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Thinking of your next trip?  Here are some mammal-focussed trips that are looking for people to join them.  If you are planning a trip and looking for company, or looking to team up with others somewhere, then please post on the forum or get in touch.

If you are running a commercial mammalwatching tour then please email me for rates and options.

Anyone can list a trip here. They are not necessarily recommended or approved by mammalwatching.com, especially if I don’t know the people involved. So please do your own research before signing up: two weeks in a rainforest with someone you don’t get on with will not be fun ….

The following trips are looking for people to join.

Amur Leopard and Siberian Tigers: November and December 2019 Trips 

Organiser – Royle Safaris

  • Amur Leopard Photography Tour (this is the location where all of the attached pictures were taken) – 19th – 27thNovember 2019
  • Siberian Tiger Photography Tour – 12th – 20th November 2019
  • Siberian Tiger Winter Tracking Tour – 27th November – 6th December 2019
  • Combined Amur Leopard Photography Tour & Siberian Tiger Photography Tour – 12th – 27th November 2019
  • Combined Amur Leopard Photography Tour & Siberian Tiger Winter Tracking Tour – 19th November – 6th December 2019

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Bioblitzes in Costa Rica with Fiona Reid: December 2019 and February 2020

Organizer – Fiona Reid

I recently bought a large and beautiful property in Southern Costa Rica – 154 acres, with massive waterfalls, lots of mature forest, and a good variety of habitats.  In order to find out more about the biodiversity on my land, I am planning a series of bio-blitzes and bat workshops.

Dec 14-21, 2019.  Bat Bioblitz and Workshop to coincide with Nils Bouillard’s Big Bat Year. Nils is traveling the world to see as many bats as possible and try to help promote their conservation. Leaders: Loren Ammerman, author of Bats of Texas and renowned bat biologist, and her husband Mike Dixon, a herpetologist will provide their expertise and help with mist netting and herping.

Feb 20-27, 2020. Nature Bioblitz This is the second of two nature workshops, where all fauna will be recorded. Leaders: Rich Hoyer, a very experienced birder-naturalist (employed by WINGS), will be surveying birds, butterflies, moths and odonates; Tracie Stice and Gianfranco Gomez, naturalists and spider experts, organizers of the legendary Drake Bay Night Tour will be providing their intimate knowledge of local natural history too.

I’ll be co-leading and organizing both workshops and I will have permits for catching rodents and bats. We will take at least two day trips to other habitats. For batters we will visit locales where I know of roosts for species we may have missed. With luck, we should find roosting Spix’s Disk-winged BatChestnut Sac-winged Bat, Pygmy Round-eared Bat, and a number of tent-making bat species. The river has  Greater Fishing Bats and numerous smaller species, and we hear the calls of Shaggy Bats and Northern Ghost Bats frequently – catching those two is hard but we will certainly try. I expect we will encounter 30-40 bat species during the first workshop, including some good ones (we will definitely do some batting on the February workshop as well, but the extent will depend on group interest). Other mammals that are easily seen around Sylvan Falls include Red-backed Squirrel MonkeyWhite-faced CapuchinNeotropical River OtterTomes’s Spiny RatWhite-nosed CoatiCentral American Agouti, and more.

Level of difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Mainland Clouded Leopard Trip to Nepal (Feb 2020)

Organizer – Royle Safaris

After the amazing trip report from Jens Hauser last year, Royle Safaris has been in touch with the leading clouded leopard researchers in Nepal and we are pleased to announce the first group trip dedicated to looking for the Indochinese clouded leopard in Nepal.

We are looking at travelling in late February 2020 and have space for 4 people to join. For anyone wishing to know more about this amazing and unique trip, you can reply on this blog or email me info@royle-safaris.co.uk.

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Amur Leopard Tour, February 12-20, 2020

Organiser: Royle Safaris

The week long itinerary is centred around one of the least visited and most pristine ecosystems in the world; the Russian state of Primorye may not evoke the same thoughts and emotions as Siberia. But it is this state which harbours the largest areas of intact and protected forests in the Russian Far East. Many parks and reserves have been set up in the last 10-20 years. Mostly down to the love of the big cats and the wilderness that Vladimir Putin has. The rewards for setting up these protected areas, increasing the anti-poaching enforcement and awareness of the problems facing the big cats here are beginning to be seen now. The numbers of both Siberian tigers and Amur leopards have been slowly yet steadily increasing for years.

This is a pioneering tour and you will be amongst the first ever tourists to come here and the first to spend time here during the wonderful winter time to try and find and photograph the Amur leopard. Because of the nature of Amur leopards we cannot guarantee any sightings; however we can assure you all of an adventure of a life time and one that could result in you becoming one of the only non-Russian people to see wild Amur leopards!

This trip can be combined with a separate Siberian Tiger trip (below).

