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Sri Lanka - Mammals and Endemic Birds NEW!

AT A GLANCE

FOCUS

Mammal and birds tour with the emphasis on the more difficult to see mammals and endemic birds.

WHERE

Sri Lanka, Colombo – Colombo (see itinerary)

SAMPLE WILDLIFE

Target mammals include Fishing, Rusty-spotted and Jungle Cats, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Golden Palm Civet, Grey and Red Slender Loris, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Indian Pangolin along with a range of commoner endemic and more widespread mammals. Target birds including endemics such as Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Sri Lankan Junglefowl, Sri Lankan Hanging-Parrot and many others.

CLIMATE

From warm at night to hot and humid during the day with the chance of isolated thunderstorms.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation: Lodges and chalets with private facilities, travel in minibuses, 4x4 jeeps (and boats - extension only).

This exciting new small group tour will visit many of Sri Lanka’s best areas for wildlife including some not visited by other tour companies. The focus will be on some of Sri Lanka’s exciting cats and endemic mammals and we will have several long spotlighting drives to help us find species such as Fishing and Rusty-spotted Cats, Golden Palm Civet and Grey and Red Slender Loris. We also expect to find many commoner mammals including good numbers of Asian Elephants. Although this is primarily a mammal tour we will also try to see a good number of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds.

 

We will also be offering an optional 3-night extension with two boat trips to look for Blue Whales and other cetaceans off of the coast of Sri Lanka. This will be based at a comfortable beach hotel on the shores of the Indian Ocean and will be led by local guides only.

 

The main tour will visit a number of localities during the tour including Anawilunawa RAMSAR Sanctuary, Anamaduwa, Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Kataragama, Lunugamvehera National Park, Udalwalawe National Park, Sinharaja and Kanneliya Rainforest. The country is well known for it’s superb wildlife, pleasant climate, very friendly people and excellent local food. 

 

The extension will visit Mirissa and Kirala Kele Sanctuary.



Day 1
Depart London or Manchester for Colombo via Doha.
Day 2
Arrive Colombo and transfer to Chilaw with afternoon and evening walks in Anawilundawa RAMSAR Sanctuary. Night Carolina Beach Resort, Chilaw.
Day 3
Morning birding Chilaw lagoon. Transfer from Chilaw to Nikaweratiya. Evening spotlighting drive Anamaduwa. Night Hotel Buddi Samudra. Nikaweratiya.
Day 4
Evening spotlighting drive Anamaduwa. Night Hotel Buddi Samudra. Nikaweratiya.
Day 5
Morning transfer to Sigiriya. Afternoon jeep safari to look for Asian Elephants. Night Ehalagala Resort, Sirigiya.
Day 6
Morning visit to bat roosts in local rock temples and birding around Sigiriya. Afternoon at leisure with birding around lodge grounds. Evening spotlighting drive. Night Ehalagala Resort, Sirigiya.
Day 7
Morning birding around Sigiriya. Afternoon at leisure with birding around lodge grounds. Evening spotlighting drive. Night Ehalagala Resort, Sirigiya.
Day 8
Morning transfer to Kandy. Afternoon birding around hotel and evening spotlighting in hotel gardens. Night Hotel Tree of Life, Kandy.
Day 9
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Afternoon birding in Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Night Heaven-Seven, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 10
Morning Horton Plains National Park. Afternoon Surrey Estate Bird Sanctuary. Evening spotlighting near Kataragama. Night Tamarind Lake Hotel, Kataragama.
Days 11-12
Full day Lunugamvehera National Park. Night Tamarind Lake Hotel, Kataragama.
Day 13
Visit Udalwalawe National Park on route to Sinharaja. Night Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja.
Day 14
Full day birding in Sinharaja Rainforest. Night Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja.
Day 15
Morning around Sinharaja. Afternoon transfer to Kannellya. Evening spotlighting in Kanneliya Rainforest. Night Senaro Holiday Resort, Udugama.
Day 16
Morning visit to Kanneliya Rainforest. If needs be early evening spotlighting Kanneliya Rainforest then late night transfer to Tamarind Tree Hotel, Katunayake.
Day 17
Transfer to airport for return flights to UK, arriving in the evening.

Optional Blue Whale Extension


Day 16
Morning visit to Kanneliya Rainforest. Afternoon, leave the remainder of the group and transfer to Fisherman’s Bay Resort, Weligama.

Day 17

Morning whale watching excursion at Mirissa. Afternoon at leisure or birding Kirala Kele Sanctuary. Night Fisherman’s Bay Resort, Weligama.

Day 18

Morning whale watching excursion at Mirissa. Afternoon transfer to Katunayake. Evening birding around the hotel gardens. Night Tamarind Tree Hotel, Katunayake.

Day 19

Transfer to airport for return flights to UK, arriving in the evening.

 

Potential Mammal List includes

"Fishing, Rusty-spotted and Jungle Cats
Leopard
Sloth Bear
Golden and Common Palm Civets
Small Indian Civet
Indian Brown, Stripe-necked, Ruddy and Indian Grey Mongoose
Eurasian Otter
Golden Jackal
Indian Pangolin
Grey and Red Slender Loris
Purple-faced Leaf Monkey
Toque Macaque
Hanuman Langur
Wild Boar
Asian Elephant
Water Buffalo
Spotted Deer" "Sambar
Indian Muntjac
Yellow-striped Chevrotain (Mouse Deer)
Crested Porcupine
Black-naped Hare
Indian Palm Squirrel
Dusky Striped Squirrel
Layard’s Striped Squirrel
Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel
Giant Grizzled Squirrel
Giant Flying Squirrel
Indian Gerbil
Giant and Lesser Bandicoot Rats
Indian Bush Rat
Indian Flying Fox
Blue Whale and other cetaceans (extension only)
Various bats"

Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.

Dates: Saturday 16th March – Monday 1st April 2019 (Wednesday 3rd April including optional extension).

Leaders: Richard Webb plus local guides.

Cost: £3599 per person sharing a twin room.

Single supplement: £549

Deposit: £750 (an interim air payment may also apply in due course)

Group size: 6 plus leader

 

Extension: £539 per person sharing a twin. Single supplement £149

Price includes: International and domestic economy class flights including pre-paid taxes, all ground transportation including 4x4s, accommodation with private facilities and all meals, park entry fees, services of WildWings leader (except Blue Whale extension) and local guides throughout, gratuities to local guides an drivers, day by day mammal and bird checklist for your use on tour. 

 

Price excludes: drinks, travel insurance, laundry bills, other items of a personal nature including gratuities other than those indicated above. Non-stop flights are also available from London Heathrow, supplement from £75pp, details on request.

 

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    Richard worked in Financial Services for much of his life but early-retired in 2016 to enable him to pursue his passions of travelling in search of birds and mammals, and has already visited over 70 countries.

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