Forest Hideaway offers walking, jeep
and elephant back safaris as well as
rafting trips on the Karnali River.
We also have a full range of cultural
tours to be enjoyed. Forest Hideaway
provides the visitor with access to
a selection of programmes and tours
geared at you enjoying all aspects of
the surrounding natural wonderland.
Elephant Back Safari:
Bardia National Park is serviced by
well looked after domestic elephants.
These fearless, majestic animals provide
the safest and most convenient method
of transport within the park. Due to
their nature you can move around within
the tall grasslands and dense jungle
and still demand an impressive view.
Hence, Elephant back safaris are ideal
for viewing the extensive flora and
fauna the park has to offer.
Jungle Walks :
Jungle walks are for the more ‘hands
on’ naturalist. These walks allow
the explorer to move with minimal disturbance
from one ecosystem to the next. This
makes the jungle walk the best for seeing
wildlife and brings you very close to
nature at its best. Additionally your
guide can give you in-depth information
on the habitats you pass through, details
of the plant life you encounter and
general tracking tips.
Jeep Safaris :
Jeep safari is the fastest way to see
the park, allowing for journeys deep
into the jungle. You visit some of the
best viewing towers and areas within
the park boundaries. We will take you
off-road in a four-wheel drive vehicle
for an unforgettable safari experience.
Karnali Rafting Trips :
early morning 30 km drive by jeep will
drop you by the Karnali River. This
is followed by a serene all day raft
down the gentle Karnali. The rafting
journey allows you to spot much wildlife,
especially the endangered freshwater
Gangetic Dolphin, the Gharial Crocodile,
exotic birds and big game on the nearby
river banks. Swimming is also possible
and sometimes even the dolphins may
join you! Some stretches of white water
can be included for the more adventurous.
Bird Watching Excursions :
These specialist tours are aimed at
exploring the community forest, river
habitats and open water areas. These
areas are inhabited by many varieties
of birds. Bird watching is most often
performed on foot for the least disturbance,
but a jeep safari is sometimes preferable.
Our specially trained guides can help
identify the different variety of birds
encountered, be they resident or migratory.
Cultural Programme :
cultural programme is essentially a
dance and festival session performed
by local Tharu dance troupes and is
a highlight of any visit to Forest Hideaway.
The performance of colourful dance exposes
you to traditional costumes, practice
and music providing a captivating spectacle
for one and all.
Tharu Village Visit :
This tour provides a window into local
Tharu life. These friendly, yet non-intrusive
visits are all conducted in the local
community. The Tharu have a distinctive
building style, characterized by the
use of straw, wood and clay to construct
traditional housing. These peaceful
villages are truly a beautiful and relaxing
sight to behold, which we recommend
to everyone who visits the Bardia area.
Bicycle Hire :
At Forest Hideaway we offer you mountain
bikes to venture out into the local
community, either alone or accompanied
by a guide. You can discover the beauty
of Bardia and the culture of the Tharu.
Specialist tours can be arranged for
you upon arrival. Specialist tours are
aimed at particular habitats or types
of wildlife. For example, a popular
choice is a Black Buck Antelope Tour
or a prolonged three-day deep jungle
trek. Please do not hesitate to contact
us for any further details or information
on our available activities.