Located on the edge of Bardia National Park, Karnali Lodge provides very comfortable accommodation and excellent guides for exploring the wildlife of the park.
The lodge has a total of 24 characterful rooms built in a traditional Tharu longhouse style, featuring mud-walls and thatched roofs outside, and high ceiling and comfortable beds shrouded by mosquito nets inside. The lodge has its own generator to provide electricity and hot water is available around the clock.
A central thatched-roofed roundhouse houses the restaurant and bar, with a campfire lit in the evening and early mornings. On clear days, breakfast and lunch are served outside and the level of service provided is exceptional. Western and Nepali dishes are served. There is also a well-stocked bar.
Many of the guides employed by the lodge are from the local Tharu community and passionate about the wildlife and culture of the region. The lodge has excellent relations with neighbouring villages, and a village visit is a great way of learning about life in this remote part of Nepal.
The lodge also operate the Tiger Tops Karnali Tented Camp within the National Park.
Open: All year.
Location: The lodge is on the periphery of Bardia National Park. The lodge can be reached by a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by a 2 hour drive.
Rooms: The lodge has 20 guests rooms, all en-suite. Rooms are simply furnished but comfortable.
Activities: The lodge can provide naturalist guides to accompany guests in Bardia on foot, in jeeps or for an elephant back safari â€“ the lodge has 4 resident elephants for this purpose. River rafting trips and boat rides are offered. Guests can also visit nearby villages. Excursions can be booked and paid for locally.
Facilities: The restaurant serves simple, homely food in both Nepali and Western cuisines. The lodge has its own organic garden which provides most of the food. There is a well-stocked bar. he lodge has an attractive garden.
Dining: Meals are usually taken communally.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Bardia has a low malaria risk â€“ you should consult your doctor or a travel clinic for the latest advice.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access, but the lodge manager has internet access which guests can use in an emergency. Access can, however, be sporadic. The lodge has a landline â€˜phone.
The varied wildlife of Nepal from Koshi Tappu in the east, via Chitwan to Bardia in the west.
"The manager was new, and the welcome did not feel as personal as other places we stayed. The information given to us in the booklet was out of date: they no longer have a tented camp, and are not allowed to do elephant safaris in the park. The food was excellent, and the guides very knowledgable. We did not see a tiger, but not through lack of effort on the part of the guide. I think the chances of seeing one this time of year are remote."