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Tiger Tops Karnali Tented Camp Bardia

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Rating: Mid-range    

Tiger Tops Karnali Tented Camp Bardia overview

The only camp inside Bardia National Park, Karnali Camp provides very comfortable accommodation on the banks of the wide Karnali River, surrounded by lush forest.

There are 12 spacious tents with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms equipped with piping hot water. There is no electricity in the lodge, but kerosene lamps are provided to light your tents. A campfire is lit inside the central thatched-roofed restaurant, which serves Nepali and Western cuisine and the bar is open until the last guest retires to bed.

The tented camp offers safaris by elephant, jeep, canoe and on foot. In addition, the camp has its own inflatable raft for rafting trips along the Karnali River. From the lodge, it is a fascinating 3-4 hour trip downstream with the chance to see lots of bird life and animals, including the rare Gangetic dolphin, before returning to your camp by jeep. The tented camp is run by the same people as Karnali Lodge, and it is a good idea to split your time in Bardia between both excellent locations to get the most out of your visit.


Open:  Tiger Tops Tented Camp Bardia is open from October till the end of April.

Location:  Tiger Tops Tented Camp Bardia is located in Royal Bardia National Park overlooking the Karnali River, in the far west of Nepal. The camp is about a 45-minute drive from Karnali Lodge. The nearest airport is in Nepalgunj, from which it is about a 2 hour drive to the camp.

Rooms:  Accommodation is in 12 spacious safari tents with twin beds, modern jungle toilet and separate hot and cold showers. There is a sitting area in front of each tent. The tents are set beneath thatched roofs for extra protection from the elements.

Activities:  Jeep safaris in the national park, river and walking trips, bird watching, all with naturalist guides. Rafting trips along the Karnalii River can be arranged.

Facilities:  The camp's dining room faces the river and serves local and international cuisine and a well-stocked bar and a counter providing complimentary tea and coffee. The camp also has a barbecue and can create cooked breakfasts on request. There is a sitting area nearby. There is no electricity, but lamps are used to light the camp at night.  

Dining:  Meals are taken communally.

Children:  The camp accepts older children. Please check details with us.

Health:  Bardia has a low malaria risk but you should consult a doctor or travel clinic for the latest advice.

Communication:  There is no internet access at the camp.

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