Kingfisher Elephant

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Bird Watching in Champasak

Bird Watching

You will leave the lodge early with your trained birding guide. Before dawn, you will trek along the edge of the RAMSAR protected Ban Kiet Ngong Wetlands, one of the largest and least altered wetlands in the region. Hike through swamps, lakes and marshes at the foot of Phou Asa, a large rock outcrop renowned for its intriguing ruins and superb views of the dense semi-evergreen forests below.

Mountain Biking

Depart in the morning, approx. 08:30 for an exciting cycling tour around the villages near the Kingfisher Ecolodge. We will cycle through several villages along the way to the quaint Lao Gna village.

Form here we walk to one or more nearby waterfalls on the border of Dong Hua Sao National Park, where you may have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water coming from the mountains of the Bolaven Plateau. After a simple picnic lunch, walk back to the village and cycle back to the lodge. We will arrive back in the late afternoon.

Mountain Biking in Champasak
Champasak Jungle Trekking

Jungle Trekking

We organise different trekking options around Phou Asa mountain. We have a half-day trek and a full-day trek for you.

We also have other trekking options within the Xe Pian Bio-diversity area including multi day options. Please get in touch for further information and quotation.

Elephant Experiences

All experiences are managed by the villagers of Ban Kiet Ngong, these activities will bring you to the top of Phou Asa or around the village and the wetland.

This activity is now an important source of income for the villagers and it helps them to avoid selling the elephants and discourage wildlife hunting. We are working hard with the villagers to make this activity as responsible and sustainable as possible in light of current thinking.

Elephants at Kingfisher Lodge

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Once we arrive at our Hide you will have the pleasure of enjoying the bird activity in the days early light when birds are most active. The Ban Kiet Ngong wetland is considered to be one of the most important areas in Indochina for waterbirds.

Here you find the vanishingly rare Giant Ibis, the White-winged Wood-Duck, the Sarus Crane, the Lesser Adjutant and the White-shouldered Ibis. with over 320 species of birds present on the wetlands it is certainly one of the best places in Laos to view such a wide variety of wetland dwelling birds.

Laos also receives quite an abundance of migratory birds too, especially in the ‘winter’ months, which is the perfect time to visit Ban Kiet Ngong wetlands and Kingfisher Ecolodge.

NOTES

  • We suggest a 4:30 am departure
  • Duration 3 – 5 hours
  • You must be  ready to walk all the way to the hide around the wetlands about 3 km
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed when joining with other guests, other minors under guidance
  • No particular skills are needed to do this activity but you should consider that, due to the above mentioned conditions, it requires a reasonable level of physical effort and adaptation.

INCLUSIONS

Morning Bird Watching includes:

  • English Speaking birding guide
  • Birding book and binoculars
  • Light Picnic Breakfast from the Lodge
  • Drinking water and bottle

PROGRAM

  • 08:30 – Start the tour from Kingfisher Ecolodge
  • 10:00 – Arrival in Lao Gna village after a 20 km ride through different villages
  • 10:15 – Short walk in the nearby forest
  • 11:30 – Picnic Lunch
  • 12:30 – Walk to a nearby waterfall on the border of Dong Hua Sao National park, here you may have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water coming from the mountains of the Bolevan Plateau.
  • 14:30 – Leaving the village to return to Kingfisher Ecolodge
  • 16:00 – Arrival at Kingfisher Ecolodge

NOTES

  • Suggested time: 8:30am -16:00pm
  • Not available in rainy season from May-Oct (subject to ground conditions on the day)
  • Capacity: Max: 4 pax
  • Scheduled times are approximate and may vary.
  • We reserve the right to change the above program due to unforeseeable reasons.
  • We reserve the right to join your group with another one, prices will be calculated accordingly to the total number of participants.

INCLUSIONS

  • English speaking guide
  • Village guide
  • Mountain bike and helmet rent
  • Lunch with villagers or from the Lodge
  • Drinking water from the Lodge

On the half day trek, the trail will take you inside the tropical forest that covers the surrounding area of this famous archeological site. The trek will start from Kingfisher Ecolodge at around 08:30 and will end at the same place at around 11:30.

Our full day trek will take you inside the tropical forest that covers the surrounding area of this famous archeological site, on the way back you will visit Phou Asa. Our experienced local guides will show you and interpret the flora and possibly the fauna met along the way The hike will start from Kingfisher Ecolodge at around 08:30 and will end at the same place at around 15:30.

NOTES:

  • Scheduled times are approximate and may vary.
  • We reserve the right to change the above program due to unforeseeable reasons.
  • We reserve the right to join your group with another one, prices will be calculated accordingly to the total number of participants.

INCLUSIONS:

Half Day Trek includes:

  • English Speaking guide
  • Village guide
  • Drinking water

Full Day Trek includes:

  • English Speaking guide
  • Village guide
  • Picnic Lunch from the Lodge
  • Drinking water

Kingfisher Ecolodge does not organize this activity, therefore takes no responsibility for it, but we can facilitate our guests participation in the activity from the lodge

An interesting video about the mahouts of Ban Kiet Ngong area can be seen here.

ELEPHANT JUNGLE SAFARI (NO RIDING)

Kingfisher Ecolodge organize a one day Adventure Safari in the jungle by elephant, like the first foreign explorers of this country often did during their voyages.

You will start in the morning from the village of Kiet Ngong and trek alongside your elephant through paddy fields and wetlands, you will be led inside the jungle that surrounds the area by your mahout and guide.

From beside your elephant you will have a particular point of view of the dry dipterocarp forest that characterize Xe Pian protected area, you will experience the jungle environment while cicadas and birds sounds will accompany you along the way.

After two to three hours of walking (depending on trail and weather conditions), in proximity of a stream you will let your elephants drink and, after let them be free to feed in the forest, you will have your picnic lunch.

After resting and watching the elephants roaming around in search for food and learning more about them, you will continue your jungle safari on the way back to the village; arrival is expected between 15:00 and 16:00.

NOTES

  • You must be also ready to walk next to the elephant while far from the elephant center.
  • ​even if the trail in the jungle is usually clear and wide enough to pass by elephant, you must be aware that fallen trees or other natural obstacles may force the elephant to exit the trail in order to find a way around. In this case, most probably, the mahout will have to clear the way by machete and the help of the elephant, so be prepared to pass through more difficult conditions.
  • No particular skills are needed to do this activity but you should consider that, due to the above mentioned conditions, it requires a bit of physical effort and adaptation.

INCLUSIONS

Elephant Jungle Safari includes:

  • English Speaking guide
  • Elephant (two persons per elephant) and Mahout
  • Picnic Lunch from the Lodge
  • Drinking water and bottle

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