Overview

After being isolated from the birding and travelling world for so long, Cambodia has emerged as one of South-east Asia’s finest birding and cultural destinations. Our comprehensive tour of the country targets both of Cambodia’s endemic species – the beautiful and incredibly localized Cambodian Laughingthrush and Cambodian Tailorbird, as well as many other rare and very special birds, several of which can otherwise only be seen with extreme difficulty at a few isolated and remote sites in Asia!

The tour covers the spectacular and world-renowned temples of Angkor Wat before visiting Cambodia’s key birding localities. The famous Prek Toal water-bird colony and sanctuary at the north-westerly edge of Tonle Sap Lake will offer us the best opportunity to observe the sought-after Greater and Lesser Adjutants, Milky Stork and Grey-headed Fish Eagle. We can expect to find a large population of wintering Sarus Cranes at Ang Trapaeng Thmor before moving onwards to Tmatboey via the Florican grasslands for the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican, Giant and White-shouldered Ibis, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Black-headed Woodpecker, White-rumped Falcon and Spotted Wood Owl. The forests around Okoki will hopefully produce the rare and endangered White-winged Duck, Bar-bellied Pitta, Oriental Bay Owl and Blyth’s Frogmouth and with a bit of luck, the rare and elusive Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo. A boat trip on the Mekong River near Kratie should yield the localized Mekong Wagtail.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Lesser & Greater Adjutants, Milky Stork, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Sarus Crane, Bengal Florican, Giant & White-shouldered Ibis, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Black-headed Woodpecker, White-rumped Falcon, Spotted Wood Owl, White-winged Duck, Bar-bellied Pitta, Oriental Bay Owl, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Mekong Wagtail, Chestnut-headed Partridge, Chinese Grassbird, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Asian Golden Weaver, Red-headed, Slender-billed and White-rumped Vultures
Top Mammals
Lyle’s & Large Flying Foxes, Eld’s Deer, Asian elephant, Gaur, Pileated Gibbon, Banteng, Sambar, Wild Boar, Northern Red Muntjac, Fishing Cat and Golden Jackal, Irrawaddy Dolphin
Habitats Covered
lakes, wetlands, grasslands, woodland, thickets, cultivation, rice fields, dry broad-leaved forest, lowland broad-leaved and deciduous forests, tropical moist forest
Expected Climate
hot, but mostly dry heat. Humid in the lowlands with occassional rain showers
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader and local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
fairly relaxed with some long days in the field
Accommodation
lodges and guesthouses mostly of a simple to good standard
Ease of Birding
moderate with some very tricky species
Other Attractions
Angkor Wat temple
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials
CJ

The B&BG Tour was the trip of a lifetime for me. Rockjumper did everything just right. The birds and animals, the accommodations, and especially Wayne were all top notch. Although Wayne is relatively new to Rockjumper, he is definitely a keeper – personable, a keen observer, and a natural leader. He really made the tour more than “just another birding trip”. This is certainly a tour that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone, although I am seriously considering South Africa next. Alison was wonderfully helpful, especially for finding a U.S. travel agent who booked affordable and reliable airline tickets for me.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

I was really pleasantly surprised about every aspect of the Oman & UAE tour. Forrest Rowland did an outstanding job in every way and he has a great sense of humour. This tour exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right, accommodations and meals were of high quality, and Forrest did a great job of organizing details and making sure everything ran smoothly. He found the species that were sought and had expert knowledge of where the birds were likely to be found and when was the best time to try for them.

H

Marius Coetzee is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced safari (field) guides I have met on my more than 30 trips to Africa. His knowledge of the bush and ability to work with his tracker to find animals is unique and appreciated. As an accomplished photographer, Marius knows how to position his vehicle to get the best photograph and has the patience to make sure that his guests see what they need.

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