Amidst the hype of the magical thrill of the Himalayan terrain and the beautiful yet challenging peaks, it is easy to forget that Nepal has a total of 14 national parks and wildlife reserves most of whom boast diversity of flora, fauna and wildlife, some very rare and even endangered.
The national parks of Nepal are home to rare animals and birds such as clouded leopard, red panda, one horned rhinoceros, Asiatic elephant, Bengali tiger, Asiatic rock python, giant pied hornbill and the likes. Among the national parks of Nepal, Access Nepal conducts wildlife safari to two of them- Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park.
Chitwan National Park is the most popular Safari destination in the Nepal not only because it is easily accessible from the capital city Kathmandu, but also because it boasts an incredible collection of wildlife, some of which are endangered and protected. Chitwan National Park is especially known for its Elephant Safari. Chitwan National Park is home to over 43 animal species. Altogether 543 birds were recorded in this national park as of a data from 2006, which included two third of Nepal's endangered bird species. This makes Chitwan National Park a heaven for bird watchers from around the world. You can enjoy elephant safari and explore through the jungle. Apart from that, you can get a treat of local cultural performance which gives the safari an extra dimension.
Bardia National Park is situated 585 km south-west of Kathmandu and spreads over an area of 986 km² which makes it the largest national park of Nepal. About 70% of the park is covered with forest which is home to 839 species of flora and 642 species of fauna. Apart from the flora and fauna, Bardia National Park homes many animal species like mugger crocodile, gharial, elephants and tigers. Bardia also hosts many iconic birds such as Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, and bar-headed geese.