The Iberian Lynx tour of Spain
Welcome to our Iberian Lynx Tour. We guide this safari on the best time to see the Lynx. And also on the best place to watch Iberian Lynx: the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park. This is an amazing tour for mammal watching, with good chances of Red and Fallow Deer, Otter being a plus. Emblematic spanish birds such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Black Vulture and Iberian (azure-winged) Magpie are very likely.
Our Iberian Lynx Tour will take us to see the most threatened feline in the world. In Sierra Morena the Lynx (lynx pardinus) feeds mainly on rabbits, that is why we will look for it along scrubland and mediterranean forest. A few years ago, an enormous process of habitat fragmentation limited the Iberian Lynx distribution to mainly Doñana and Sierra de Andújar. Today, with over 400 Lynx running free in Andalucía, we have good chances to find it on its realm of Sierra Morena. Please note that the Lynx is a wild animal and we never guarantee a sighting.
Day 1: Málaga, Iberian Ibex and Jaén province
The Iberian Lynx Tour starts when we meet near Málaga airport. At just one hour drive on the way we will stop to watch Iberian Ibex. Of course there will be some birding on route as we cross the provinces of Córdoba and Jaén. Dinner and accomodation close to Andújar.
Days 2-3: Sierra Morena
The beauty of Sierra Morena mountain range and particularry the Sierra de Andújar Natural Park is unparalleled among all the mediterranean forests. We will spending these two journeys of the Iberian Lynx Tour checking and waiting on different sites for the Lynx. Please note we generally need to stay waiting for it for a few hours, which give also good chances to watch Spanish Imperial Eagle, Iberian Magpie and Iberian Green Woodpecker. We will have great chances to see other mammals, such as Red deer, Fallow deer and wild boar. Otter would be a plus we will target in the morning, fingers crossed. Accomodation near Andújar.
Day 4: Sierra Morena - Málaga airport
Early start for some local birding before travelling back to Málaga airport, where the Iberyan Lynx Tour ends, hopefully with a big smile on our faces.
January 2-5, 2020 Tour full
Query us for December 2020 and January 2021
Rates per person sharing: € 800 / £ 705
* Pounds Sterling is given as an estimate. All prices have to be paid in Euros
Single supplement: € 90 / £ 80
Min. 4 - Max. 6 fellow travellers
Tour leader: Álvaro Peral
What it is included
- Transfers from/to Málaga airport area
- 3 nights accommodation in nice quality hotel or rural house
- Transport in a modern vehicle
- 3 breakfasts, lunches and suppers
- Services of professional birding guide fluent in English
- Comfortable chairs and drinks while looking for the Lynx
- Travel insurance
- Daily wildlife checklist
- Tour Souvenir
What it is not included
- Flights. Several companies operate daily flights to Málaga and Madrid from several UK airports
- Extra drinks and personal costs
Our Lynx safary is a fairly relaxed tour: leisurely walking, occasionally over moderately rough terrain is the only physical requirement. There are two drives of around 3 hours -with some birding en route- and an early start on one day. On most days, we will have breakfast before heading out for the day. Lunch is often presented as tapas or full day menu in a local bars or sometimes a leisurely picnic en route. There are stops for coffee, tea or cold drinks. To see the lynx we will have to wait for it for a few hours at specific locations. We usually return to the hotel at around 6 pm. Dinner is served late in Spain, generally not before 8 pm. The walking is fairly easy and on good paths or tracks. There are a couple of longer walks of about 1.5 miles each. Most of the bird/lynx watching is done within a short distance of our vehicle
Target wildlife on this tour
Mammals: Iberian Lynx, Iberian Ibex, Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Wild Boar, Otter.
Birds: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Greater Flamingo, White-headed Duck, Black-winged Stilt, Iberian Magpie, Black Stork, Common Buzard, Kestrel, Common Crane, Greylag Goose, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Red-legged Partridge, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Grey Heron, Swamphen, Glossy Ibis.
Plants: Arbutus, Cork Oak, Holm Oak, Gall Oak.
Only in winter?
Unlike other guiding companies, we only focus on the very best possible chances to see the Lynx and for that we prioritise Sierra Morena rather than Doñana. The Sierra de Andújar in Jaén province which holds the largest population of this elusive feline. Likewise, we only run this tour in the maximum daylight activity period of the year, which for Spanish Lynx ranges from December to January.
So we have this tour that maximizes the chances to watch Iberian Lynx in Andújar while enjoying one of the best preserved iberian oak forests and its general wildlife. This is a formidable tour for mammal watching but also for birdwatchers. Plan ahead for this winter and join this magnificent lynx holiday with Álvaro by simply clicking here!
Important: This tour is designed for enthusiastic naturalists who understand about Nature and its whimcical rules. We want a happy crew that is ready to wait for hours even in bad weather conditions with a smile on our face, aware that the Lynx may not appear. If you are not this kind of person, this is not your tour.
Wild Andalucía guides this wildlife tour by means of Andalucía Slow Tours, S.L., a local travel agency accredited by the Spanish Tourist Board with number CIAN 297083-2.