Bulgaria and Romania: Birding the Balkans in Spring


Dates and Costs:

 

12 – 27 May 2022

Price:  €3,999 / $5,062 / £3,646 per person sharing – based on 4 – 8 participants

Single Supplement: €232 / $294 / £211

 

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when making final payments.

 

10 – 25 May 2023

Price:  €4,199 / $5,315 / £3,828 per person sharing – based on 4 – 8 participants

Single Supplement: €244 / $309 / £223


Tour Details

Duration: 16 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Tour Start: Sofia, Bulgaria
Tour End: Bucharest, Romania


Price includes:

All accommodation (Day 1 until Day 15 as described above, or similar)
Meals (from lunch on Day 1 until breakfast on Day 16)
Drinking water – please bring a refillable water bottle
Expert tour leader
Local bird and wildlife guide fees
Birdwatching site entrance fees, travel permits, and Danube boat tours.
All ground transport and tolls/taxes while on tour, including airport pick-up and drop-off

 

Price excludes

Flights to Sofia International Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
Flights from Bucharest International Airport, Bucharest, Romania
Expenditures due to flight cancellations/delays or other causes beyond our control (force majeure)  
Visa fees if visa required
Departure tax
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, phone calls etc.
Any pre- or post-tour accommodation, meals, or birding/sightseeing excursions
Soft/alcoholic drinks
Personal travel insurance
Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)

Bulgaria and Romania: Birding the Balkans in Spring
May 2022/2023

 

This tour encompasses the majority of species-rich Bulgaria, along with the mighty Danube Delta in neighboring Romania. It offers a good chance of finding several tough and localized European birds, along with providing some great scenery and culinary delights!

Bulgaria and Romania both sport bird lists of around 400 species (following International Ornithological Congress (IOC) v10.2 taxonomy as of January 2021) with the most productive time of year being spring, after the arrival of many sub-Saharan migrants. Our tour, being timed to witness the peak of this spring migration phenomenon, will also be combined with expert local guides and a comprehensive itinerary and will result in a great bird list of around 200 species.

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWestern Rock Nuthatch is a beautiful species and a real highlight of any trip to Bulgaria.

 

Some of the target birds for this trip include Dalmatian Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck, numerous shorebirds (waders), and terns (such as Caspian Tern, Black Tern, and White-winged Tern), and many raptors, including Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard, and Levant Sparrowhawk.

Other localized and highly sought-after species include the famous Wallcreeper (a monotypic family), Masked Shrike, Sombre Tit, Pied Wheatear, Isabelline Wheatear, Spotted Nutcracker, Ring Ouzel, Olive-tree Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Semicollared Flycatcher, and most European woodpeckers, including White-backed Woodpecker.

Danube Delta birding toursLake Burgas is an excellent location for the Near Threatened (BirdLife International) Dalmatian Pelican.

 

During the tour we will visit several Important Bird Areas (IBAs) identified by BirdLife International as extremely valuable for birds. These include Pirin National Park, Trigrad Gorge, Studen Kladenets volcanic region, Krumovitza, Lake Burgas, Atanasovsko Lake, Srebarna Nature Reserve, Malak Preslavets Marsh, Cape Kaliakra, Durankulak Lake, the vast Danube Delta, and the remote Macin Mountains National Park.

If you wanted to extend your time in this wonderful part of Europe then why not join our Greece: Spring Birding Adventure and Greece: Lesvos in Spring Extension tours, which both run before this tour. These fabulous birding trips are designed to follow on from each other and offer a wonderful range of birds, habitats, and experiences in one of Europe’s oldest countries. Some of the highlights of these tours include Rüppell’s Warbler, Cretzschmar’s Bunting, Rock Partridge, Alpine Chough, Spur-winged Lapwing, Krüper’s Nuthatch, Cinereous Bunting, Eleonora’s Falcon, and Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin.

If you are unable to make the dates of this scheduled tour, please do get in touch and we would be happy to help build a custom tour with dates to suit you.

 

Itinerary (16 days/15 nights)

 

Day 1. Arrival in Sofia and travel to Bansko

Our tour will start at 10am after your morning arrival at Sofia airport, where you will be met by your Birding Ecotours tour leader and local guide. On leaving the airport we will commence our journey south to the town of Bansko, situated close to Pirin National Park and our base for the first two nights of the tour and the first of several days of thrilling mountain birding. Along the way we will visit Rila Monastery for the chance of Pallid Swift. If there is time after our arrival at our accommodation, we will start birding in the local area knocking off some of the common birds of the country and some of those listed for Day 2.

