The Koshi Tappu Reserve, covering an area of about 175 sq. km., is home to the last surviving population of wild buffalo or Arna. There are also many other mammals and birds who find a refuge in this vast reserve. This Reserve was initially founded in 1976 with the objective of protecting the grasslands near the Sapta Koshi River. The reserve is now home to various birds and animals. The increase in the wildlife here has attracted tourists and ornithologists by flocks. The endangered Gharial crocodile and Gangetic Dolphin have been flourishing in the Koshi River. Rare birds like the Bengal florican and Sarus Crane and more than 400 species of birds have been recorded here including migratory species from Siberia and Tibet.
Day 1: Arrival at the Reserve
Arrival and transfer to your hotel. You will take a short bird watching tour around the marshland. In the evening, you will enjoy a Nepali dinner.
Day 2: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Today you will make a full day excursion in the reserve on a four wheeler and on a boat. Our vehicle will take you around the reserve. The excursion will take you across the forest where you can see waterfowl, birds of prey, marsh crocodile, otters, wild water buffalo and freshwater dolphins. This reserve is home to 20 duck species, 2 species of ibises, many storks, egrets and herons. You can also find the swamp partridge and Bengal florican here.
In the evening you will enjoy a cultural dance program followed by dinner.
Day 3: Koshi Tappu Bird Walk and More
Today you will begin by doing some bird-watching. You will go for a walk inside the reserve on grasslands with packed-lunch to see the swamp partridge and the black-necked stork among other beautiful migratory birds. After lunch, you can take an elephant safari. This is a wonderful way to view Arna, the wild water buffalo. You can also see the blue bull (Nilgai) and the hog deer. You return back to the lodge in the evening.
Day 4: Departure
After breakfast you depart for your onward destination.