Our guided nature walk in Tai Po Kau shows of the most mature and varied forest in Hong Kong. This 460-hectare site was declared a nature reserve in 1977 and is rich in flora and fauna. It contains over 100 different species of trees. In addition over 160 species of birds, 102 species of butterflies and 50 species of dragonflies have been recorded.
This half-day walking tour is an introduction to the common and most easily identifiable plants, birds, butterflies and dragonflies to be found in Hong Kong’s forests. We begin by walking up the access road into the forest proper and then we will follow one of the shorter, colour-coded trails through the reserve. We also take in the excellent Outdoor Study Centre which has a specially planted butterfly garden and small freshwater ponds that, in season, attract frogs and a variety of dragonflies.
Cost: minimum cost 1,200.00 for one or two persons. $300. per person thereafter. Includes transport. Total tour time 4 hours Tour starts at 8.30am, pick-up and drop off for outings is at University MTR, east line. Exit B. From here we use a private car. Walking distance: 5km, easy walk Facilities: Toilets en route. Participants should bring sufficient water for their needs.
Equipment:Binoculars are useful for observing
birds and insects in the wild. If you have your own binoculars, please bring
them. If not, binoculars can be provided for the duration of the walk.
Please provide us with a contact phone number in Hong Kong, or the name of the
hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made in.
We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your tour, as
no-shows do inconvenience our other clients. It is also important that you ring
us if you are delayed.
We recommend you wear either robust walking shoes or trainers. Casual sandals
or open shoes are not suitable for the trails in Tai Po Kau.
Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the winter
season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling wind, so a
sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April - September) a
waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May - October) it is
advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to change into at the end
of the day.
Insect repellent is recommended, especially during the warmer months in Tai Po
Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of. We will
assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known illnesses.
Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic money
transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong dollars. HK$7.75 = US$1.00.