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.

Costa Rica Escape January 2021/2022

Costa Rica Escape January 2021/2022

Costa Rica offers probably the best birding in Central America not only in terms of birds (the country holds 933 species) but also in terms of accommodation and tourist infrastructure.

India: The South – Western Ghats and Nilgiri Endemics January 2021/2022/2023

India: The South – Western Ghats and Nilgiri Endemics January 2021/2022/2023

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

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

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Sri Lanka: Island Endemics, Wintering Specialties and Blue Whale Pelagic January 2021/2022/2023/2024

Sri Lanka: Island Endemics, Wintering Specialties and Blue Whale Pelagic January 2021/2022/2023/2024

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India: Andaman Islands Endemics January 2021/2022/2023/2024

India: Andaman Islands Endemics January 2021/2022/2023/2024

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India: The North – Tigers, Amazing Birds and the Himalayas January 2021/2022/2023

India: The North – Tigers, Amazing Birds and the Himalayas January 2021/2022/2023

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Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2021

Zimbabwe: Birding, Wildlife, and Victoria Falls February 2021

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

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

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Guatemala: Volcanic Highlands and the Mayan Empire February 2021

Guatemala: Volcanic Highlands and the Mayan Empire February 2021

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Northern Botswana Birding Safari February 2021

Northern Botswana Birding Safari February 2021

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India: The Northwest – Lions and Desert Birding in Gujarat February 2021/2022/2023

India: The Northwest – Lions and Desert Birding in Gujarat February 2021/2022/2023

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Northern Thailand: Spectacular Resident and Migrant Birds February 2021/2022/January 2023

Northern Thailand: Spectacular Resident and Migrant Birds February 2021/2022/January 2023

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Japan: Winter Birds and Monkeys February 2021

Japan: Winter Birds and Monkeys February 2021

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Birding Tour India: Forest Owlet Extension February 2021/2022/2023

Birding Tour India: Forest Owlet Extension February 2021/2022/2023

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Southern Thailand: Jewels of the South March 2021/2022/2023

Southern Thailand: Jewels of the South March 2021/2022/2023

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India: The Northeast – Spectacular Birds and Mammals March 2021/2022/2023

India: The Northeast – Spectacular Birds and Mammals March 2021/2022/2023

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Nepal: Easy Himalayan Birding March 2021/2022/2023

Nepal: Easy Himalayan Birding March 2021/2022/2023

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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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Costa Rica Premium Tour March 2021/2022

Costa Rica Premium Tour March 2021/2022

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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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