Name: Tigerland Safari Resort
It has to be high on most peoples’ bucket lists (along with learning a language and writing a novel apparently!); a safari adventure and where better to have this adventure than right in heart of the beautiful Royal Chitwan National Park in Southern Nepal, South Asia. Tigerland Safari Resort is situated at Jagatpur on the banks of a river on the western rim of the National Park which 68 species of mammal call home. To reach this paradise location you fly from London to Kathmandu which takes just over 12 hours with one stop. The drive from the airport is long at around 5 hours but the scenery is spectacular, an alternative is a short transfer flight to the local airport which is then only an hour’s drive to the resort.
The resort is spread across 10 acres and comprises of 32 air-conditioned cottages which stand on short stilts. The cottages are built to replicate traditional dwellings and blend perfectly with their surroundings. Projecting verandas look out onto the forest below, offering great views. A spacious dining hall, lobby and lounge makes up the communal areas.
The rooms are comfortable and well equipped with two beds per room, both air conditioning and heating, modern bathrooms which include showers, a mini fridge, safe, fan and tea and coffee making facilities. Hot water is provided from gas-heating or solar-powered sources. The most spectacular thing about your room will undoubtedly be the view, from your stilt height advantage you can see far across the expanse of the Chitwan National Park – a magical place to relax after a busy day’s safari.
Restaurants & Bars
The restaurant and well-stocked bar are situated in one of the bungalows. The excellent food is from a set menu with a wide range of dishes available each night. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and flavours.
Your typical safari program will include a range of activities: an elephant-back safari is popular and offers the chance to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger; a visit to the elephant stables and the chance to see them bathing; early morning bird watching with guides pointing out some of the 276 species glimpsed in the area; a Tharu Stick dance with traditional dancing; jeep safari ; canoeing down the river to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and the animals of the river banks and a visit to a local village being among some of the highlights.
This is one safari where guests report getting much closer to the animals than they expected, an intimate experience can be expected (although not assumed of course!) – giving one almighty bucket list tick!
Request a room with a river view for an even more sensational view. Time your trip carefully, monsoon season is June to September during which certain activities, such as the jeep safari are restricted, October to March is cooler but April to June is when the waterholes attract more wildlife – take your pick really!
For a real trip of a lifetime, a safari adventure in Tigerland Safari Resort will leave you exhilarated and amazed; at both the wildlife and this magnificent location.
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