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.

Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza April 2021

Taiwan: Birding Extravaganza April 2021

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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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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: Ultimate Birding Tour – Shoebill, Albertine Rift Endemics and Great Apes August 2021/2022  /July 2023

Uganda: Ultimate Birding Tour – Shoebill, Albertine Rift Endemics and Great Apes August 2021/2022 /July 2023

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Zambia and Malawi August 2021

Zambia and Malawi August 2021

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USA: Comprehensive Southeast Arizona – The Desert and Sky Islands August 2021/2022/2023

USA: Comprehensive Southeast Arizona – The Desert and Sky Islands August 2021/2022/2023

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São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure August 2021/2022

São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure August 2021/2022

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USA: Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Condors August 2021/2022/2023

USA: Northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon and Condors August 2021/2022/2023

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Western South Africa: Cape Endemics, Namaqualand Wildflowers and the Kalahari August 2021/2022/2023

Western South Africa: Cape Endemics, Namaqualand Wildflowers and the Kalahari August 2021/2022/2023

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Spain: Birding Andalusia in Fall August 2021/2022/2023

Spain: Birding Andalusia in Fall August 2021/2022/2023

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Complete Gabon — Parts I and II September 2021/2022

Complete Gabon — Parts I and II September 2021/2022

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Kenya: Comprehensive Premium Birding and Wildlife Safari September 2021/2022/2023

Kenya: Comprehensive Premium Birding and Wildlife Safari September 2021/2022/2023

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USA: Complete California – Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2021/2022/2023

USA: Complete California – Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2021/2022/2023

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New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2021

New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2021

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Quintessential Namibia Birding and Wildlife Photo Tour September 2021/2022/2023

Quintessential Namibia Birding and Wildlife Photo Tour September 2021/2022/2023

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Premium Kruger and Escarpment Birding and Wildlife Safari September 2021/2022/2023/August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

Premium Kruger and Escarpment Birding and Wildlife Safari September 2021/2022/2023/August 2022 (Extension for IOCongress)

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Madagascar: The Remote North September 2021/2022/2023

Madagascar: The Remote North September 2021/2022/2023

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Namibia and Botswana Birding and Photo Tour - From Desert to Delta September 2021/2022/2023

Namibia and Botswana Birding and Photo Tour - From Desert to Delta September 2021/2022/2023

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Northwest Argentina: Yungas, Chaco and High Andes Birding Tour September 2021/2022/2023

Northwest Argentina: Yungas, Chaco and High Andes Birding Tour September 2021/2022/2023

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USA: California Extension – San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2021/2022/2023

USA: California Extension – San Diego and the Salton Sea September 2021/2022/2023

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