Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Jungle Safari

Finest bird watching sanctuaries in Asia
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  • 1 PAX US$200
  • 2 PAX US$200
  • 3 PAX US$200
  • 4 PAX US$200
  • 5-10 PAX US$200
  • 11-20 PAX US$200
Price Per Person US$ 200 All included Services

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  • Bird Watching: Spot over 500 bird species, including rare and migratory birds.
  • Wild Water Buffalo: Observe the endangered wild water buffalo (Arna) in its natural habitat.
  • River Safaris: Enjoy serene boat rides along the Sapta Koshi River.
  • Elephant Rides: Experience the jungle from a unique vantage point on elephant back.
  • Exotic Flora: Discover diverse plant species across the reserve’s wetland and grassland ecosystems.
  • Local Culture: Engage with local Tharu communities and their traditions.
  • Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning landscapes and wildlife in their natural settings.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Jungle Safari in Nepal

Are you planning an unforgettable journey to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve? Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is located in eastern Nepal on the Sapta-Koshi floodplain, one of the three major tributaries of the Ganges. The reserve was gazetted in 1976 with the intention of protecting the habitat of the last wild buffalo population, Arna (Bubalus arnee).

This protected area is a crucial refuge for over 500 species of birds, including a staggering number of endangered ones. Imagine spotting the majestic Bengal Florican or the magnificent Asian Adjutant Stork soaring through the vast expanse of the sky.

Wild Buffaloes at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

But Koshi Tappu’s magic extends beyond the feathered wonders. The reserve is home to a diverse array of mammals, from the elusive wild boar to the rare Gangetic dolphin, a remarkable sight to behold in a landlocked country. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar site, the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a gem in Nepal’s ecological crown.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, located in southeastern Nepal, is a protected area established in 1976. Encompassing 175 square kilometers, it lies on the floodplains of the Sapta Koshi River. Renowned for its diverse birdlife, the reserve hosts over 500 species, making it a prime bird-watching destination.

It also shelters the endangered wild water buffalo (Arna) and supports a variety of other wildlife, including fish, amphibians, and mammals. The reserve’s wetland habitats are crucial for migratory birds and local biodiversity, contributing significantly to Nepal’s ecological conservation efforts.

conservation efforts. Additionally, the reserve supports local communities through eco-tourism and sustainable practices.

Features of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Nepal

The unique characteristic of Koshi Tappu is the dynamic nature of its habitat. The Koshi River is a braided river, meaning it frequently changes course due to seasonal flooding. This constant change creates a variety of habitats that support a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Some of the characteristics are:

Rich Biodiversity: The reserve is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including over 500 species of plants, 436 species of birds, and 31 species of mammals.

Endangered Species: Koshi Tappu is a sanctuary for several endangered species, including the Asiatic elephant, Gangetic dolphin, and the Royal Bengal tiger.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Jungle Safari

Migratory Bird Hub: The reserve is a vital stopover and breeding ground for numerous migratory bird species, attracting bird enthusiasts and ornithologists from around the world.

Wetlands: The reserve encompasses a vast area of freshwater marshes, oxbow lakes, and mudflats, which are vital wetland ecosystems supporting a wide range of aquatic life.

Grasslands: Koshi Tappu boasts extensive grasslands, which are an important habitat for grazing animals, such as the wild buffalo, deer, and antelopes.

River Systems: The reserve is intersected by several river systems, including the Koshi River and its tributaries, creating a diverse range of aquatic habitats.

Eco-Tourism: The reserve offers opportunities for eco-tourism activities such as jungle safaris, bird watching, and nature walks, allowing visitors to experience the reserve’s natural beauty while promoting conservation efforts.

Cultural Heritage: The area surrounding the reserve is rich in cultural heritage, with ancient settlements and temples showcasing the region’s history and traditions.

Research and Conservation: Koshi Tappu serves as an important site for scientific research and conservation efforts, with various studies being conducted on its diverse ecosystem and wildlife populations.

Sustainable Practices: The reserve emphasizes sustainable tourism practices, promoting responsible visitation and minimizing the impact on the delicate ecosystem.

These features highlight the significance of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve as a valuable natural resource and a prime destination for eco-tourism and wildlife enthusiasts in Nepal.

Experience the Adventure in Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserve

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve isn’t just a place to see wildlife – it’s a place to experience it. Here’s how your Koshi Tappu adventure with TTHimalaya can be an unforgettable pleasure:

Experience Jungle Safari Adventures in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Experience a pleasure jungle safari adventure in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the reserve’s inhabitants in their natural habitat.

Choose from a variety of safari options to suit your adventure level, such as an exciting and unforgettable experience of an elephant-back ride. There is an opt-for jeep safari that takes you deep into the heart of the reserve. 

Experience naturalists offer guided nature walks for individuals who want a more personal experience with the natural world. These walks allow visitors to discover the reserve’s hidden treasures at their own pace.

At tthimalaya, we prioritise responsible tourism and eco-friendly practices, ensuring that our adventures in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve leave minimal impact on the delicate ecosystem. Our knowledgeable guides will not only facilitate unforgettable encounters with wildlife but also educate you on the importance of preserving this natural wonder for generations to come.