If you cannot arrive in Sofia in time for the start of the tour, please plan on arriving the day before the tour starts, we can help with extra accommodation if required. Maybe you would like to explore the beautiful and ancient city ahead of the tour.

Overnight: Bansko Банско

 

Day 2. Pirin National Park

Today we will visit Pirin National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, birding here all day long. This area is located at high altitude, and hence we will be focusing on birding in the high mountains. Target species for the day will include Spotted Nutcracker, Ring Ouzel, Red (Common) Crossbill, Eurasian Bullfinch, Common Firecrest, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, and Alpine Accentor (for those willing to undertake a short hike).

Numerous other species can be expected here during the day, including Common Cuckoo, Rock Dove (real ones!), Short-toed Treecreeper, Great Tit, Coal Tit, European Crested Tit, Black Redstart, European Serin, Eurasian Siskin, European Robin, Dunnock, Common Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Buzzard, and Golden Eagle.

Overnight: Bansko Банско

 

Day 3. Birding Pirin National Park and the Trigrad Gorge

We will bird in the morning around Pirin National Park once more before beginning our journey east through the gorgeous mountains, to Trigrad. We will stop for any interesting birds along the way, possibly including White Stork, Red-backed Shrike, Eurasian Jay, White Wagtail, and numerous raptors such as European Honey Buzzard, Booted Eagle, and Common Buzzard.

The Trigrad Gorge is famous for the few pairs of Wallcreeper that reside in this ideal habitat for the species. We will spend some time in the afternoon scanning the rocks for this bizarre and beautiful species, a highly sought-after monotypic family. Here we should also see Rock Dove, White-throated Dipper, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Wagtail, and Eurasian Crag Martin.

Overnight: Trigrad Триград

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWallcreeper is the only member of the monotypic Tichodroma genus and highly prized among birders around the world, especially family listers, as this species is also a monotypic family.

 

Day 4. Birding Trigrad, travel to Krumovgrad

We will again visit the gorge for Wallcreeper, should we have missed it the previous afternoon. Otherwise, we will do some birding around the village, where various woodpeckers, tits, and finches can be expected. After lunch we will begin the transfer to Krumovgrad. Due to the nature of the mountain and rural roads this is normally a drive of a few hours, which we will intersperse with numerous birding stops as we keep our eyes peeled for anything exciting.

We slowly move out of the high mountains associated with the western Rhodope Mountains into the lower lying reaches of the eastern Rhodope Mountains. Along these stops we can find species such as Little Owl, Cirl Bunting, Black-headed Bunting, Woodlark, Woodchat Shrike, Eurasian Hoopoe, various woodpeckers, and the highly prized Sombre Tit.

Time permitting, after our arrival in Krumovgrad (close to the northern Greece border), we will plan to do some local birding in the late afternoon. This will take us into prime rocky areas, holding specials such as Western Rock Nuthatch, Blue Rock Thrush, Common Rock Thrush, Black Stork, Ortolan Bunting, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Masked Shrike, and a range of raptors, including Egyptian Vulture. The thickets in these areas also play host to large numbers of warblers, and our targets will include the spectacular Sardinian Warbler, Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Barred Warbler, and Eastern Orphean Warbler.

Overnight: Krumovgrad Крумовград

Danube Delta birding toursPatches of woodland should produce Sombre Tit.

 

Day 5. Birding Stouden Kladenets

Today we will visit the Studen Kladenets volcanic region. This is similar in habitat to the area visited the previous afternoon but holds larger numbers of raptors with more regular sightings, so is likely to be an exciting day.

This is the land of vultures and we can expect to see Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, and the prized Cinereous Vulture a huge bird, even by vulture standards. Other raptors present here include Short-toed Snake Eagle, Black Kite, and European Honey Buzzard. We also have a good chance of finding Northern Raven and various wheatears like Eastern Black-eared Wheatear and Northern Wheatear, shrikes including Woodchat Shrike and Masked Shrike, and the same gorgeous warblers mentioned in Day 4. Alpine Swifts grace the sky here, and the ubiquitous Crested Lark struts around on open patches of ground.

Overnight: Krumovgrad Крумовград

 

Day 6. Birding the Dolna Kula rocky valley

Today we will visit the Dolna Kula rocky valley. The entire Krumovgrad region is absolutely spectacular for birding and also plays host to some incredibly scenic routes. This valley has more woodland and bush than other parts of the region and hosts virtually all the warblers occurring in Eastern Europe! Following up on their mixed and jumbled calls is the best way to locate them, and that is just what we will do.

