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7 Day Wildlife Safari in Shuklaphanta National Park, Nepal

Hotel Lion, Hotel Marg, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal 44600, Nepal

Surprise Filled Wildlife Safari in Nepal

Head to Suklaphanta National Park with Swotah Travel and Adventure and get a glimpse of the of the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region. Spot wild elephants, panthers, deers, wild pigs, bears, wild asses, stags, chitals, porcupines, colorful birds, and other reptiles and mammals. This national park is also a conservation center for the endangered one horned rhinoceros and Bengal tiger. Travel to where few have tread, explore the unexplored, and enjoy the unique experience!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Vaccines needed: Diphtheria, TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus
  • Children policy: Minimum age for participation is 16
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephants, panthers, deer, wild pigs, bears, wild asses, stags, chitals, porcupines, colorful birds
  • Starting point and ending point: Kathmandu
  • Languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian

Highlights

  • One jungle safari and one jeep safari
  • 1 walking tour through the wetlands of the park
  • Take a glimpse of Tharu culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Visit and explore Shuklaphanta National Park
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All meals during the safari time
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French, German, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
21:00

You will be staying in Sampa Inn or Lion Hotel in Kathmandu for three days and Greenwood Hotel in Kanchanpur for three days either on shared or private basis. For nights in cities, Swotah Travel and Adventure use standard / superior standard / deluxe rooms and during trip Swotah Travel and Adventure use lodge / guest houses / hotel whatever is available and accessible.

Program

Shuklaphanta National Park is the smallest national park and wildlife reserve in Nepal. During the seven-day safari you will get to enjoy riverbeds, wetlands and open grasslands with a large number of swamp deer. It is one of the best examples of floodplain grassland conservation. As the area is unexplored and untouched, you can enjoy your trip with less number of people.

It used to be wildlife reserve for 40 years before it transformed into the national park and was a famous hunting reserve too. You can observe numerous forests full of Sal, Khair, Trewia, Sisso, Syzgium, and Mallotus. You will get to experience jungle safari, jeep safari, and sightseeing.

During the safari, you can spot wild elephant, tiger, panther, deer, wild pigs, bear, wild ass, stag, chital, porcupine and other reptiles and animals.The one-horned rhinoceroses and Bengal tiger are also conserved in this area. It is famous spot for bird watching as well. It is also a preferred trekking destination. This place is rich in culture and therefore you can take a glimpse of Tharu culture, tradition, and lifestyle.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Swotah Travel and Adventure's representatives will be there to welcome you and help you to transfer to your hotel (Sampa Inn/ Lion Hotel). In the evening, Swotah Travel and Adventure have organized a heartwarming welcome dinner for you, where they will also briefly discuss the trip details with you.

Day 2: Flight to Dhangadi and drive to Kanchanpur

After breakfast at the hotel, you will head to the airport for your flight to Dhangadi. Once you land in Dhangadi, you will be driven to Kanchanpur, the journey will take around two hours. In Kanchanpur, you will check into Greenwood Hotel which would be your place of stay for tonight and the coming two nights. After check-in observe the sunset view from the hotel.

Day 3: Jungle safari and bird watching

Start your day by observing the sunrise view from your hotel and then head for your jungle safari. After the safari, you will go for a jungle walk, where you will get to see from close different species of birds, flora, and fauna. In the evening, after dinner at hotel, you will be taken to watch the local community Tharu's cultural dance. After the dance you will head back to your hotel.

Day 4: Jeep safari and trekking

Early in the morning you will go for the jeep safari and after that start trekking at Shuklaphanta National Park, where you will shown the cultural significance of Tharu people and the natural diversity of national park as well as you can observe various species of flora and fauna, rivers, ponds, and so on. After the walk you will return back to your hotel.

Day 5: Grasslands and wetlands visit and return to Dhangadi, flight to Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a visit to the grasslands and wetlands, where you can capture the moments of swamp deer and other faunas. Then, you will head back to Dhangadi by bus. From there you will head to the airport for a flight from Dhangadi to Kathmandu. You will be staying overnight at the either hotel Sampa Inn or Lion Hotel.

Day 6: Half-day sightseeing around Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will go for a half day sight-seeing tour in Kathmandu at Basantapur Durbar Square after that you can go for shopping, food, and wine tour or anything according to your preference. You will be staying overnight at the either hotel Sampa Inn or Lion Hotel.

Day 7: Departure from Kathmandu

According to your flight status, on this day Swotah Travel and Adventure will meet for a farewell coffee or lunch and share the memories made all those days. You will depart for the airport after a while and Swotah Travel and Adventure bid you goodbye until the next meet.

Please note Swotah Travel and Adventure reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, Swotah Travel and Adventure always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C! What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

Included excursions

  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit to the grasslands and wetlands

Location

This safari adventure will take place in Shuklaphanta National Park, Nepal. You will begin your journey in Kathmandu from where you will be travelling to Kanchanpur via Dhangadi to reach Shuklaphanta National Park. After three days in the national park you will return and end your journey in Kathmandu.

Shuklaphanta, the smallest National Park of Nepal was declared as a hunting reserve in 1969 and then later on changed as a wildlife reserve in 1976 but from 2017, it was transformed into a national park. Lying in the Terai region of far western Nepal, it is full of open grasslands, forests, riverbeds, and tropical wetlands with an area of 305 square kilometers.

The elevation of the national park is from 174 meters to 1,386 meters (571-feet to 4547-feet), one of the best examples of floodplain grasslands. Various activities can be carried out such as jungle safari, bird watching, take a glimpse of diverse flora and fauna, jeep safari, sightseeing, and so on, alike Chitwan National Park.

Food

All meals are inclusive during the trip besides lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. Food menu includes vegetarian and non-vegetarian food from Nepali, Indian, and continental style. Since this tour is around the Kathmandu and Suklaphanta so you can get wide range of delicious western meals like pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc.

Please note that for drinking water there are plenty of water stations and mini markets and shops where you can easily get bottled water. Swotah Travel and Adventure recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you in case you need it for yourself. You have to buy it for yourself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 jungle safari
  • 1 jungle walk
  • 1 jeep safari
  • Visit the grasslands and wetlands
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Authorized English-speaking guide
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj transfer by air transportation
  • Transportation cost from Nepalgunj to Kanchanpur
  • All meals and bottled water (breakfast, lunch, dinner) except in Kathmandu
  • Daily breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Map of Nepal
  • Sim card service
  • Souvenir from Nepal
  • Certificate of appreciation
  • Medical kit (carried by your trip leader)
  • Photos and videos of the trip
  • All expenses for staffs: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
  • All applicable government tax
  • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Nepalese Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee(s) during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Tips for guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, etc.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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