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Mr. John Vander Dol’s Birds, Tigers & Taj tour in April-2019
Including Himalayan foothills - 17 days

This tour takes you to the best birding sights and excellent Tiger safaris along with the iconic Taj Mahal.
We start the trip from Delhi and from there, we’ll take you to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
From Agra on Day 02 evening, we’ll take an overnight train to Katni to reach Bandhavgarh National Park

A great National Park to sight the revered but endangered Tigers among other mammals and birds.
A beautiful drive from Katni with lovely views of rural Madhya Pradesh, you get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living.
It is a perfect start to the adventure ahead. Serenity will seep into you as you check into Monsoon Forest, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tents and cottages and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture. With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, it’s an ideal base to explore the magic of tiger spotting.
Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable.
Special romantic dinners and traditional massages are worth indulging at this resort.

Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering best tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India.

After spending 04 nights in Bandhavgarh, we'll transfer you to Jabalpur airport to connect domestic flight back to Delhi and will spend one night in Delhi / Noida before heading towards Himalayan Foothills.

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Northen Norway Tour

We have just returned from a week- long trip to Northern Norway on our chartered 100 year old schooner in search of whales and Northern Lights.
We were lucky to find many pods of Killer Whales which were seen on three days with a maximum of about 100, many of which right next to the boat. A pod of about 20 Humpbacks joined us for the duration fling their tails just a few meters from us and a couple of Fin Whales added to the spectacle.
The Aurora was seen on three nights and great photos were taken. A number of our guests reckon this was the best holiday they have ever had. The sort of comments I enjoy.

Most of our tours in 2018 are now fully booked so we are looking at 2019. Please note that some holidays have to be booked many months in advance and Arctic trips nearer 18 months bearing in mind they are advertised worldwide.
Due to lack of space I will just mention the plans we have and details will be available from myself, Gary or
SRI LANKA, BIRDS two weeks AUTUMN 2018 Leader Gary about 5 places available

2019 Tours

Feb 9-24 KENYA safari/birding leader John 5 places left

Feb Gambia (details TBA) leader Gary

April India Tigers and Himalayas leader TBA

June Northern Madagascar leader John about 5 places left

July/August two weeks in Spitsbergen for Polar Bears on same schooner. Leader John Please BOOK THIS AS EARLY AS POSS.

September Morocco (Details TBA) Leader Gary

September Mongolia for Snow Leopards Still in the research stage but only about 5 places left. Leader John

Please note that tours are always priced in foreign currencies making exact costings difficult until nearer the departure date. Recent volatility in exchange rates has had an impact on tour costs.
All tours are fully inclusive and fully guided

John van de Dol

07956 226 311 or 01304 612175
All flights are ATOL bonded by Trailfinders or similar and are purchased by guests themselves in agreement with the CAA.

PRIVATE ORCHID TOURS IN EAST KENT (15-20 SPECIES) are now being booked for last week in May and first week in June.

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Madagascar Tour 2019

Eastern & Northen

Manahaona! Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean, ±400km’s from Southern Africa’s east coast.
Over millions of years, Madagascar developed a unique flora and fauna. This is the place where evolution has run wild and it has such a high degree of endemism, that it is truly a place like nowhere else on earth!
Madagascar is famous for it’s remarkable selection of lemurs (51+ lemur varieties occur here!), primitive primate’s endemic to the island, brilliantly coloured chameleons & lizards, tenrecs, fossas, bats and rodents.Several early evening walks are planned for this tour, in order to experience the “darker” side of the nocturnal creatures - first hand!
This Tour Programme is designed to offer guests of all ages a unique experience.
We concentrate on nature and not just lemurs orplants or birds - we make time for it all! A medium level of fitness is required, as we can do quite a bit of walking.
This Tour Programme is also designed to be family-friendly and photographers will love it!

Destinations: Antananarivo, Andasibe, Akanin’ny Nofy, Diego Suarez, Joffre Ville, Ankarana, Ankify & Nosy Be
Date: June 2019
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights
Accommodation: En suite accommodation at the following: Le Royal Palissandre, Vakona Forest Lodge, La Palmarium, Le Royal Palissandre, Grand Hotel, Le Domaine Le Fontenay, Iharana Bush Camp, Le Baobab Ankify, Vanila Hotel &Tamboho hotel
Boat Transfers: 3 x boat transfers – Andasibe to Akanin’ny Nofy on day 4 and back again on day 6; from Anfiky to Nosy Be on day 12
Air Transfers: 2 x air transfers – Antananarivo to Diego Suarez on day 7, Nosy Be to Antananarivo on day 15
Meals: Meals as stipulated in the programme
Park Entrance Fees: All park entrance fees included
Vehicles: Minibus or bus, depending on the group size 4WD (4 passengers per vehicle)
Guides: Neil MacLeod of SafariWise & a local English speaking guide
Extras included: 1.5L of bottled water per person per day
Gratuities to local staff


• All International flights
• Visa Fee (FOC at the moment)
• Optional activities e.g.watersports, etc.
• Travel insurance
• Laundry
• Beverages
• Items of personal nature

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SRI LANKA—Absolute Birding!

