Our short extension to Assam is a birding and wildlife tour that showcases Kaziranga National Park, arguably India’s most famous reserve, and Nameri National Park, one of the last areas where the highly endangered White-winged Duck can be observed. The vast swathe of swamps, grasslands and forests in Kaziranga support masses of large mammals, unrivaled anywhere else in Eurasia. The prehistoric Indian Rhinoceros is abundant and large numbers of wild Asian Buffalo, Asian Elephant and numerous deer including the rare Barasingha (Swamp Deer) can be seen. Predators include Tiger, Leopard and Dhole. The birding is equally superb and targets will include the endangered Greater Adjutant, White-winged Duck, Swamp Francolin and a variety of other exciting Asian specialties.
White-winged Duck; Greater Adjutant; Swamp Francolin; Blossom-headed Parakeet; Chestnut-capped Babbler; Rosy Minivet; Pallas's & Grey-headed Fish Eagles; Greater & Indian Spotted Eagles; Pied Harrier; Blue-bearded Bee-eater; Brown Fish Owl; Great & Wreathed Hornbills; Small Pratincole; Great Stone-curlew; Sand Lark.
Indian Rhinoceros; Hoolock Gibbon; Barasingha (Swamp Deer) & Hog Deer; Asian Elephant; Asian Buffalo; an outside chance for Bengal Tiger.
mixed broad-leaved woodland, pastures, wetlands, rivers
hot and tropical, some rain could be expected
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader, 9 - 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
moderate pace, undemanding walks, some long drives
comfortable hotels and simple eco-camp
moderate with some difficult species
230 - 260
good to excellent
This was a great trip. A terrific itinerary and we saw lots of birds and we saw tigers at Ranthambhore and Corbett. Glen and [the local leader] were excellent guides—great spotting skills, and they made sure everyone saw the bird. The logistics worked very well because Glen and [the local leader] were a great team.
David Hoddinott is simply outstanding: Calm, focused, truly excellent knowledge of the birds, their calls and habits. He has a wonderful sense of humour, too.
We had a wonderful trip with Rich Lindie and Stephan Lorenz, and we would certainly be happy to travel with either of them again. They were both excellent with the birds, had a great sense of humour, and were helpful and patient when individuals required extra assistance. In addition to the birding, we enjoyed a long list of mammals sighted in the various national parks. The accommodations and meals were also very good.
David Erterius is an absolute delight. Our group was unanimous in its respect for his exceptional birding skills, tirelessness, even temper and sense of humour. I especially appreciated that he always let us know what the plans were, and was most considerate of our needs (birds and otherwise), and our comfort. I look forward to an opportunity to travel with him again.
David Hoddinott was at his best even on new grounds full of lifers.
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