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Safari in Bardia National Park

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Duration5 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude1,345m
Group Size1-14
Travel StyleTour
Best TimeOctober to March

"Set off on a captivating 4 Nights 5 Days Bardia Jungle Safari Tour with Recreation Holidays and discover the serene beauty of Nepal's Terai region. Bardia National Park, a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, boasts an abundant array of birds, animals, and lush vegetation. This less explored park provides a tranquil escape, offering a more intimate experience compared to more frequented wildlife sanctuaries.

During this extensive safari, you will delve deep into the heart of Bardia National Park, with a high chance (around 90%) of spotting the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. The park's dense Sal forests and expansive grasslands create a perfect habitat for the elusive one-horned rhinoceros and a plethora of avian species, making it an ideal spot for birdwatchers and nature aficionados. Beyond wildlife, immerse yourself in the rich Tharu culture, traditions, and savor their exquisite local cuisine.

Choose Recreation Holidays for an informed and unforgettable journey through one of the most pristine environments in Nepal. Experience firsthand the vibrant wildlife and pristine landscapes of Bardia National Park on our carefully curated safari tour, designed for both avid trackers and those eager to swap televised nature documentaries for real-life encounters."

Bardia Jungle Safari Highlights:

  • Jeep Safari and Nature Walks: Explore the diverse ecosystems of Bardia National Park on a jeep safari, complemented by immersive nature and jungle walks.
  • River Adventures: Enjoy canoeing and boating on the Karnali River, experiencing its serene flow and rich riverine environment.
  • Wildlife and Bird Watching: Witness a variety of wildlife, including over 53 types of mammals, and engage in bird watching to spot numerous species.
  • Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the Tharu community through village tours and cultural programs, learning about their traditions and enjoying local cuisine.
  • Flora and Fauna Exploration: Discover the park’s extensive biodiversity, home to 839 species of flora and 642 species of fauna.
  • Untouched Wilderness: Venture into pristine and less explored areas of the park for a genuine wilderness experience.

Explore Bardia Jungle on Foot

Delve into the depths of Bardia National Park with an extensive jungle walk. This popular activity offers visitors a chance to encounter tigers, wild rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife up close. For those eager for prolonged hikes, extended stays are recommended. Additionally, jeep safaris can be combined with walks for a deeper exploration of the forest.

Boating Adventures in Bardia

Experience the tranquil waters surrounding Bardia National Park through a boating excursion. This activity provides a unique vantage point to view the lush landscapes and is perfect for a day trip. Professional guidance is essential, especially due to the presence of crocodiles.

Fishing in Bardia's Rivers

The rivers flowing through Bardia National Park are teeming with various fish species, making them an ideal spot for fishing enthusiasts. Remember, a fishing permit is required, and catch-and-release practices ensure sustainability. Fishing gear is available for rent.

Bird Watching in Bardia National Park

Bardia is a paradise for bird watchers, with species such as Francolins, Lesser Whistling Ducks, and Kingfishers thriving in its habitat. Guides are available to help spot specific species, or you can simply explore the park at your leisure. Caution is advised as the area outside the park boundaries also contains dense forests with potentially dangerous wildlife.

Cultural Insights at the Tharu Cultural Museum

Located near the main entrance of Bardia National Park, the Tharu Cultural Museum showcases the rich heritage of the Tharu people, including their language, traditions, and farming tools. A small entry fee applies, making it a worthwhile visit during your safari.

Discover Bardia's Crocodile Breeding Center

For those fascinated by reptiles, the Crocodile Breeding Center offers a close-up look at these ancient creatures, including the rare gharial crocodiles. Admission fees apply, especially for exclusive sections of the center.

Elephant Encounters at the Breeding Center

Similar to its counterpart in Chitwan, the Elephant Breeding Center in Bardia allows visitors to observe elephants at various life stages. The center is dedicated to conservation and provides a sanctuary for injured elephants and those used in anti-poaching efforts.

