Birding Trips

Most of our tours are, of course, birding tours. We offer set-departure bird tour holidays on six continents (Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and South America) and an annual birding cruise to Antarctica. We also enjoy operating private and tailor-made birding tours, so please do approach us if you want us to arrange a bespoke birdwatching vacation for you rather than anything you see on our website.

The main focus of these birding tours is often to find as many species as possible, with a focus also on locating the endemics and birds that are tough to see outside of the country in question. For example, the easiest place to see Green-breasted Pitta is in Uganda, so while it is not a Ugandan endemic we still make this a focus even more important than other bird species along the tour route.

It’s important to note that although these are very much bird-focused tours we don’t ignore other wildlife. We’ll stop and look at each species of mammal that we encounter during our birding tours, for example.

A lot of bird photographers join our birdwatching tours. But for those who really want to focus on photography rather than birding, we recommend that you instead join our birding photography trips. We do custom-made birding photography trips as well as our set date photo tours.

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What are the birding tours we most highly recommend? Well, it depends on your personal preferences. For those wanting higher trip lists, we see well over 500 bird species on our South African birding tours, our Ethiopian bird trips, of course on our East African birding tours, and on quite a number of other African birding safaris on our website. Of course, South America has more bird species than any other continent, so joining one of our bird tours to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, or Bolivia (for example) can also generate high species counts even though a lot of the birds hide better in the rainforests compared to the birds of the relatively arid and more open African plains. In Asia a trip to Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, India, or any of the more tropical countries can also generate a high overall bird species count for the tour. Indonesia (like Borneo, in fact) is teaming with endemics and can also generate a long bird species list as well.

Madagascar has a lower than average bird species count, but an incredible proportion of this vast island’s birds are endemic, which is one of the main drawing cards (not to mention the other-worldly scenery plus all the strange mammals – lemurs, tenrecs, half the planet’s chameleons and other reptiles, etc.).

Cold-climate destinations such as Svalbard, Alaska, and Antarctica of course don’t have high bird counts, but what they do have is quality – who doesn’t like a King Eider, a King Penguin or a Tufted Puffin? Plus there is the bonus of seeing cetaceans, icebergs, and so much more.

Well, we’re world birders, and the real answer to the question “what bird tours do we most highly recommend?” is “all of them!”. Space is too limited here to talk about Australia, New Guinea and its Birds-of-paradise, Costa Rica and other parts of Central America, and the Caribbean including Cuba with the smallest bird in the world, Bee Hummingbird. Please do peruse our website and read all the birding tour itineraries on our menu.

Cameroon: 26-day Complete North and South April 2020/2021

Cameroon: 26-day Complete North and South April 2020/2021

2020-04-09

Spain: Central and Northern Spain April 2020/2021

Spain: Central and Northern Spain April 2020/2021

2020-04-28

Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa April/November 2020/2021

Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa April/November 2020/2021

2020-04-30

USA: Tennessee – Spring Migration May 2020/2021

USA: Tennessee – Spring Migration May 2020/2021

2020-05-07

China: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour May 2020/2021

China: 9-day Yunnan Pre-tour May 2020/2021

2020-05-13

France: Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillion May 2020/2021

France: Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillion May 2020/2021

2020-05-18

Finland and Norway: Owls, Taiga, and Fjords June 2020/2021

Finland and Norway: Owls, Taiga, and Fjords June 2020/2021

2020-06-03

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

2020-06-05

China: 15-day Qinghai Extension June 2020/2021

China: 15-day Qinghai Extension June 2020/2021

2020-06-07

Iceland: Viking Birding June 2020/2021

Iceland: Viking Birding June 2020/2021

2020-06-10

USA: Maine – Coastal Maine by Land and Sea June 2020/2021

USA: Maine – Coastal Maine by Land and Sea June 2020/2021

2020-06-21

Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera July 2020/2021

Indonesia: Sulawesi and Halmahera July 2020/2021

2020-07-14

West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition June and August 2020, August 2021

West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition June and August 2020, August 2021

2020-08-03

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

2020-08-05

Uganda: Shelley's Crimsonwing Expedition August 2020/2021

Uganda: Shelley's Crimsonwing Expedition August 2020/2021

2020-08-22

New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2020/2021

New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2020/2021

2020-09-08

Kenya: 20-day Birding Adventure September 2020/2021

Kenya: 20-day Birding Adventure September 2020/2021

2020-09-10

Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

Brazil: The Amazon – Pre-tour to the Best of Brazil September 2020

2020-09-16

Madagascar: The Remote North September 2020/2021

Madagascar: The Remote North September 2020/2021

2020-09-19

USA: California Extension – San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2020/2021

USA: California Extension – San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2020/2021

2020-09-20

The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020/2021

The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal, and Atlantic Forest September 2020/2021

2020-09-21

Central Peru September 2020/2021

Central Peru September 2020/2021

2020-09-27

Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2020/2021

Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2020/2021

2020-10-12

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2020/2021

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2020/2021

Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse places on earth, spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of lush rainforest. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to more than 600 bird species.

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza October 2020/2021

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza October 2020/2021

Ecuador has the highest bird species diversity per square kilometer on the planet and offers some of the best birding of South America. Due to the short distances to drive, good tourist infrastructure, and wonderful lodges and other facilities for birders, Ecuador is perhaps the obligatory destination on the continent!

Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot October 2020/2021

Australia: Tasmania and the Orange-bellied Parrot October 2020/2021

2020-10-24

Argentina: Northeast – Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2020/2021

Argentina: Northeast – Iberá Marshlands and Iguazú National Park October 2020/2021

The Iberá Marshlands, which is the largest wetland area in South America after the Pantanal in Brazil. Come and explore this captivating paradise, combined with the fascinating Iguazú Falls, close to the border of Brazil.

Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2020/2021

Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2020/2021

2020-10-30

South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2020/2021

South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2020/2021

2020-10-31

Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2020/2021

Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2020/2021

2020-11-21

Argentina: Southern Patagonia – Tierra del Fuego November 2020

Argentina: Southern Patagonia – Tierra del Fuego November 2020

This short tour of Tierra del Fuego gives you the opportunity to explore southern Patagonia and the Tierra del Fuego National Park from the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia. Apart from the sheer beauty of the area there is an assortment of important bird species which will be targeted.

Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2020/2021

Malawi: 15-day Birding Adventure December 2020/2021

2020-12-01

Costa Rica Escape January 2021

Costa Rica Escape January 2021

Costa Rica offers probably the best birding in Central America not only in terms of birds (the country holds 933 species) but also in terms of accommodation and tourist infrastructure.