Overview

Our Sri Lanka birding and wildlife tour takes us to without doubt one of the world's most pleasurable birdwatching and game viewing destinations. This friendly island nation boasts verdant scenery, characterised by terraced tea plantations and forest patches, and is blessed with many surprisingly large national parks brimming with game and birds. These attractions, coupled with a fascinating history and vibrant culture, make this a truly exotic destination and a pleasure to explore. From the central highlands to the rich lowland rainforests, Sri Lanka is one of only a handful of magical destinations where it is possible to see every single country endemic in a well-planned trip such as this, making this extension a ‘must’ for the keen birder!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood & Sri Lanka Green Pigeons, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted & Crimson-fronted Barbets, Red-backed & Crimson-backed Flamebacks, Layard's Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Sri Lanka Drongo, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Black-capped & Yellow-eared Bulbuls, Sri Lanka Swallow, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar, Brown-capped & Orange-billed Babblers, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Sri Lanka White-eye, Sri Lanka Hill Myna, White-faced Starling, Spot-winged, Sri Lanka Whistling & Sri Lanka Thrushes and Dull-blue Flycatcher.
Top Mammals
Leopard, Sloth Bear, Purple-faced Langur, Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant, Stripe-necked Mongoose
Habitats Covered
lowland dipterocarp forest, teak woodlands, montane forest, lakes, wetlands, mudflats, saltpans
Expected Climate
warm in lowlands, cool in highlands, chance of rain in forest areas
Max Group Size
8 with Local Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding
Accommodation
basic to very comfortable lodges and hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging with very few skulky species
Number of Species Expected
+-220
Other Attractions
Yala National Park, Sinharaja Rainforest, tea plantations
Photographic Opportunities
incredible
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Stephen Lorenz and our local guide were both great. Stephen's upbeat personality and unfazeable response to the unexpected are great assets to Rockjumper. We will travel with him again.

So much went right on this trip that it is difficult to summarise all of our positive thoughts. One highlight: some of our group had the Sri Lanka Field Guide to birds, while others including ourselves were not able to get it prior to the trip. While en route, we expressed interest in getting this book; soon after the bus pulled over, the guide, Stephan Lorenz, exited to talk to someone, and returned with brand new copies of the field guide for all who needed it. We were flabbergasted! I call that service above and beyond. Everything else worked out very well, from the excellent guiding to the food and accommodations. Thanks again for a great trip experience.

The guides for the tour, both the local guide and David Erterius, were exactly what I had hoped for: extremely skilled birders with extensive knowledge, who can find birds that I would never have seen on my own. On top of that, they are both very nice guys. I especially appreciated that both of them volunteered to skip lunch and go with me in search of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, a bird I had dipped the day before. Don't ask me how they did it, but we managed to find it and I was able to make a great movie clip of the bird. This anecdote is a perfect illustration of the kind of dedication they had towards the participants.

Rich Lindie and Stephan Lorenz were both excellent in both birding and handling of logistics, and were ever-resourceful if a problem arose. I would gladly bird again with either of them. We saw all of the endemic species and many of the regional endemics, most of them very well, and my list easily exceeded my expectations. The mammal show was also very good.

My trip to Sri Lanka was a wonderful experience, and exceeded my expectations. The in-country logistics were smoothly handled and the accommodation and transport were very comfortable. David & Daniel handled the guiding expertly and with great passion and enthusiasm. They were very knowledgeable on the birds and other wildlife of Sri Lanka, and were always willing to share their knowledge with the group.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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