Level of difficulty: Easy

Siberian Tiger Tour, February 20-29, 2020

Organiser: Royle Safaris

This 10 day itinerary is set in one of the world’s most incredible and remote ecosystems. In the Russian Far East deep inside the forest where the vast taiga meets the diverse Manchurian forest there is a mix of boreal and tropical Asian species that result in one some of the most incredible wildlife. At the top of this ecosystem is the majestic Siberian Tiger. However unlike the suggestive name the tigers in Russia do not live in Siberia, instead they live in Amur, Ussuri and Primorye and within these areas the Ussuri tigers are the focus of this particular trip. They are the most northerly wild tigers in the world and they are long removed from the explosion of poaching that occurs in South and South East Asia and because of the vastness of their forests even deforestation hasn’t impacted them significantly so far. However deforestation does occur and is on the rise. This trip is crucial to increase eco-tourism here and help provide an economic reason for the local people to protect their forests and wildlife.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Dominican Republic Solendon & Hutia Tour (February 24-28 2020)

Organiser: Royle Safaris

The two main mammals that we will be looking for on this trip are the Hispaniolan solenodon and Hispaniolan hutia, they are both endemic to Hispaniola (although largely extinct in Haiti). The solenodon is so unusual that its description defies belief, about the size of a house cat, with an awkward and slow gait, they look like oversized shrews that have a venomous bite and a ball and socket joint on their nose. Hutias are giant arboreal beavers in appearance and struggle to survive as they are favoured for food and suffer when deforestation occurs. This short trip is one that will fascinate anyone interested in rare and unusual wildlife. Alongside the two targeted mammals we will also search out endemic birds and reptiles within this short time frame. Despite being a short trip and there not being a huge variety of wildlife to be seen, this trip is designed to offer the chance of seeing and photographing two of the world’s most unusual, little known and critically endangered mammals. On this aim we have very high hopes and should be successful.

More information is here https://www.royle-safaris.co.uk/itineraries/endemic-mammals-of-the-dominican-republic/

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley. 21 Feb- 02 Mar 2020 & 01 Mar- 11 Mar 2020

Organizer Dazzle Africa

10-night Emerald Safari, South Luangwa, Zambia.  Two trips: 21 Feb-02 Mar 2020 and 01 Mar-11Mar 2020. Max 10 guests each trip

At the end of the great rift valley in Zambia lies one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, the South Luangwa National Park. It is here that we invite you to join Dazzle Africa on our Emerald Season Safari at one of the most beautiful times of the year.   During this incredible season, the Luangwa river, tributaries and lagoons are filled to the brim after the long dry season. With the water comes a staggering array of wildlife, the birthing season and birds adorned in breeding plumage.

The Luangwa valley is teeming with over 60 species of mammals. The rivers boast the largest concentration of hippo in the world, massive herds of buffalo and thousands of elephants roam the land.  It is one of the most reliable wild places to see leopard in Africa and it has the largest number of wild dogs in Zambia. Luangwa lion prides have been featured in several high profile documentaries and are flourishing, as are spotted hyena.  Endemic species include the Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, and the Crawshay’s zebra.

Expert guides will lead you by Land Rover, boat and on foot to experience the wildlife and beauty that only this area can offer.  Boating through the lagoons and along the Luangwa River will be like no other experience that you have ever had, even if you have been to Africa before. Our adventure will include night drives to see many of the smaller mammals, including genet, civet, porcupine, serval, honey badger, aardvark and galagos.

For full itinerary and details, visit https://www.dazzleafrica.org/our-safaris/

To join, please contact nancy@dazzleafrica.org or mike@dazzleafrica.org

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Kingdom of the Snow Leopard, Ladakh (February 28 – March 15, 2020)

Organiser: Royle Safaris

We have great success in our snow leopard tours and since 2011 we have not failed to see snow leopards on our trips travelling in the peak season (February – March), in fact in the last 9 trips we have seen over 2 individual snow leopards and in March 2014 we had over 50 hours of sightings including 2 male fighting over mating rites, a mother and cub, attempted hunts and also the first time mating snow leopards has been seen and filmed at close quarters. You can see the incredible pictures taken from this trip on one of our clients (Mr. John Oates) Flickr pages (https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnswildlifephotos/sets/72157642780737593) and also the BBC aired footage of this encounter as they were filming for Planet Earth 2 during this trip.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

Chad, Feb/March 2020

Organizer – Chalo Africa

Chad has true otherworldly beauty: seas of orange-yellow sand, multi-coloured oases, and surreal rock formations. After all, most of the country is a part of the Sahara Desert. But Chad also has one of the world’s largest single herd of elephants, about 130 lions, and over 10,000 Central African savanna buffalo, which range in colour from jet-black to orange. This is wild adventuring, including driving hundreds of kilometres across the Sahara, seeing rock paintings up to 12,000 years old, and coming face to face with elephants whose recovery is one of the most heartwarming of wildlife conservation stories.

