ATT Sarus Crane Adventure
Spectacular waterbirds in a rural setting
Only 1.5 hours from Siem Reap is the remarkable reservoir and flooded fields of the Ang Trapaeng Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve, known as ATT.
ATT is a vitally important place for Sarus Cranes, the tallest and most elegant of Cambodia’s waterbirds. Between January and the end of March we can see up to half of Cambodia’s population of these majestic birds as they forage in fields around the man-made reservoir during the dry season. It is one of our favorite places to go birdwatching as there are always so many waterbirds, and there is often something unexpected to be found.
Entry & admission fees
ACCB admission fees are included.
You will be collected and dropped back to your hotel.
Water will be provided to you throughout the trip.
A home cooked Khmer lunch is provided at the rangers station.
Tip or gratuity
Wifi not available outside of major cities and towns.
Temple Pass need to be purchased the day before your trip
Subject to change depending on seasons and personal requests
05:30 - Pick Up
Pick up at your hotel by an English-speaking SVC guide for the 90 minute trip to ATT. We stop for a packed breakfast on the road at some excellent birding spots.
07:30 – Arrive at WCS Station
Arrive at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) ATT station for a briefing with the local guide
08:30 – Birding around and inside the reservoir.
11:00 – Visit Phnom Srok village
See unique silk items being created, or continue birding around the reservoir.
12:00 – Lunch
Home cooked Khmer lunch at the WCS station
13:00 – Explore further bird sites
Including Dry Deciduous Forest, home of Elds Deer.
Elds Deer have become a very rare species in this area, however we might be lucky and see one
17:00 – Drop Off
Return to your hotel in Siem Reap
|Pokambor Ave, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia|
Ang Trapaeng Thmor Sarus Crane Reserve
|Poy Char, Cambodia|
Things to note
When to go
January – May are the best times for large waterbirds and Eld’s deer, but with interesting visitors all year round.
Birds: Sarus Crane, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Greater Adjutant, Greater Spotted Eagle, Black-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Comb Duck, Spotted Wood-owl, Asian Barred Owlet, Common Barn Owl, Spotted Owlet, Pied Harrier.
Mammals: Elds Deer
A large reservoir surrounded by rice paddies, with a range of grassland and sedge habitats on the northern edge, and a small area of degraded deciduous forest.
Sarus Cranes arrive in early January, around the same time as Elds Deer, and stay until May. This is also the best time for other large waterbirds, but interesting visitors can turn up at any time of year.
Things to bring
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
- Appropriate closed-toe shoes. Walking boots are best
- Light clothing covering shoulders and knees- this is especially relevant when visiting temples and religious sites. Clothing should not be bright when birding
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof coat
- Small denominations of money. This is especially relevant when entering Northern Cambodia. $20 is the maximum denomination of money that should be taken
- Binoculars. SVC charge $5 per person per day to use our Swarovski Optik binoculars
- Ear plugs are recommended for multi-day tours. The sound of nature at night in remote areas can be loud