Wildlife Holidays in Burma
Once a British colony, Burma became an independent republic in 1948. Having been under military control since a coup d’etat in 1962, Burma is again starting to open up to the outside world, and the military is beginning to relinquish some of its control over government.
The opposition party, the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi (released from house arrest in 2011), now welcomes responsible tourists who are interested in integrating with Burmese people and supporting local economies.
Burma is the second largest country in South-east Asia, with a population of over 60 million. The country has many natural resources, including precious stones, the most famous of which are rubies. Burmese is the official language, and Buddhism the main religion. Burma’s longest river is the Irrawaddy and the majority of its population lives in the Irrawaddy Valley.
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"Not only does Burma have some of the most beautiful scenery in Asia, its culture and wildlife are both wrapped in mystique from having been so long closed to the outside world. A chance to
visit world-famous sites such as Mandalay, the temple complex at Bagan, meet indigenous hill tribes, and to cruise along the Irrawaddy River seeking out and enjoying the country’s special wildlife as we travel - it’s the stuff of a classic adventure story!"- Rajan Jolly
TAILOR THIS TOUR TO YOUR NEEDS
Prefer a tailor-made approach to your wildlife holidays? Naturetrek has many years' experience in organising high quality, customised wildlife tours to the Maldives, using our extensive network of the best local naturalist guides. If you like the look of one of our group tours, but the dates don't work for you, or you prefer the intimacy and flexibility of a tailor made wildlife holiday, contact operations manager Paul Stanbury to discuss how we can help with your travel plans.
What’s special about the wildlife?
Almost half the country is covered in dense tropical forest, and the country’s slow economic growth has contributed to the preservation of many of its ecosystems. In lower Burma, forests comprise of a diverse variety of plant-life including valuable teak. In the northern highlands rhododendrons, pine and oak are all common.
Burma is home to over 800 bird species including parrots, pheasants, herons and peafowl. Gibbons, monkeys, flying foxes, tapirs, deer, antelope are among the country’s mammals, as well as sparsely distributed top predators such as Tigers and Leopards. Reptile and freshwater fish species are also numerous.
Perhaps the greatest joy for the naturalist of a visit to Burma, though, is the fact that its wildlife is so little-known.
When should I visit?
Much of the country lies between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Equator. October to March is the best season to visit as the weather is cooler and drier than at other times of the year. This period also provides the best chance of seeing both resident and migrant species.
Naturetrek holidays to Burma
We offer one tour to Burma: ‘Burma Highlights - A Wildlife & Cultural Tour’, a 17-day holiday which includes a 2-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River and visits to key archaeological sites.
What wildlife might I see?
Birds such as: Asian wetland species including Pheasant-tailed Jacana, plus lapwings, pratincoles, egrets, herons, whistling-ducks and kingfishers; dry-country specialists such as Red Collared Dove, Barred Buttonquail, Burmese Shrike and Pied Bushchat; White-throated Babbler and the exquisite Jerdon’s Minivet at Bagan; hill bird species such as Black-headed Greenfinch and Burmese Yuhina; Hooded Treepie; endemics such as Burmese Bushlark.
On the Mt Victoria post-tour extension: bamboo specialists such as Buff-breasted Parrotbill and the splendid Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler; the endemic White-browed Nuthatch and Burmese Tit; a host of babblers, woodpeckers, minivets, barbets and sunbirds among many other species.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Burma HOLIDAYS
The itinerary was mainly birds but also good cultural ingredients. Saw brilliant birds and unexpectedly gibbons. Excellent guides; Sujan is very knowledgeable and great fun, whilst Jimmy is a great organiser. The right size of group was very important especially with birds. Group members were friendly and supportive. The country itself, its people and accommodation was excellent.
Wonderful holiday. Can't stop talking about it! The whole trip was full of interest with a variety of experiences, great for both birders and non-birders. Excellent local organisation; buses always ready, restaurants always booked, hotels always attended to our needs with the utmost grace. This was a most memorable holiday and we would like to thank Rajan, Sujan and everyone at Naturetrek. We feel very lucky and privileged to have had such wonderfully varied experiences in this beautiful, beguiling and fascinating country.
Top class birding with an excellent extension. A very good introduction to Myanmar.