Sothern Tajikistan nature and wildlife tour

Tajikistan is a spectacular and little-visited country lying between Afghanistan and China on the famous ‘Silk Road’. It offers a wonderful mix of central Asian history and culture with an exciting variety of mammals, birds and other wildlife. A remarkable flora and a highly interesting ornifauna that combines elements of Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent can be found in this mountainous land. We will visit the largest floodplain forest area in Central Asia at the confluence of the Vakhsh and the Panj river where they become Amu river, the Steppe Mountains of Aruktoy range, and the Hazratishoh Mountains of Darvoz on this tour. Our tour begins with arrival to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, where we get familiarized with history and cuisine of Tajik people. We will drive to Aruktoy mounatin range in the south-west of the country to explore blossoming flowers and plants along with variety of bird species and Bukhara Urial. Soon after, we will drive further south to Tigrovaya Balka Nature reserve which has the biggest remaining floodplain forest in Central Asia. Home to Bukhara Deer’s the reserve is rich with both avifauna and other mammals like Jackals, wild boars, wild cats, wolves, Goitered gazelle and stripped hyena. Having explored the reserve we will continue our expedition to Darvoz region of Tajikistan set on the border with Afghanistan to the east of the country. In Darvoz we will stay at M-Sayyod conservancy camp. M-Sayyod conservancy is the first Markhor conservancy that was established in the region. Run by a family of former hunters who carry out wildlife surveys, habitat protection and management in its territory the conservancy has served many tourists who are into wildlife photography, game watching and trekking. As a results of conservation work and implementation of sustainable management practices, the number of wildlife is thriving in its territory. Communities here to a great extent engage in mountain agriculture. Many families practice beekeeping and take pride in their practice. In fact, the honey produced here is considered the best in Tajikistan. The highlight in M-Sayyod conservancy includes an abundance of wildlife, birds, waterfalls, towering snowy peaks, incredible flower fields (Amaryllis) and breathtaking views into Afghan villages across the river. This tour will give you a complete picture of Tajikistan’s biomes and habitats as well as it’s flora and fauna.

Short itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dushanbe. Explore Dushanbe

Day 2 - 4: Dushanbe to Khuroson. Ariktau mountains. Bukhara Urial and Stripped Hyenas

Day 5 - 7: Tranfering to Tigrovaya Balka Nature reserve. Mammals: Goitered Gazelle, Bactrian Deer, Wild Boars, Jackals, Hyenas, 100 plus bird species.

Day 8 - 10: Transfer to Shurobod region. Hiking in beautiful valleys with Irano-ian mountain biomes. Mammals: Bukharan Markhor, Brown Bears and more bird species.

Day 11: Transfer to Dushanbe

Day 12: Flight back

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary

Number of days: 12
Start Date: Jun 4, 2020
End Date: Jun 15, 2020
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Personal binoculars (Watching scopes are provided), Alcaholic beverages
What to bring: Binoculars, sleeping bag, suncreen, sun-glasses, sun-hat, flashlight, hiking soes, sandals, anti msquito spray/cream
Transport: SUV 4x4
Start in (City): Dushanbe
End in (City): Dushanbe
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.