It lies on the flood plains of the Sapta-Koshi in Saptari and Sunsari Districts of Eastern Nepal . Rapid and complete inundation of the reserve to depths ranging from 10 to 300cm occurs during the monsoon. The reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100 individuals) of wild buffalo or Arna are found here including other mammals. A total of 280 different species or birds have been recorded. Amidst the jungle environment Aqua Birds Unlimited Camp and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp have come into existence. The activities include morning jungle treks by the river lagoons and wetlands, canoe ride, slide shows, bird watching, cultural dances and visit unique village settlements.
Activities in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers many options and activities to give full opportunities to view the wildlife at its best.
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 of course 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.
How to Get There
By Air: There is a regular flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar every day. From Biratnagar a comfortable one and half an hours drive to the Camp.
By Raft: An exciting 8-10 days raft trip on Sun Koshi river reaches directly at Koshi Tappu Camp.
By Surface: The scenic drive of 9-10 hrs. Through Nepali country side by surface.
Special Interest Activities:
It offers many options and activities to give full opportunities to view the wildlife at its best. The exploration of the wildlife is constantly with the trained local naturalist and “shikaris” who are seasoned wildlife experts.
Morning jungle treks by the river lagoons and wetlands provides excellent opportunity to sight bird life, deer and herds of water buffaloes. And chance of sighting Gangatic Dolphins, marsh muggers and endangered Gharial crocodile. We also have the chance to visit and study the unique village settlements of Tharu community.