Kaziranga National Park – What to expect from the jungle safaris in the wild?
There is something about the jungles that has always attracted us. It is the peace, nature, wildlife or even the serenity and silence that pulls us towards it. We have been to a few national parks in the past but Kaziranga National Park in Assam has always been on our list of places to visit. While we were on a trip to Assam recently to attend the Rongali Festival in Guwahati, we also had a visit to Kaziranga planned in the itinerary.
Our itinerary was prepared by the Koyeli Tours and Travels who are undoubtedly the best in the business when it comes to organizing trips in the North Eastern part of India. Although we have read a lot of good things about the jungle safaris in Kaziranga, experiencing it first hand was altogether a different ball game. Be it the jeep safari or the elephant safari each has its charm for all age groups. With specific timings for the safaris to the dos and dont’s when in the national park, let’s take you on a journey through Kaziranga National Park – what to expect from the jungle safaris in the wild!
The drive from Guwahati to Kaziranga:
Kaziranga National Park is located at a distance of almost 200kms from Guwahati and can be reached in almost 4 hours via NH27. The drive from Guwahati to Kaziranga is soothing to the eyes with overhanging trees on both sides of the road. The road conditions are pretty good and the traffic is also light on this route.
The Koyeli Information Center at Kaziranga:
You can consider yourself lucky when you visit an unknown territory and get all your queries resolved at one place. Koyeli Tours and Travels’ Information Center at Kaziranga ensures that everyone visiting this place is given the best assistance possible in terms of information, preparing an itinerary or helping them find the best accommodation as per their needs. The best part about them is that even if you do not opt to take their services, they still help you out with all the information possible. A place where you get a free wi-fi along with a free green tea, this is definitely the first place to look for on reaching Kaziranga.
Different Zones at the Kaziranga National Park:
Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Center is divided into 3 different zones, each falling in a different district. The zones are named as Central, Western and Eastern based on their location. While the Central Zone and Western Zones are mostly preferred for safaris spotting the wild animals, the Eastern Zone is preferred for bird watching as it has numerous species of birds all around.
Types of Safaris at Kaziranga National Park:
The park offers two types of safaris for the visitors, the jeep safari and the elephant safari. The jeep safari has a driver, a guide along with 4 passengers in one jeep traversing through the jungle. This safari is 2 hours and we found it more comfortable than an elephant safari for photography. The elephant safari is of 45mins duration and has 3 passengers along with a mahout. During our jeep safari, we had Mr. Bhuwan as our guide from the Koyeli Tours who explained us about the park in detail. We were really happy to know the in-depth knowledge he had about the park and the different types of wild animals found there.
The Safari Timings at Kaziranga National Park:
The Jeep Safaris are organized both in the morning and the afternoon while the Elephant Safaris are organized only in the morning. The elephant safari starts at 5:30 in the morning and the jeep safari starts at 7 in the morning. You need one-day advance booking for the elephant safari. Jeep Safari starts at 7 am in the morning and at 2 pm in the afternoon.
Best Time to visit the Kaziranga National Park:
The best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park is the winters! As the climate is dry between November to April, post-February burnout of the grass, the wild animals can be spotted more easily. The park remains closed from May to October every year fearing floods in the Brahmaputra river.
While staying at the Iora Resorts in Kaziranga, we went for a jeep safari twice. The first one was in the Central Zone on the day we reached Kaziranga. We were hoping to spot a tiger during it but couldn’t. However, we were lucky enough to find some deer, bore, single-horned rhinoceros and a whole lot of different birds during our two hours journey.
My fellow blogger friends went for an early morning elephant safari the next day but I decided to give it a past. Primarily because I did not want to ride the poor animal and make him feel slaved. The second-day jeep safari in the Western Zone of the park was equally beautiful and we found so many rhinos roaming around in the park. There were few of them who even posed for us so well that we just loved them. The sunset from the corridor in the park was one thing you should never miss while you are there at Kaziranga.
Do(s) and Don’t(s) at the Kaziranga National Park:
1) Take a guide along with you for the safari. This shall help you in understanding the park and wildlife better.
2) Wear full body covering clothes as it helps protect from insects and mosquitoes in the park.
3) Beware of the dust in the park, protect your expensive gears accordingly.
4) Opt for jeep safari if you are going primarily for photography.
5) Enjoy responsibly in the jungle and do not litter.
6) Be as silent as possible and you can soak in the beauty of nature.
1) Respect the wildlife and do not disturb the animals in the park.
2) Do not shout in excitement on spotting a wild animal, it invites unnecessary attention.
3) Do not play loud music in the jeep safari or on your personal speakers.
4) Do not wear bright/fluorescent clothes.
5) Do not carry anything to eat while going for the safari.
As we checked Kaziranga off from our list of places to visit, we were happy that Koyeli Tours and Travels invited us for this trip. The wildlife tour packages offered by Koyeli Tours are designed beautifully and should definitely be considered when planning your trip to Kaziranga National Park.
P.S.: We were invited for this trip by Koyeli Tours and Travels. However, the views expressed in the post are solely of the author and have not been influenced by the brand in any way.