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Birding

Most of our tours are birding tours. We offer set-departure tours on six of the seven continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America) and a birding cruise to Antarctica. We also can run any of our tours privately at any time or arrange custom itineraries for you — send us your wish list and we’ll put the itinerary together.

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2018

April 24, 2017

Birding Tour Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife August 2018

Birding Tour Borneo: Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife August 2018

July 28, 2017

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado, Amazon, and Pantanal August 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado, Amazon, and Pantanal August 2018

July 28, 2017

Birding Tour Papua New Guinea: Attenborough’s Paradise August 2018

Birding Tour Papua New Guinea: Attenborough’s Paradise August 2018

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road September 2018

Birding Tour Peru: The Manu Road September 2018

November 25, 2016

Birding Tour USA: Complete California – Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2018

Birding Tour USA: Complete California – Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2018

June 18, 2018

Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia September 2018

Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia September 2018

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Kenya: 20-day Birding Adventure September 2018

Birding Tour Kenya: 20-day Birding Adventure September 2018

July 28, 2017

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics and Brazilian Merganser September 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics and Brazilian Merganser September 2018

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2018

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour USA: California Extension- San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2018

Birding Tour USA: California Extension- San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2018

June 12, 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Comprehensive Southeast Brazil, Part I September 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Comprehensive Southeast Brazil, Part I September 2018

June 14, 2018

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru September 2018

Birding Tour Peru: Central Peru September 2018

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Comoros and Mayotte September 2018

Birding Tour Comoros and Mayotte September 2018

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2018

June 20, 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Comprehensive Southeast Brazil, Part II October 2018

Birding Tour Brazil: Comprehensive Southeast Brazil, Part II October 2018

July 29, 2017

Birding Tour Australia: From the Wet Tropics to the Outback October 2018

Birding Tour Australia: From the Wet Tropics to the Outback October 2018

June 12, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to Puna October 2018

Birding Tour Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to Puna October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot Pre-tour October 2018

Birding Tour Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot Pre-tour October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands October 2018

Birding Tour Bolivia: The Andes and Chaco Lowlands October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics October 2018

Birding Tour Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera October 2018

Birding Tour Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera October 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Namibia: Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2018

Birding Tour Namibia: Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Sri Lanka: Island Endemics and More November 2018

Birding Tour Sri Lanka: Island Endemics and More November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Bhutan: The Himalayas and Black-necked Crane November 2018

Birding Tour Bhutan: The Himalayas and Black-necked Crane November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa November 2018

Birding Tour Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa November 2018

September 17, 2018

Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding Specialties November 2018

Birding Tour Australia: Top End Birding Specialties November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip November 2018

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour India: Bhutan Extension – Assam November 2018

Birding Tour India: Bhutan Extension – Assam November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition November 2018

Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2018

Birding Tour Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding tour Australia: the Southwest November 2018

Birding tour Australia: the Southwest November 2018

August 1, 2017

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2018

Birding Tour Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2018

August 1, 2017

Birding Tour New Caledonia December 2018

Birding Tour New Caledonia December 2018

August 13, 2018

Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels December 2018

Birding Tour Peru: Cusco and Apurímac Jewels December 2018

November 28, 2016

Birding Tour Costa Rica Escape January 2019

Birding Tour Costa Rica Escape January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Thailand: 14-day Jewels of the South January 2019

Birding Tour Thailand: 14-day Jewels of the South January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2019

Birding Tour Ecuador: The North, with Optional Extension to the Amazon January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour USA: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota January 2019

Birding Tour USA: Owls and Other Winter Birds of Minnesota January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Sri Lanka: Island Endemics and Wintering Specialties January 2019

Birding Tour Sri Lanka: Island Endemics and Wintering Specialties January 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour India: Western Ghats and Nilgiri Endemics January 2019

Birding Tour India: Western Ghats and Nilgiri Endemics January 2019

June 8, 2018

Birding Tour Trinidad and Tobago: Birding Adventure January 2019

Birding Tour Trinidad and Tobago: Birding Adventure January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Guyana: 3-part Birding Adventure January 2019

Birding Tour Guyana: 3-part Birding Adventure January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand January 2019

Birding Tour Thailand: Central and Northern Thailand January 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour India: The North – Tigers and Birds January 2019

