Wildlife safari tours in Asia are blooming probably because a great number of national parks, safaris and wildlife reserves are being opened to the public. Safari vacations in Asia are now common and in abundance due to the rich and diverse existence of flora and fauna. Safaris in Asia reveal some of the world’s most unique and remote species as well as home to the endangered yet majestic species like that of Royal Bengal Tigers.
Go tiger watching in India and experience riding the elephants in Thailand and fall in love with the refreshing panorama of the safaris! Therefore, I have listed below the top 20 wildlife safari destinations you should consider together with the best travel guide to Asia wildlife to make your planning much easier.
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Out of all the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Nepal, the Chitwan National Park is the first and oldest national park. It is recognized by the UNESCO and listed as one of the World Heritage Sites. The best time to visit Chitwan National Park will be between October and December as there is a greater chance for you to spot tigers and other wild animals as they come out to the waterholes. You can either explore the national park by way of jungle trekking where you can expect to see rhinos as well or you can go deeper into the jungle by joining the jeep tours whereas, river boating often highlights the crocodiles that inhabit the Rapti river in the Chitwan National Park.
Royal Bardia National Park, Nepal
The Royal Bardia National Park is said to be the largest tiger safari in Nepal as well as the largest habitat of Royal Bengal Tigers in the country. Therefore, you stand a better chance to spot the tigers here than anywhere else in Nepal and it is best to visit this national park between October and June. There are more than 30 different types of mammals and 250 species of birds inhabiting the national park. This national park is also an ideal place to spend your vacation with your children as the park does provides educational walks for the kids to make sure they enjoy their trips at the Royal Bardia National Park as much as the adults do.
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
The Sagarmatha National Park is located in Nepal’s Khumbu region and features the tallest peak in the world which is Mount Everest. It is not only famous for its sheer beauty, but also for its religious and cultural significance. A number of wild animals can be found in this park such as the Himalayan black bears, goats and weasels. The best time to visit the Sagarmatha National Park is between October and November or between March and May.
Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, Nepal
Located in the Kanchanpur district in Nepal, the Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve is absolutely one of the most accessible wildlife tourism destinations, being the home for the famous Royal Bengal Tiger and the great one-horned rhinoceros; both are now classified as endangered species, the park has been able to attract lot of wildlife lovers. Swamp deers, hispid hare and elephants are other types of mammals that you might encounter throughout your journey at the reserve. Do not miss a trip to the Mahakali River and its tributaries that flow in the west of the reserve and nor should you give visiting other lakes and rivers a miss.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal
This wildlife reserve in Nepal was originally established to protect the rare wild water buffaloes. Nowadays, the wildlife reserve has become a paradise for bird watchers where you can find more than 450 species of birds. It is currently recognized as one of the best bird watching sites in the world. Around November to February, you might as well get to see a great number of migratory birds from Siberia and Tibet visiting the wildlife reserve. Other than the birds, the reserve is also the home for many endangered species such as the Gharial (Alligator) crocodile, hog and spotted deer.
Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Recognized as one of the most famous national parks and tiger reserves in India, the Bandhavgarh National Park has never failed to attract a large number of tourists over the years. The national park is located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh, and is divided into three major safari zones named as Tala, Magdi and Bamera. Out of the three, the Tala Zone promises more tiger sighting opportunities. You will have a great chance to spot the majestic Indian tigers as well as leopards and sloth bears at the national park. The best time to visit the Bandhavgarh National Park is between the months of October and March.
Kanha National Park, India
Kanha National Park is always considered as one of the finest and best tiger sighting places in Asia. You can easily explore and enjoy the wildlife experience of the 4 major zones in the national park by joining Tiger Safari Tours. You can either join the morning trip where you can even witness the sunrise or join the other trip from the afternoon until dusk. This tour is perfectly suitable for the nature lovers as you will also get to enjoy the vast beauty of the flora and fauna. Animals like leopards and wild dogs can be sighted with some ease at the Kanha National Park. It is recommended to visit the Kanha National Park between October and March.
Gir National Park, India
Are you currently in the midst of planning for a wildlife holiday in Asia and seeking for a lion safari to be added up in your list of adventure? Then explore the Gir National Park in Gujarat, which is the only natural habitat of world popular Asiatic Lions besides Africa. You can spot the majestic lions roaming free in the wild and it is said that almost 500 lions inhabited the Gir National Park in 2015. What a sighting it will be! The national park is also the home for other animals such as leopards, deer, hyenas, crocodiles, snakes and others. The Gir National Park is open for tourists from 16th October to 15th June every year.