Village Life and Bicycling in Bardia

Rent a bicycle and explore the villages around Bardia National Park. A guided tour provides insights into the local lifestyle. This activity combines cultural immersion with gentle physical exercise, making it ideal for a leisurely day.

Elephant Safari in Bardia

Embark on an elephant safari, a safe and unique way to traverse the park and observe its wildlife. This popular activity offers a gentle approach to exploring the dense jungle.

Jeep Safari Through Bardia National Park

A jeep safari is the quintessential way to navigate Bardia National Park. Safe and comprehensive, this tour allows visitors to cover more ground and increase their chances of wildlife sightings.

ItineraryExpand All

"Here is the details itinerary for the 5-day Bardia Jungle Safari. This adventure begins and concludes in Kathmandu, incorporating a round-trip flight—Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and back to Kathmandu."


Begin your safari adventure with a morning flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Upon landing, you'll be greeted at the airport by our representatives. Following a 45-minute flight, expect a scenic 2-hour drive to your hotel, providing an excellent opportunity to view the local landscape and perhaps catch a glimpse of the regional lifestyle.

After checking into your hotel and refreshing yourself, we suggest you take a leisurely stroll through the surrounding communities to engage with the locals and immerse yourself in the area’s culture. A visit to the Bardia National Park visitor center is also recommended. Here, you can learn about the park’s diverse ecosystem and conservation efforts, including a tour of the crocodile breeding center.

Conclude your day with a relaxing dinner at the hotel, preparing for the adventure-filled days ahead.

Max Altitude: 152m.Meals: Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Wake up to a morning call and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will embark on a walking safari in Bardia National Park, which might include sightings of one-horned rhinos, elephants, and potentially the elusive Bengal Tiger. A packed lunch will be enjoyed as a picnic in the wilderness. After a full day of exploration, return to the lodge for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Max Altitude: 152m.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, journey to the Karnali Bridge where your canoe adventure begins. Spend the day on the river, possibly spotting crocodiles, amphibians, and birds along the banks. Lunch will be served picnic-style on the riverbank. Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Max Altitude: 152m.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Start your day with breakfast, followed by a guided jeep safari deep into the Bardia jungle. This is an excellent way to see wildlife and birds up close. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the park during your 6 to 8-hour safari. Return to the hotel in the evening for a special farewell dinner where you can share memories and contacts with fellow travelers and staff.

Max Altitude: 152m.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before heading to Nepalgunj Airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences as you prepare to depart.

Max Altitude: 1,345m.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: No
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Trip Service Details
  • Transfers to and from Kathmandu domestic airport, including pickup from your hotel.
  • Round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Airport pickup in Nepalgunj and transfers to your accommodation.
  • Jeep safaris within Bardia National Park.
  • Comprehensive jungle activities in Bardia National Park, including all entrance fees and services of an English-speaking guide.
  • Full board for the duration of the tour: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches (packed), and 4 dinners.
  • Canoeing experience on the Karnali River.
  • Admission to Bardia National Park.
  • Dedicated nature guide to accompany you throughout the tour, ensuring a rich and informed experience.
  • Return transportation from the hotel in Bardia to Nepalgunj airport.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu domestic airport back to your hotel at the conclusion of the tour.
  • Personal expenses incurred during the tour.
  • Additional meals or purchases made during the tour.
  • Gratuities for hotel staff and the nature guide.
  • Costs associated with emergency evacuation or hospitalization, beyond the provision of a basic first aid kit.
  • Extra activities not outlined in the provided itinerary.
Additional Info

Best Time to Visit for the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour

For the best experience on the Bardia Jungle Safari Tour, we recommend visiting during the Autumn season, from mid-September to November. This time of year offers warm days and cool nights, which are ideal for safari activities. Additionally, shorter grass during this season enhances visibility of wildlife. While the winter can be foggy with limited animal sightings and summer might be uncomfortably hot, causing heat-related illnesses, Autumn offers a pleasant climate in the Terai region, making it the perfect time for your visit.

