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 1 Rockjumper leader / 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
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
+-230
Other Attractions
Yala National Park, Sinharaja Rainforest, tea plantations
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

Enjoyed Clayton very much. He has great potential as a leader.

Stephan Lorenz did a great job of bird-finding and then managing to get everyone a chance to see the birds. Stephan provided lots of helpful tips about what to look and listen for and the general natural history of birds, kept us well-informed of the daily plans, and is personable and fun to be with. I'd love to be on another of his tours.

I hope to go again with Clayton.

This was a really successful tour, IMO. We got all the targets with time to spare and weren't totally spent by the end of it. Well done. All of the guides - David & Daniel were top notch. I'd bird with any of them again in a heartbeat.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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