There are few place on the planet where you can stand on the banks of a 12th century baray (reservoir) deep in a wildlife sanctuary watching critically endangered species fly in to feed, before walking just 300m through the forest to a huge, deserted pre-Angkorian temple teeming with wildlife. The Northern Plains of Cambodia are the largest remaining intact block of a unique landscape that once covered much of Indochina.
The landscape supports the world’s only remaining populations of waterbird species which once occurred throughout Southeast Asia – the most iconic being the Giant Ibis, Cambodia’s national bird, thought to be extinct until the late 1990s. The remarkable variety of habitats including Dry Dipterocarp Forest, Semi-evergreen forest, grassland and freshwater wetlands support a stunning variety of unique and endangered birds and wildlife including Banteng, a number of primates, deer and numerous other creatures. SVC works alongside Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia (WCS) with four communities deep in the remote Kulen Prontemp Wildlife Sanctuary helping to bring sustainable livelihoods through conservation and ecotourism. Traveling to this region you truly have an experience that very few on the planet have had.
The area is remote, with a low population distributed widely across the landscape. Communities are heavily dependent on the area’s natural resources for their livelihoods, which are based on resin-tapping, fishing and small scale rain-fed paddy. Free-ranging domestic cattle maintain natural forest processes.
Explore the individual and now iconic birding and wildlife destinations at Tmatboey Giant Ibis site, Prey Veng, Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant, the outlying temples of Koh Ker and Beng Melea and our partners, Betreed below.
Dry from November to mid-April, showers begin in late-April and intensify to a peak in August, causing flooding through much of the forest between June and September. Coolest between December and February, rapidly becoming hotter and more humid from March-July.
A mosaic of lowland deciduous dipterocarp forest and semi-evergreen forest. Riparian forest and forest on hills contains more evergreen elements. The best example of these habitat types remaining in the region.
Tmatboey is an isolated village located in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northern Plains. It was the flagship site for SVC’s unique community ecotourism model established by the ... read more
Prey Veng is a small remote village deep in the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS). The flagship community ecolodge is nestled on the banks of an Angkorian baray or reservoir which provides ... read more
Okoki safari camp lies deep in the Northern Plains near the Lao border. In 2007 an exploratory expedition was undertaken by WCS to survey sites for White-winged Duck. Two pools (trapeangs) near ... read more
Koh Ker is approximately 2 hours drive east of Siem Reap on the way to Tmatboey. It is a stunning and unique pyramidal temple built in 931AD, strikingly reminiscent of the structures built by the read more
There are three Critically Endangered Vulture species in Cambodia – White-rumped, Red-headed and Slender-billed Vultures. There are many causes for the rapid and dramatic decline in the species ... read more
Cambodia is the last stronghold of a set of magnificent birds that are now so globally rare they are considered Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This tour is a superb opportunity …
Cambodia Birding SuperTour 2018
The now legendary SVC Birding SuperTour is back for 2018! This tour is a totally unique chance to go after all Cambodia’s critically endangered, endangered and endemic species and diversity of habitats.
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