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.

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!

Subtropical South Africa October 2020/2021 February 2021

Subtropical South Africa October 2020/2021 February 2021

2021-10-14

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020/2021

Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser, and Maned Wolf October 2020/2021

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.

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

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

2021-10-24

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

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

2021-10-30

Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics November 2020/2021

Australia: from the Outback to the Wet Tropics November 2020/2021

2021-10-30

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2020/2021

Namibia, Okavango, and Victoria Falls November 2020/2021

2021-11-02

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

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

2021-11-10

South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip November 2020/2021

South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip November 2020/2021

2021-11-14

Australia: Top End Birding Specialties November 2020/2021

Australia: Top End Birding Specialties November 2020/2021

2021-11-16

Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2020/2021

Zimbabwe and Mozambique November 2020/2021

2021-11-21

Central Thailand - Shorebird Spectacle and Jungle Birding February 2021/2022/2023

Central Thailand - Shorebird Spectacle and Jungle Birding February 2021/2022/2023

2022-02-07

Borneo: Sarawak - Restricted Range Endemics September 2021/2022/2023

Borneo: Sarawak - Restricted Range Endemics September 2021/2022/2023

The Malaysian province of Sarawak in Borneo takes more effort than neighboring Sabah, but we do not recommend missing Sarawak as it provides superior chances of seeing some mega world birds of rather legendary status!

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

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

2023-01-09

Thailand: 14-day Jewels of the South March 2021/2022/2023

Thailand: 14-day Jewels of the South March 2021/2022/2023

2023-02-28

Vietnam: Central and Southern Vietnam Endemics and Specialties March 2022/2023

Vietnam: Central and Southern Vietnam Endemics and Specialties March 2022/2023

This exclusive small-group (maximum six people) birdwatching tour of Central and Southern Vietnam starts and ends in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known ...

Bhutan: Bhutan in Spring March 2021/2022/2023

Bhutan: Bhutan in Spring March 2021/2022/2023

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

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.

Borneo: Sabah Premium Tour September 2021/2022/2023

Borneo: Sabah Premium Tour September 2021/2022/2023

Borneo, the world’s third-largest island, is one of the world’s most biodiverse wildlife havens with over 50 island endemics found.

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.

Birding Tour Ecuador: 3-day Yanacocha Reserve and Angel Paz

Birding Tour Ecuador: 3-day Yanacocha Reserve and Angel Paz

2100-01-01

Birding Tour USA: Ohio Day Tours

Birding Tour USA: Ohio Day Tours

2100-01-01

1-day Cape Peninsula Birding Tour

1-day Cape Peninsula Birding Tour

2100-01-01

4-day Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and Lima Highlights tour

4-day Diademed Sandpiper-Plover and Lima Highlights tour

2100-01-01

1-day Cape Mountains and Fynbos Birding Tour

1-day Cape Mountains and Fynbos Birding Tour

2100-01-02

1-day West Coast Birding Tour

1-day West Coast Birding Tour

2100-01-04

2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop

2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop

2100-01-05

2-day Agulhas Plains (Overberg) Birding Trip

2-day Agulhas Plains (Overberg) Birding Trip

2100-01-06

1-day Garden Route Birding Tour

1-day Garden Route Birding Tour

2100-01-07

1-day Durban Birding Tour

1-day Durban Birding Tour

2100-01-08

1–3-day birding tours in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area

1–3-day birding tours in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area

2100-01-09

1-day Sani Pass and Lesotho Birding Tour

1-day Sani Pass and Lesotho Birding Tour

2100-01-09

1-day Johannesburg - Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

1-day Johannesburg - Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

2100-01-10