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.

 

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.

Sweden: Spring

Sweden: Spring "Long Weekend" Birding Adventure May 2020/2021

2021-05-06

USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration May 2020/2021

USA: Tennessee - Spring Migration May 2020/2021

2021-05-07

Birding Tour Bulgaria and the Romanian Danube Delta: Birding Adventure May 2020/2021

Birding Tour Bulgaria and the Romanian Danube Delta: Birding Adventure May 2020/2021

2021-05-11

Austria and Hungary: Birding Adventure May 2020/2021

Austria and Hungary: Birding Adventure May 2020/2021

2021-05-12

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

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

2021-05-17

Central and Eastern Panama and the Darien May 2020/2021

Central and Eastern Panama and the Darien May 2020/2021

2021-05-17

USA: Arizona- Desert and the Grand Canyon May 2020/2021

USA: Arizona- Desert and the Grand Canyon May 2020/2021

2021-05-21

China: 18-day Sichuan May 2020/2021

China: 18-day Sichuan May 2020/2021

2021-05-21

South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June/September 2021

South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June/September 2021

2021-06-01

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

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

2021-06-03

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

Comprehensive Northern Peru June 2020/2021

2021-06-05

Mongolia: Bird Specialties in Taiga and Gobi June 2020/2021

Mongolia: Bird Specialties in Taiga and Gobi June 2020/2021

2021-06-07

China: 15-day Qinghai Extension June 2020/2021

China: 15-day Qinghai Extension June 2020/2021

2021-06-07

USA: Alaska - Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2020/2021

USA: Alaska - Vast Beauty, Nome, Denali, Seward June 2020/2021

2021-06-11

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

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

2021-06-21

USA: Alaska - Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2020/2021

USA: Alaska - Utqiagvik (Barrow), Top of the World June 2020/2021

2021-06-23

South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests July 2020/2021

South Peru - the Inca Empire, Mountains and Lowland Rainforests July 2020/2021

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

Uganda: Shoebill and Albertine Rift Endemics August 2021

2021-08-01

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

2021-08-03

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

Peru: Northwest and Abra Patricia Mountains August 2020/2021

2021-08-05

Zambia and Malawi August 2020/2021

Zambia and Malawi August 2020/2021

2021-08-14

South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2020/2021

South Africa: Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari August 2020/2021

2021-08-15

Papua New Guinea: Attenborough's Paradise August 2020/2021

Papua New Guinea: Attenborough's Paradise August 2020/2021

2021-08-17

Complete Gabon — Parts I and II September 2020/2021

Complete Gabon — Parts I and II September 2020/2021

2021-08-30

USA: Complete California - Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2020/2021

USA: Complete California - Mountains, Ocean and Desert September 2020/2021

2021-09-07

New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2020/2021

New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa September 2020/2021

2021-09-08

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

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

2021-09-21

Peninsular Malaysia September 2021

Peninsular Malaysia September 2021

2021-09-26

Central Peru September 2020/2021

Central Peru September 2020/2021

2021-09-27

Comoros and Mayotte September 2020/2021

Comoros and Mayotte September 2020/2021

2021-09-30

South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2020/2021

South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2020/2021

2021-10-07

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2020/2021

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise October 2020/2021

2021-10-08

Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to puna October 2020/2021

Argentina: Northwest from the foothills to puna October 2020/2021

2021-10-12