Kabini Boat Safari

A serene picture of the Kabini lake - The Serai Kabini
a boat travelling on a waterbody with the sky having different hues after a sunset
a closeup shot of a leopard drinking water from the Kabini lake

If you wish to do something different instead of a vehicle safari, the Karnataka Forest Department conducts boat safaris on the Kabini River regularly. The boat safari is a unique way to experience the wildlife of the Nagarhole National Park, as the boat sails on the Kabini River you may bear witness to the severe wildlife animals that flock to this river throughout the day.

Boat Safari Kabini - For Your Information

Boat safari is one of the most sought-after activities in Kabini. The safari lasts for 2.5 hours and is conducted twice a day. The timings are early morning from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and once in the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 6:15 pm, so you may choose the time that best fits you. During the safari you may come across elephants bathing, numerous cranes and birds, crocodiles, snakes and other animals that come to the banks of the river. It is advised that you pre-book your safari slot as there is only a limited number of seats available per day. Do note that the boat safari might be suspended during the summer when the water level is low or when the river is overflowing during the rainy season.

kabini dam
A tiger wading through a water body

Animal Sightings 

The backwaters of the Kabini River are calm and yet it is thrilling to set out on a boat for a safari here. You will come across crocodiles and get a close look at their gnashing teeth, river otters, gaurs, sambar deer, cranes and perhaps even elephants playing in the mud on the river banks. Watch the mighty elephants spray water and take a bath after a game in the mud. Perhaps if luck is on your side you might spot a solitary tiger as well! Keep your camera ready to capture moments in the wild.

During your trip to Nagarhole National Park, The Serai Kabini is the best place to book your stay for a seamless guest experience. It is situated in a prime location that allows guests to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of the surrounding area. Dine in luxury while staying close to nature at Wildgrass, or enjoy a drink at Outpost. Whatever your food choice, you'll be satisfied after a thrilling boat safari. Rest by the river at this resort, inspired by the waters of the Kabini River. The rooms provide tranquil views of the water body as you wake up to the sounds of the flowing river. Unwind close to nature in luxury at The Serai Kabini. 

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