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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, the very first luxury camp, situated just at the outskirt of Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, in the eastern part of the country, is truly a natural haven on earth. Living among the birds within the greenly dense camp, it is a perfect getaway spot. For, the birders, the camp itself is a place where the rare and exotic birds come to you. Koshi Tappu wildlife camp, is the first camp established in the Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve in the year 1992. Established solely for the purpose of serving to the needs of the birdwatchers all over the world, the camp is staffed with bird specialists renowned in the country. Now, this camp has also served to the holiday needs of the nature lovers seeking solace from the city and the hectic life. Time just slows down inside the camp.
The camp is staffed with local naturalists and bird specialists. It consists of 12 large deluxe safari tents with easy twin beds and modern toilet amenity. The restaurant with fully stocked bar is located centrally on the thatched house, ‘Golghar’. Nepali and Western cuisine is served to you from our experienced kitchen staffs.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve has carved a place for itself as a birdwatcher’s paradise. The reserve spreads over Saptari and Sunsari districts in East Nepal over the embankments of River Koshi. The reserve has been recognizing as a wetland site from 1987 was established mainly to preserve habitat for the remaining population of wild buffalo in Nepal. The region of Nepal experiences three distinct seasons. Summer lasting from February through May is intensely hot with minimal precipitation. Shade temperatures can reach 40o c.
The monsoon commences late May or early June with frequent and violent thunderstorms. Rainfall is greatest during July but high humidity and temperatures are experienced throughout the season. Winter lasts from October through January with unclouded skies and moderate temperatures.
The vegetation of the reserve is mainly grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous riverine forests. The reserve has recorded around 439 species of bird variety some of which fly on the way from Siberia during winter. The best bird can found in Koshi Tappu are, Swamp Francolin, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Comb Duck, Falcated Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Baer’s Pochard, Bailon’s Crake, Ruddy Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Pheasant-tailed jacana, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Indian Courser, Black-bellied Tern, Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Bristle Grass bird, Striated Grass bird etc
Rapid and complete inundation of the reserve to depths ranging from 10 to 300 cm occurs during the monsoon. The Sapta-Koshi river also changes its course from one season to another.The vegetation is mainly tall kharpater grassland with a few patches of khair-sissoo scrub forest and deciduous mixed riverine forest. The reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100) of wild buffalo or arna are found here. Other mammals are the hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer, and the blue bull.The reserve also assists the local economy by providing fishing permits and allowing the collection of edible fruits and ferns in season.A total of 280 different species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. These include 20 species of ducks, two species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal florican. The Koshi Barrage is extremely important as a resting place for migratory birds. Many species recorded here are not seen elsewhere in Nepal. The endangered gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphin have been recorded in the Koshi River.
The best time to visit this fabulous wildlife reserve is between October to March when much of the migratory and local birds can be sighted at the barrage and many of the river channels. Numerous Himalayan peaks including the Makalu I (8,463m) the fifth highest mountain in the world can be seen during the clear cooler time of the year.
The best bird in Koshi : Swamp Francolin, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Comb Duck, Falcated Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Baer's Pochard, Bailon's Crake, Ruddy Crake, Greater Painted Snipe, Pheasant-tailed jacana, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Indian Courser, Black-bellied Tern, Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Bristle Grassbird, Striated Grassbird etc. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp activitiesKoshi Tappu Wildlife Camp offers many options and activities to give full opportunities to view the wildlife at its best. We offer you regular wildlife excursions with the trained local naturalists.
Morning / Evening Jungle Walk
The jungle along the belts of the Koshi River, part of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is known for its richness in birds and other animal species. The river lagoons and wetlands provides excellent opportunity to sight bird life, deer and herds of water buffaloes.
Soft Wildlife Rafting
Taking a raft down the Koshi River is another alternative for exploring the reserve. Here, you can see the water birds or animals off to their daily chores with wonderful sights like Kingfishers diving down the river looking for food, the marsh muggers or the ghariyal crocodiles sun bathing but ofcourse out of reach. You might be lucky enough to spot the rare wild buffaloes. Down the end, at the barrage Gangetic river dolphins could be your best view of the day.
This is another interesting activity. Tharus, the early inhabitants of the region have their own unique way of living not affected by the western influence. Their beautifully decorated homes and their way of living can be an interesting part of the tour. The village is also plastic-free, one of the few environmentally aware and clean villages in the country. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp itself took this initiative towards environmental awareness and preservation.
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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp Conservation, activities and Support:
The Explore Nepal under Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp, periodically conducts training programs to support the primary education system of the area and hope to introduce a sense of conservation, biodiversity and preservation of culture and heritage imparted through education. It is a long term plan, but we certainly hope to make Koshi Region an environment friendly, self contained area where tourism will play a sustainable partnership with the locals and contribute towards education, settlement and conservation of wildlife and biodiversity. Our small efforts towards environmental awareness and preservation is a step to achieving this ultimate goal.
Socially Responsible Activities:
The camp was built, using the local communities as staffs, and using local products.
Fauna and Flora observation is the main activity of the camp which place environmental education at the center of the stay.
Soft wildlife Rafting is also an alternative to observe the birds and wildlife. Explore Nepal fully endorse the code of conduct for Rafting in Nepal's Rivers which once again promote environmental conservation and cultural respect.
Through our initiative, the village development committee of the reserve, Prakashpur served as a role model of being the first and the only village in Nepal to proudly claim as a plastic free zone.
Electricity is not used in the camp creating an authentic natural atmosphere.
Our company has also built 3 public schools in that area in order to give a better educational incentive to the children of the area.
The camp manages its own waste.
|Per Person Per night on sharing basis.||US$ 90.00|
|Single Room Supplement.||US$ 30.00|
|National Park entrance fee, payable once for every 2 nights stay.||US$ 10.00|
(Cost includes accommodation in deluxe Safari tents, all meals and activities escorted by our experienced naturalist.)