Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Package

About Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Package

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in the Terai of eastern Nepal which was established in 2032 B.S (1976 A.D) covering 175 km2 (68 sq mi) of wetlands in the Sunsari, Saptari, and Udayapur Districts. It comprises extensive mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes in the floodplain of the Sapta Koshi River, and ranges in altitude from 75 to 81m (246 to 266ft).
Vegetation
The vegetation of the reserve is mainly characterized by mixed deciduous riverine forest, grasslands and marshy vegetation. The coverage of grasslands is 68%, compared to only about 6% of the forest, which is predominated by Indian rosewood. Patches of catechu forest are more prevalent towards the northwestern part. The grasslands near the running water bodies are maintained by the annual flooding and grazing by wildlife. The Sapta Koshi River, a tributary of the Ganges, causes rapid and intense flooding during the rainy season. In the extensive wetlands, 514 plant species are found including kapok, sugarcane, reed, cattail, Imperata cylindrica, eel grass, and species of Eichhornia, Hydrilla, Azolla and lotus.

Fauna
A wide range of animals inhabits the protected area. In its water courses and ponds, 200 species of fish have been recorded, most of which are resident. Two toad species, nine frog species, six lizard species, five snake species, and eleven turtle species are recorded. Gharial and mugger crocodile occur as well.

Mammals
The 31 species of mammals recorded include the Asian elephant, spotted deer, hog deer, wild boar, smooth-coated otter, and golden jackal. The Ganges river dolphin has been sighted in the Koshi River. Gaur and blue bull have declined in numbers. Nepal’s last remaining population of about 150 wild water buffalo inhabit the area. This population has now grown to a total of 432 individuals with an annual growth rate of 7.27 percent, according to the latest census carried out in 2016. With this upsurge in the population, authorities are planning a possible transfer of some wild water buffaloes to the flood plains of Chitwan National Park where they have been extirpated around the 1950s. If the proposed translocation happens, this will present a natural Predator-Prey scenario since wild water buffaloes in Koshi Tappu has been lacking their natural predators in the form of tiger, leopard, and dhole for quite a long time.

Birds
Notable among the 485 bird species are watercock, Indian nightjar, dusky eagleowl, black-headed cuckooshrike, whitetailed stonechat, striated grassbird, large adjutant stork, Pallas’s fish eagle, common golden-eye, and gullbilled tern. Swamp francolin and rufous-vented grass babbler occur as well.
 In spring 2011, 17 Bengal floricans were recorded from nine different sites along a 39 km (24 mi) north-south stretch of the Koshi River. Seven were males and 10 were females. Only five individuals were recorded outside the reserve, two pairs north of Koshi Tappu, and one female seen twice near the Koshi Barrage area.
Koshi Wildlife Reserve Entry Fee: US$ 15 (SAARC) US$ 7 (Other)

Available Packages

2 Nights 3 Days Wildlife Safari

The 2 Night's/3 Day's bundle is sufficient to complete the whole significant exercises in the hold like Bird Watching, Jeep Safari, Rafting, and Village/Nature walk. It is...

  • Schedule

    From: 13th Dec, 2019
    To: 13th Dec, 2019
  • Destination:

    Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Package
  • Group Size:

    Minimum 2 pax
  • Best season

    All Season
  • Trip Status

    Easy
  • Starts from

    $0

3 Nights 4 Days Wlidlife Safari

3 Night's 4 Day's package is structured explicitly for fledgling sweethearts who need to investigate as much as of the more than 400 types of feathered creatures in the hol...

  • Schedule

    From: 13th Dec, 2019
    To: 13th Dec, 2019
  • Destination:

    Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Package
  • Group Size:

    Minimum 2 pax
  • Best season

    All Season
  • Trip Status

    Easy
  • Starts from

    $0

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