Join us for a chance to record all 10 species of Malaysian hornbills with our new and exciting tour. Covering 3 fantastic birding sites to maximize our target to complete the Hornbill list with our expert guides, this expedition will also see us venture into some of Malaysia’s lush tropical rainforests and see the other 200 or more target birds.
Departure: 15 February 2015. 1 September 2016
Destinations: Penang – Kulim – Sedim – Royal Belum – Kenyir Lake
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Target Birds 10 Hornbills + 200 Species
Price RM9534 per person on twin sharing room – minimum 2 persons
Included in price: Accommodation in twin sharing room, bird guide, all land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Lunch, Dinner, Beverages, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter.
Sites include the world’s oldest rainforest dating 130 million years old, Temengor Lake. This is home to all 10 species of Malaysian Hornbills. We will be primarily using the best resort on the Temengor lake and its fastest and safest boats to track down and observe all of its precious hornbills. For about 3 months in the year (August to October), the globally threatened Plain-pouched Hornbills make an appearance in flocks of thousands in this forest complex, a phenomena occurring no where else in the world. The highest count of Plain-pouched is currently over 2,000 birds. The Asian Elephants and other exciting wildlife and indigenous community makes this site a must see for birders.
The last stop for this tour is the idyllic Kenyir Lake which is the quieter gateway to Peninsular Malaysia’s National Park. Almost all the different hornbills species (with the exception of the Plain-pouched Hornbill) have been recorded by our guides and other independent birders here. We will be staying at Kenyir’s best resort and driving and walking along its beautiful bird friendly and quiet lakeside roads.
Day 1: Pick up from Penang International Airport. Travel to The Belum Rainforest Lodge, stopping along the way for opportunistic birding. Check into Hotel. Evening drive to spot elephants. Overnight in Kulim..
Day 2: Birding along the way to Bukit Hijau. Continue on to Sedim Nature Reserve where we will visit Malaysia’s longest canopy Walkway in Sedim. Overnight at Belum Rainforest Reserve.
Day 3: First boat ride on Temengor Lake. 12:00pm: check out of the hotel and we drive to Taman Negara Merapoh. Check into lodge. Birding around the lodge for more lowland species. Overnight Taman Negara Merapoh.
Day 4: Birding all day. Overnight Merapoh.
Day 5 : Early breakfast and check out we drive to Tasik Kenyir stopping for opportunistic birding along the way. Check into Kenyir resort and late afternoon birding along the quite trails nearby.
Day 6/7: All day birding at Kenyir. Overnight Kenyir
Day 8 : Kenyir Lake – Departing Flight
Kulim : Seri Malaysia***
Royal Belum: Belum Rainforest Resort*****
Kenyir Lake : Kenyir Lake Resort****
Read the trip Report : Bukit Hijau & Sedim Canopy