This search for two of Europe’s top predators begins in the rolling grasslands and scrub forest of Sierra de la Sulebra; home to one of the largest populations of wolves in the world. Before visiting Sierra de Andujar. The location for the endangered Iberian lynx. This Iberian wolf and Iberian lynx trip will offer you the very best chances of capturing these elusive species as well as hopefully a whole host of other mammals and birds in these locations.
Western Red Deer
Sierra de la Culebra
This morning you will arrive in Madrid and be collected by your local guide and taken to the hotel in Sierra de la Culebra; depending on your arrival time you will be taken out to Reserva de Caza de la Sierra de la Culebra which is the best place in Spain to try and see wolves.
Sierra de la Culebra
For the next two full days you will be taken around the Culebra reserve and surrounding areas in search of the wonderful Iberian wolf and other wildlife. There are over 1,000 wolves in Spain and this is the largest population, the population has been helped to grow with the addition of carcasses left out for them. Horses and donkeys are sometimes left out for the wolves to feed on and this has lead to an increase in their numbers and they are now back from the brink of extinction here. Also around in these rolling hills and plains are many Western red deer, Eurasian roe deer and Eurasian wild boar as well as a plethora of smaller animals, also Eurasian griffon vultures are known from this region and can often be seen around the carcasses which are left out for the wolves.
Sierra de Andujar
Today is a long day of travelling as you will depart from Sierra de la Culebra and travel south through the central plains of Spain to Andalucia and in particular your accommodation on the outskirts of Sierra de Andujar. On your arrival you will meet your new local guide (lynx expert guide), check in and have the rest of the day to rest.
Sierra de Andujar
For the next 3 full days you will spend time in the field looking for the stunning Iberian lynx and other wildlife. The rugged, dry and rocky hills and mountains of the region is some of the best preserved Mediterranean forest in the Iberian Peninsula. Primarily this is open and spacious oak forest, comprised of holm, gall and cork oak, though alder, ash and poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive.
As well as Iberian lynx, wolves, Eurasian otters, Eurasian wild pig, European mouflon and western red deer are all to be found. These mountains also hold a large population of Eurasian griffon vultures, as well as good numbers of the rare black vulture and Spanish imperial eagle. Amongst the oak forest that clads these hills are grassy glades and secluded valleys where the lynx hunt rabbits, rest amongst the rocks, and raise their young in ancient, hollowed oaks. Here live the majority (perhaps 70% or more) of the world’s remaining Iberian lynx. Perhaps here, in a refuge from the modern world, the Iberian lynx has a chance of survival. You will search for the lynx in a couple of ways, walking around the trails and checking out water sources and likely places for the lynx to be as well as staking out a few good vantage points and scanning the slopes looking for the lynx. All the time you will be with your local guide and able to decide on where you want to go and what you would like to focus on.
One massive plus of booking with us is that thanks to the connections of Jose and his team we have access to private estates around here, it is here as much as the national park (or more often at some times of year) that the lynxes are often found.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in Malaga (~3 hours) in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
Andalusia is home to the hottest and driest summers in Spain, but in the west, weather systems sweeping in from the Atlantic ensure that it is relatively wet in the winter, with some areas receiving copious amounts. Contrary to what many people think, as a whole, the region enjoys above average yearly rainfall in the context of Spain. Andalusia experiences a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, with dry summers influenced by the Azores High, but subject to occasional torrential rains and extremely hot temperatures. In the winter, the tropical anticyclones move
south, allowing cold polar fronts to penetrate the region. Still, within Andalusia there is considerable climatic variety. From the extensive coastal plains one may pass to the valley of the Guadalquivir, barely above sea level, then to the highest altitudes in the Iberian peninsula in the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. In general, as one goes from west to east, away from the Atlantic, there is less precipitation. “Wet Andalusia” includes most of the highest points in the region, above all the Sierra de Grazalema but also the Serranía de Ronda in western Málaga. The Tabernas Desert in
Almería, Europe’s only true desert, has less than 75 days with any measurable precipitation.
The average temperature in Andalusia throughout the year is over 16°C (61°F). The coldest month is January which can average temperature 6.4°C (43.5°F) and the hottest are July and August, with an average temperature of 28.5°C (83.3°F) for Andalusia as a whole.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent driver. We have a zoologist to escort you on all your excursions and local biologist guide who is an expert in all the areas we will visit.
All our excursions including guided walks, morning, afternoon and night wildlife watching and park entrance fees are also included. All accommodation and transport is also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far.Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night (if local conditions allow) and we will also bring a spotlight for searching out nocturnal species after dark.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend British Airways, Monarch or Jet2 as airlines that fly to and from Madrid or Malaga. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securly.
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If you are a British citizen you do not need a visa to enter Spain and citizens from members of the European Union do not require visas to visit Spain either. But please check with your embassy and your local Spanish High Commission to see if you are affected by any visa restrictions
There are no health restrictions or recommendations to visit Spain but please refer to your local GP for more information if you suffer from a pre-existing condition.
Rob Callender - UK
Ian Callender - UK