Many tourists arriving in Nepal are keen to experience a jungle safari. Bardiya wildlife reserve (an area of 368km) is one of the most popular destinations among wildlife lovers and was declared as a buffer zone in 1982. Prior to the royal ruling, the Bardiya wildlife reserve was one of the favourite hunting grounds of the royal family and was known as the Royal Karnali wildlife reserve.
Approximately 70% of the park is covered by forestland, predominantly Sal trees and grassland. The Bardiya National Park is home to a number endangered species including elephants, one-horned rhinos, the royal Bengal tiger, swamp tiger, black buck, garial-crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile and many more. The park is also home to over 230 species of bird (such as Bengal Florican and Sarus crane) and several kinds of snake.
A trip to the Bardiya National Park can include an array of activities including nature walks, bird watching, cycling, elephant safari, jungle drive, local culture programs, canoeing, rafting and many more.
Things you should bring:
Jacket/ sweater (from November through February). Light clothing, sunglasses and hats from April onwards. Pants should be worn during elephant rides. Bright colours such as red and white should be avoided since those colours have been known to upset the rhinos. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. During the warmer months swimming suits are recommended.