Birding Tour India: The North – Tigers and Birds January 2019

February 17, 2017

Birding Tour Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2019

Birding Tour Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour New Zealand: 18-day Birding Adventure February 2019

Birding Tour New Zealand: 18-day Birding Adventure February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure February 2019

Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure February 2019

June 5, 2018

Birding Tour Bulgaria: Winter Birding Wonderland February 2019

Birding Tour Bulgaria: Winter Birding Wonderland February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour Guatemala: Volcanic Highlands and the Mayan Empire February 2019

Birding Tour Guatemala: Volcanic Highlands and the Mayan Empire February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour Botswana: Northern Botswana Birding Safari February 2019

Birding Tour Botswana: Northern Botswana Birding Safari February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour South Africa: 12-day Western Cape February 2019

Birding Tour South Africa: 12-day Western Cape February 2019

April 21, 2017

Birding Tour India: The Northwest – Lions and Desert Birding in Gujarat February 2019

Birding Tour India: The Northwest – Lions and Desert Birding in Gujarat February 2019

June 11, 2018

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Photographic

Are you the type who dreams about getting a Resplendent Quetzal in your viewfinder? Getting the right light on a Whitehead’s Trogon or a Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, or framing a Picathartes just perfectly? We realize that getting that one great picture takes effort, and we plan to allow you to do that. In countries such as Kenya, where the photography is partly vehicle-based, we understand that getting the vehicle in the right light and right angle can make all the difference. We understand that having a window seat at all times with fully opening windows is a must to get close to the birds and wildlife, and we want to make sure you get that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Also, we understand that having the room to keep your stuff at the ready is important, so we try to keep empty seats in our vehicles for photo-tours. We are photographers ourselves and will take the time to manoeuvre you into the right position to get the shot you want. Though we specialize in birds, we also love getting great shots of mammals, butterflies, lizards, crocodiles, dragonflies, and a myriad more, and we know where to go to get them. We know the animals and know where to find them and get you into the right spot for a memorable photo. Come join us on one of our fantastic photography voyages around the world. Many of our tours are specialist birding photo tours, but others are less focused just on birds – please ask us if in doubt.

Great photography options are available on all our set-departure tours, and most of our guides are serious photographers themselves. A few of our set-departure tours also are purely photographic tours, where photography is more important than species count and time can be taken to get exactly the picture you dream of. If we don’t offer a photo tour to a country you are interested in, please contact us. We will run any of our tours as photographic custom tours at any time, or we can arrange a custom itinerary for you, centered exclusively on your photographic needs and wants.

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2018

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2018

July 28, 2017

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2018

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2018

August 1, 2017

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2018

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2018

July 29, 2017

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana 13-day Adventure March 2019

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana 13-day Adventure March 2019

March 15, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2019

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2019

November 30, 2016

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2019

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2019

December 1, 2016

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2019

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2019

September 1, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana 13-day Adventure March 2020

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana 13-day Adventure March 2020

April 22, 2017

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2020

Photo and Birding Tour Kenya: Birding and Wildlife Adventure August 2020

August 31, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2020

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park September 2020

September 1, 2018

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2020

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia – Quintessential Namibia September 2020

September 1, 2018

Owls of the World

Tours to discover the secretive Owls of the World ® are Birding Ecotours’ specialty, since owls are our favorite birds. Join us on one of our owling tours, and you also will become mesmerized by the mysterious nocturnal life of these wonderful birds.

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa April 2019

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa April 2019

April 23, 2017

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa April 2020

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa April 2020

June 25, 2018

Owls of West Africa

Owls of West Africa

November 30, 2016

Ecuador: Night Birds of the Northern Andes

Ecuador: Night Birds of the Northern Andes

November 23, 2016

Owls of India: Forest Owlet and more

Owls of India: Forest Owlet and more

November 28, 2016

Owls of Israel

Owls of Israel

November 29, 2016

Owls of Borneo

Owls of Borneo

November 29, 2016

Finland: Arctic Owls

Finland: Arctic Owls

November 28, 2016

Owls of Northern Peru

Owls of Northern Peru

November 28, 2016

Botanical

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest on the planet and yet has more plant species than any other! It’s even more species-rich for plants per unit area than the Amazon! The array of unique plants is, simply, spectacular.