(with England-Sri Lanka Cricket extension)
A Sri Lankan nature tour focussed on birds & wildlife
Dates will be set when Cricket dates are announced

Sandwich Bird Tours Safari

The Absolute Birding tour mainly focuses on the island’s abundant avifauna—especially the 33 endemics currently recognised, and Indian sub-continent & Oriental specialties including migrants.
We aim to see over 75% of the 53 or so species of birds endemic to Sri Lanka and India.
This birding tour ideal during late October to April, when the northern winter migrants supplement the island’s resident birds.
Therefore, this period is most likely to produce good numbers and great birding. We aim to see 220-250 species of birds (depending on your interests/skills/focus) during this period.

Prices: valid until 31 December 2018

2 persons cost per person based on Double Occupancy—GBP 2,350

3-5 persons cost per person based on Double Occupancy—GBP 2,100

6-7 persons cost per person based on Double Occupancy—GBP 1,950

8 persons cost per person based on Double Occupancy—GBP 1,850

Single occupancy supplement – GBP 330

Plus possibly 1 or 2 nights at hotel near Colombo depending on flight schedules.

Plus flights and the usual personal expenses.

The above cost includes: Accommodation based on twin sharing basis, Breakfast, lunch and dinner, transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle, guiding by Amila Salgado, entrance tickets, A “Sri Lanka Bird and Natural History Checklist” and taxes.

The above cost excludes: flights, mineral water & beverages, insurance (recommended) and tips.

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Safari - Amoboseli, Tsavo, Rift Valley Lakes & Masai Mara

13-day safari tour - Feb 10-24 2019 approx depending on flight schedules

Sandwich Bird Tours Safari

A wonderful safari tour visiting the iconic Amboseli, the wilderness of Tsavo, two of the Great Rift Valley lakes, the classic Masai Mara and the scenic Naboisho conservancy.

There will be plenty of opportunities to track down all the Big Five, watch hippos in their natural environment, encounter herds of elephants, spot hundreds of species of bird and see big cats patrol the savannah plains!Sandwich Bird Tours Safari

Parks and places of interest:Amboseli, Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara and Naboisho conservancy
Game drives, night game drives, bush walks, boat safari

Accommodation: Mid-range lodges & authentic style safari camps

Pricing: £3580
13-day safari tour - Feb 10-24 2019 approx depending on flight schedules

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INDIAN WILDLIFE TOUR with Sandwich Bird Tours - April 2018

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Delhi, Velavadar, Gir National Park, Little Rann of Kutch and Bandhavgarh National Park
Possible extensions to Taj Mahal and Assam

Main Tour cost (per person): £2550 depending exchange rates. single £450
Assam extension cost (per person): £890
depending on number of guests and exchange rates

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April 2018

Sandwich Bird ToursExtremadura is widely known for its outstanding variety of wildlife. Visiting Extremadura is traveling back to Spain 50 years ago.

A paradise for raptors: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black, Egyptian and Griffon Vulture, Lesser Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and Southern European specialities.
Flower-filled meadows covered by orchids: A total of 8-9 species are possible during April. Species include Naked Man Orchid, Giant Orchid, Yellow Bee Orchid, Woodcock Orchid to name fewbecause of the volatility of the pound at the moment.

£975 twin sharing. Plus flight £120 single supplement
Price includes Accommodation, all meals, transport, checklist and guiding

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17th June to 1st July 2018


Sandwich Bird ToursA birding and wildlife tour of Uganda in search of the enigmatic Shoebill and the few remaining Mountain Gorillas.
Led by John van der Dol
Grading: a certain amount of fitness required especially for the Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking.
Focus: on birds and mammals
Early booking recommended as group will be no larger than 12.

A photographer's paradise

Dates and price to be fixed when we have some idea of how many people are potentially interested. Rough guide £4 to 4.5K plus flight fully inclusive.

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