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.

Subtropical South Africa October 2021/2022/2023 August 2022

Subtropical South Africa October 2021/2022/2023 August 2022

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Argentina: Southern Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park, Austral Rail & Hooded Grebe October 2021/2022/2023

Argentina: Southern Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park, Austral Rail & Hooded Grebe October 2021/2022/2023

This tour combines some of the most diverse birding areas of the Southern Cone in Argentina: Los Glaciares National Park and the vast steppes of southern Patagonia. The region hosts a wide diversity of habitats, all home to a wide diversity of birds.

14-day Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2021/2022/2023

14-day Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2021/2022/2023

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Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser and Maned Wolf October 2021/2022/2023

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser and Maned Wolf October 2021/2022/2023

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Chile Mammal and Birding: Pumas in Torres del Paine, Southern Patagonia October 2021/2022/2023

Chile Mammal and Birding: Pumas in Torres del Paine, Southern Patagonia October 2021/2022/2023

At the southern tip of Patagonia there is a vast territory crowned by the majestic Paine Massif with Its stunning granite “towers” and “horns”. This paradise is protected by the Torres del Paine National Park, “the jewel in the crown” of the Chilean national park system.

Greece: Fall Birding Adventure October 2021/2022/2023

Greece: Fall Birding Adventure October 2021/2022/2023

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Bolivia: Land of Endemic Macaws with optional pre-tour for Blue-throated Macaw October 2021/2022

Bolivia: Land of Endemic Macaws with optional pre-tour for Blue-throated Macaw October 2021/2022

Bolivia may be one of the less-frequently-visited birding destinations in South America, but it has truly great birding potential.

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2021/2022/2023

Ecuador: The Amazon – Clay Lick and Giant Otters October 2021/2022/2023

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.

Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2021/2022/2023

Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2021/2022/2023

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Australia: Tasmania – Endemics and the Orange-bellied Parrot October 2021/2022/2023/November 2024

Australia: Tasmania – Endemics and the Orange-bellied Parrot October 2021/2022/2023/November 2024

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South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2021

South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails October 2021

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Bhutan: Bhutan in Fall November 2021/2022/2023

Bhutan: Bhutan in Fall November 2021/2022/2023

The Kingdom of Bhutan, known as “a Kingdom in the Clouds” and “the Land of the Thunder Dragon”, is a quaint, quiet, and scenically spectacular country with a strong conservation ethic rooted in ancient Buddhist traditions.

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2021/2022/2023

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2021/2022/2023

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Northeastern Brazil: Araripe Manakin, Lear's Macaw and other endemics November 2021/2022/2023

Northeastern Brazil: Araripe Manakin, Lear's Macaw and other endemics November 2021/2022/2023

Many people know of the immense Brazilian Amazon with its astonishing biodiversity. But very few people are aware of the cerrado: a fascinating biome of vast grasslands, lightly wooded savannas, and ribbons of gallery forest growing along winding rivers. By birding this spectacular landscape we hope to encounter a large selection of its special avifauna.

Argentina:  Puerto Madryn and Valdés Peninsula November 2021/2022

Argentina: Puerto Madryn and Valdés Peninsula November 2021/2022

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.

Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics November 2021/2022/2024/ October 2023

Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics November 2021/2022/2024/ October 2023

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Complete Malawi: Birding the Warm Heart of Africa November 2021/2022/2023

Complete Malawi: Birding the Warm Heart of Africa November 2021/2022/2023

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Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

Northern Ecuador Birding Paradise – Hummingbird and Antpitta Extravaganza November 2021/2022/2023

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!

United Kingdom: England in Winter Tour November 2021/January 2022/2023/2024

United Kingdom: England in Winter Tour November 2021/January 2022/2023/2024

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India: Assam – Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks April/November 2021/2022/2023

India: Assam – Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks April/November 2021/2022/2023

This short, standalone tour, or extension to our Birding Tour Bhutan: Bhutan in Spring and our Birding Tour Bhutan: Bhutan in Fall goes to the Indian state of Assam, home to two magnificent national parks for us to visit.

Highland Zimbabwe to Coastal Mozambique Birding Tour — African Pitta Special November 2021/2022

Highland Zimbabwe to Coastal Mozambique Birding Tour — African Pitta Special November 2021/2022

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