In Kaziranga, the elephant grass is tall than you are. A gentle breeze rustles through bamboo and reeds in the marshes.
Thousands of streams and rivulets run through this enormous park, until they empty out into the Brahmaputra river which runs along the northern border of the park. Kaziranga’s 1033 square kilometers form a diverse and unusual landscape. Sandbars, beels (flood lakes), and chapories (elevated zones that the animals shelter in during floods), are scattered across the landscape.
Kaziranga is one of the oldest and largest game parks in India. This beautiful ecosystem consists of dense forest, marsh and wetlands.
Kaziranga is one of the best places in India to spot India’s big mammals in the wild.
From Asiatic elephants, to the One-horned Indian Rhino, the tiger, the leopard, and the wild water buffalo, this scenic park is terrific for sightings. It’s wetlands also attract a wide variety of birds, resident and migratory. Some of these are extremely rare and unusual species like the White Tailed Fish Eagle or the Swamp Francolin. One of its birding highlights is to catch sight of the majestic Great Indian Hornbill soaring over the treetops!
Kaziranga is part of the Terai-Duar ecosystem and it’s savannah and grasslands are teeming with snakes, especially pythons and king cobras.
It is also one of the few surviving habitats of the critically endangered pangolin, and is also full of primates such as langurs, Assamese macaques, and India’s only ape — the Hoolock Gibbon. Fishing Cats, Jungle Cats, foxes, jackals and sloth bears are some of the other predators in the park.
The Asiatic Water Buffalo, swamp deer, and sambhar are some of the herbivores that are commonly found. Kaziranga is also home to the rare Indo-Gangetic dolphin and several other aquatic species inhabit the four rivers that cut through the park.
For avid wildlife photographers and film enthusiasts, Kaziranga is ideal. This park is perfect for intrepid and adventurous wildlife lovers, who really want to get a feel for some of India’s iconic species in their natural habitat.
Encounters Asia’s team can assist you with permits, arrangements and logistics to photograph and film the wildlife in the park. The best time to visit is November to late February/early March, when one can also take advantage of the timing for the winter migration of birds from the northern hemisphere.
The accommodations in Kaziranga are charming and rustic, with local character and warm staff. Highly experienced naturalists take you into deep into the park on jeep game drives to see a wide variety of wildlife.
The nearest airport is at Guwahati, and Encounters Asia will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and transferred to your lodge, as well as organize your game-drives and excursions into the jungle. For those who want to explore the wilderness in all it’s glory — Kaziranga has your name all over it. Ask us today to plan a fabulous safari in Kaziranga.