Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Safari

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Safari

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Formed by the raging Saptakoshi River the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is spread over an area of 176 sq km and is known the world over as a birdwatcher\'s paradise. The reserve spreads over Saptari and Sunsari districts in the eastern part of the country and was originally created to preserve the only remaining herd of Arna Bhaisi (Bubalus Arnee) or wild buffaloes in Nepal. The reserve mainly consists of grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous riverside forests. Today the reserve is known for its 439 species of birds, some of which fly all the way from Siberia during winter. It also has one of the few elephant stables of Asia. The Koshi River is also home to the Marsh Mugger Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin.

Coordinates :  26°39′N 87°0′E Area :  175 km˛
Best Season :  Oct – March Nearest Town :  Inaruwa
Nearest Airport :  Biratnagar Established :  1976

Formed by the raging Saptakoshi River the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is spread over an area of 176 sq km and is known the world over as a birdwatcher's paradise. The reserve spreads over Saptari and Sunsari districts in the eastern part of the country and was originally created to preserve the only remaining herd of Arna Bhaisi (Bubalus Arnee) or wild buffaloes in Nepal. The reserve mainly consists of grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous riverside forests. Today the reserve is known for its 439 species of birds, some of which fly all the way from Siberia during winter. It also has one of the few elephant stables of Asia. The Koshi River is also home to the Marsh Mugger Crocodile and the Gangetic Dolphin.

The reserve is 40km from Biratnagar which is around 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu. There are several resorts & tented camps outside the reserve. The best season to visit here is from October to March.

Features
The Sapta Koshi is one of the three main tributaries of the Ganges- Rapid and intense flooding of the reserve, occur during the rainy season. Embankments have been constructed parallel to the river to control the flooding.

Mammals
The 31 species of mammals recorded include the Asian elephant, spotted deer, Hog deer, Wild pig, Smooth-coated otter and Golden jackal. The Ganges River Dolphin has been sighted in the Koshi River. Gaur and Blue bull have declined in numbers. Nepal’s last remaining population of about 150 Wild Asian Water Buffalo called arna inhabit the area.

Birds
Notable among the 485 bird species are Watercock, Indian nightjar, Dusky eagleowl, Black-headed cuckooshrike, Whitetailed stonechat, Striated grassbird, Large adjutant stork, Pallas’s  fish eagle, Common golden-eye, and Gullbilled tern. Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin and Nepal Rufous-vented Prinia occur as well

Entry fee into Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
The Reserve Headquarters and entrance building are at Kusaha. All visitors must stop here to pay an entrance fee.

Wildlife Reserve entry fee per person per day:

  • For Nepali Nationals Rs 20
  • For SAARC Nationals Rs 200
  • For Foreign Nationals Rs 500
  • Children under 10 years Free
  • Elephant ride per hour - Rs 1000 - (Nepali's Rs 100)
  • Fishing permit - Rs 300 - (Nepali's Rs 20)
  • Camping per night per person - Rs 300 - (Nepali's Rs 20)
  • Motor vehicle drive - Rs 100
  • Children under 10 years Free
  • Entry permits should be kept in case they need to be checked by the Reserve Guards.
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 3 Days /2 Nights

Day 1
1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar Airport, then from the airport 1½ hour drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Guest reception / welcome briefing Lunch will be served at around 1 p.m. Bird Watching/Elephant ride safari Slide show on the natural history of the reserve Dinner - Nepali Cuisine

Day 2
Wake-up call Tea / coffee Whole day - Boat & vehicle ride - excursion of Koshi river with packed lunch. We may see the wild buffaloes along the sand banks and the rare gangetic dolphins in the water. Evening - cultural dance program of the local Jhagad tribes Dinner - barbeque

Day 3
Morning - free or an optional village walk/bird-watching around the camp Breakfast Departure from the Lodge


4 Days/3 Nights

Day 1
1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar Airport, then from the airport 1½ hour drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Guest reception / welcome briefing Lunch will be served at around 1 p.m. Bird Watching/Elephant ride - safari Slide show on the natural history of the reserve Dinner - Nepali Cuisine

Day 2
Wake-up call Tea / coffee Jungle excursion - by ox-driven cart or on foot Lunch Jungle drive for game viewing Evening - cultural dance program of the local Jhagad tribes Dinner

Day 3
Wake-up call Breakfast Whole day - Boat & vehicle ride - excursion of Koshi River with packed lunch. We may see the wild buffaloes along the sand banks and the rare gangetic dolphins in the water. Evening - Wildlife discussion. Dinner - bar-be-que.

Day 4
Morning - free or an optional village walk/bird-watching around the camp Breakfast Departure from the Lodge

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