Trip Highlights
• The elephants of Zakouma National Park and their story of hope
• Flocks of birds that completely blanket the sky and earth
• The one and only picture-book Sahara Desert – the world’s largest desert – with all possible shades of orange and yellow
• Prehistoric rock paintings and petroglyphs showing people dancing, herding, and hunting, and depicting the wildlife that flourished millennia ago
• Dromedaries drinking huge amounts of water very quickly
• Lions, buffaloes, Kordofan giraffes, and all manner of antelope including tiang and roan

Level of difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Minnesota Lynx Tour, Feb 2020

Organiser: Wise Birding

MINNESOTA: Canada Lynx & Northern Owls

Departing Feb 2020: This will be our fifth consecutive year running this tour and we have had 100% success rate with seeing Canada Lynx. Other mammals we have seen on previous tours include Wolf, Moose, Northern Flying Squirrel, American Marten and Bobcat. See our Previous Trip Reports Only 2 places remaining

Level of difficulty: Easy

Sichuan Rare Mammals, Spring 2020

Organizer – Royle Safaris

Back in April 2019 Royle Safaris ran its second back to back Sichuan Mammals Tour with special focus on the rarest and ‘coolest’ of Chinese mammals. We were very successful, the trip resulted in 3 sightings of giant panda (plus a 4th through thermal only) as well as red pandas, Pallas’s cats, Chinese mountain cats, Himalayan wolves, Indochinese leopard cats, Asiatic golden cat and Asiatic black bear. In fact 42 species of mammals were seen or evidence of their presence was seen.

Because of the incredible success we have had in the last 2 trips we are running two more tours (following the same itinerary) for 2020. We have sold all but one place on these two trips, so if anyone would like to know more and join you can contact us at info@royle-safaris.co.uk.

Level of difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Western Sahara, April 2020

Organiser: Wise Birding

WESTERN SAHARA: Mostly Mammals

Departing April 2020: Last year, we ran our specially designed mammal focused tour and it was a great success. We enjoyed fabulous views of Sand Cat, Fennec Fox, Ruppell’s Fox and the newly described African Golden Wolf. See our Previous Trip Reports

Level of difficulty: Easy

Wild Nepal Jungle Safari. Next Group Tour 1 -11 May, 2020

Kglagadi Transfrontier Park, May 2020

Organiser – Chalo Africa

5-Person Group Departures from Mabua to Twee and vice-versa

Group 1: Arrives in Botswana on May 1, 2020 – Trip Ends in South Africa on May 14, 2020
Group 2: Arrives in South Africa on May 17, 2020 – Trip Ends in Botswana on May 30, 2020

Kgalagadi means ‘place of thirst’. It is a part of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. Much of it consists of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), Africa’s first Peace Park. The KTP is truly wild: surreal semi-desert wilderness; red sand dunes; dry rivers that are said to flow once in a hundred years; and starry skies without light pollution. It’s home to the black-maned Kalahari lion. It’s said to be one of the top two places on the planet to see the cheetah. It has 19 key predators including lion, cheetah, hyena, jackal, fox, African wildcat, and caracal. And when it rains with the spectacular thunder of the Kalahari, lillies start to bloom.

Trip Highlights
• The Kalahari lion (sightings are common)
• The cheetah (sightings are common)
• The pure Kalahari sky, with full-spectrum sunsets and dense star clusters, and a special photogenic light at sunrise
• Spectacular thunderstorms and rains that bring out the smell of red sand dunes
• The possibility of seeing less visible animals such as the leopard, meerkat, brown hyena, honey badger, porcupine, and pangolin
• Herds and herds of picture-perfect oryx/gemsbok
• Genuine solitude and silence in camp, but perhaps interrupted by owls and other raptors, yellow mongooses, barking geckos, and all manner of iridescent birds

Level of difficulty: Easy

Javan Rhino Tour,  June 1 -10, 2020

Organiser – Royle Safaris with Vladimir Dinets guiding

There are two places left on this unique tour that explores part of the world that are rarely visited, and so to get a good idea of what to expect we recommend you read through the below information thoroughly.
We have outlined a detailed itinerary for the entire trip. However due to the movements of the rhinos and other factors (such as tides, vegetation cover, weather etc) we will change the itinerary to give us the best possible chance of seeing a rhino.

Rest assured that whether we see a rhino or not you will be among the first ever non-scientists to ever attempt a sighting in the core area of the park and pioneers at the start of ecotourism here that could save the Javan rhino.

On our first Javan Rhino Expedition in 2018 we had an incredible double Javan Rhino sighting. Two different individuals over the course of one incredible day.

More details are here. This trip can be combined with a 5 day endemic mammals of Java extension (details in the main advert).

Level of difficulty: Moderate

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