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Tigerland Safari Resort
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

I was with a group of 10 friends and we had a fantastic time here! The staff were always smiling and ready to help us and our accommodations were very comfortable. I was nervous after reading some reviews but planned ahead and had them give us all the activities from their 3 day program for our 2 day stay--we were kept busy the whole time, which was good cuz unless you feel like reading a book, there isn't much to do in your down time! OH, and free wifi too. The highlight for me by far was the ELEPHANT BATHING!!! The river was crystal clear and you are bareback on the elephant while she showers you :) Although the property is somewhat modest, the food & the staff are excellent and try very hard to keep you happy! (The electricity was no problem--they have generators and turn it on while you are in your room.)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The staff were warm and friendly and helpful and knowledgable. They put on a full programme. Though croc breeding and walking through bush in heat of the day weren't the highlights!
Don't make the mistake of thinking that you're coming to the national park. This is a lodge on the edge of the park. More like private game reserve than safari in national park. Enjoyable but hardly authentic.
Accommodation is in chalets on stilts and is satisfactory. The food is seved in canteen style but is ok.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I stayed here in April 2012 following a 2 week Trek for some R&R and to top up on Nepalese experiences before heading home. Tigerland is very obviously a brand new facility and to put ‘Tiger’ in the name is optimistic. In comparison with even the fairly decent hotels I stayed in in Kathmandhu the accommodation here is first class. Food is a mix of local and western, the local is pretty good and the western pretty average.
Air conditioned, mosquito cleared cabins with comfortable beds feel very luxurious although intermittent power supply can be annoying. Do not come here expecting the African big game experience and you most likely won’t be disappointed. That said, exotic bird life is incredible so for the bird watcher this is heaven (many Bee-eaters, Weaver birds, Osprey, Egret, Drongos, the list is endless). As for bigger creatures? The long grass is tricky but we did get close to both Mugger and Gharial crocodile, many Rhino, Deer and Jackal. Apart from a rather tired looking paw-print – no sign of a Tiger though. The staff I found helpful and attentive although sometimes a little perplexing it was as though they didn’t quite know what to make of me?

My first day and a half were frankly a mixture of bizarre and epic. There were only two other guests at this point so I pretty much had my own personal naturalist, Sadohar. He proved very knowledgable if a little difficult to understand (it took far too long for me to realise that “pi55” equals “fish”!), we had a lovely bird spotting walk on the afternoon I arrived. The evening slide show is best described as quaint.

The staff were very keen that I look at the local villagers although I was quite annoyed by the way they were billed as an exhibit and declined. These are people trying to live challenging lives in dignity, not zoo inhabitants. I did walk through nearby settlements which is fascinating but not as the main purpose of my visit. The following morning we had an early morning Elephant ride 5:30 to 8:30 which was a marvellous experience. We spotted, Jackal, Deer a Nightjar but you guessed right, no Tigers. The afternoon jeep ride was great though, oh... by jeep they meant aging Suzuki jeep and I was quite jealous of another group in a well-equipped Land Rover. We did see many Rhino and got amazingly close to one pair, for me this was the highlight. The stay included a visit to the Gharial crocodile breeding project which is interesting but the only exhibit in every cage is, well, crocodiles, small, medium and large. The gentle boat ride is a great way to see crocodiles and birds so that too is recommended but I was not keen on the Elephant washing malarkey; it may suit others though.

Overall - a pretty good experience if not quite what I was expecting, be brave and give it a try.

Room Tip: Pick a lodge further from the restaurant and nearer the park.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Recently spent two nights as part of 8 night tour of Nepal and this stay complemented the rest of the Nepal experience. There was a full programme from start to finish which included an elephant safari, a jeep safari, a morning walk with a very knowledgable naturalist through the forest to a dug-out ride down the river, a village walk, a slide show, an elephant familiarisation session (getting up close and personal) and a local dance group - all in 2 days. The staff were so friendly, helpful and good company and always available for refreshment in the bar/meeting area. The Guest Relations Officer (Ramila) was so attentive, always smiling and was always there to meet and greet each return from every trip and interested to hear the story. She was keen to ensure everything was as expected. Currently the dining room is a bit like a school hall but refurbishment of another room is well underway to provide a better dining experience, with more atmosphere. The cabin was clean, well equipped and spacious. The name "Tigerland" does give an expectation which cannot be delivered, as the forest terrain is just too difficult for any visitor to see something which doesn't want to be seen! However saw 5 different rhino, crocs, deer, monkeys and lots of birdlife and the elephant safari experience will live long in the memory, mainly because the drivers seemed to care so much for their charges.
I understand all resorts now have to be outside the CNP so location is as good as it can be, but requires a short journey before getting into heart of the park.

Room Tip: Cabins on the far side (along river) have a more private aspect.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

my husband and i have lived in pokhara, nepal for many years and we always take visiting friends and family to chitwan. this was our first stay at tigerland but our favorite chitwan visit ever! the staff are lovely. our two young guides were extremely knowledgeable, always smiling and friendly and had eagle-eyes to spot all the wildlife. the early morning elephant ride through the misty jungle was incredible. highlight was the mother and baby rhino. i will definitely return to tigerland on my next chitwan visit, although i will request a back-row bungalow facing the grasslands along the river next time. all the huts are nicely appointed, clean and very comfortable with a/c and hot showers. food was very tasty and they made an extra effort to accomodate my vegetarian diet. much appreciated. this place comes highly recommended in my book!

