2020 Price is estimated, not confirmed. 2020 dates may require slight changes.
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 Watt before visiting all of 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, while a short stop in around the outskirts of Phnom Penh will give us the recently discovered Cambodian Tailorbird before we head to Mount Aural. The lush, evergreen forests that cloak the Mountain are home to the endemic Cambodian Laughingthrush and near-endemic Chestnut-headed Partridge. Finally, we conclude the tour at an area of remote grasslands where we hope to find the very rare Chinese Grassbird and little-known Manchurian Reed Warbler with chances too of the seldom-seen Asian Golden Weaver.
Cambodian Laughingthrush, Cambodian Tailorbird, 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
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
lakes, wetlands, grasslands, woodland, thickets, cultivation, rice fields, dry broad-leaved forest, lowland broad-leaved and deciduous forests, tropical moist forest
Hot, but mostly dry heat. Humid in the lowlands with occassional rain showers
This is a mega tour with some long days in the field. Aural Mountain is an arduous 6-hour hike in either direction. Local villagers will act as porters to carry your pack and prepare the campsite and food for our two-night stay on the mountain. Hiking this mountain can be tough due to the hot climate.
Angkor Wat temple.