Wildlife nightmares in Nepal

At sunrise, we jump to a canoe style boat made of a single piece of tree in Chitwan National Park, Southern Nepal. There are many crocodiles in the river and every year some people get killed by them, mostly fishermen. But don’t worry, they don’t move that fast on land. What if the boat sinks, i ask? They never sink, they reply.

Suddenly, our boats gets pushed by a current and we start rapidly moving towards another boat.

Ready for some boating in a river full of crocodiles

We spot some wild birds and many crocodiles on land. Suddenly, our boats gets pushed by a current and we start rapidly moving towards another boat. I think, this is the end of us! We hit the other boat and the boat shakes, but luckily, the boat doesn’t turn over. My heart beats so fast. Soon we will land to the National Park where we can already see a sleeping rhino.

They don’t move that fast on land…

If you encounter a wild elephant, try jumping out of a cliff, as elephants are afraid of jumping (so am I! And under the cliff there is the river full of crocodiles!).

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If the rhino gets aggressive, just climb to a tree! Luckily this one was friendly.

“Okey guys, few instructions before heading to the jungle. There are many rhinos here. If they get aggressive, just climb to the nearest tree (Climb to a tree? When was the last time, I climbed to a tree?). There are also wild elephants here (you could actually hear their sounds from the jungle at that time), one is called Ronaldo and has lately attacked some people. If you encounter a wild elephant, try jumping out of a cliff, as elephants are afraid of jumping (so am I! And under the cliff there is the river full of crocodiles!). And the tigers, they usually run a way from us (usually?).”

There is the biggest croco I have ever seen and now, let’s cross the river, easy!

Okey let’s start! Eight hours of exciting walk in the jungle with our guides begun with my hands shaking and butterflies in my stomach. We saw many rhinos, who luckily were not aggressive, rather running away from us. By the river there were many crocodiles and when the guide told us to cross the river by walking in the knee-high water, I was almost crying. Check out the hilarious river crossing video!

Is that a tiger?!

Matti shouted “Is that a tiger?!”, when he saw something cat-like moving in the woods. The guide started running to the forest with him, I followed a bit behind. Suddenly I saw a cat-like animal coming down from a tree next to us and running to the jungle. The guide told us that is was a leopard and you very rarely spot them here.

Running after a leopard in the jungle

After eight hours in the jungle, I was totally happy to be back at our bungalows.  I was chilling out and having a drink at our nice garden as I heard someone shouting from the street: “A rhino is coming!!”. I got my stuff and run inside our room. A few seconds later a huge rhino just run to our garden to eat some veggies.

Matti spotting  a rhino by a lake

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