Room Tip: request a 'back-row' bungalow facing the river for the nicest views
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

After two weeks volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Nepal in Pokhara, six of us ladies on the team were excited to see a different region of this beautiful country. Tigerland was great in some ways and disappointing in others, but on the whole we were very happy with our experience. We rode atop elephants into the Chitwan National Park, always on the lookout for the elusive tiger. We did see plenty of birds, a few rhino and hippo. Just being on the elephant was amazing! As if it could get better, the elephant bathing was incredible! We also took a canoe ride and hike and visit into the Chitwan, birdwatching walks and walked to the Tharu Village. This is a very reasonablly priced lodge, also an upside.

Downsides: there was no pool when we were there; they say they plan to put one in which would be a major improvement as there isn't much else to do. We didn't mind since rest and relaxing (think napping and an afternoon beer) were in order for us. The food is a bit lacking too, but the dining room is air conditioned and pretty enough. They could improve the ambiance with a few more touches (candles, plants, etc.). They charge you for bottled water, so be sure you keep track of how many you have or you may be overcharged! They would put the bottles right onto our dining table; it's easy to be charged for them even if you do not drink them.

Because we had such a good time in our 3 nights I am giving this an overall "very good" rating, but if you have been on safari in Africa don't get your hopes up too high!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed at the Tigerland for 3 nights which seemed to be 1 too many for their regular programming and we ended up with an entire day of duplicate activities. We didn't want to go on the village walk or see the elephant bath a second time and as there wasn't anything else to do (since you can't leave and there are no other activities onsite), we stayed in our room and read for most of the last day - nice and relaxing but not what we'd expected for paying so much to be there. At least our view over the grassland out back was nice and we saw lots of birds from our window. It would have been really nice to have screens on the windows so we could hear the sounds of the outdoors at night without letting bugs into our room.

Immediately after we arrived we joined an elephant ride where we saw a mother and baby rhino, crocodiles, peacocks, a variety of other birds and deer. We had heard that we wouldn't see much in the long grass so we were really excited to start off our visit that way. We went on the elephant ride at the end of our duplicate-itinerary day and saw 2 more adult rhinos and more birds we hadn't previously seen. It was a definite highlight!

The local dance show before dinner was interesting but the staff was quite pushy to try to get us to join in.

The morning village walk through the banana plantations and rice paddies was interesting - we don't have anything like that at home so it was neat to just be there and see that type of agriculture. They were beginning to harvest the rice by hand which was interesting to see how it's done. Being in the village felt a bit voyeuristic and awkward. The kids and some of the baby animals were really adorable, but it was a little uncomfortable seeing the adults try to go about their morning chores while people gawked and took their pictures.

The elephant bath was really good - my husband rode on the back of one of the elephants and got splashed by it. It was a neat experience and the elephants seemed to enjoy time to cool down and get scrubbed down in the river.

The jungle drive was a bumpy jeep ride to the edge of the park - not quite the drive we'd expected as we thought we'd get to ride around for a couple hours to spot wildlife, rather than just taking the long way around to get dropped off at the park gate. Our walk through the park to the crocodile breeding centre was good. They split the group into two smaller groups and our little group saw more deer, monkeys, and lots of birds. We also saw a bunch of fresh animal tracks including a sloth-bear although we never did encounter the real thing. The plant life was also stunning and it was a beautiful walk. We wished we could have done another one of these or that the walk would have been much longer than the hour and a bit it took to get through to the breeding centre.

It was almost dark by the time we got back to the canoes to go downriver so our canoe ride didn't allow us to see much wildlife (a couple crocodiles in the water, deer along the shore, and some waterfowl). Floating down the river at sunset was quite relaxing and was a nice way to end the day.

The birdwatching walk was interesting. It was similar to the jungle walk the day before but on the edge of the grasslands outside the park so we got to do more walking through the lush forest. Watch out for leeches! We walked down a rhino path and tracked some monkeys through the treetops but we probably saw more birds from the balcony of our room than on the walk. Even if we didn't see very much, it was interesting to see our guide at work and it was really good to be out and to hear the sounds of the forest.

The guides were great, polite, and clearly passionate about what they were doing.

The food was bland and rather disappointing - it felt like they were trying to refrain from offending anyone by not providing anything too flavourful. A waiter asked if I wanted a drink with dinner and I requested tea. His response was, "so no then" and he moved on to serve the additional-charge wine/beer drinks to other tables. The person who seemed to manage guest relations seemed nice but spent most of the time hovering around staring at people but not meeting anyone's eye.

The resort had a feel like it was catering to retired westerners - that would also describe most of the clients who were there at the same time as us. The activities we did were great and we really enjoyed them - it would have been nice to have more of them or for options to spend longer than ~2 hours at any one of them.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jagatpur, Chitwan National Park 49000, Nepal
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Narayani Zone > Chitwan District > Chitwan National Park
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Chitwan National Park
Price Range: $100 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tigerland Safari Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abode Of The Unicorn – The Greater One Horned Rhino The park is teeming with wildlife with 68 species of mammals recorded. The list includes the Greater One Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, Gaur, wild dogs, sloth bear and jackals. The water bodies afford the patient visitor glimpses of the prehistoric looking Mugger crocodiles as well as the long snouted Gharial crocodile too can be spotted basking on the banks of rivers. ... more   less 
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