Amazing Iran National Parks Safari Adventure
This 9 days Iran Safari Tour in Three Amazing National Parks is a moderately-paced trip available as a set-departure (or available request) where you can expect to see around 10 species of bird and approximately seven mammals. During this wildlife safari in Iran we will seek the wild charms of nature and its creatures in Golestan, Turan, and Tandoureh National Parks. This unique tour starts in Tehran and ends in Tehran. It includes the excitements of explorations, tracking down varieties species in both fauna and flora, and a multiplicity of photogenic sceneries. Wandering among mountainous heights, deciduous forests, steppes, and arid lands.
This Iran Safari tour offers a unique insight into the creatures' culture - in fact, you may end up witnessing behaviours that even experts have less seen. You'll go through cragged mountain peaks, pebble lakes, golden tundra, and a wealth of rugged wilderness plus, you're getting to stay out in the wilderness overnight.
These species are the focus of the tour however in previous tours, we have also had the good fortune to see the footprints and faeces of Persian leopards and brown bears. In this Iran Safari tour, we may also have the chance to see jungle cats, Persian ibexes, grey wolves, pikas, and reptiles such as different snakes, vipers, cobras, agamas, and monitor lizards. Also, various species of birds of prey such as falcons, golden eagles, tawny eagles, common buzzards, woodpeckers, owls that are visible at dusk and night, passerines, see-see partridge, various kinds of finches, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, black vulture, and bearded vulture.
Iran Safari Tour Highlights include:
- Moving towards the sites where we would track down Asiatic cheetahs,
- Watching Jebeer Gazelles, endemic birds of Iran, pleske’s ground jay, Persian onagers
- Watch the goitered gazelles, urial sheep and Persian ibex, brown bears and wild boars.
- Observe red deer and roe deer hiding among the dense canopies spreading over the fields
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.
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Alternative tour name: Wild Frontiers of Iran in Three Amazing National Parks
We will embark on this journey from Tehran and it takes about 6 hours to get to Touran National Park. Note that you can join us from any other cities in Iran. We will spend the night in one of the ecolodges in Biyarjomand.
Having spent the last night in one of the ecolodges of Turan National Park, we embark on our exciting adventure after breakfast. (Note that you can join us in this adventure trip from any of the cities in Iran, no matter where.) Moving towards the sites where we would track down Asiatic cheetahs, it is most likely to see the Jebeer Gazelles. We’ll have our lunch in the heart of nature. We would later explore the districts of Abbas Abad and Tarud on our 4WD vehicle to search for the endemic bird of Iran, pleske’s ground jay. We might also see the beige-colored Persian onagers among the scenic areas of these wild arid lands.
At the end of the day, we go back to the ecolodge and rest after having a nice dish of traditional Persian food.
We’ll get ready and head towards the Golestan National Park. We’ll take the road of Khoshyeylaq pass that twists and turns among the natural landscapes. We will reach our destination in about 3 hours.
As soon as we had our breakfast in the nice fresh air, we’ll notice the beautiful sceneries surrounding us. We will then drive towards Mirza Baylou plains where we can look through our binoculars and watch the goitered gazelles. We will then roam towards the Almeh region to look for the great herds of urial sheep and Persian ibex. Then, after a long hike, we will search for brown bears and wild boars. As the night draws in, we set up a camp and a fire to drink mountain tea and eat our dinner under the starry expanse of the sky.
Waking up to see the first red lights of the sun casting upon the greenery, we will start another thrilling day in Golestan National Park. We will then proceed towards the Tang-e Gol woodlands to observe the red deer and roe deer hiding among the dense canopies spreading over the fields. In the course of our adventurous observation, we might see the footprints and feces of Persian leopards and brown bears. During our adventure, we’ll have lunch. Note that we try to set up a varied menu for our daily meals. We both have animal and vegetable foods and above all, we have the traditional taste of Iranian food included in our trip itinerary. Finally, as the night comes, we head back to our ecolodge.
