Surrounded by the wild landscape of Bardia National Park, close to the border with India, Karnali Lodge is a peaceful pocket of understated luxury in a remote and unspoilt area. Run by the Tiger Tops conservation initiative, and sister property to Tharu Lodge in Chitwan, Karnali Lodge has an impressive commitment to eco sustainability, as well as being part of a larger project to protect and monitor Nepal’s wildlife.
The guest accommodation offers several traditionally built rooms, and a handful of higher-spec rooms with en suite facilities and private balconies, all created using local materials. Natural light gently illuminates each space, filtering through the surrounding trees and tall windows. This an ideal retreat for combining wildlife watching with time out in Nepal’s singular wilderness.
In the heart of one of the world’s best tiger-spotting locations, Bardia National Park in western Nepal, this lodge is off the tourist trail. The nearest airport is Nepalgunj, about 1 hour and 45 minutes drive away.
Jeep & river safaris
Bird-watching & community visits
Cosy garden & firepit
Karnali Lodge is truly off the beaten track, as cliché as that sounds. The sensational safaris, fresh food and homely welcome are well worth the journey.
Discover what to expect from staying at Karnali Lodge
Tune into the sounds of the jungle, turn off the tech (No TV’s here!) and sip a cocktail around the atmospheric fire pit. Travelling can be hectic, so taking time away from the tourist trail by getting back to nature is the ideal way to slow down the pace. Relax and exchange stories with like-minded travellers gathered around the flickering fire - the perfect spot.
Jump into a vintage, open-top jeep and head out on safari to spot some of Nepal's most impressive wildlife. With you every step of the way, guiding you through the wilderness with interesting facts and tales of the jungle, the expert naturalists are full of passion and knowledge. Scan the treeline for a glimpse of a Bengal tiger, or perhaps a leopard lazing in the shadows…
Take jeep safaris into the park, or explore on foot accompanied by experienced guides who can help you spot leopards, elephants, birds and even tigers. Cruise down the Karnali River to find wildlife on the water - you might catch sight of a crocodile or two. Back at the lodge, enjoy candlelit dinners, wander through secluded gardens, curl up in a cosy corner with a good book and keep warm around the firepit as you do a little stargazing.
Maintaining a strong focus on the environment is paramount here at Karnali Lodge. Local craftsmen use natural materials for construction, in keeping with local architecture. Solar energy is used throughout the resort and their organic farm provides fresh produce to be used in the kitchen. These are just a few ways Karnali demonstrates their commitment towards sustainability, and as part of Tiger Tops they’re involved in multiple conservation efforts, including anti-poaching work.
Taking an alternative approach to a classic Nepal combination, this journey contrasts the heady and hectic streets of Kathmandu with the open savannah of Chitwan National Park. Slow down to search for tigers and rhinos amid the wilderness, before strapping up your boots for a light trek between two atmospheric lodges in the Himalayan foothills around Pokhara.