The One-Horned Rhino: My Safari in Chitwan, Nepal

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One-Horned Rhino is part of the ANA, Take Me ‘Round the World Trip Report.


A 3-hour drive from Pokhara is Chitwan National Park. It was the final stop on my tour of Nepal. My reason for going was to see the one-horned rhino. The advertisements say there are tigers but from what I read they are rarely in season. The cost of the two hour Jeep tour was 10k rupees ($83) for 2 people, 4k ($33) of which was the ticket to the park.

Before going, we were able to eat lunch and rest at the Eden Resort.

More momo

At lunch, our guide came to us and asked if we wanted to see the rhinos. Confused, I said yes but the safari starts at 1PM. He said, “No, right now. They are here. Leave your beer.” I didn’t see rhinos in Africa (see Kenyan Safaris Are Expensive: Mara & Amboseli Price Summary) so I quickly followed him out of the restaurant and across the street. Sure enough, there were two rhinos meandering about. The guide warned us from going too close. Days before a local was killed when a rhino charged. Though these pictures aren’t the greatest, they will have to do on account of staying alive.

Other Nepalese tourists didn’t care about getting close and took selfies much closer than I was. No thank you.

On the way back, we saw rhino dung. The guide shared that magic mushrooms grow on it.

The stress of going on a safari is the pressure of not seeing the animals I’ve come to see. Here I saw what I came to see so I was able to enjoy the safari.

Driver

Our driver was an interesting fellow. People know that they should not text and drive. How about watching this interesting video? He was certainly resourceful. Besides multi-tasking, he did change a tire that blew out during our safari.

Animals

I saw different kinds of deer, antelope, lizards, snakes, birds, and one alligator. I didn’t see a tiger as predicted, nor did I see the long nose croc as I had hoped to see. As I only use my phone for taking pictures, I didn’t bother taking photos of animals far off in the distance. I also am against digital zoom. If the subject isn’t within a few feet, no photo will be taken.

Croc?

Views

Like Kenya, my favorite parts of the safaris are the trees and the panoramic views.

Rhinos

Whenever we would come across an animal, the guide would tap his ring on the jeep. The driver would stop. Magically, he could see things I would’ve missed even if I had all the time in the world. The best discovery was a mother and baby rhino. The mother came close to the jeep. This was good for pictures but could have been detrimental to my health.

Get down! Shut up!

TPOL’s TIP: Don’t wear bright orange/reddish pants on safari. Or do because they attract rhinos.

Overall

I was lucky. I came for rhino. I saw rhino.

TPOL’s TIP: I hired a driver to take me from Pokhara to Chitwan to Kathmandu for 15k rupees ($125). The day started at 6:30AM and ended at midnight (see OMAAT: The Hell Journey from Chitwan to Kathmandu).

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