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Giant Ibis Bird Tour in Cambodia - 3 Days

Giant Ibis Bird Tour in Cambodia
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Cambodia’s Northern Plain Giant Ibis Birding Tour

This 3-day Giant Ibis Bird Tour in Cambodia  is a moderately-paced trip available on request where you can expect to see over 150 species of bird, including two near-endemics. The main focus of the birdwatching tour will be on the Giant Ibis and other incredible bird species in the heartland of Cambodia’s Northern Plain.

With less than 300 mature Giant Ibis left in the wild, you can now see one of the world's rarest birds in the location with the highest rate of viewing success. SVC works with the community in Tmat Boey, SVC’s flagship site, to ensure a 90% viewing success rate of Giant Ibis. Other spectacular species in this trip include critically endangered species such as White-shouldered Ibis and Bengal Florican.

Giant Ibis Bird Tour highlights include:

  • Giant Ibis, the national bird of Cambodia. Now thought to be only 300 mature individuals left, the critically endangered Giant Ibis now has mythical status in Cambodia. Also critically endangered, White-shouldered Ibis is seen in the same location as Giant Ibis and is a fantastic sight to see.
  • Bengal Florican, one of the rarest and most endangered bustards in the world. The Bengal Florican Conservation Site holds 70% of the global population residing at this site. This is one of the last sites you can see Bengal Florican consistently.
  • Witness one of Cambodia's leading social enterprises in action, IBIS Rice. IBIS Rice works with individual farmers in protected areas and buys their rice for 30-40% above the market price in exchange for following three simple rules: no hunting, no chemical use and no logging. Visit IBIS Rice farmers and see how IBIS Rice protects the critically endangered species you see on this tour.

If you don't want to confine yourself to just one wildlife trip this holiday, have a look at the Critical Birding Cambodia Tour

Alternative Tour Name: Tmat Boey Giant Ibis Experience
Day 1
Day 1 - Bengal Florican Conservation Site to Tmat Boey

05:00 – Pick up from your hotel

This is a 2 hour drive from Siem Reap to Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area. A prepared breakfast will be provided when we arrive at the site.

06:30 – Birding at Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area

Our guides have a very good track record of finding these Critically Endangered birds, the first of the six targets, they should be seen within the first few hours of the trip. Whilst we are enjoying the floricans, other birds we typically see include Sarus Crane, storks, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Pied and Eastern Marsh Harrier, Small Buttonquail, Bluethroat and Red Avadavat.

10:00 – Leave Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area for Tmat Boey Ecolodge

We will travel to the Tmat Boey Ecolodge, birding in dry forest along the way. During our birding stops, we will have lunch and hope to see White-rumped Pygmy Falcon.

15:00 – Arrive at Tmat Boey Ecolodge.

We will get checked into the Tmat Boey Ecolodge. After we are settled in, we may get a chance to see our second Critically Endangered species in the evening, as we try to see the White-shouldered Ibis at a roosting site.

19:30 – Dinner and night at Tmat Boey Ecolodge

Drive Time: 5 hours

Key Species: Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area- Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Small Buttonquail, Manchurian Reed-warbler, Pied Harrier.

Tmat Boey- Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Pale-capped Pigeon, Wooly-necked Stork, Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Spotted Wood-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Brown Fishowl, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Prinia, White-browed Fantail

Day 2
Day 2 - Tmat Boey

04:30 ~ 18:00 – Wake up to search for Giant Ibis followed by a full day of birding

SVC coordinates a scheme where the local people are paid to protect the nests of the two Critically Endangered ibis present – Giant and White-shouldered Ibis. Consequently our guides have a 100% record of finding these species for visiting birders! We will try to get good views of both species during the time we spend here.

The birding is excellent and our guides, with the help of the SVC trained local guides, have made a special effort to locate the day roosts of nocturnal species such as Spotted Wood Owl and Brown Fish Owl.

Tmat Boey also supports an incredible 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 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.Today and the following morning are very flexible as we rely on trained local guides to give us up-todate information on key species.Prepared breakfast and lunch will be provided in at the birding sites.

Hot dinner at the eco-lodge in the evening.

Drive Time: 1 hour

Key Species: Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Pale-capped Pigeon, Wooly-necked Stork, Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Spotted Wood-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Brown Fishowl, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Prinia, White-browed Fantail

Day 3
Day 3 - Tmat Boey to Siem Reap

04:30 – Wake up for last morning of birding in Tmat Boey

Prepared breakfast will be provided. We will be concentrating on anything that we have not already seen before we travel back to Siem Reap.