Hawfinch inhabits the seeding trees here and great emphasis will be placed on finding Blue Rock Thrush, Common Rock Thrush, and Western Rock Nuthatch, as this must surely rank as one of the best sites in Europe for them. Black Stork breeds on inaccessible ledges in this area, and various species of bunting, including Cirl Bunting, Black-headed Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, and Corn Bunting, occupy the prominent song perches.

Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Golden Oriole, European Roller, Eurasian Wryneck, and Common Nightingale litter the trees along the river and Sombre Tit is another quality inhabitant here. This is also a good area to get to grips with European Turtle Dove, which is becoming less common around Europe due to a rapid population decline. Various hirundines can also be expected here, such as Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, and Common House Martin.

Overnight: Krumovgrad Крумовград

Danube Delta birding toursBlack-headed Bunting — one of the many bunting species to be seen on this trip.

 

Day 7. Travel to Pomorie, birding on the way

We will have an early morning start as we commence our journey northeast to reach the southern Black Sea coast on the eastern boundary of Bulgaria, where we will be staying at a local hotel for the next two nights. We will of course be looking out for birds along the way and we have a few birding stops lined up. Some of these may yield the likes of Eastern Imperial Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Olive-tree Warbler, and Masked Shrike. Other possibilities could include Spanish Sparrow, Booted Eagle, Eurasian Golden Oriole, European Bee-eater, Black-headed Bunting, Corn Bunting, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Quail, and various woodpeckers.

In the afternoon we will visit some wetlands around the town of Burgas, just south of our base in Pomorie, where many waterbirds can be expected. Specials here include Pygmy Cormorant, Little Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Common Kingfisher, and various warblers, including Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, and Great Reed Warbler.

Overnight: Pomorie Поморие

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursOur tour will be given a splash of exotic color as the skies fill with European Bee-eaters arriving from their wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

Day 8. Birding the wetlands around Pomorie and Burgas

Today we will spend the day focusing on the waterbirds in the immediate Pomorie/Burgas area. The main habitats include saltpans, freshwater lakes, and woodland fringing the lakes. We expect to see many shorebird species today, together with woodpeckers, raptors, herons, and warblers, forming an interesting mix of birds.

Some of the exciting shorebird species we expect to find include Common Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Dunlin, Eurasian Curlew, Wood Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, and Collared Pratincole. Temminck’s Stint and Broad-billed Sandpiper are rare visitors but at this time of year almost anything is possible.

Various gulls and terns can also be expected, including Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, and Black-headed Gull, while on the tern front, we will look for Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Tern, Little Tern, and White-winged Tern. We will also search for waterbirds like Pygmy Cormorant, a range of herons, Little Crake, Spotted Crake, Western Marsh Harrier, Western Yellow Wagtail, Great White Pelican, Mute Swan, Eurasian Teal, and others.

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWe should encounter many different gull species such as this Yellow-legged Gull.

 

The reedbeds will be scoured for Eurasian Penduline Tit, Bearded Reedling (another monotypic family), and various warblers. The woodlands surrounding some of the wetlands here are home to resident specials like Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, and migrants like Collared Flycatcher, European Pied Flycatcher, and Red-breasted Flycatcher. Interestingly, these three flycatchers all overwinter in incredibly different areas, yet all arrive here to breed. European Pied Flycatcher spends the winter in West Africa, Collared Flycatcher in Southeast Africa, and Red-breasted Flycatcher in West Asia (e.g. India). It is an interesting point to ponder as we watch these tiny, and gorgeous birds here.

Overnight: Pomorie Поморие

 

Day 9. Travel to Vetren, birding on the way, birding Srebarna Nature Reserve

This morning we will go birding around the nearby saltpans, should we have missed any key species the previous day, before transferring to Pelican Birding Lodge, located on the Danube River in the small town of Vetren. During the journey we will visit a highly productive section of forest located in the Balkan mountain range.

Here, targets will include Semicollared Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Short-toed Treecreeper, Eurasian Nuthatch, and Wood Warbler, along with various tits and woodpeckers including Black Woodpecker and the scarce White-backed Woodpecker.

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursA gorgeous Red-breasted Flycatcher foraging in woodland during the summer breeding season.

 

Lunch will be taken in a local village restaurant, offering traditional cuisine of the region. We will arrive at Pelican Birding Lodge in the afternoon, whereupon we will visit Srebarna Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Birding around this lake is brilliant, with sublime waterbirds and a good compliment of woodland birds. The Near Threatened (BirdLife International) Dalmatian Pelican, is the stalwart species here, which we should see on their breeding platform.