Dining and Lodging on the Safari Tour in Bardia

During your 4 Nights 5 Days Bardia Jungle Safari, expect excellent dining and lodging arrangements courtesy of Recreation Holidays. The hotel offers a variety of cuisines, from local Nepali dishes to international options. We particularly encourage you to try the authentic Tharu dishes for a unique culinary experience. All meals provided will be nutritious and sufficient to keep you energized throughout your adventure.

As for accommodations, expect comfortable stays in a hotel with amenities including hot and cold water, WiFi, cozy beds, clean bathrooms, and attentive room service.

Travel Insurance Recommendations

While travel insurance is not mandatory for the Bardia Jungle Safari, having it is highly beneficial. It offers:

  • Medical coverage: Covers any medical expenses that may arise.
  • Trip cancellation coverage: Reimburses expenses if you need to cancel the trip due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Personal liability coverage: Protects against claims in case of accidents.
  • Adventure activities coverage: Some activities may not be covered under the standard tour package; travel insurance can cover these extras.

We advise you to carefully review the insurance policy to ensure it meets your needs and to carry a copy of your policy and important contact numbers during the tour.

Packing List for the Safari in Bardia National Park

Packing smart is key to enjoying your safari. Here’s what you should bring:

Lightweight Clothing: Opt for light, breathable clothing as temperatures can be warm.

  • Sturdy Footwear: Bring durable walking shoes for jungle treks and sandals or slippers for relaxation at the lodge.
  • Insect Repellent: Protect yourself from potential insect bites.
  • Sun Protection: Pack sunglasses, a sun hat, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun.
  • Medications and First Aid: Carry any personal medications and note that basic first aid will be provided by Recreation Holidays.
  • Camera and Binoculars: Capture vivid photos and videos or get a close-up view of the wildlife.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day, especially important in the dry, warm climate of the Terai.
  • Cash and Cards: For incidental purchases, additional activities, and gratuities.
  • Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance documentation, and any other necessary papers.

Bardia National Park is accessible via Nepalgunj Airport, which connects to Kathmandu and other major cities in Nepal. From Nepalgunj, you can take either a bus or a taxi directly to the park.

The optimal time for a jungle safari in Bardia National Park is from October to March. During these months, the weather is dry and pleasant, which facilitates wildlife viewing as the grass is shorter. Note that the park is closed from mid-June to mid-September during the monsoon season.

Absolutely! Our itineraries are customizable, and we are dedicated to accommodating your specific needs. We will tailor the program according to your preferences.

During your safari, you may encounter a diverse range of wildlife including tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, deer, crocodiles, and various species of birds and reptiles.

Accommodations range from standard to luxury. You will stay in comfortable lodges equipped with modern amenities such as attached bathrooms and insect nets, or in permanent tented camps that offer a unique wilderness experience.

The cost of a jungle safari varies based on the group size and duration of stay. Prices include all activities listed in the itinerary, lodging, transfers, and meals throughout your visit. We can provide a detailed quote once you finalize the duration of your stay and the specific activities you wish to include.

Safari durations in Bardia National Park can vary from a few hours to several days, tailored to your preferences and availability. While most tours last one or two days, extended safaris can be arranged for a more in-depth exploration.

Yes, jungle safaris in Bardia National Park are generally safe as long as you adhere to the guidelines and instructions provided by experienced guides. Visitors should avoid wandering alone and maintain a safe distance from wildlife. It's advisable to wear light, comfortable clothing that covers arms and legs and sturdy footwear suitable for jungle terrain.

Activities include Tiger Tracking, Elephant Tracking, Jungle/Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Full-Day Wildlife Sightseeing, Rafting on the Karnali River, Jeep Safari, Dolphin Sightseeing, Camping & Hiking, Fishing, Educational Tours, Cultural Tours, visits to the Crocodile Breeding Center, Village Tours, and Cultural Programs, tailored to your interests.

We do not provide accommodation directly inside the forest; all lodging is situated in designated areas outside but near the park boundaries.

Yes, if you prefer not to participate in an Elephant Back Safari, you may opt for a Jeep Safari as an alternative.

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