Come join us as we scour through rare succulents and proteas across the Cape, from the Karoo in bloom to the fynbos to Namaqualand.

Several of us on the Birding Ecotours from the Cape have studied Botany and/or live in Cape Town, so you’re in qualified hands!

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Cruises

Pelagic cruises can offer some of the most magnificent birding experiences of any world birder’s dreams. Please let us know if we can arrange one for you.

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula December 2018

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula December 2018

August 1, 2017

Birding Cruise Galapagos: Northwestern Islands Natural History Extravaganza January 2019

Birding Cruise Galapagos: Northwestern Islands Natural History Extravaganza January 2019

June 26, 2018

Mammal and Birding Cruise Norway: Svalbard (Spitsbergen) – Polar Bears and Seabirds June 2019

Mammal and Birding Cruise Norway: Svalbard (Spitsbergen) – Polar Bears and Seabirds June 2019

June 22, 2018

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula January 2020

Birding Cruise Antarctica: Tierra del Fuego, Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula January 2020

June 8, 2018

1 Day Pelagic Trips

Come with us and ply the southern oceans for such great birds as Albatross, Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, and more. In addition to our 1-day pelagic trip out of Cape Town we offer several great 1-day pelagic trips out of Peru, Florida, and Australia as part of our birding tours. Please contact us for our next available trip.

1-day Cape Town Pelagic Trip

1-day Cape Town Pelagic Trip

December 1, 2016

Mammal Trips

Have you ever wanted to wake to the dawn chorus of White-handed Gibbons in Thailand, hear the nightly roar of an African Lion or see the dappled coat of a Leopard. A bull elephant waltzing across the African planes or Lemurs and exotic primates? Well, we an show you all of these on our amazing mammal tours. We scour the globe in search of exotic mammalian wildlife and not just the big stuff, we find Mouse Deer and Treeshrew in Asia, Smooth-coated Otter in India and much much more. So forget the typical mammal safari. Instead, our guides use their specialist knowledge and highly developed observation skills to locate difficult and elusive species, but this doesn’t mean we ignore the more typical lions and elephants.

We are keen on mammals, and we appreciate that species such as the Tigers in India, Wolves in North America, Jaguars in Central and South America, Gorillas in Uganda, Spectacled Bears in the Andes, and a plethora of other magnificent beasts have only been seen by a privileged few. Finding these species can take a large amount of effort and local knowledge – a challenge that we enjoy taking on.

You can either join one of our set itinerary trips, or custom-make almost any kind of mammal safari with us. We contribute a percentage of our profits towards the conservation of mammals (and other wildlife that we make a living off), sustainable development and the upliftment of previously disadvantaged communities so please feel free to contact us for one of our amazing mammal toursWe offer mammal safaris that are quite different from the typical safari. Using Namibia as an example destination, our aim is to make every effort in finding localized mammals such as the attractive Black Mongoose, Damara Dik-dik, Desert Elephant, Desert Rhino and more , as well as more widespread species such as Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Giraffe and all the other megafauna that makes Africa (often called “The Mammal Continent”) famous. In 2007, we ran our first Mammal Expedition in South Africa, focussing on finding several of the most difficult of African mammals – including Aardvark, Black-footed Cat and Pangolin (always very tough), among other species. In Peru, we have “Ghosts of the Peruvian Rainforest”, a trip aimed at finding two endangered mammal and three endangered bird species (with tons of other species found as a by-product of the central theme of this tour). We also have a Whale and Dolphin Trip (including freshwater dolphin) in Peru. On our mammal trips, we typically focus on finding large and small mammals, but we also see loads of birds and other wildlife, together with incredibly spectacular scenery.

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari April 2019

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari April 2019

April 22, 2017

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand April 2019

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand April 2019

April 24, 2017

Mammal and Birding Tour USA: Wyoming – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2019

Mammal and Birding Tour USA: Wyoming – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2019

June 14, 2018

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari April 2020

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari April 2020

June 21, 2018

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand April 2020

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand April 2020

June 21, 2018

Mammal and Birding Tour USA: Wyoming – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2020

Mammal and Birding Tour USA: Wyoming – Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks September 2020

June 14, 2018