Nepal tiger safari holiday

“A tailor made, 11 day tiger watching holiday focused on Chitwan or Bardia National Parks with expert guides and zoologist. Staying in TOFT approved accommodation. ”


Kathmandu | Terai region of Nepal | Chitwan National Park | Canoe safari | Walking safari and tiger tracking on foot|Option to visit Bardia National Park | Zoologist guides

Description of Nepal tiger safari holiday

This Nepal tiger safari holiday, a tailor made trip, is particularly spectacular because Nepal is one of the few places in the world where you can track tigers on foot and indeed we encounter more tigers in the regions of Chitwan or Bardia National Parks on foot than anywhere else on Earth.

This is the beautiful and biodiverse Terai region of Nepal, southern sub-tropical mix of jungle, sal forest, grassland and river systems all of which are ideal habitat for tiger as well as many other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

The itinerary below is for Chitwan National Park, although we can create one for Bardia too of course. Both are the largest and most pristine national parks in the Terai, and you can explore them in a variety of ways. Drive around by jeep, walk through the forests and grasslands tracking the elusive big cat, cruise rivers in canoes or larger wooden boats or even go spotlighting after dark. Other wildlife to see on this trip includes: Asiatic elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, Gangetic river dolphins and gharials.

All of our tiger safaris are guided by a zoologist as well as local naturalist guides, drivers and also scientists or researchers where possible. This not only gives you numerous sets of trained eyes to find the animals but also gives you the chance to understand the behaviours and habits. We are proud of the fact that we have a 75% success of spotting tigers in Nepal, with a 60% success in spotting them on foot whilst tracking tigers in Chitwan or Bardia. The fitness level required for our tiger safaris, is a moderate level of walking in Nepal (as tiger tracking on foot through the forests and grasslands can last for 7-8 hours). Minimum age is 18 years old.

The price of this holiday includes:

All activities, all meals, bottled water, air conditioned vehicles, local transfers, internal flights, guides, zoologist, park entrance fees, reference library.

Best time to go on a tiger safari in Nepal

For tiger watching in Nepal we recommend mid January to mid May which is the middle and end of the hot dry season when wildlife gather at waterholes.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made between late November to early May to suit your requirements
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

In Nepal we apply all the same ethics and principals set down by TOFT to all the tiger safaris. By being a member of TOFT we use only TOFT approved accommodation, so you can be assured that the food you eat is locally and responsibly sourced as is the furniture, fuel and other resources used by the accommodation. We are regularly in talks with the park commissioners and other local authorities and help to build sustainable practises. Many of the places in Sauraha do not comply with standard eco-tourism practises so we regularly meet with hotel and resort owners and explain how better to run their hotels and resorts so that they will receive more guests as they run in eco-friendly ways. This will increase their business (which is what they are really interested in) as well as making sure that they have a pristine ecosystem full of amazing wildlife in the park for future generations.

Wildlife Promise:
In Nepal we actively supporting the Crocodile, Vulture and Turtle Breeding Stations inside Chitwan National Park, which aims to reintroduce Gharial, vultures and endangered freshwater turtles back into the Chitwan National Park and has already seen success in Gharial reintroductions.

We also keep a record of all the tigers and other rare wildlife we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who work out of each of the national parks. As well as multi-national organisations like Panthera and the World Conservation Society. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of the dwindling population of tigers is under such a threat. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

The Impacts of this Trip

In Nepal the community benefits as we visit the local cultural dance performances and take guided tours of the indigenous villages. This increases the revenue received by the locals and helps to promote sustainable eco tourism in the area. We also support local initiatives which are helping to train up local guides and drivers as well implement educational programmes which promote sustainable use of the natural resources and of course promote environmentally friendly tiger safaris. Our director is also personally involved in the further development of Chitwan National Park and how they can further improve eco-tourism here. It is by activity involving the local people here that most of the land around the park is not being too heavily developed. Traditional ways of life are still common practice here because the money distributed from tourism to the local people is very good (around 30-50% of the total revenue finds its way to the local people). It is initiatives such as this which are helping Nepal achieve increasing numbers of rhinos, elephants and also tigers!


2 Reviews of Nepal tiger safari holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The full day walk in the jungle and also the night in the jungle tower.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It was very cold and humid in the morning and evening. Take warm clothes.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the lodge had several programs for the community development.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very nice trip, a bit disappointed not to see a tiger but I cannot complain as I have seen at least one rhino in each of the activities.

Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The walking safari was exhilarating. Just to be in and amongst the wildlife was brilliant. But the whole trip was fantastic from start to finish.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for long days bouncing around in a jeep. Its harder work than you think.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - there was a big effort to support the locals through gaining understanding of their culture and attending the local dance. There was also a strong focus
on the long term conservation of animals and their habitat.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - it exceeded all expectations in every area.

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