Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp is an ideal base from which to explore the reserve, renowned as one of the foremost bird watching destinations in Nepal. Its varied habitats including wetland, forests and grasslands, also attract mammals such as buffalo and blue bull, the largest Asian antelope. There is also a good chance to see gangetic dolphins.
The camp consists of 12 walk-in guest tents providing spacious accommodation. Showers, basins and toilets are in a separate ablution block a short walk away. You'll be able to enjoy local dishes while here, and when not out in the reserve you can sit back and watch birds and butterflies among the trees and flowers in the gardens. There is no electricity (though the camp has a back-up generator), so after dark lamps and candles provide light, which adds to the intimate atmosphere.
You can take walks with your guide and go rafting on the Koshi River, looking out for the plentiful bird life for which Koshi Tappu is known. Anyone with an interest in culture should take the opportunity to visit the nearby village and spend time with local people they go about their daily lives.
Open: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp is open from September to May and closed during June to August, the monsoon season. It first opened in 1993.
Location: The camp is in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the terai of eastern Nepal. The nearest airport is Biratnagar, just under 2 hoursâ€™ drive from the camp.
Rooms: There are 12 safari-style tents, simply furnished, each with 2 twin beds. Showers, toilets and wash basins are in a separate building about 30 metres away.
Activities: Youâ€™ll be able to take guided walks in the morning and evening by the Koshi River, and go rafting, both great ways of observing animals and birds. A walk to the local village offers the chance to experience life in Koshi Tappu.
Facilities: The restaurant is at the centre of the camp, in a large thatch-roofed structure. It serves Nepali and international meals. Thereâ€™s also a bar on site. There is a pond in the grounds, which attracts a variety of birds including kingfishers and flycatchers. There is no electricity and light is provided by kerosene lamps and candles after dark, though the camp does have a generator.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant, or communally outside in the gardens.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
Visit 3 of Nepal's top bird watching locations to see some of the country's 800 species of birds on this 10-day holiday.