A Double Dose of Adventure and Birding – The Birds of Sri Lanka and the Nile River

Sri Lanka Safari and Bird Watching

Experience the wonders of Sri Lanka’s wilderness with Aggressor Adventures®. Their exciting 7-day, 6-night adventure offers encounters with iconic animals and vibrant birdlife in Sri Lanka’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

Arrival and Wilpattu National Park

Your Sri Lankan journey begins with a scenic drive from Negombo to the Aggressor Signature Lodges®, situated near two renowned national parks—Wilpattu and Minneriya. You’ll have a chance to unpack and settle in before heading out on an afternoon safari in the beauty of Wilpattu. Be prepared for thrilling glimpses of elusive leopards, vistas with majestic Asian elephants, sloth bears, and an array of diverse wildlife. This park is also a paradise for birdwatchers, with opportunities to spot storks, vibrant junglefowl, owls, and many more feathered beauties.

Woolly Necked Stork

Ancient Cities and Spectacular Birds

Blue Rock Thrush

The next morning, you’ll head off for an adventure that takes you back in time and to explore the magnificent 5th-century Sigiriya Rock Palace, a UNESCO World  Heritage Site. Birders will enjoy searching for vibrant species within the Sigiriya Sanctuary, like Blue Rock Thrush, Shahin Falcon, and other majestic raptors. In the afternoon, you’ll travel the lush landscapes of Minneriya National Park for an unforgettable elephant experience.

Kala Oya River

On your third day, you can enjoy a more leisurely pace at the Aggressor Signature Lodge. You can take a relaxing walk to explore the surrounding village, discover local flora and fauna, or simply unwind by the poolside. Avid birders will thrill at the exclusive opportunity to observe wildlife from the dedicated birding blind on the banks of the Kala Oya River, a prime spot for watching birds within the boundary of Wilpattu National Park.

Throughout the remainder of the week, you’ll venture through Sri Lanka to discover the rich history and Buddhist relics of Anuradhapura, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Along with historical insights, birdwatchers can explore the captivating city while keeping an eye out for resident and migratory birds. Later, experience the magic of nocturnal wildlife while searching for the elusive Sri Lankan slender loris within the Primate Center Nature Sanctuary.

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill

During your journey to Polonnaruwa, you’ll stop at Monkey Kingdom, famous for its playful troops of macaques and langurs. Bird enthusiasts can trade this experience for a fascinating walking tour within the Pidurangala Rock & Bird Sanctuary, filled with rare endemic and migratory bird species.

On your final safari excursion, you can choose between a morning or afternoon adventure within Wilpattu National Park. Take a leisurely lunch alongside playful monkey troops within the park’s boundaries. You can conclude your birding time by spending another afternoon along the river and final trip to the bird blind.

Farewell and Lasting Memories

On your last day, enjoy a final breakfast at the Aggressor Safari Lodge before departing for Negombo, where you’ll bid farewell to a magnificent land of wonder with unforgettable memories of captivating wildlife, rich history, and breathtaking natural beauty.

For a wildlife adventure like no other, contact Aggressor Adventures and book your Sri Lankan safari and bird watching tour today!

Up for a Second Adventure?

Just 5,702 km by air from Sri Lanka, Aggressor Adventures offers another thrilling expedition with more wonderful opportunities to experience exotic wildlife and birds you’ve never before seen.

Nile River Cruise: Archaeology and Birding

Imagine exploring ancient Egyptian marvels and spotting exotic birds during a 6-day journey through an ancient land of majesty and mystique. Treat yourself to another unforgettable adventure with Aggressor Adventures, where archaeology and ornithology blend in visual harmony along the historic Nile River.

Historic Sights and Feathered Friends

Your journey begins in Luxor, home to breathtaking Egyptian temples. Wander through the majestic Karnak Temple complex, a vast maze of columns and sanctuaries. Step inside Luxor Temple and uncover the stories etched upon its walls. Both locations brim with historical intrigue for archeology enthusiasts.

Those who are enchanted by birds have the option to seek winged wonders amid the wetlands or around King Island. You have the chance to observe a variety of species in their natural habitats while you drift serenely aboard a custom-made bird observation hide.

The red avadavat, red munia or strawberry finch, is a sparrow-sized bird of the family Estrildidae.

Journey on the Timeless Nile

You’ll set sail on the currents of the storied Nile toward the West Bank, where you’ll marvel at the mysteries of the Valley of the Kings. You’ll gaze upon lavish tombs carved into desert cliffs, including the famed resting place of Tutankhamun. Uncover more captivating architecture at the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Nobles. Birders are welcome to continue their passion as the cruise ventures among the Nile’s many islands, with tranquil landscapes and mesmerizing sights.

Nile Valley Sunbird

Your voyage down the Nile eventually leads you onward to El Kab, where an ancient necropolis and the Temple of Nekhbet entice you to explore their secrets. Marvel at the remarkably well-preserved Temple of Horus in Edfu, and discover this remarkable monument from the seat of a traditional horse-drawn carriage. While historians explore these iconic sites, avian aficionados will bask another full day in the “floating bird hide.”

Where History and Nature Intersect

At Gebel Silsileh, you squeeze through the Nile’s most narrow point. It is here where you’ll discover the Temple of Horemheb and ancient quarries bearing remnants of Egypt’s rich history. With a chance to unwind on the sandy shores of El Bashier Island, you can also immerse yourself in Bedouin culture with a delightful barbeque. For birdwatchers, the nearby wetlands promise thrilling sightings and endless opportunities to appreciate diverse wildlife.

Egyptian Goose

Your itinerary continues with a stop at Kom Ombo. Its unique dual temple honors Sobek, the crocodile god, and the Crocodile Museum showcases these intriguing creatures. As you marvel at the grandeur of the site, avid birders can enjoy one last voyage for some birding in the floating bird hide, near Aswan.

Farewell to the Father of the African Rivers

As you awaken on your sixth day in magnificent Aswan, bid farewell to your Nile adventure. Before you leave, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Philae Temple, High Dam, and Unfinished Obelisk for one last, but forever lasting encounter with ancient Egypt. If you prefer, you can embark on a captivating final morning of birdwatching, while exploring Aswan’s botanical gardens.

Adventure Calls

Experience the wonders of the Nile, the cradle of a mighty civilization, and encounter its vibrant birdlife. With Aggressor Adventures, you’ll create extraordinary memories amid ancient marvels and diverse ecosystems. Contact Aggressor Adventures today to book an unforgettable Sri Lanka or Nile expedition.

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