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Suklaphanta wildlife reserve is situated in the extreme south-west of Nepal. The name of the park is derived from the largest of grasslands known as Suklaphanta. The park area is 155 sq kms and will be 305 sq kms after the completion of its extension. Suklaphanta's grassland is one of the last remaining habitats for such threatened animals as the hispid hare and the pygmy hog. Besides these, Suklaphanta is the stronghold for another endangered animal - the barasingha, or swamp deer.
Other wildlife of the park included are spotted deer seen in large numbers, hog deer, nilgai, wild dog, jackal, porcupine etc. The park and the adjoining forest is the territory of a small number of tigers. It is not uncommon to sight these tigers out on the prowl due to the open terrain. Wild elephants have also been sighted in the park.
A stop at the Rani Tal would be an exciting experience. This small lake attracts birds and animals alike. Herons, ducks, storks, kingfishers and egrets vie for food and swamp deer wallow at the edges. From a nearby machan, one can watch thousands of water fowl mingling on the lake surface while hundreds of swamp deer graze at the water-edge in the evening light. This experience is quite unique.
Other ways to view wildlife in the park is by driving in a land rover near the lake and river and on nature walks with trained trackers.
Drive from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive from Nepalgunj to Suklaphanta.
You set out for a village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu village where you will learn more about the life and culture of the Tharu people. You enjoy dinner and overnight stay here.
You enjoy bird watching and further proceed to an elephant Safari which is an excellent opportunity to see Asian Elephants, Great One Horn Rhinoceros, Spotted Deer or Chital, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Samber, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Nilgai or Bull, Black Buck, Wild Boar, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog, Golden Jackal and Striped Hyena. You will also encounter many other smaller mammals that have made Bardia their home.
Next you start your jungle walk, an excellent opportunity to see wild animals, small mammals and birds. You also have an opportunity to have some wild animal sightings while waiting in the Tower accompanied by our experienced naturalists and wild life tracker. Excellent photographic opportunities are plentiful. You conclude the day by attending a Tharu cultural dance and delicious dinner.
This day’s activities include bird watching and Jeep driving into the jungle. After lunch you depart for Kathmandu.