Bangladesh wildlife holiday

“11 day tailor made tour of Bangladesh's protected rainforests. Unique and uncrowded safari adventure in the company of local guides and zoologists. ”

Highlights

Historic city tour of Dhaka (time permitting) | Traditional culture tour of Srimangal villages | Guided wildlife walks in Lawachara National Park | Monkey watching in Satchari National Park | Endangered species and bird watching tours in Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary | Free day in Dhaka | Wildlife watching safari cruise in Sundarbans National Park | Nocturnal tiger tracking by boat |

Description of Bangladesh wildlife holiday

The draw of tracking tigers on foot and having one of the world's rarest apes swing through the trees above your head will get any wildlife enthusiast excited at the prospect.

This wildlife watching tour explores the wonderfully wild and untouched world of Bangladesh from within the rainforests of: Lawacherri, Satchari and Rema Kalenga. These protected areas, on the border with India, are home to some of the rarest primates on the planet, including the western hoolock gibbon (only 300-500 remain in the wild). It is this impressive ape which we aim to find with the expert help of local trackers and research assistants around the tea growing region of Srimangal.

We'll then head south to the Bay of Bengal where we set sail on a live aboard boat and journey into the world's largest mangrove forest, Sunderbans National Park, in search of tigers, crocodiles, deer, langurs, dolphins, porpoises and hundreds of species of bird.

Why choose this Bangladesh wildlife holiday?

You'll be accompanied by a primate expert and local guides with years of experience tracking gibbons and other primates in the Bangladeshi rainforests.
If requested we can bring extra equipment such as camera traps and night vision equipment to further increase our chances of seeing elusive nocturnal animals.
You will be able to track wild tigers on foot.
You can relax in the comfort of your own chartered boat as we cruise down the waterways of the Sunderbans mangrove forest.
We offer spotlighting trips after dark (if local conditions allow) to try and find fishing cats, drinking tigers, slow loris and other rare nocturnal mammals which live in the rainforests around Srimangal.
We have a very high success rating when it comes to spotlighting tigers due to the expert guidance of our zoologist.
We have an unrivalled network of experts and guides all over Bangladesh that are able to find and observe animals like golden langurs, Asiatic elephants, water buffalo, Asian short-clawed otters, Great Indian hornbills, sunda slow loris, fishing cats, Russel’s viper, Irrawaddy dolphins, gharials, leopards and hundreds other endangered, rare or endemic species.
Please inform us if you wish to add a Bangladesh extension to the mammal watching itinerary below and we can provide an excellent wildlife watching itinerary and quote for you.
Unlike many tour operators we are willing to run this tour for individuals (on request).

Fitness Level:
As there is some jungle walking involved we require all participants to be fairly fit and prepared to go off the beaten track and into the jungle in search of gibbons. The animals do not follow the pathways, unfortunately, so we will often head deep into the forest to find them. The exact amount of walking is dependent on what guests decide, we can tailor activities to suit your requirements.

Minimum Age: 18 years old.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made between November - January
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bangladesh wildlife holiday

Environment

We help to reduce our impact on the environment on this tour by chartering our own boat to cruise the Sunderbans, the vessel is a modern vessel which runs economically and is serviced regularly, to ensure that no excess population (noise, material or water) is exerted on the environment, than a standard live aboard vessel in the Sunderbans. We also happily promote Bangladesh’s policy of using Compressed Natural Gas as an alternative to petrol and diesel and their ban on polythene bags. These two measures are gathering pace inside Bangladesh and this small country is leading the way with national policies affecting the environment.
We also make notes of other boats we see which are in breach of basic environmentally friendly rules and report such boats to the authorities.
At the end of each we offset our carbon footprint (based on the number of tours we have completed and the number of passengers we have taken with us), with the Carbon Trust.

Wildlife Promise:

The wildlife in Bangladesh benefits from our tours in numerous ways, firstly the most obvious one is that our presence as eco tourists in the rainforests and Sunderbans detracts from people logging and poaching illegally. This preserves the numbers of wildlife here as well as helping to protect their habitat.
We also donate an amount of money (depending on the number of tours and the guests) to the Gibbon Conservation Society as well as practising all the policies that Tour Operators for Tigers (TOFT) implement for their sustainable and responsible tiger safaris of India.
We also keep a record of all the gibbons and tigers that we see on the tour so we can update the park authorities on their populations with a hope to helping their conservation efforts. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

Community

The local community benefits in many different ways with this tour of Bangladesh; we help to train the local guides to perfect their bush tracking skills and enhance their knowledge of primates, as to lessen the impact of tourism on them. We also only hire local guides to supplement our zoologist escort, which encourages the local people close by the national parks to pursuit eco training instead of the best guiding jobs going to foreigners and graduates from Dhaka and other large cities. We also have a 100% local crew on board and all the food is sourced from the Sunderbans via sustainable methods and techniques. We also visit local villages throughout the tour and help to promote eco-tourism to the local population as Bangladesh is still a very long way behind its neighbours (India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) when it comes to tourism.

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