Wildlife Safari In Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is synonymous with exhilarating wildlife sightings and the major draw of the sanctuary is the famous One-Horned Rhinoceros. The national park spans almost 40 kilometers in length, 13 kilometers in width, and getting to the right place could seem like a daunting task. Kaziranga offers safari in four different zones with the option of an Elephant safari, a boat safari, and a Jeep safari. With our Kaziranga safari guide, you will be able to plan your trip flawlessly.
So where exactly do you need to go? Kaziranga National park is a huge place but there are four ranges that it is divided into – Central (Kohora), Eastern (Agoratuli), Western (Bagori), and Burhapahar. The one that sees the most tourist footfalls is the Central range, Kohora. 25 minutes from Kohora is the Western range and this has the shortest safari route but the highest density of Rhinos.
The Eastern Range is about an hour’s drive from Kohora, has the longest safari route, and is perfect for birding enthusiasts. So, if you are looking for specific requirements from your Kaziranga safari experience, talk to a local guide before you choose which range to visit. Located close to Kohora is the Kaziranga Tourist Complex which offers facilities like booking services, jeep rentals, safari information, and restrooms. However, you don’t need to worry about the bookings, rentals etc. since our travel experts will do this for you.
Safari timings, and booking process
The Kaziranga National Park safari service is available between the months of November and April each year. During other months, the park remains close to tourist activities. Kaziranga offers three types of safari experiences – Jeep safari, boat safari, and Elephant safari.
The one-hour Elephant safari starts off early in the morning between 5:30 and 7:30 and is conducted in the Central and Western ranges. If you are a foreign national, you will only be allowed in the Central range as the safaris here are managed by the Forest Department. Our tour experts can help you book the safari tickets so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of standing in queue at the booking office.
The Jeep safari takes place between 7:30 to 11 am and then again from 2 pm till 4:30 pm. These last for two hours each. Bookings for the Jeep safari can be made on spot or can be done through the Tourist Complex as well. Do note that the payment is per jeep and not per person. So, if you are traveling alone or in small numbers, you can join another group so save on the jeep cost.
Elephant Safari slots but our travel experts can help you get these tickets much in advance. Our Kaziranga safari experiences usually include the safari services. But in case, it’s not included in the package then we will be happy to book these tickets for you.
If you are looking for a 2-hour safari then hiring a jeep for the safari will surely be an enjoyable experience. The jeep safaris operate in two slots – 7:30 am to 11 am and then again from 2 pm till 4:30 pm. The tours are often conducted by our tour guide or an escort and you will get to enjoy the open-air ride through the beautiful forest in the comfort of the jeep.
As you drive through the forest, you will get a chance to see tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, wild buffaloes, elephants, a herd of deer, Pythons, and many other mammals & birds. For the Kaziranga National Park safari, we will hire a Jeep that is registered with the Jeep Safari Associations.
If you’d like the true Kaziranga safari experience then you must book the Elephant safari through us. The slow-paced safari lasts for an hour and the best time to do it is early mornings. Typically, 4-6 people get to share one Elephant and it’s the best way to traverse through the tall green grasslands from where you get a bird’s eye view of the landscape. The Elephant safari is available in Kohora, Bagori, and Burapahar ranges but the Jeep safari is permissible in all four zones.
The morning ride timings are 5:30 am to 7:30 and another afternoon batch is from 3 pm to 4 pm. To make the most of your Elephant safari experience, do make sure that you carry good binoculars or a zoom camera lens to be able to spot wildlife hiding in the undergrowth. In case, you are not comfortable with getting on an Elephant or not in favor of using animals for safaris, then you can book the Jeep or boat safari.
The boat safari is an interesting experience through the waterways of Kaziranga National Park and should definitely be included in your itinerary. The one-hour long boat safari goes through the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Dhansiri Rivers located near the park.
During the boat safari, you will be able to cruise through the waterways of Kaziranga and get the opportunity to spot animals who come to the watering holes to quench their thirst. The increased gathering of wildlife near the water brings with it the predators who hide in the undergrowth, waiting for the opportune moment to hunt.
Best time for safari in Kaziranga National Park
The Kaziranga National Park is open from November till April and you can go anytime for the wildlife safari. The park is partially open during the months of October and May but it is not recommended to go during that time due to unfavorable weather conditions. During the safari season, especially in winters, you could look at skipping the early morning safaris since due to the presence of fog you might not be able to see very clearly. Once the fog subsides and the sun is out, spotting wildlife will be easier and you can take stunning pictures of the wildlife in the park.
What can you expect to see during the safari?
A lot of people think that the most common sighting inside the Kaziranga National Park will be of the One-Horned Rhino. Yes, that’s partially true since most of the rhino population in India resides in Kaziranga. But there is so much more to see than just the Rhinos. On a good day, you should be able to see the Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Buffalo, Deer, and numerous bird species as well.
What you see depends on how good your guide is, the part of the forest you are in, and a little bit of luck as well. A good guide would know the best places to explore for maximum sightings and you will have to constantly follow your guide’s instructions for sightings.