Chitwan National Park Jeep Safari
Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
104Trip End Jun 10, 2011
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It turned out to be the bumpiest, hottest, longest 6 hour bus ride I have had to endure despite 95% of it being on sealed roads. We were met in Sauraha by a driver in a jeep to take us to our
We had decided to take an afternoon jeep safari although there were many options. World Heritage Listed Chitwan has a rare opportunity to take a walking safari tour although the jeep goes much further in increasing our chances of spotting wildlife. We woke up to rain first thing and there was a chance that the jeep tour wouldn’t run so whilst we waited for the decision we went for a walk around the village centre which took around ½ hour as it was so small. There were elephants just walking through with a single mahout on their back. After lunch our trip was given the green light and we were taken alongside the river to board a dugout canoe to take us to the other side.
We stopped off at a Gharial crocodile breeding centre where they breed and contain the beasts until they are around 2 metres in length. I was quite surprised at how well they were kept considering where we were. Gharials are odd-looking crocodiles with really long thin mouths
Back on the trail and Marco spotted lots of spotted deer in various places and even a wild boar in the distance which we all initially thought might have been a bear. A short drive further on and Marco did eventually find us a Sloth Bear in the distance. They are very dangerous so I guess that was a good thing. It was certainly very large. My crappy compact camera just didn’t have the zoom capability to view it up close. Once again one of the women on the jeep wouldn’t shut up for some bizarre reason and after a couple of minutes the bear started to head away. Surely they must understand that noise will scare the creatures away and therefore you have less chance of spotting them? On our drive back we had all but given up hope of a good Rhino spotting when Marco pulled one out of the bag in the grassland up ahead. We all remained silent, bar the usual
We woke up to another thunderous downpour which didn’t seem to want to stop and it made us realise that we were lucky yesterday with the weather. We readied ourselves for the 5 ½ hour bus ride to Pokhara. I somehow think we might get wet trekking around the Annapurna’s.