Various other waterfowl occur here, such as Ferruginous Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, and all the heron, bittern, and egret species occurring in Europe, with highlights likely to include Purple Heron, Little Bittern, and Great Egret. A few scarce White-tailed Eagle also breed on the reserve, their huge size (they have a wingspan of 75-95 inches/190-240 centimeters) is difficult to miss as they fly over the lake flushing everything in their paths! Eurasian Scops Owl occurs on the grounds of Pelican Birding Lodge and usually serenades guests after darkness has fallen and we will be sure to spend some time looking for this tiny, 7.5 inch (19 centimeter) bird.

There are plenty of other great birds to be found around our accommodation and we will look for Eurasian Hoopoe, European Roller, Eurasian Wryneck, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Eurasian Blue Tit, Great Tit, Barred Warbler, Song Thrush, Common Nightingale, and Thrush Nightingale.

Overnight: Pelican Birding Lodge, Vetren Ветрен

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWhite-tailed Eagles breed in Srebarna Nature Reserve.

 

Day 10. Birding local wetlands

We will concentrate on wetland birding with visits to some of the local marshes and pans, including Srebarna Nature Reserve, Malak Preslavets Marsh (a Bulgarian IBA), Garvan Marsh, and Nova Cherna, along with the mighty Danube River, Europe’s second longest river. Along the river, vast tracts of pristine woodland still exist and add to the birding opportunities here.

The extensive lakes and waterways hold a vast number of species, including Dalmatian Pelican, Great White Pelican, Pygmy Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Ruddy Shelduck, Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Black Stork, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Caspian Gull, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, and White-winged Tern.

The lake edges are also an excellent spot for species like Northern Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Common Quail, Spotted Crake, Little Crake, Corn Crake, Water Rail, Little Bittern, plus numerous herons, and egrets. Overhead the mighty White-tailed Eagle can be seen surveying the vast array for prey below, as do Lesser Spotted Eagle and Western Marsh Harrier.

The woodland and scrub areas host some fantastic species, including the likes of Grey-headed Woodpecker, Syrian Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, European Turtle Dove, Eurasian Hoopoe, Common Cuckoo, Eurasian Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Song Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Eurasian Blackcap, Common Nightingale, Thrush Nightingale, River Warbler, Eurasian Golden Oriole, and Northern Goshawk.

Overnight: Pelican Birding Lodge, Vetren Ветрен

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWe will hope for good views of Spotted Crake during the tour.

 

Day 11. Birding along the Danube, travel to Kavarna, birding Kaliakra and Bolata

We will visit the Danube River in the morning, where various waterbirds can be expected, along with a sizeable number of woodland species, like those found on the previous day. We will then travel to Kavarna on the northern Black Sea coast, our base for the next two nights. This is a great area in winter and we spend four days here observing the overwintering Red-breasted Geese (and many other species) on our Bulgaria: Black Sea and Vitosha in Winter tour. The birding here during spring involves different species but is also great, this northeast corner of Bulgaria must rate as one of the best bird holiday destinations in all of Europe.

During the journey, numerous observations along the road will be made. This is a good route for raptors, with species including Lesser Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, European Honey Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Hobby, and Red-footed Falcon all possible. We will visit a European Bee-eater colony, and we will also try for species such as Sombre Tit, Woodlark, Woodchat Shrike, and various woodpeckers, including the scarce White-backed Woodpecker.

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursRed-footed Falcons migrate north from their southern African wintering grounds to breed in central and northern Europe. We will be looking out for them during the tour.

 

After lunch, we will visit the Cape Kaliakra Nature Reserve and Bolata for a completely different suite of birds. Here we can expect to see Calandra Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Eurasian Skylark, Tawny Pipit, Pied Wheatear and we will also search for Eurasian Eagle-Owl. A scan of the sea can reveal various seabirds, including Black-throated Loon (Diver), Yelkouan Shearwater, Parasitic Jaeger (Arctic Skua), and the local subspecies of European Shag (desmarestii).

Overnight: Kavarna Каварна

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursThe stunning cliffs of Cape Kaliakra are a beautiful sight.

 

Day 12. Birding Durankulak Lake, Shabla Tuzla Lake, and Kamen Bryag

Today a day trip will lead us to the productive Durankulak Lake, along with visits to Shabla Tuzla Lake and the Kamen Bryag rocky steppes. Target species for the day include Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Western Marsh Harrier, Eurasian Bittern, Caspian Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Great White Pelican, Paddyfield Warbler, Bearded Reedling, and Spotted Crake.

