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The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is an important wetland area situated in the Sapta-Koshi River plain in the eastern corner of Nepal, close to the country’s southern border with India.

The reserve covers 175 square kilometres to the north of the kilometre-long barrage that spans the Koshi River. The vast expanse of open water and surrounding environment offers one of the most outstanding birdwatching sites in Asia (now recognised by Ramsar).

Koshi Tappu was originally established to protect the last remaining population of Asiatic wild buffalos in Nepal, but birds are the big draw here with the many small marshlands, pools and grasslands providing a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike. The vegetation near these banks holds many passerines and the finest birding sites in and outside the reserves are located between Koshi Camp and the barrage.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Gangetic river dolphin, water buffalo, smooth-coated otter, golden jackal, black-necked stork
  • Where: Saptari & Sunsari districts, Nepal

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Nepal Wildlife

This two-week itinerary visits a trio of national parks in the low lying Terai region, along the border with Nepal’s southern neighbour, India. This area has some of the best locations in the entire subcontinent to see wildlife such as rhino, elephant and Gangetic river dolphin, not to mention prolific birdlife.

  • When to go: Oct-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Koshi Camp

This venerable tented camp is centrally located at the eastern edge of the reserve, and offers accommodation 12 spacious traditional safari tents. There are several waterholes nearby and the local naturalist guides will help you explore the area’s wildlife on foot and also aboard rafts on the Koshi River.