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

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. a building with a sign on ita bed with a floral design on it a map of nepal on a wall a glass of beer next to a bottle a tray of food with a sauce and a bowl of soup

a plate of food on a table
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.a rhinoceros walking in a forest two rhinos walking on a dirt road in front of a building a rhinoceros in a grassy area with trees and a building

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.a pile of dirt and plants

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.a truck with chairs on the back a man in a white shirt a tire on a vehicle a green truck with chairs under a shelter

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.a sign with a crocodile and a crocodile in the water

a body of water with trees in the background
Croc?

Views

Like Kenya, my favorite parts of the safaris are the trees and the panoramic views.a green field with bushes and treesa green field with tall grass and bushes a truck parked in a grassy field a river with grass and trees in the background a grassy field with white flowers and a river

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.

a green forest with trees and bushes
Get down! Shut up!

two rhinoceros in the woods a rhinoceros in a grassy area a rhino standing in a grassy area a rhinoceros standing in tall grass a rhinoceros in a grassy area a rhinoceros standing in the grass with Kaziranga National Park in the background a rhinoceros walking through tall grass

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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