Overview

A special tour with one main target: the world’s most endangered feline. Travel across the inside and the surrounding area of Doñana National Park, Spain, in search of this elusive mammal.

Lynx quest: Behind the footprints of the secret hunter

Doñana is not only home for hundreds of bird species, it is also home for the most endangered cat on Earth and holds the traditionally second largest population of Iberian Lynx.

We spend a day out enjoying the Mediterranean forest with all its different aspects (flora and fauna) while looking for our main target. Despite the low chances, the search of the Lynx can be quite exciting even we do not manage to find it!

We follow the indications by the Wildlife Department of the Spanish Government and apply the good practises with maximum respect for Lynx watching. Please have a look at the document by clicking on the following link: Best practises for bear, wolf and lynx watching in Spain (English version)

About Our Partner

Conservation Careers has teamed up with a progressive young company with several years of experience guiding and a vast local knowledge of the region of Andalusia. They love their land and love how wilderness, history and traditions come all together in this corner of Spain.

The fantastic collection of habitats in western Andalusia make this land rich in both wildlife and landscapes. The sea, golden sandy beaches and sand dunes, coastal cliffs, pinewoods, rivers, salt and freshwater marshes and lakes, steppes, countryside, woody hills and rocky mountains are home for large numbers of birds and wild flowers in one of the most bio-diverse areas in Europe.

Our partner has carefully selected the best areas to watch wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, flowers, etc.) and the most beautiful landscapes to walk through. The extension of wetlands is particularly remarkable in this part of the country as the estuaries of the rivers Guadalquivir, Guadiana, Odiel and Tinto have become the winter quarters for amazing concentration of migratory wildfowl and waders. Because of all that, the main migration route between Europe and Africa takes place here.

Our partner’s team of guides is formed by young people who are passionate about nature and carry out conservation projects as bird ringers/banders. They also participate actively in many local initiatives and conservation work as volunteers.

Additional sustainability achievements include:

  • Recycling the waste generated in their activities
  • Reducing the use of plastics
  • Reducing the use of vehicles
  • Developing educational work

If you register your interest below, we’ll put you in touch with our partner to take the booking and to plan your trip!

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Route Location

Doñana is a vast protected area of nearly 1,300 square kilometres of extension with different protection status such as World Heritage, Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar Site, SPA and National and Natural Parks. Through this trip, we visit either the National or Natural park areas of Doñana (or both!), driving and walking across the Mediterranean forest in restricted sites such as Coto del Rey or Finca de Gato in between the provinces of Huelva and Seville.

Duration & Cost

The duration of the trip depends on the meeting point, the numbers of birds and mammals that come across and the interest in other special species of flora and fauna. Normally we will spend 4 hours on a half day tour and between 8 and 9 hours on a full day.

Half Day 4h Full Day 8h Extra Full Day 12h
Private Tour 1 to 3 people 180 Euro 250 Euro 290 Euro
4 or more people 45 Euro 65 Euro 75 Euro
Open Group Price per person 45 Euro 65 Euro 75 Euro

Availability

The best time to watch Iberian Lynx coincides with their mating season from December to February, although the tour can be done at any time in the year including the summer when a trip can be arranged either in the morning or in the evening. Mind it might be very hot in the middle of day! However, in the summer we have good chances when the mummies take their kittens out to explore the world.

Use the registration form below to organise your Lynx tour in order to maximise your possibilities of spotting that fantastic animal.

Logistics

Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the provinces of Huelva and Seville. For long distances, a fuel fee might be charged.

We use vehicles according to the group size. Usually a 9-seater minibus for up to 8 customers.

Multilingual

All our guides speak fluent English and the tour can be done in French, Portuguese or Catalan on demand.

Checklist available in different languages.

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