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Sri Lanka - Mammals and Birds



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


Sri Lanka, Colombo – Colombo (see itinerary)


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 include endemics such as Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush and many other species. 


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


 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 several of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds.

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 and Kanneliya Rainforest.

Day 1 Fly to Colombo,

Day 2

Early morning arrival Colombo. Transfer to Kanneliya. Late afternoon and evening spotlighting walks at Kanneliya. Night Senaro Holiday Resort.

Day 3 Morning drive to Udawalawe via Weeraketiya. Lunch in hotel at Udawalawe. Late afternoon visit to Udawalawe NP and spotlighting session near hotel.

Day 4  Transfer to Kataragama. Afternoon visit to Lunugamvehera National Park. Long spotlighting session along Kataragama to Buttala road. Night Kataragama.

Day 5 Morning relaxing around hotel. Afternoon drive in Lunugamvehera National Park. Spotlighting session again along Kataragama to Buttala road or Kataragama to Bundala road. Night Kataragama.

Day 6 Morning drive in Lunugamvehera National Park. Late morning/afternoon transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Late afternoon visit to Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

Day 7 Morning optional walk in Horton Plains NP. Afternoon drive to Kandy. Evening spotlighting in grounds of hotel. Night Kandy

Day Morning drive to Sigiriya. Afternoon birding at Sigiriya. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Sigiriya.

Day 9 Morning lie in. Afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park depending on the Location of the Elephants. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Sigiriya.

Day 10 Morning lie in. Afternoon walks looking for Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, mongooses, bats and squirrels. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Sigiriya.

Day 11 Morning drive to Nikaweratiya. Afternoon birding in bay. Evening spotlighting at Anamaduwa. If we still need Fishing or Rusty-spotted Cat we may continue right through to first light. Night Nikaweratiya.

Day 12  Morning lie in and then head back to Colombo with afternoon visit to Chilaw spit and Anawilundawa RAMSAR Sanctuary for birding. Night Katunayake.

Day 13 Morning flight back to the UK.

Potential Mammal List includes

  • Fishing, Rusty-spotted and Jungle Cats
  • Leopard
  • Sloth Bear
  • Golden and Common Palm Civets
  • Small Indian Civet
  • 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
  • Tufted Grey Langur
  • Wild Boar
  • Asian Elephant 
  • Water Buffalo
  • Spotted Deer
  • Sambar
  • Indian Muntjac
  • White-spotted & Yellow-striped Chevrotains (Mouse Deer)
  • Crested Porcupine
  • Black-naped Hare
  • Indian Palm Squirrel
  • Dusky Striped Squirrel
  • Layard’s Striped Squirrel
  • Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel
  • Indian Gerbil
  • Indian Flying Fox

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

Dates: Tuesday 5th March – Sunday 17th March 2019 

Leaders: Nigel Goodgame plus local guides.

Cost: £3,499 per person sharing a twin room.

Single supplement: £388

Deposit: £900

Group size: 5 plus leader

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

Price excludes: travel insurance, laundry bills, alcoholic drinks, other items of a personal nature including gratuities tips to drivers, guides etc.


    Tour Leader

    Nigel now lives in Norway, has been a keen birder since childhood. He is one of the founder members of the Neotropical Bird Club.

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