Exploring wildlife in Son Tra Nature Reserve

Son Tra, Da Nang

3 hours

Immersive learning
Children friendly

Sporty

Booking on request

About this experience

Intact ecosystems are vital for any beings. Son Tra Nature Reserve is a natural oxygen manufacturer and clean water resources for Danang and a privilege not many urban cities have. Three sides of the Reserve are bordering the sea while and the 4th side is offering spectacular views of  Danang. Son Tra Nature Reserve is the ultimate definition of harmony between man and nature.

Remaining the only coastal rainforest in Vietnam, Son Tra is the most viable stronghold for red-shanked douc langur, a species that could face extinction in the near future without proper conservation efforts. So far, red-shanked doucs in Son Tra have been the most heavily researched among its distribution range.

In a world where adequate appreciation towards natural environment is decreasing, Son Tra’s educational values for the community become more evident than ever. This program is organized and guided by knowledgeable experts in the field and will open up an opportunity for visitors to discover wildlife in Son Tra and its values with a focus on the red-shanked douc langurs.

  • See and count members of macaques and douc langurs family and many other wildlife.
  • Learn about langurs’ feeding behavior through observing leaf, seed and feces along the street.
  • Participants will visit the natural habitat of Son Tra’s wild animals.
  • Learn why the primate choose to live in Son Tra mountain.
  • A common understanding of the current situation and a self-drawn conclusion of what should be done to protect the nature.

Your positive contribution

Raising awareness

Thanks to its ease of access and vicinity, it takes just 30 minutes for visitors to travel to this primary forest and dive into a new world. Improved community awareness for visitors and locals alike is giving momentum for further intensive protection and education programs aiming at behavioral change and conservation.

Your itinerary

Standard program

* Price: from $21/pax (for a group of 15 persons). For the best price, please contact us.

* You can choose to do the tour either in the morning or in the afternoon. Order of stops might vary between morning programs and afternoon programs. 

Morning

6.00 AM Pick up.
Introducing journey and guides.
6.00 AM – 6.30 AM Travelling to Son Tra by 16-seat bus
In the bus: Introducing about Son Tra biodiversity
6.30 AM – 7:00 AM First observation point – TIEN SA
Introducing Son Tra Nature Reserve and its habitat
Observing 1st Douc family
Activity: How to recognize the different kind of feeding trees of Son Tra doucs
7.00 AM – 8:00 AM Second observation point – CEO FAMILY
Activity: How to recognize the role of each member in a family of Son Tra doucs
8.00 AM – 8.30 AM Third observation point – SUOI OM
Activity: Threats to Son Tra doucs.
Group photos.
8.30 AM – 9.00 AM Go back.

 

Afternoon

3:00 PM Pick up.
Introducing journey and guides.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Travelling to Son Tra by 16-seat bus
In the bus: Introducing about Son Tra biodiversity
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM First observation point – VIEW POINT
Introducing Son Tra Nature Reserve and its habitat
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Second observation point – US AIRPORT
View Da Nang city from the mountain
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Third observation point – DOUC BRIDGE 1
Walk in 1 hour – Observe 1-2 families of Red-shanked douc langur
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM 4th and 5th observation point: TIEN SA
Observe 1-2 families of Son Tra doucs.
Identify roles of different members in a family
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Go back.

Included

✓ Transportation from Green Viet to observatory points

✓ Binocular and Telescope (returned to experts after trip)

✓ Entrance fee to GreenViet and Son Tra Nature Reserve

✓ English-speaking expert escorting guests

Drinking water during trip

Not included

✘ Personal expense (extra drinks and snacks)

✘ Extra activities (not included in the itinerary)

✘ Personal support to GreenViet fund

Facilitator in other languages available upon request

Logistical Information

  • Starting time: 6am or 3pm
  • Meeting point: GreenViet’s office (a pinpoint of exact location will be sent with our confirmation email).
  • What to bring:
    • Clothing: depending on the season, light clothing during summer and and warm clothes during winter. 
    • sunscreen, mosquito repellent, hat, sunglasses
    • We encourage our guests to bring reusable bottles to fill drinking water (provided) during their trip

Background information

  • The reserve supports a rich diversity of wildlife species. Son Tra fauna includes 287 species within 94 families with 38 orders, of which 29 species belong to rare gene sources. Among 287 species of animal, there are 36 species of mammals, 106 species of bird, with 23 species of reptiles; frogs have 9 species, and 113 species of insects. Some of them are are leopard cat, slow loris, ferret-badger and Rhesus macaque. Importantly, the nature reserve is home to an estimated of 1330 red-shanked doucs, an endemic and critically endangered primate species to the Indochina.

Where to meet?