 60 rhinos!
  • Wild elephants, gibbons and giant hornbills. You won’t see any of these in the central Indian parks, nor Ranthambore. 
  • It has the highest density of tigers of any protected area in the world, though it’s not the easiest place to see them so a sighting would be an added bonus. 
  • There are 35 mammal species in the park. Mammals you are likely to see include: elephants, water buffalo, 4 types of deer (swamp, hog, barking and sambar), gaur, wild boar, Assamese macaques, and golden and capped langurs. You might even spot some hoolock gibbons, Malayan giant squirrels, and Gangetic dolphins (if you take a boat trip!). 
  • More rarely seen mammals include: leopards, clouded leopards, leopard cats, jungle cats, fishing cats, golden jackals, civets, foxes, mongooses, pangolins and sloth bears.
  • Kaziranga has been classed as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The impressive Great Indian hornbill, Indian rollers, Blyths’ kingfisher, parakeets, jungle fowl, bee-eaters, fish eagles, 3 types of vultures, pelicans, ducks, warblers and weavers … the park has a great diversity of migratory, water and game birds. 
  • It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering over 8000 hectares (with the buffer zone) including wetlands, areas of elephant grass and broadleaf and semi-evergreen forest.

When to go

You need to avoid the monsoon season as the park often floods and so closes. The monsoon can be unpredictable so while the park ostensibly closes from May to October, it might be earlier and could be later!
If you’re a bird enthusiast, November and December tend to be the very best months, though birding is good throughout the park much of the year. If you’re more interested in mammals, again, you are likely to see good diversity much of the year outside the rainy season, but mid-February to March is the very best time, as the ubiquitous tall elephant grasses are dying down somewhat, making it easier to see the animals.

Where to Stay

There are quite a few lodges around Kaziranga, but our strong recommendation (based on research in March 2019) is that you choose one of only two: Diphlu River Lodge (our top choice) or Infinity Resort (for a less expensive option that is still very acceptable if you don’t need luxury.

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Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

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Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

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There are no compulsory vaccinations.

 

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