Nepal Wildlife Holidays
From rhinos and tigers in the lowland forests to black bears and snow leopards in the Himalayas, Nepal has a great variety of wildlife.
We watched as the rhino disappeared into the river and we could only see his horn. Then he came out on our side of the river. It was so exciting.
Nepal’s 12 national parks and network of reserves and conservation areas cover almost a quarter of the country, from lowland Terai to mountain. Enjoy the variety of wildlife and habitats as you explore on foot, by jeep, boat, raft and canoe. You can even enjoy a walk led by an elephant guide!
- Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s best-known park is the place to observe the Asian one-horned rhino. Its successful protection of this creature once threatened with extinction is truly heartening. Enjoy a mix of jeep drives, elephant-guided walks and canoe trips as you explore its forests, floodplains, lakes and rivers where you may see sloth bears, antelopes, gaur and tigers as well as rhinos.
- Bardia National Park: This park’s initial purpose was to ensure the survival of the tiger and it is now one of the best places to see the largest of the big cats. It is more remote and less developed than Chitwan and its dense sal forest shelters rhinos, elephants, deer, monkeys and leopard. Rafting the Karnali River is a fun-filled way to enjoy the park and possibly spot gangetic river dolphins.
- Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: In the east of Nepal this is a wetland reserve and Ramsar site originally established to protect the country’s last population of wild water buffalo, now thriving. Its marshes, pools and grasslands are home to vast numbers of waterfowl and birds of prey. Walking, boating and 4x4 drives add up to a rounded wildlife experience.
- Langtang National Park: A four-hour drive from Kathmandu brings you to Nepal’s first Himalayan national park. It includes lower altitude forest, alpine grasslands and mountains and you can hope to see musk deer, black bear, wild boar, leopard and a range of birds and butterflies. Red panda and snow leopard are present but usually prove elusive.