Koshi Wildlife Camp

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Birding, Wildlife & Cultural Excursions from Koshi Camp

Below you will find a list of some of the half-day and shorter excursions we offer from Koshi Camp:


4 hours or under:

● Half-day walk to the north of Koshi Camp, in search of woodland birds – especially owls, woodpeckers, warblers and minivets (3-4 hours).

● Grassland Bird Special – an early morning foray to a nearby island in search of the Rufous-vented Prinia and other grassland specialities (3+ hours).

● Night-time spotlighting around the Camp … in search of owls, civets, Indian Flying Foxes, Golden Jackals, both Jungle Cat and the endangered Fishing Cat (a speciality here), Hog Deer and other mammals (1-2 hours). 

● Enjoy time in our hide – whether for birding, wildlife photography or the chance of a late afternoon Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat or Golden Jackal. 

● Village and Cultural tour, visiting a local house and family … and perhaps also a school (2 hours).

● Lakeland waterbirds of Chimdhi Lake, Biratnagar. An opportunity on the arrival or departure road transfer to take a 2-hour detour in search of wildfowl and wetland species (3- 4 hours).


4+ hours:

● Half-day walk to the south of Koshi Camp, in search of wetland and open-country birds and mammals (4-5 hours).

● Half-day rafting trip on the Koshi River in search of waterbirds, raptors, wild Water Buffalo and other mammals (5-6 hours). 

● Half-day safari, by jeep and on foot, to Rhamdhuni Forest, the Cattle Retirement Centre and Vulture Feeding Station (4-5 hours).

● Half-day exploration of the light acacia scrubland and open sandy meadows north of Koshi Camp in search of Bengal Florican, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, larks, pipits, etc (5-6 hours).

● Afternoon jeep safari to the Koshi Barrage for Ganges River Dolphins, looking for the other mammals and birds of southern Koshi Tappu during the evening drive back to Koshi Camp (5-7 hours). 

● Patnali Forest – an early morning walk seeking a rich variety of forest birds and mammals. Black Giant Squirrel and some eastern avian specialities should be amongst the highlights (5-6 hours). 


Our Itineraries (in brief)

Your 7-night stay – a sample programme (please click here for the detailed description of this programme):


Day 1 – Arrive at Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to Chimdhi Lake, Biratnagar ). After lunch, explore the wetlands of Koshi Camp or the adjacent woodlands of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Day 2 – Enjoy a morning walk south of Koshi Camp in search of wetland and open-country birds and mammals, then some afternoon birding around the grounds or take a village and cultural tour, visiting a local house and family.

Day 3 – Visit the light acacia scrubland and open sandy meadows north of Koshi Camp for grassland specialities, followed by a gentle float down the Koshi River for waterbirds. Afternoon/evening options as yesterday.

Day 4 – Take a woodland walk to the north of Koshi Camp in search of owls, orioles, drongos, woodpeckers, warblers and minivets. After lunch, enjoy the local birding (or cultural) opportunities around Koshi Camp.

Day 5 – A half-day safari, by jeep and on foot, will enable you to explore Rhamdhuni Forest and visit the Cattle Retirement Centre and Vulture Feeding Station. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6 – Enjoy a morning’s birding in the woodland of the southern sector of the reserve. After lunch, visit the Koshi Barrage for Ganges River Dolphins and look for other mammals on the evening drive back to Koshi Camp. 

Day 7 – Grassland Bird Special. Take an early morning foray to a nearby island in search of the Rufous-vented Prinia and other grassland specialities. Afternoon again at leisure – a chance for walks, birding and spotlighting.

Day 8 – Depart Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to Chimdi Lake near Biratnagar airport).

Your 5-night stay – a sample programme:

Day 1 – Arrive at Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to Chimdhi Lake). After lunch, explore the wetlands of Koshi Camp or the adjacent woodlands of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Evening in the hide or spot-lighting.

Day 2 – Enjoy a morning walk south of Koshi Camp in search of wetland and open-country birds and mammals. After lunch, take a woodland walk to the north of Koshi Camp in search of owls, woodpeckers, warblers, minivets, etc.

Day 3 – Search for avian and mammal specialities in the open acacia scrub and grasslands to the north, then float gently down-river by raft for waterbirds and Water Buffalo. For some culture, visit a local village and household.

Day 4 – Take an early morning foray to a nearby island to search for Rufous-vented Prinia and other grassland specialities, then an afternoon trip to Rhamdhuni Forest and the Cattle Retirement Centre and Vulture Feeding Station.

Day 5 – Enjoy a morning’s birding in the woodland of the southern sector of the reserve. After lunch, visit the Koshi Barrage for Ganges River Dolphins and look for other mammals on the evening drive back to Koshi Camp.

Day 6 – Depart Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to Chimdhi Lake near Biratnagar airport), taking a final pre-breakfast or post-breakfast birding walk should your timings permit.

Your 3-night stay – a sample programme:

Day 1 – Arrive at Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to Chimdhi Lake). After lunch, take a woodland walk to the north of Koshi Camp in search of owls, woodpeckers, warblers, minivets, etc.. Evening spot-lighting.

Day 2 – Enjoy a morning walk south of Koshi Camp in search of wetland and open-country birds and mammals, then visit the Koshi Barrage for Ganges River Dolphins, looking for other mammals on the evening drive back to camp.

Day 3 – Search for avian and mammal specialities in the open acacia scrub and grasslands to the north, then float gently down-river by raft for waterbirds and raptors. For some culture, visit a local village and household.

Day 4 – If time, take an early morning foray to a nearby island to search for Rufous-vented Prinia and other grassland birds. Depart Koshi Camp by land or air (with optional detour to the Koshi Barrage for Ganges River Dolphins).