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.

USA: Texas Spring — Rio Grande, Hill Country and Whooping Cranes March 2021/2022/2023

USA: Texas Spring — Rio Grande, Hill Country and Whooping Cranes March 2021/2022/2023

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Spain: Spring Birding Extravaganza March/April 2021/2022/2023

Spain: Spring Birding Extravaganza March/April 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Colorado – Lekking Grouse and Rocky Mountains April 2021/2022/2023

USA: Colorado – Lekking Grouse and Rocky Mountains April 2021/2022/2023

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Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2021/2022/2023

Tanzania: 19-day Birding Safari April 2021/2022/2023

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Greece: Spring Birding Adventure April 2021/2022/2023

Greece: Spring Birding Adventure April 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Florida Peninsula – Southern Specials and the Keys April 2021/2022/2023

USA: Florida Peninsula – Southern Specials and the Keys April 2021/2022/2023

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Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza April 2021

Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza April 2021

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Poland: Best of Eastern Europe April 2021/2022/2023

Poland: Best of Eastern Europe April 2021/2022/2023

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Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa April 2021/2022/2023

Tanzania: 8-day Introduction to Africa April 2021/2022/2023

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Greece: Lesvos in Spring Extension May 2021/2022/2023

Greece: Lesvos in Spring Extension May 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Ohio – Eastern Warblers and Spring Migration Spectacular May 2021/2022/2023

USA: Ohio – Eastern Warblers and Spring Migration Spectacular May 2021/2022/2023

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United Kingdom: Ultimate Spring Tour May 2021/2022/2023

United Kingdom: Ultimate Spring Tour May 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Alaska – Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2021/2022/2023

USA: Alaska – Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2021/2022/2023

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Finland and Norway: Taiga and Tundra Adventure June 2021/2022/2023

Finland and Norway: Taiga and Tundra Adventure June 2021/2022/2023

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Mongolia: Steppes and Gobi Desert Birding June 2021/2022/2023

Mongolia: Steppes and Gobi Desert Birding June 2021/2022/2023

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Angola: Africa's Best-kept Birding Secret June 2021/2022/2023

Angola: Africa's Best-kept Birding Secret June 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Alaska – Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2021/2022/2023

USA: Alaska – Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2021/2022/2023

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Iceland: Viking Birding June 2021/2022/2023

Iceland: Viking Birding June 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Maine – From Mountain Forests to Sparkling Shores June/July 2021/2022/2023

USA: Maine – From Mountain Forests to Sparkling Shores June/July 2021/2022/2023

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South Peru - Birding the Inca Empire, Andes and Amazonian Rainforests July 2021/2022/2023

South Peru - Birding the Inca Empire, Andes and Amazonian Rainforests July 2021/2022/2023

This is a classic tour of southern Peru, in which we sample a huge range of different habitats from coastal desert to high altitude desert to Andean cloudforest and steaming Amazonian lowlands – the richest biome on the planet for birds.

Uganda: Shoebill and Albertine Rift Endemics August 2021/2022

Uganda: Shoebill and Albertine Rift Endemics August 2021/2022

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