Rainforest Primates, Birding and Elephant Conservation

  Keo Seima  See Itinerary

Wake up to the eerie call of the Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, spot the charismatic Black-shanked Douc Langur, and track the footprints of the endangered Asian Elephant, Bears, Banteng and Gaur whilst being part of essential wildlife conservation in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and supporting the indigenous Bunong Community. Explore the forest’s incredible bird life, whilst wandering through Bunong farms and sampling the now legendary Bunong bamboo soup, cooked up in the forest for lunch.
Spend your nights sleeping in our comfortable jungle safari camp, after relaxing over sundowners and a home-cooked dinner in our open Bamboo Lounge. All this is combined with a visit to the world famous Elephant Valley Project (EVP) – the world famous Elephant Sanctuary.

3 Nights/4 Days (can also be done as just two nights in camp, or five nights with a two-night stay at EVP).

Our tours are tailor-made – the itineraries shown are suggestions based on our deep knowledge, or we can work with you to create your trip for your unique requirements, interests, and capabilities.

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Mammals

Pig-tailed Macaque, Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon, Black Giant Squirrel, Cambodian Striped Squirrel, Variable Squirrel, Asian Elephant, Black-shanked Douc Langur, (Banteng, Sunbear tracks can be seen).

Birds

Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Orange-necked Partridge, Green Peafowl, Great Hornbill, Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Grey-faced Tit babbler, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Red-vented Barbet, Green-eared Barbet, Black and Buff Woodpecker, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Banded Kingfisher.


Habitats & Species

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
Dak Dam

My deepest gratitude for your wonderful company and excellent guidance during my trips to Tmatboey and Seima. Your knowledge of the birds, ecosystems and local people’s life are admirable. Your dedication to your work is exemplary. I give praise to you both (Pech and Kuntia), and to Sam Veasna Centre… Also the local ecoguides, in particular Ry in Tmatboey and Soknai in Seima, were excellent. Care given to me by the local communities was deeply moving. 
Mikko Pyhälä

Itinerary

Picking you up in Sen Monorom at 6:30am, we drive 45 minutes to our rainforest safari camp. The Jahoo Gibbon Camp is a responsible tourism and conservation project, giving you a completely unique opportunity to trek deep into the core of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. The area is part of key conservation and species monitoring by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the indigenous Bunong community. We will spend the whole day trekking through this stunning rainforest habitat, tracking endangered Black-shanked Doucs, Gibbons, Elephants, Banteng and other endangered species. We can choose routes based on fitness and interests – stopping at butterfly-filled waterfalls, discovering Bunong Spirit Trees, farms and stories. Lunch is in the forest on traditional Bunong ‘Bamboo Soup’, made in bamboo over the fire. In the evening, relax in our open lounge listening to the gibbons, and watching a vast array of birds and butterflies whilst learning about traditional culture and games.

Rising before dawn, we head out to the key Gibbon Area with the WCS Bunong Gibbon Researchers on the hunt for these elusive critically endangered primates. This is a relatively short trek, close to the camp, moving quickly and quietly. We breakfast in the forest, returning to the Camp for lunch, then head back out into the forest and Bunong farms for wildlife and bird watching.

Today you can chose to head out in pursuit of the Gibbons before dawn and take short treks around the key Gibbon area, to explore a variety of forest routes to waterfalls, through farms and to the sacred Bunong sites, or to just relax and take it easy around the camp! After lunch we head out to Dak Dam – a new site for birdwatching near Sen Monorom with incredible opportunities to see Black Eagles, Pale-capped Pigeon, Black-throated Sunbirds and more. We return you to your Sen Monorom hotel for the night.

Meeting early at the Hefalump Café – the hub for Responsible Tourism in Mondulkiri, we will hand you over to the wonderful Elephant Valley Project team. This world famous Elephant Sanctuary is an essential visit to anyone coming to Mondulkiri and Seima, giving you the chance to get up close to rescued Elephants. In the evening you will be returned to your Sen Monorom hotel. You can find out more about the Elephant Valley Project here.

NB: Possible add on of extra day/night to Kratie to see the Irriwaddy Dolphin on the way back to Phnom Penh.

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