Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve/National Park Tour
Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve/National Park Tour: The undisturbed and unvisited Suklaphant wildlife reserve tour is a great option for new explorers. There is always the possibility of making new discoveries. A very small part of the national park is used for tourism.
Suklaphant Wildlife Reserve covers 305 sq km of Sal forest. Phanta means grassland along the banks of the Bahini River. The terrain is similar to Bardia National Park. And the reserve has tigers, rhinos, crocodiles, wild elephants and Nepal’s largest population of swamp deer. Currently numbering around 2000 as well as large numbers of migratory birds. Almost unvisited wildlife reserve to the west of Nepal is ideal for bird watchers. Very few tour group visit this wildlife reserve. Suklaphant Wildlife Reserve was established in 1973. And it was a Royal Hunting Reserve in 1969 and was a famous hunting area. It is today the best nature conservation in South Asia.
Queen’s Lake in the Center of the Reserve
The Suklaphant Wildlife Reserve has mainly grassland, some marshland, and four lakes. It is the home to the largest population of Bengal Florican in Nepal. Queen’s Lake in the center of the reserve is one of the wildlife highlight of all Nepal’s parks and the place to spend an early morning watching the deer paddling and crocodiles lurking. It estimates that the tiger population at somewhere between 10 and 50. But it’s likely that many of these roam between India and Nepal, and likely beyond the reserve boundaries. No worry though, as sloth bear, leopard and elephant are also here. Along with the largest population of swamp deer known as Barasingha in the world.
450 Species Birds
Birdwatchers have a checklist of around 450 species birds including great numbers of winter visitors. Hodgson’s Bushchat is one of the pin-ups here. Huge areas of their grassland habitat have been lost across their range and Sukla Phanta. Two types of vulture listed as Critically Endangered, the White-rumped and Slender-billed, are also found here. And along with babblers, weavers, woodpeckers and a few owls. Rare grassland species are the real draw here and walking through the phantas to the lookout towers is highly recommended. It is possible to visit Suklaphant wildlife reserve throughout the year, though the monsoon can bring difficulties. The best time of year depends on what you’d like to see! Ask for more details about migrants.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Suklaphant Wildlife Reserve
Day 02: Suklaphant Wildlife Tour
Day 03: Suklaphanta Wildlife Tour
Day 04: Suklaphanta to Kathmandu