On this day, we will head towards our third destination, Tandoureh National Park and we’ll be there after about five hours of driving. Our adventure will reach its climax in this rather mountainous area which is famous to be the safe haven for the biggest leopards of the world i.e. the Persian leopard. This place is the best place to find the footprints of Persian leopards and experience the excitement of tracking them down.
During the first day we roam in this national park, we try to enjoy its unique and beautiful natural sceneries and look for urial sheep, wild goats, bearded vultures, and wild cats. We’ll probably experience this adventure while we’re going on a mildly strenuous hiking through the heights of these wild frontiers. As the night comes, we get in our 4WD vehicles and go on watching over the rocks or behind the bushes in search of Persian leopards with our light projectors breaking the darkness of the night. The search itself is a great pleasure and thriller regardless of seeing the target. Finally, we will go back to the ecolodge of the park to rest and have a meal.
On the last day of our adventure, we keep discovering the beauties of Tandoureh National Park as we’re still in search of the Persian leopards. One interesting part of the adventure comes as we proceed and track down the footprints and feces of these beautiful species and check on the photos taken by camera traps in their way. Peeking through these cameras and noticing part of these creatures’ behavior in these wild frontiers is one of the memorable experiences of this trip.
As our adventure comes to its end, we head back towards the capital city of Tehran.
Wildlife species expect to see:
Golestan National Park: The first and therefore oldest wildlife park in Iran. Almeh is a beautiful and virgin plateau in this protected area where bears, Persian leopards, and great numbers of urials with their astonishing spiral horns can be seen. You’ll be able to see prominent species such as Persian leopards, Caspian red deer, roe deer, jungle cat, wild boar, brown bears, urial sheep, Persian ibexes, grey wolves, goitered gazelles, pikas, wild boars, and reptiles such as different snakes, vipers, cobras, agamas, and monitor lizards. Also, various species of birds of prey such as falcons, golden eagles, tawny eagles, common buzzards, woodpeckers, owls that are visible at dusk and night, passerines, see-see partridge, various kinds of finches, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, black vulture, and bearded vulture are observable in Golestan National Park.
Tandoureh National Park: Nestled at Dargaz, Khorasan Razavi, close to the border of Iran and Turkmenistan, Tandoureh National Park has a unique topography leading us to unexpected perspectives and awe-striking ecosystems within its 35540 hectares. This park is home to the largest population of Persian leopards; so, it is very likely to see them in Tandoureh National Park. There are large vipers such as blunt-nosed viper, pikas, Greek tortoises, urials and wild goats upon the cliffs. You can see different kinds of prey birds, golden eagles, falcons, common linnets, scops owl, warblers, and bearded vultures.
Turan National Park: Registered as the second biosphere reserve in the world by UNESCO, Turan National Park, and Wildlife Refuge is one of the astonishing expanses to observe the mysteries of the wildlife accustomed to arid and semi-arid regions of Iran. It is home to the remaining populations of Persian onagers and the largest population of Asiatic cheetahs (about 35 left in all over Iran, so seeing them in the wild is not guaranteed), Jebeer gazelles, Persian leopards, striped hyenas, goitered gazelles, wild goats, urials, caracals, Northern three-toed jerboas, ground agamas, Iranian spiny-tailed lizard, different kinds of vultures, eagles, see-see partridge, sand grouse, and many more.
What is included?
- Ecolodges as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking tour guide and wildlife experts
- Just as indicated in the itinerary; this tour includes daily meals and refreshments
- All transportation according to the itinerary.
What is not included?
- No domestic or international flights are included on this tour
- Personal supplies such as trekking shoes, suitable clothes for hiking, and sleeping bags
- Travel insurance
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
- Excess baggage charges
- Laundry & telephone Charges
- Tips & gratuities
- Anything that is not mentioned in "what is inlcluded"?
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