Horny, Horny, Horny
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The bus from Pokhara much to my surprise takes us all the way to Sauhara, or at least just outside. You can easily walk from here into the vilage, but being a little unsure quite how far it was we paid for a ride. As there are no real taxis here, just hotel jeeps, the ride is to an hotel and is free if you decide to stay. After Julie's brief research of the hotels on offer we take the Riverside Hotel, a mid-price ($10) place as the name suggests overlooking the river.
Most visitors come here for the Rhino reserve and activities in the park which are sold heavily both to locals and to tourists. The activities are highly regulated and as the park is government controlled most prices are fixed and not really open to negotiation.
On the first day we take an afternoon canoe trip and walked to the Elephant breeding centre. As promised there were crocodiles lazing on the banks of the river but this is really a paradise for bird lovers as there is an incredible variety and number of birds. We walk to the Elephant Breeding Centre (EBC or Elephant Base Camp!) and are fortunate to come across 2 Rhino grazing. Our guide urges us to be careful but we manage to creep up to less that 100m away, quite close enough for me as we are warned that Rhino will charge if disturbed. There is a new arrival at the EBC a baby elephant only 2 days old.
On the next day we start early for a canoe trip down the river and a bush walk back to Sauraha through the park. We see monkeys, deer, crocs and birds and plenty evidence of Rhino and Sloth bears but none in the flesh. In the afternoon we take a 1/2 day jeep safari in the park stopping at the Crocodile Breeding Centre where, as well as crocs they have a tiger in a large wooden cage. This tiger was captured several years ago after it took and killed 2 small children from one of the local villages. On the drive we see plenty of deer but also 3 Rhino and wild pigs.
Our final organised activity is an elephant ride in the buffer zone and this turns out to be the best of the trips. It turns out there are plenty of Rhino in the buffer zone and they are not afraid of the elephants so we can get up very close.