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Jeep & Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park

Elephant Safari

The World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park is a 2-hour drive from Wild Mahseer. Bordering the southern banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River it is situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. This was declared a Tiger Reserve in Year 2006.

The park is open during the winter months of the dry season from the beginning of November to the end of April.

Kaziranga National Park is split into 4 zones: the central or Kaziranga Range, the western or Bagori Range, the eastern or Agaratoli Range and the Burapahar Range. We usually recommend that our guests take their elephant safari in the western range, where they will have a chance to get close to the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros.

A child of the Brahmaputra river, the Kaziranga Biosphere Reserve is one of the most incredible ecosystems in the world. The interplay of the river and its tributaries results in a mosaic of tall elephant grass and forests that give rise to a vast diversity of insects, birds and animals.

This magical land is synonymous with the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros – a name that inspires awe and pride in the minds and hearts of the Assamese people. This is also tiger and elephant country. In Kaziranga, you can hear the call of the hoolock gibbon and observe the aerial mating ritual of the Bengal Florican. The park also plays host to the Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer and an astounding 500+ species of birds. Every nook and cranny of this emerald wonderland is special. But even more than the sight of a rhino, tiger or elephant, it is the park’s indescribable peace and quiet magic that feed the soul and remain with visitors forever.

This compact field guide from Sanctuary produced in association with Hathikuli Organic, Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), APPL Foundation and the Rhino Foundation for Nature in Northeast India offers a snapshot of Kaziranga replete with insider tips on where to enjoy the best sightings and places to stay. With pages to jot down notes and memories, this is an ideal companion to take along as you explore the natural paradise of Kaziranga.

Visit Balipara Foundation site to access guide book

Kaziranga, declared a National Park in 1974, is the first and oldest in Assam. Compared to other protected areas in India it has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. It spreads over 430 sq kms. Located at the edge of the eastern Himalayas and with the background scenic beauty of the Karbi Anglong hills the park combines high species diversity and visibility in a wetland ecosystem comprising dense moist broadleaf forests, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshland and numerous small bodies of water. It is crisscrossed by four major rivers including the Brahmaputra.

The park is open during the winter months of the dry season from the beginning of November to the end of April. It is split into four zones: the central or Kaziranga Range, the western or Bagori Range, the eastern or Agaratoli Range and the Burapahar Range. We usually recommend that our guests take their elephant safari in the western range where they will have a chance to get close to the great one-horned rhinoceros. The favoured ranges for jeep safaris are the eastern, central and western.

Elephant safaris set out at 05.30 and 06.30 every morning and at 15.00 every afternoon. They last one hour.

Jeep safaris depart between 07.00 and 09.30 in the morning and can last until noon. In the afternoon they depart between 13.30 and 15.00 and can last until sunset.

Trekking in Kaziranga National Park is also permitted in the tropical mixed forests of Panbari Reserve Forest under the Bokakhat Beat (5 km) and in the Kukurkata Reserve Forest under the Burapahar Range (10 km).

The Panbari Reserve Forest terrain has a gentle slope as compared with the terrain of Kukurkata Reserve Forest, which is hilly with mainly tropical moist mixed forest vegetation. From the hilltop of Kukurkata you will see a panoramic view of the floodplain and ecosystem of Kaziranga National Park. It has a good diversity of birds and primates.

As both the Reserve Forests are frequented by the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and wild Asian elephants it is imperative you have an armed guard provided by the park management to accompany you.

 

How to reach : Rowraiah (Jorhat) is the nearest Airport which is 97 Kms. away and LGBI Airport (Guwahati) is 239 Kms. away. The road distances from nearest cities & towns to Kohora are : from Jorhat is 89 Kms., from Nagaon is 96 Kms., from Guwahati is 219 Kms., from Golaghat is 73 Kms. and from Bokakhat is 21 Kms.

For Assistance : The Range Officer, Kaziranga Range, Kohora, Tel.-03776-262428, The Range Officer, Western Range, Baguri, Tel.- 03672-283463, The Range Officer, Eastern Range, Agoratoli, Tel.-03776-268032, The Range Officer, Burapahar Range, Ghorakati, Tel.-03672-279012.
 

For Information : The Director, Kaziranga National Park, P.O .Bokakhat ,Dist .Golaghat, Tel.-03776-268095(O), 268086(R ) Fax-268095, E-mail : unicornis @ sancharnet.in, Divisional Forest Officer, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, P.O. Bokakhat, Dist. Golaghat, Tel.-03776-268007 (O) 268041 (R), ACF & WLRO Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, PO.Bokakhat, Dist. Golaghat, Tel.-03776-268007 (O). Website – www.kaziranga100.com

Best season for visit : November to April