Search for the Elusive Tiger

A few days in the Jungles of Nepal, searching for the Royal Bengal Tiger. Along the way, understand the human animal conflict, walk with elephants or tick off birds from your list of sightings. The one horned rhino sighting is almost guaranteed.

  • Courtesy - Raj Gyawali
  • Courtesy - Raj Gyawali
  • Courtesy - Thomas Verbeke, Tiger Tops
  • Courtesy - Thomas Verbeke, Tiger Tops

The Royal Bengal Tiger in Chitwan has doubled in number, making Nepal's reputation in Tiger conservation one of the best in the world. For a few years, we also had zero poaching of the endangered one horned rhino, and sightings of this majestic creature almost a certainity.

Chitwan also boasts an incredible variety of birds, making it one of the world premier bird watching destinations.

Some of the animals that are sighted during activities in Chitwan are - the Asian one horned Rhino, Asian Elephant, Cheetal spotted deer, wild Boar, Langur & Rhesus Monkeys, the Gharial aligator and the magar crocodile, over 300 varieties of birds, etc. And, of course, if you are incredibly lucky, the Royal Bengal Tiger.


Walking with the Giants (3 hours) - a walk with the giants while they graze, done well, can be equal to a safari, as the giants keep predators away, and you are safe while in the jungle. You also learn a ton about these gentle giants, and how intelligent they are.

Feeding the Giants (1.5 hours) - A chance to get close to the mahouts and work with them to create little delicacies for the Giants, a supplement that contains salt, straw, grain, that they really like, and is good for captive elephants. Done at the chain free enclosures.

Canoe Safari (2 hours) - a gentle punt down the small tributaries of the Rapti river, to see crocodiles, aligators, an occasional rhino and if you are very lucky, the tiger.

Jungle Walk (half day) - a three to four hour walk inside the jungle, where finally you are at equal footing with the animals, and be and exhilarating adrenalin rush, when done with a well trained proper guide.

Village Walks (three hours) - walk to a local Tharu village, to see how village life unfolds in the south of the country. Try to add in a meal at the village to enjoy some local delicacies

Cycling safari (three hours) - depending on where you are, you can cycle a flat dyke, or some jungle roads in the buffer zone, which is easy and fun. Meander into lazy villages. Guided, this can be equivalent to a safari.

At socialtours, we do NOT RECOMMEND doing the Elephant safari, not because carrying humans is bad for the elephant, but mostly because, from what we understood in our research, the training measures are inhumane, and its not natural for an elephants to approach either the rhino or the tiger - they do not want to be in this situation. We request travellers to use their own judgement.


tiger tops logoWe highly recommend the Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, which is the pioneer in conservation focussed tourism in Nepal. Choose this option if you want to ensure that your actions has a minimal carbon footprint and with a company that is genuinely putting conservation first!

We also recommend the Sapana Village Lodge, which though it is located in the very frequented Sauraha part of Chitwan, is making big strides in doing the right thing around conservation.



  • All accomodation
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary
  • All entrance permits
  • All government taxes


  • Tips and Beverages
  • Emergency Evacuation Costs

Arrive at the Jungle. Get a thorough lodge briefing at the property, and get a chance to relax a bit. Arrive with your transport of choice - air, private car or bus. Get collected and taken to the lodge. In the afternoon, a chance to meet the elephants in their enclosure, and understand their behavior a bit, before getting into a boat for a gentle cruise down to a beach sundowner, overlooking the jungle. At peace! Evening back the lodge for dinner with company, and understand your options for the coming days!

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Start the morning with an early rise and a walk with the Giants as they go on their daily walk inside the jungle. This activity will take approximately three hours and you shall be back for lunch at the lodge. Post lunch, a little rest before you go on an optional jeep safari inside the jungle, for a chance to cover more ground, and see more. Optionally, you could go cycling to the nearby village, or a walk to the village.

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  • tiger tops hotel & lodge

Based on the decisions we have made, we continue with some jungle activities like a river safari, or a second walk with elephants, or cycling, or plain relaxation by the pool, contemplating on what we saw.

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A relaxed morning before we set off on our onward journey, but car or by air.

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Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Chitwan SUNDOWNER jeep tiger tops hotel & lodge D
2 Chitwan JUNGLE ACTIVITIES - tiger tops hotel & lodge B | L | D
3 Chitwan JUNGLE ACTIVITIES (contd.) - tiger tops hotel & lodge B | L | D
4 DEPARTURE jeep - B
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
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  • Tiger Tops

  • Tiger sighting

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Day Tours | What to carry

The day tours are the ones where you have to worry the least about what to carry. However, some information is always helpful.

  • A light jacket or a warm jacket (depending on time of year and how cold you generally get)
  • An umbrella or a rain jacket. You never know
  • Some money (in case a souvenir tempts you, or you want to have a drink)
  • A water bottle (water is available for purchase everywhere, though we do not recommend purchasing plastic bottles - garbage is a nuisance in Nepal.
  • Comfortable clothes - shorts are also fine of course..
  • Comfortable shoes - trainers are best!