Myself and a friend stayed in a twin room cabin (128, the nearest to the round house) for one night in late July
Uniformed security guard at large two-door entrance (it reminded me of the movie 'Jurassic Park'!) makes you feel safe.
Warm welcome from staff.
Clean premises throughout with well-maintained gardens.
Welcome fruit drink and brief intro in Round house to the day (details also displayed on blackboard): two-hour elephant safari (4:30pm), slideshow (7:30pm), evening meal (8pm). Village tour and/or jungle walk the following morning.
Free WiFi! See staff for password. WiFi was fast enough for Facebook/Twitter/web browsing, but not for Skype. Strongest signal strength was in the Round house.
Suitcases carried by staff on their heads to cabin. Quick orientation tour of our cabin by staff. Cabins sprayed twice a day for mosquitoes. Leave footwear inside cabin front door and wear supplied sandals to protect floor. Twin beds, filtered water in flask, hand torch, twin wall-mounted lights, wall-mounted air-con with remote control, wicker glass-topped table and two wicker chairs, box of tissues, electrical plug-in anti-mosquito device, smoke alarm, open storage cupboard with drawers, en suite bathroom with sink and large top, large mirror, toilet and large and tiled walk-in shower, soap, shampoo, face cloths, hand & bath towels. Two rugs on floor. Various electrical points. No radio/TV so no noise. Door to balcony with views towards green fields with mountains on horizon marking the boundary of the Chitwan National Park. Thatched roof.
Elephant safari was two hours in duration, so I recommend a toilet stop beforehand. We were accompanied by the elephant driver (known as a Mahute) and a guide (Chhannu). Umbrellas are supplied. Rucksacks can be attached to the wooden seating frame. Female Asian elephant used - one of four owned by the Lodge. We were told female elephants are used as they're more docile and easier to control, plus no tusks. However, I didn't like it when the driver used a short metal spike to prod its ear and hit it on the head to encourage it to move, although most of the time he used voice commands or tapped his feet behind its ears to 'steer' it. One elephant came with her cute two and a half month old male baby. We saw dragonflies, various birds, a deer and several rhinos, but unfortunately none of the 125 Royal Bengal Tigers (the guide spotted one a month ago) in Chitwan National Park. Terrain included wetland, grassland and woodland. Later in the evening I was fortunate to see a wild cat from the balcony of my cabin.
30 minute laptop/projector evening photo slide show talk in the Round house from a guide (Chhannu) about the Chitwan National Park informed me about the diverse flora and fauna within the park, along with its history.
On the day of the village tour and jungle walk we had tea/coffee brought on a tray to our cabin at 6am. Pre-breakfast at 6:30am a Lodge guide (Chhannu) and a local villager, employed by the Lodge as a tracker, took us first to the village via a banana plantation and paddy fields. In the village we saw the locals using their water pumps, preparing food and putting protective dung/soil on the outside of their houses. We then walked along a rough track to the nearby woodland where I saw red firebugs, black ants, female peacocks and white-spotted deer (think Bambi). There were great views back to the Lodge with the mountains in the background. We returned at 8:30am for a shower, then breakfast. I'd recommend long trousers for the walk, as I picked up a leech from grass in the woodland. Stout footwear also recommended due to the uneven surfaces and a hat to protect from the sun.
Waiter/waitress served evening meal in spacious 'The HornBill's Nest' dining hall inside the Round house. For the evening meal I had a starter (mushroom soup), main (included chicken, fried, vegetables), dessert (banana fritter) and tea or coffee.
Waiter/waitress served breakfast outside under Round house roof. Food included muesli (ask for cold milk), toast with butter/jam, fried eggs, potatoes, fruit. Customer comment form circulated.
Rough road up to Lodge.
Additional charges for bottled mineral water, but free tea/coffee available from Round house.
Main lights not working and no hot water on arrival in our cabin, although air-con worked, but it was all fixed by the time we returned from the elephant safari.
The occasional short-term (5 minutes upwards) power cut, but I got these in Kathmandu as well.
Tip: I used anti-malarial tablets (Paludrine/Avloclor) specifically because of this region, even though I only stayed one night.
Tip: Wear hat/cap, baggy long-sleeved top and baggy long trousers with sealable pockets for the elephant safari to reduce abrasion from branches and to store a camera. I strongly recommend using a wrist/neck strap for a camera & camcorder, due to the constant swaying movement of the elephant.
Tip: Take coloured crayons/pencils to give to the children during the village tour.
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