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Safari and Home

Posted in Claire Burgess, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 16- Tuesday 26th May

We got up early this morning to go on a safari in Chitwan National Park. We went out in the jeep again which we discovered was still running from the 1960’s. We got a long wooden boat across the river to look for crocodiles. We saw one as we went along the river just a few feet away. It was scary being so close to something so big. When we got off the boat we walked through the jungle until we reached an elephant sanctuary. Here we saw a rare set of twin elephants with their mother and lots of other elephants.

We then headed back to the river where we were last night to watch the sunrise to see the elephants with their mahouts getting a wash. They were all really funny getting washed and playing around . The mahouts didn’t seem scared at all of the huge creatures.

Later in the day we did the very last part of the safari and took a ride on an elephant into the jungle to see what we would see. We spotted a peacock, a mother and baby rhino and some deer. The elephant was a little naughty for his mahout and kept stopping to eat all the time. That made it more of an adventure for us though as we sat on the top.

The next morning we headed back to Kathmandu and are heading back to the UK tomorrow. It’s been a great adventure all round and a great experience. If your thinking of heading to Nepal to go to base camp or just to see what happens then I totally recommend it. I have had an amazing, tiring, surprising time and hope to go back one day. I have loved meeting lots of lovely people along the way. Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

Love Claire x

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Chitwan National Park

Posted in Claire Burgess, Nepal, Travel by Claire Burgess on August 29, 2010

Day 15- Monday 25th May

We got up early this morning. Before the streets were busy to get the  bus to Chitwan National Park.  The streets in Kathmandu were much easier to walk down. We got to the bus stop and got on the little green bus. This is where we spent the next 6hrs listening to very cheesy pop music as we drove down winding roads along the edge of cliffs. We kept overtaking other busses on blind bends where we were all holding our breath and trying not to look. The roads were bumpy and at times you felt like you were on a big roller coaster. As we travelled along the road the senery outside the window changed from the big city to the green fields.

We arrived at a small village just outside of the park called Surgha. We were collected via an open top jeep and taken to our guest house swerving goats, cows, ducks and chickens that were wondering in the road. We wondered around the village being greeted by lots of smiling faces before watching the sun set at the side of the river on the edge of the national park. It was the perfect way to end the day.