Sri Lanka Birding Tours
Our Sri Lanka – Endemic Birds & Big Game tour targets all 34 endemics and other wildlife highlights of the island. We commence this Sri Lanka birding tour at lowland rainforest sites, looking for specials that include Sri Lanka Spurfowl and the vibrant Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Next we ascend the terraced highlands of central Sri Lanka in search of more Sri Lanka birding wonders. Overwintering specials here include Indian Pitta, Pied Thrush and the lovely Kashmir Flycatcher, while the rare Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush is one of many hill endemics. Situated in the dry zone, Yala National Park and the saltpans of Bundala provide excellent Sri Lanka birding, however this is also where we concentrate on Sri Lanka’s big game, including Leopard, Asian Elephant, Water Buffalo and Sloth Bear. The verdant Sinharaja Forest provides our final opportunity to mop-up the remaining Sri Lanka endemics, highlights being Red-faced Malkoha, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Frogmouth and the recently described Serendib Scops Owl. Our tours offer the perfect combination of a Sri Lanka birding tour and Sri Lanka wildlife tour.
What our clients say about tours to Sri Lanka
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…
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.
Enjoyed Clayton very much. He has great potential as a leader.
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.
This was my last hard core birding tour, and I did it so that I could have David Hoddinott as my guide again. He is so very superb and I got quite teary giving him a hug goodbye! I also enjoyed Holly Faithfull a great deal. And our entire group was most delightful.
Clayton is a wonderful addition to the Rockjumper family. I look forward to being on tour with him again. He is highly skilled, friendly and aware of the participant’s needs.
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…
The Sri Lanka Exclusive Tour was awesome. Stephan Lorenz was knowledgeable and worked very hard to get all tour members on the birds. I can highly recommend this particular tour and guide for a super life birding experience.
I hope to go again with Clayton.
Loved Clayton, his bird skills and all-over knowledge of everything.
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.…
We really enjoyed both tours. The leader, Stephan Lorenz, was very helpful and worked hard to make the birding trips a success. We appreciated the local guides on both trips as well. They were all very good at getting the job done and making it all enjoyable and seamless. We always feel we are in…