11:00 – Lunch at Tmat Boey Ecolodge

12:30 – Leave for Siem Reap

16:00 – Arrive back in Siem Reap

We will drop you off at your requested hotel

Drive Time: 3 hours

Key Species: Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Pale-capped Pigeon, Wooly-necked Stork, Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Spotted Wood-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Brown Fishowl, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Prinia, White-browed Fantail

End of Tour

Wildlife species expected to see:

Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Small Buttonquail, Manchurian Reed-warbler, Pied Harrier, Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Pale-capped Pigeon, Wooly-necked Stork, Black-headed Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Spotted Wood-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Brown Fish-owl, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Prinia, White-browed Fantail.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Professional Khmer English-speaking bird guide(s) and support staff or Specialist guide fees
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals
  • Snacks throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Conservation Contribution
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Giant Ibis and more
    Quentin Given02 Dec 2019
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    We had a crammed tour starting with Angkor Wat - both temples and birds - and then a dawn trip to see the Bengal Florican and then heading northeast to stay in the village. It was fantastic to see the White-shouldered Ibis at sunset and then the Giant Ibis next day at dawn, along with owls and francolins and raptors. Hat Huon and all the other staff worked hard to give us a great experience.

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Why should I book with Sam Veasna Conservation Tour?

Sam Veasna Conservation Tour has been in operation since 2016 and have guided some of the top international birding companies in the world across Cambodia. We only employ the best bird guides in Cambodia who have over 12 years of birding and guiding experience. Our tours are designed to give you the best opportunity to view your target species in a relaxing, stress-free environment.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

Accommodation will be in the custom made ecolodge at Tmat Boey. We use air-conditioned 4x4 cars for the entirety of the trip to travel from site to site.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour?

We use air-conditioned 4x4 cars for the entirety of the trip to travel from site to site.

What are your group sizes?

Group sizes can be from 1 to 16 people.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, we can arrange pick up and drop off at Siem Reap International Airport for an additional fee. If you are flying into Siem Reap for this tour, you will need to fly in one day before the departure date for this tour. We can also organise hotel accommodation for an additional fee.

Do you include internal flight/ferry costs?

We do not include internal flights on this trip.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We can change the itinerary based on extraordinary circumstances. We will let all clients know if this happens immediately. Changes to the itinerary will not change the trip duration.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

We do not offer a single supplement option for this tour.

Do you include meals?

Yes, we include all meals.

When is the best time to travel and why?

The best time to do this tour is between December and May. It is possible to do this tour in October and November too.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

You only need moderate fitness to do this trip.

Would this tour be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

We would not recommend this trip with someone with limited mobility.

Do you have any age restrictions to join this tour?

We would recommend ages 18 to 65. Ages 65+ should have experience with long treks.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

Each visit to remote sites that have endangered species include a ‘Conservation Contribution’ that goes towards the local community to build critical infrastructure. We also employ local guides to monitor endangered species year round to ensure you the best opportunity to see key species. Cooks and housekeepers from the local community also provide services for your trip. All community members are trained by SVC. To find out more, please visit: https://samveasna.com/the-svc-model/

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of the tour?

Yes, we can organise accommodation before and after this trip for an additional fee.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

No, this should be organised by you prior to departure.

Is this tour really for me?

This tour is designed for enthusiastic birders.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this tour?

Bank transfers: SVC account and routing details will be provided at the time of booking. Bank transfer charges must be met by the client. A 15% non-refundable deposit for the minimum group size is required 60 days before the tour departure date for multiple site itineraries of 3 nights and more Full payment is required a minimum of 30 days before the tour date departure These payments are non-refundable though may be used as payment for alternative SVC tours for up to 12 months from original planned tour date.

What happens if I have to cancel my tour?

Contact booktour@samveasna.com immediately.

What happens if your company closes down?

We will inform you immediately if this happens. If you have made payments contributing to this trip, we will give you a full refund with 60 days of informing you of SVC’s closure.

Include items they must bring, specify footwear if this is important, also medical items that might be needed if the location is remote.

Sun hat Sun cream Appropriate closed-toe shoes. Walking boots are best Light clothing covering shoulders and knees- this is especially relevant when visiting temples and religious sites. Clothing should not be bright when birding Insect repellent Waterproof coat Small denominations of money. This is especially relevant when entering Northern Cambodia. $20 is the maximum denomination of money that should be taken Binoculars. SVC charge $5 per person per day to use our Swarovski Optik binoculars Ear plugs are recommended for multi-day tours. The sound of nature at night in remote areas can be loud

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinking water throughout the tour. Snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be bought in Cambodia.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, we can cater for any special dietary requirements.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Yes. ATM’s are common in cities and towns. In rural areas, small denominations of money are best. This is especially relevant when entering Northern Cambodia. $20 is the maximum denomination of money that should be taken to rural areas. The local currency is Riel and the exchange rate is roughly 4,000 Cambodian Riel to 1 United Sates Dollar ($).

What are the current restrictions for entering and departing Cambodia?

Cambodia has been open to vaccinated tourists since October 2021. Visitors to Cambodia require a negative PCR tests 72 hours before landing in Cambodia, valid vaccination certificates for at least 2 vaccine doses and a valid tourism visa. For departing Cambodia, there are established facilities in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap that can provide quick PCR test results with a fit-to-fly certificate. For all the latest travel information and requirements, please visit https://samveasna.com/cambodia-travel-information-2022/ Restrictions remain strict for unvaccinated people with 14-day quarantine at a government facility that has a high cost.

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Tour Facts

  • Cambodia
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 3 days
  • October to May
  • 18+ years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English, Khmer
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport