Wild Cambodia

  Multiple Days  See Itinerary

Remote locations, Critically Endangered birds and a journey into Cambodia’s past.

This route enables the birder to experience almost all of Cambodia’s threatened bird species at a variety of exciting and often remote locations. We should see the Critically-Endangered Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican and if possible the Endangered White-winged Duck along with a host of other species. This route also takes in a vulture restaurant where we will see Red-headed, White-rumped and possibly also Slender-billed Vultures feeding at a carcass you provide. Distances are moderate and occasionally long and some camping in large safari-style tents is required.

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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When to go

December to March, though different sites have somewhat differing seasonal highs for species and times can shift year on year.

Habitats & Species

Find out more about key species, habitats and seasons on this tour. Angkor Wat Prek Toal ATT Bengal Florican Grasslands Tmatboey Prey Veng Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant

Our group included four clients and though the guide said over and over again that we were being “lucky”…the luck was due entirely to his skill, hard work, and patience. 
David – Vietnam

Itinerary

ANGKOR WAT

The open forests in the surrounds of the legendary Angkor Wat provide a gentle introduction to birding in Cambodia. As well as the spectacular temples we expect to see Alexandrine and Red-breasted Parakeets, Hainan Blue Flycatcher and a selection of frugivores including barbets, leafbirds, bulbuls and flowerpeckers.

PREK TOAL FLOODED FOREST

A day visiting the largest waterbird colony in South-east Asia is an unforgettable experience. We will visit a remote part of the flooded forest where Greater Adjutant and Milky Stork can be viewed from tree-top research platforms along with thousands of commoner waterbirds including Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Black-headed Ibis, Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter and Grey-headed Fish-eagle.

We will visit a fascinating floating village at the edge of the Core Reserve, and there is the option to add a few extra interesting species in seasonally-flooded habitats on the way back to Siem Reap in the late afernoon as well.

Night in hotel in Siem Reap

ANG TRAPEANG THMOR (ATT) SARUS CRANE RESERVE

In the non-breeding season (December –April) we see up to 350 Sarus Crane foraging in the fields around this man-made reservoir. There is an abundance of waterbirds here and we expect to find scarcer species such as Black-necked Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle and Oriental Plover (March-April only). We also often see the Endangered Eld’s Deer at this site.

Night in hotel in Siem Reap

STOUNG BENGAL FLORICAN CONSERVATION AREA

The Tonle Sap grasslands support over half of the world’s Bengal Floricans. Our guides have a very good track record of finding these Critically-Endangered birds. Whilst we are enjoying the floricans, other birds we typically see include Sarus Crane, storks, Pied and Eastern Marsh Harrier, Small Buttonquail, Bluethroat and Red Avadavat. After a full morning in Stoung we will travel to Prey Veng eco-lodge.

Night in Prey Veng eco-lodge.

PREY VENG DRY FOREST

We will spend today in the dry forest of Prey Veng village where we hope to find species such as Giant Ibis, Black-necked Stork, Black-headed Woodpecker, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Collared Falconet, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indochinese Bushlark, Brown Prina and Neglected Nuthatch. At dusk we will make another attempt to see White-winged Duck if we have not already been successful – we have a 100% success rate of this species over two nights at this site.
Night in Prey Veng Eco-lodge.

PREY VENG AND TMATBOEY – DRY FOREST

In the morning there will be time for some birding at Prey Veng village to search for some of the species we have not already seen before we travel through the hottest hours of the day to Tmatboey Eco-lodge. We will finish the day with some birding at Tmatboey. At Tmatboey the local people are paid to protect the nests of two Critically Endangered birds – Giant and White-shouldered Ibis. Consequently our guides have a 100% record of finding these species for visiting birders! Our guides have made a special effort to locate the day roosts of nocturnal species such as Spotted Wood Owl and Brown Fish Owl — you will not lose sleep over these species. Tmatboey also supports 16 species of woodpecker including the fantastic Black-headed Woodpecker, the huge Great Slaty Woodpecker and the scarce Rufous-bellied Woodpecker. Our guides know where to find these and all of the dry forest specialties such as the recently recognized Indian Spotted Eagle, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Collared Falconet, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indochinese Bushlark, Brown Prinia, Neglected Nuthatch and White-browed Fantail at this or nearby sites.

Night in Tmatboey Eco-lodge

TMATBOEY – DRY FOREST

All day birding at Tmatboey, concentrating on species not seen on the previous day, or getting better views of memorable species.

Night in Tmatboey Eco-lodge

TMATBOEY, BOENG TOAL VULTURE RESTAURANT

We will spend the early morning birding at Tmatboey, concentrating on anything that we have not already seen before travelling to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant where our local guides will have already set up large safari-style tents for us to sleep in. The vultures will not be fed until the next day, so there will be time for some birding in the dry forest in the later afternoon where there is a similar suite of species to that found at Tmatboey and Prey Veng.

Night at Boeng Toal safari camp

VEAL KROUS VULTURE RESTAURANT, BENG MELEA AND RETURN TO SIEM REAP

Owing to a decline in wild cattle populations, Cambodia’s vultures are now reliant on supplementary feeding. A dead cow will be provided to the vultures, and from dawn we will be able to watch the spectacle of up to eighty White-rumped and Red-headed Vultures, and sometimes also Slender-billed Vultures feeding on the carcass. After the vultures have finished feeding we return to Siem Reap, stopping at Beng Melea, a spectacular ruined jungle-temple, where we can expect to see forest birds including some difficult to find winter migrants such as White-throated Rock-thrush.

Night in Siem Reap

Kratie – Mekong Wagtail

It is possible to visit Kratie to see Mekong Wagtail, Asian Golden Weaver, Small Pratincole and the Irrawaddy Dolphin as a one-day extension to the standard nine-day route. We have a 100% record with Mekong Wagtail on our one-day visits to this site. Kratie is reached by a 6-8 hour drive from Dong Phlet on Day 9, foregoing the Beng Melea remote temple. We then spend one night in a hotel in Kratie town and make a return journey of six hours to Phnom Penh or eight hours to Siem Reap on Day 10.

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