I booked with Day Tripper because I wanted a second river trip, having already been for a half day cruise with the excellent John's Boat Tours. This trip was more expensive but twice as long, as we had an hour's drive to the river Zuari, then cruised through the Cumbarjua canal right up into the river Mandovi. The crew spotted several crocodiles on the way, then we had lunch at a small spice garden deep in the countryside - a delicious buffet meal, and a very interesting tour around with the owner of the spice garden. The return journey had even more crocs, and this time we wanted a bit more action, so the crew obliged by chucking water at them until they rushed down into the river. But the final croc of the day, a 4 metre giant, refused to move and just lay enjoying the shower, so 2 men risked life and limb by jumping to the shore and daringly poking the croc's tail with a stick! Luckily the mighty beast didn't turn round and snap them up in its jaws, but slowly waddled forward until it slithered down the bank, which many of us managed to capture on video! The other highlight was the birds, but I was disappointed that the guide could only say heron, kingfisher or eagle, and had no idea of different species. Since this trip was advertised as being perfect for birdwatchers, I do feel that Daytripper should have provided a more knowledgeable guide. What's more, the "eagles" were actually kites! Apart from that, it was one of my best days out, and good value for money.
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