Vulture at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve spotted during Jungle Safari

A Paradise for Birdwatchers:

Calling all birdwatchers! Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a haven for avian enthusiasts. With over 500 species recorded, including globally threatened ones, the reserve offers unparalleled opportunities to witness a kaleidoscope of feathered beauty.

Exploring the Environment of Koshi Tappu Wildlife:

Koshi Tappu’s charm extends beyond its wildlife. Explore the diverse landscapes on nature walks, soak in the peace of the wetlands, or capture breathtaking photographs of the stunning scenery.

Experience Local Culture

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural surrounding Koshi Tappu. Visit nearby villages and experience the warm hospitality of the local people. Learn about their traditions and their way of life in harmony with nature.  Perhaps even enjoy a traditional Nepali meal, a delightful blend of flavors.

Planning Your Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Adventure

For an unforgettable experience here’s a complete guide to help you plan your journey:

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve accommodation Options:

Once you arrive at the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, you’ll find a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences:

  1. Eco-Lodges: For an immersive and sustainable experience, consider staying at one of the eco-lodges located within or near the reserve. These lodges are designed to minimize their environmental impact while providing comfortable accommodations and guided tours.
  1. Resorts: If you’re looking for a more luxurious stay, there are several resorts in the vicinity that offer modern amenities and services, along with easy access to the reserve.
  1. Homestays: Explore the local culture by staying in a traditional Nepali homestay, where you can experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality and cuisine.

To truly immerse yourself in the Koshi Tappu experience, choose from a variety of comfortable eco-lodges and guesthouses settled near the reserve. 

Best Time to Visit Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:

The ideal time to visit the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is during the dry season, which typically spans from October to May. The mild weather conditions and decreased rainfall during this period make it conducive for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities. Additionally, many migratory bird species can be spotted in their prime during this time, offering excellent opportunities for bird-watching enthusiasts.

Essential Packing List for Koshi Tappu Wildlife Trip

Here’s a list of essential items you should pack for your trip to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:

Item Description
Comfortable clothingSuitable for warm days and cool evenings
Sturdy shoesFor exploring various terrains
BinocularsFor optimal wildlife viewing
Hat, sunscreen, and sunglassesFor sun protection
Reusable water bottleTo stay hydrated
CameraTo capture your unforgettable memories
These items are a must but can also be bought at the destination however they may be a bit more expensive at the destination.

Direction  to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is located in eastern Nepal, approximately 600 kilometers from the capital city of Kathmandu. Here are the most common routes to reach the reserve:

By Air and Road: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar Airport, which is the closest major airport to the reserve. From there, you can arrange for a private transfer or take a local bus to the reserve, which is about a 1-2 hour drive.

By Road: If you prefer a more scenic journey, you can opt for a road trip from Kathmandu to the reserve. The drive takes approximately 10-12 hours, depending on traffic conditions and stops along the way.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Jungle Safari and Activity Options

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers a range of exciting safari and outdoor activities to suit different interests and adventure levels:

Jeep Safaris: Begin an exciting jeep safari through the reserve, guided by experienced naturalists who will help you spot the diverse wildlife and navigate the rugged terrain.

Elephant Safaris: Explore the reserve on the back of a majestic elephant, providing a unique and up-close encounter with the reserve’s inhabitants.

Bird Watching: With over 436 species of birds, the reserve is a paradise for avid bird watchers. Guided bird-watching tours are available to help you spot and identify the various species.

Nature Walks: Soak yourself in the natural beauty of the reserve by taking guided nature walks along designated trails, where you can observe the flora and fauna at a leisurely pace.

Boat Tours: Explore the wetlands and waterways of the reserve by taking a boat tour, offering a different perspective and the chance to spot aquatic wildlife.

Why Choose Touch The Himalaya for Your Koshi Tappu Wildlife Adventure?

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty and nature of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve with tthimalaya. Book your unforgettable jungle safari and accommodation package through our website, and let us manage an exceptional and responsible tourism experience that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Discover Nepal’s ecological jewel and embark on an adventure that will ignite your passion for nature and conservation. At TTHimalaya, we are passionate about creating unforgettable experiences in the heart of Nepal’s natural wonders.

Experience: You Can Trust: We have years of experience crafting exceptional Koshi Tappu wildlife safaris, ensuring a seamless and enriching adventure.

Knowledgeable Guides: Our expert guides are not only well-versed in the region’s ecology but also passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring your safety throughout the journey.

Personalized Itineraries: We design customized itineraries to cater to your specific interests, whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or a wildlife enthusiast seeking a general exploration.

Sustainable Practices: We are committed to responsible tourism practices, minimizing our environmental footprint, and supporting local communities.

Cost-effectiveness:  We focus on providing good service at a very affordable cost. It cost $200 only including all services.


The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve stands as Nepal’s Natural heritage, offering an opportunity to witness nature’s beauty and rich biodiversity. With its diverse landscapes, endangered species, and thrilling safari adventures, this reserve promises an unforgettable experience that will inspire a deeper appreciation for conserving our planet’s natural wonders.

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Cost Incluldes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • National transportation cost based on itinerary
  • All necessary trekking and area permit & fees, (National Park area special permit and TIMs cards).
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All accommodation during trek (Tea house/guesthouse)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained special trekking guide and assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • An expert local porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, Equipment, transport, food and accommodations
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

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