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THE WHITE GRASS PLAINS SAFARI LODGE

     The White Grass Plains Safari Lodge was originally designed as a working safari lodge. With its status as a not-for-profit entity, it would have directed all of its profits into wildlife conservation efforts within the park. The concept was subsequently redesigned to make the lodge available for scientific research only. Now the lodge will act as a base for scientists carrying out programs of research within the park. While these will include many disciplines, such as botany, biology, archaeology, herpetology and medicinal plant studies, the emphasis will always be on the conservation and preservation of the park's wildlife.

     The lodge complex will consist of a central building, two-storied, 60 X 60 feet in size and raised some fifteen feet above the surrounding landscape as a precaution against flooding. A roofed, frontal porch allows for wildlife observation at the edge of the park and further viewing will be provided by a high viewing platform on the edge of the boundary river. The main building will have basic functional accommodation for visitors that will include five bedrooms with attached bathrooms, an office and library a completely equipped kitchen and an adequate dining and relaxation area. Staff on hand will include a cook, security men and drivers. Transportation for use within the park, will include safari cars and a small mobile base vehicle equipped for overnight usage. Also within the complex will be staff quarters, a combined garage and workshop and a fully equipped but moderately sized laboratory for research and storage. The lodge has its own power supply, with generator backup, and its own private water source, a deep well.

     The lodge is situated close to the WGP on its south west corner. It has a spacious, ten-acre site with a boundary consisting of a primitive jungle river that is home to big marsh crocodiles. Access to the lodge is via the nationís capital, Katmandu, which contains the international airport where all foreign flights arrive and depart. From Katmandu there are daily one-hour flights to two airfields that are within a few hours drive from the lodge on all-year-round paved and gravel roads. A small nearby city (population 165,000) is the lodge's supply source for food, gasoline, etc.