We will also make another attempt at the larks, should we have missed any of them yesterday, and will have another opportunity for pipits including Red-throated Pipit. We should also be able to find some other great birds, like Eurasian Stone-curlew, Rosy Starling, Levant Sparrowhawk, Common Reed Bunting, European Stonechat, European Pied Flycatcher, and Isabelline Wheatear.

Overnight: Kavarna Каварна

 

Day 13. Travel to the Danube Delta in Romania, birding on the way

Today we will travel to the Danube Delta in neighboring Romania. During the journey we will visit Babadag Lake, along with some woodlands en route. Here we will target difficult species that may have been missed on the tour up until now, or get other views of some top birds such as Hawfinch, Eurasian Treecreeper, flycatchers, and various woodpeckers (including Black Woodpecker), along with a large compliment of waterfowl and shorebirds.

We will likely arrive in the late afternoon at our accommodation, situated on an island in the Delta, where we will stay for the next three nights.

Overnight: Uzlina Island

 

Day 14. Birding the Danube Delta

Fishponds, associated flooded meadows, woodlands, and small pans, situated on a neighboring island, will feature on today’s birding ventures as we walk around this fantastic species-rich area.

Birds of prey here include White-tailed Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, and Western Marsh Harrier, while wildfowl species will be evident, such as Greylag Goose, Common Shelduck, Mute Swan, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal, and Gadwall. Other waterbirds are numerous, and we should be able to find Black Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Dalmatian Pelican, Great White Pelican, Eurasian Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, all the European species of egrets and herons, and Glossy Ibis.

The flooded meadows should hold shorebirds like Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, and terns including Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, and White-winged Tern.

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursThe often-elusive Great Bittern can occasionally put on quite a show.

 

The wooded riverbanks should hold the dazzling Common Kingfisher and woodpeckers including Syrian Woodpecker while the reedbeds might give up a new suite of warblers, including Savi’s Warbler, River Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Moustached Warbler, and the Vulnerable (BirdLife International) Aquatic Warbler. These are all very vocal species but extremely skulking, so will usually require patience to eke out of their reedbed habitats for a view.

Overnight: Uzlina Island

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursThe Danube Delta is a fantastic habitat for several breeding tern species, such as the attractive White-winged Tern.

 

Day 15. Danube Delta to Macin Mountains National Park

Following our great stay in the Danube Delta, we will depart this wonderful area for our final birding destination at Macin Mountains National Park. We will, however, bird our way there, including stops at Lake Casla and some of the wetlands along the Danube River, before arriving in the southern section of Macin National Park for the final night of the tour.

This volcanic mountain is one of the oldest in Romania and, owing to its habitat diversity, holds many exciting species. The number of raptor species here is huge, and we will keep our eyes peeled for Short-toed Snake Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, European Honey Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Montagu’s Harrier, Levant Sparrowhawk, and if we are lucky, one of the largest falcons in the world – Saker Falcon.

Other possible species during the day include Eurasian Stone-curlew, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, White-backed Woodpecker, Northern Wheatear, Common Rock Thrush, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Eurasian Golden Oriole, and Ortolan Bunting, among many others.

This area also hosts colonies of the scarce, Endangered (IUCN) European Souslik (also known as European Ground Squirrel). After finishing our birding, we will eventually make our way back to Tulcea, where we will spend the final night of the tour enjoying another traditional meal and selecting the all-important ‘bird of the trip’.

Overnight: Hotel Lebada, Tulcea

Bulgaria and Romania birding toursWhite-backed Woodpecker can be seen in Macin Mountains National Park.

 

Day 16. Tulcea to Bucharest, tour concludes, and departure

A non-birding day as we will transfer from Tulcea to Bucharest, where the tour will conclude at midday, in time for your late afternoon or early evening flights out of Bucharest. Prior to leaving, the local guide and Birding Ecotours tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions relating to the trip list or species identification from the tour.

If you would like to spend some time in the wonderful city of Bucharest we can easily help organize extra accommodation for you.

Overnight: Not included

 

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes must use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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My sister and I used one of our 2 and a half days in Cape Town to do a birding tour of the Peninsula including the Cape of Good Hope. I had great communication with our guide, Dom, before the tour and he picked us up right on time at our hotel. It was an excellent day. Dom is very knowledgeable and good company. It turned out he was at Magee Marsh in Ohio the same time I was this year! The weather was glorious and we got to see lots of SA endemics plus a Humpback Whale and a lifer sewage pond! I would recommend Birding Ecotours and Dom Rollinson to anyone birding in South Africa.

Jean Bickal – USA

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