Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

Summary

Bardia National Park is Nepal’s largest and best-preserved wilderness area. Comprising over 370 square miles of protected jungle habitat, it provides a home for a plethora of unique flora and fauna - including the Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhinoceros, and the Gangetic dolphin. Situated on the park’s periphery, Karnali Lodge offers its guests the opportunity to experience this jungle wonderland firsthand, via a guided jeep or walking safari, or on the back of one of its eight domestic elephants. Karnali Lodge runs almost entirely off solar power, produces food created from its own organic farm, and uses local materials in the construction of its boutique living spaces. Because of this, Tree Tops Karnali Lodge has become as synonymous with sustainability as it is with luxury adventure travel. 

Highlights

  • Come face to face with Nepal’s most iconic wildlife, including tigers, rhinos and elephants
  • Sample the culinary delights of Karnali’s organically-inspired restaurant
  • Get to know the lodge’s resident elephants by helping out at feeding and bathing time
  • Discover local culture on a traditional fishing trip

Location

Bardia National Park, Nepal

Best time to go

Between June and September, Nepal experiences heavy rains as part of its monsoon season. In terms of climate, the best times to visit Bardia National Park are from September to November, and from March to May. 

Our thoughts

Seemingly a million miles from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Tree Tops Karnali Lodge is a haven defined by the beauty of the jungle that surrounds it. There are few experiences as exhilarating as encountering endangered species in their natural environment, and Karnali offers one of Nepal’s best opportunities to do just that. 


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Resident domestic elephants
  • Expert naturalists
  • Guided treks and safaris

The cuisine at Tree Tops Karnali Lodge uses only the freshest seasonal produce, much of which comes from the lodge’s own organic vegetable farm. Karnali’s chefs create simple meals that are as wholesome as they are delicious. By eliminating wheat, white rice and sugar from the menu, the Karnali dining experience aims to deliver mouth-watering flavour whilst simultaneously promoting wellbeing and rejuvenation. 

Tree Tops Karnali Lodge features nine newly decorated rooms, the interiors of which are inspired by the lodge’s natural surroundings. Each room uses soft colours and fabrics to create an atmosphere of privacy and calm, and comes complete with a spacious en-suite bathroom.

  • Jeep safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • River safaris
  • Birdwatching
  • Trekking
  • Elephant riding
  • Fishing

Children are more than welcome at Tree Tops Karnali Lodge, where the staff will help plan child-friendly activities in order to ensure that parents get a chance to relax as well. Particularly, children will relish the opportunity to help out with the feeding and bathing of the lodge’s resident elephants. 


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