Bardia National Park

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge


Rustic luxury in remote Bardia

Venture to Bardia National Park and classic tiger country and find yourself at home at the intimate Karnali Lodge. It offers you an off-the-beaten-track escape surrounded by astounding beauty and abundant wildlife.

Simple but immensely comfortable, the lodge has been designed with its natural surroundings in mind, and the comfortable rooms are inspired by local architecture. Karnali allows you to experience the extraordinary beauty of this remote area with ultra personal service and expert wildlife guiding.

Bardia National Park was originally established to conserve tigers and their prey. It started out as a wildlife reserve and was expanded and transformed into a national park in 1988 with Karnali Lodge pioneering ecotourism here. Over the past four decades, the family-run lodge’s commitment to responsible tourism has established it as an authority on promoting conservation awareness.


At a glance

  • 21 rooms

  • Restaurant

  • Gardens

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    Jeep safari

    Head out on an open-topped Land Rover for a jungle safari unlike any other you’ll find in Nepal. Look out for Asiatic elephants, tigers and leopards, listening out for alarm calls and hopping out of the vehicle to track through the forest.

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    Bird watching

    There are some 848 species of birds across Nepal and the area around Karnali Lodge is a bird-lover’s dream.

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    River safari

    Take a relaxing trip down the Karnali River and keep a look out for wildlife in the water and on the river banks.

Community & Culture

Education in rural Nepal has for a long time been hindered by challenges related to geography, infrastructure, socio-economic status and cultural norms, all of which have seen some improvement in recent years. In a bid to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goal of making primary education accessible to all, Tiger Tops supports thousands of children in rural communities. That support takes the form of providing scholarships, textbooks, uniforms and training for staff. Tiger Tops places an emphasis on respecting and helping to preserve the traditions of the local tribes, and engages the communities in social and economic empowerment projects.


Together with the International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC), Tiger Tops contributes towards protecting wildlife and habitats across Asia. Their support helps various conservation projects. The ITNC was founded in 1980 by AV Jim Edwards who also founded the Tiger Tops Group of Companies, along with a group of likeminded people. While the trust supports projects worldwide, it has a special focus on Asia where communities are poor and the conservation needs are great. Among the projects Tiger Tops is proud to support with the ITNC are the Longterm Tiger Monitoring Project, and the first Gharial breeding programme in the country.


Tiger Tops has strict environmental policies in place to ensure that all of their lodges protect the environment and reduce their impact on nature. Solar power and ensuring vehicle meet emission control standards and just two of the ways they are reducing energy use, waste and pollutants. They source produce, employ staff and outsource business as locally as possible. Their lodges are all built using local materials, and are constructed by craftsmen from the area. Incorporating indigenous motifs and products into their designs is also a priority. An integral part of their sustainability approach is growing their own organic produce at both Tharu and Karnali lodges.

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