All 11 of us and our luggage crammed into the back of the Jeep.
It was a bump ride from the bus station to the hotel!
The main hotel building was very pretty.
The army's elephant stables. They use elephants to patrol for poachers.
Just before feeding time and the elephants were slightly angsty.
This poor guy had impaled his leg on a spike so they were flushing the wound with a hose.
Nepalis have amazing balance, whereas I am totally dispraxic.
We went to the riverside to watch the sunset on our first night at Chitwan.
Stray dogs everywhere, this guy was on croc-watch.
Group photo time!
Sunsets are pretty dramatic in the jungle.
Gharial crocodile swimming by.
The river marks the border of the national park, if you're found in the park between sunset and sunrise you'll probably be shot by the army.
Candid group photo time!
With the exception of the third boat from the left, all these canoes were hollowed out from one log each.
It was a wobbly and worrying launch!
Boat number 2
Crossing the "bridge" on our jungle walk.
I decided to ask for help rather than fall in the river.
I imagine this says something about rhinos.
The closest we came to a tiger was a footprint from earlier that morning, which is apparently closer than most people get!
The elephant breeding centre was a cuteness zone.
These two are a very rare set of three year old elephant twins with their mum.
I have no idea what breed these ponies are but they were three very grumpy chestnut mares.
Another stray dog!
It helps to make friends with the locals.
After a jungle walk, elephant safari and canoe safari, we still didn't see a rhino so our guide took us for a wander in search of one, and within 15 minutes we saw a 3 year old male having a swim!
Our guide, Kumar, and his friend.
In the evening we went to see a cultural dance demonstration, which I thought would be totally lame, but I had no idea it would involve real life actual ninjas who kicked serious amounts of ass.
The fire dance was spectacular, in this wooden building.
For the "last dance" they invited members of the audience on stage so I decided to join in!
On the way home they locked the bus when we stopped for "refreshments" so I attempted to climb out.
Then, having seen the "refreshments" on offer, I elected to remain on the bus.