WILDLIFE AT LEISURE
Wildlife at Leisure Tours: Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will have direct flights, and these at kind times of day! And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax before and after. Direct flights are available from some regional airports.
Kaş is a veritable playground for the naturalist with a wonderful range of flora and fauna, superb landscapes, fine marine life and with the comfort of a very fine hotel and a wide choice of great restaurants to enjoy it makes the perfect base for a wildlife at leisure tour.
Kaş’s narrow streets are lined with tempting little shops, cafes, bars and restaurants as the town rises up from its picturesque harbour. Past the amphitheatre a road takes us out to the flower-filled Peninsula, now the domain of beautiful villas and hotels, yet only forty years ago this entire coast didn’t have a single tarmac road! Our lovely hotel nestles amongst garrigue rich in flowers and loaded with aromatic herbs attracting abundant butterflies such as Southern and Scarce Swallowtails, Blue-spot, Ilex and Sloe Hairstreaks and the strikingly brilliant Loew’s Blue. Flocks of colourful Bee-eaters are migrating past as well as Hoopoes and Rollers. Green Turtles swim just offshore of the hotel and are common in these coastal waters. Andriake’s wetland though small has a huge list of birds and we’ll see a range of waders, egrets and herons, ducks, and migrant passerines. From the harbour here we’ll take a boat trip through the islands off Kekova marvelling at the underwater archaeology and searching for the rare Monk Seal.
Just a few kilometres as the Eleonora’s Falcon flies the land rises sharply to over a thousand metres and here we’ll wander in cool Cedar Forests where Irises still bloom alongside the red goblets of Tulipa armena, Paeonias, the newly described Campanula and lovely Silene cryptogramma. The lovely little Krüper’s Nuthatch is common here alongside Short-toed Eagles, various woodpeckers and Goshawks. Inland further and we’ll explore the high Sinekcibeli Pass where Eastern Festoons, Powdered Brimstones and False Apollos still fly. The highest mountain in the region, the imposing 3000m Ak Dagi has a road that will take us up in to its serenely beautiful yaylas, summer pastures around small deep green lakes, where fresh cold water still flows strongly from melting snows before plunging down an impressive waterfall. Here rocks are decorated with the large blue saucers of Omphalodes luciliae and on the slopes are Muscari bourgaei extraordinary Lamium cymbalariifolium grows with yellow Tulipa australis, mats of pink Silene pharnaceifolia and a variety of colourful astragalus. Snowfinches feed around snowpatches where abundant Merendera attica and Scilla bifolia bloom and Red-fronted Serins, Finsch’s Wheatears and Cretzschmarr’s Buntings are amongst a birdlife redolent of areas farther to the east.
Flowers, Birds and Butterflies. Also Archaeological Sites, Marine Life, Reptiles, and Rural Turkey.
Very gentle, just two or three miles a day, and always at a slow pace, ideally suited to photography.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, accommodation and meals in Turkey. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature, including insurance, are not included.
Minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Only one leader will accompany a group of 8 or less.
The entire holiday will be at the Olea Nova Hotel beautifully situated on the Peninsula just outside Kaş. The Hotel has comfortable rooms overlooking the bay and across to the island of Meis. There is a swimming pool
and walks up and down the Peninsula’s lanes can be very productive for wildlife. Kaş’s narrow streets are lined with tempting little shops, cafes, bars and restaurants as the town rises up from its picturesque harbour. All rooms have en suite facilities.
UK direct return flights to Dalaman are available from many UK regional airports*.
*These routes may incur a supplement but most don’t.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, bird and butterfly checklists are available.