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Special announcement

2010: Birdwatch magazine readers voted Birding Africa as one of the top 5 most recommended bird tour companies in the world. Birding Africa includes Cape Town Pelagics and Cape Birding route. (Click here for more survey details.)

2016 Guaranteed Departures (with space)

Namibia Namibia: 21 July - 1 August 2016 - 4 spaces
Rwanda extension: 16 - 20 July 2016 - 2 space
Uganda Murchison: 31 July - 04 Aug 2016 - 2 spaces
Angola Endemics: 10 - 27 Sept 2016 - 1 space
South Africa Cape to Kruger: 1 - 14 Nov 2016 - 3 spaces

Our other guaranteed departures shown on the tour calendar are fully booked. To be waitlisted, please email


20 January: Ethiopia: 2 places left from 6 February. Join Tertius Gous for 18 days to see Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, Ethiopian Wolf and Stresemann's Bush Crow. Enquire now.

31 December: Come and visit Birding Africa in Florida from 20 - 25 January at the Space Coast Birding Festival.

29 December: Noah Strycker passed a momentous 6000 species of birds seen in a year, smashing the previous world record, almost 6 months after his time in Cape Town with Birding Africa.

12 November: Steve Woodhall and Callan Cohen will be leading a Butterfly Safari in South Africa from 18 to 29 March 2016. For further details or to join, click here.

21 August: British Birdwatching Fair: 13h00 in marquee 3 - Callan will be giving a lecture on combining some of Africa's best birding in Tanzania with the famous wildebeest migration.

19 August: Callan, Marje and Tertius will once again be at The British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland from 21 - 23 August 2015. They'll be at stand 29 in marquee 3 and look forward to meeting you there!

28 July: Ethan and Callan spent 5 days helping Noah Strycker in his attempt to set a new world record of 5000 species recorded in a single year. Read Noah's blog post while birding with Ethan.

8 May: Callan joins Ethan for our 2nd year at The Biggest Week in American Birding in Ohio until 17 May. Please visit us for a chat about Birding Africa's tours.

18 March: Knysna Turaco, Malachite Kingfisher, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Grassbird during a Garden Route day trip on 25 February. Click for the trip report and photos.

09 February: Both African Pitta and Chaplin's Barbet seen on our Zambia Pitta Tour in December 2014! Click for the trip report (PDF 1.9 MB) and photos by Tertius Gous.

03 February: 432 birds and 47 mammals recorded during the Eastern South Africa Endemics tour in January 2015.

31 January: A birding trip to Kirstenbosch and Rondevlei for Birding Africa's youngest client at 6 years old!!

16 January: Great excitment! A pod of Orca Whales on our first Cape Town Pelagics trip of 2015! Spectacled Petrel also seen.
Click here for photos from 12 January.

25 December: To all our birding friends around the world - Merry Christmas and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2015! See you next year!

15 December: West Coast trip report from 10 December - Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, over 100 Blue Cranes seen amongst an assortment of coastal, wet and grassland species.

22 November: 96 species including Ground Woodpecker, Cape Sugarbird, Malachite Sunbird, African Penguin, Rock Kestrel and Maccoa Duck seen on the 15 November Cape Peninsula tour .

21 November: Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Rock Kestrel and Kittlitz's Plover (all with chicks) seen on our 12th November West Coast day trip from Cape Town .

19 November: Hottentot's Holland, Cape Peninsula and West Coast - 22, 23 and 24 October 2014 - 149 species.

09 September: Michael Mills reports back after our Angola Endemics tour in September: 548 species seen including all of Angola's endemics.

02 October: Cape Rockjumper, Victorin's Warbler and Spotted Eagle Owl on 25 September's Hottentot's Holland day trip.

01 October: Last minute cancellation: Discounted space available on our South Africa Ultimate Endemics starting on 8 November.

28 August: Birdfair discounts extended to 31 August 2014.

27 August: A huge thank you to everyone who came to visit us at the British Birdwatching Fair. We hope to see you in Africa soon or again at Rutland Water for our 15th birdfair next year!

15 August: Grab one of our Birdfair discounts, valid until 22 August. Applies to selected tours to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia and Botswana

15 August: Attend Callan's lecture on birding in Tanzania during the wildebeest migration: Friday 15 August in Marquee 2 at the British Birdwatching Fair.

15 August: Visit us at the British Birdfair, Marquee 3, stands 28 and 29. Meet Callan, Marje, Jon, Ethan and Tertius.

04 July: A couple of places are now available on our Cape Birds and Flowers tour from Cape Town, 5 - 15 September. Maximum 7 people on this tour.

26 June: Dune Lark, Pel's Fishing Owl, Rockrunner, Hartlaub's Francolin seen on our April tour of Namibia & Okavango Panhandle. Click here for Joe Grosel's detailed trip report.

15 June: Cape Town to Kruger Park from 18 - 31 October 2014.
Join us as we target South Africa's special bird species, large African mammals and a diversity of landscapes.

11 June: Our 2015 Cape Town Pelagics Calendar is now online.

15 May: Our 2015 Birding Africa Tour Calendar is now available. Have a look at our latest tours and guaranteed departures.

12 May: Visit Birding Africa at The Biggest Week in American Birding until 15 May in Ohio.

29 March: Latest West Coast day trip with Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Blue Crane and many wetland species.Click here for the trip report from 19 March.

27 March: Hottentot's Holland trip report from 12 March. Verreaux's Eagle, Cape Rockjumper , African Penguin, Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Longclaw, African Rail.

25 March: New: Zambia African Pitta tour from 8-13 December. See the pittas during their breeding display, find the endemic Chaplin's Barbet and bird the Zambezi woodlands. Enquire now.

19 March: New trip report: Cape Peninsula day trip on 5 March. 96 species seen in Kirstenbosch, Kommetjie and Strandfontein.

18 March: Close views of Cape Rockjumper and Black Harrier during our Hottentot's Holland and West Coast day trips on 25 and 27 February. Click here for the trip report.

06 March: Our Hottentot's Holland day trip on 20 February: Cape Rockjumper, Ground Woodpecker and Verreaux's Eagles among 95 species. Click here to continue to the trip report.

25 February: The latest trip report from our West Coast and Cape Peninsula tours on 11 and 13 February is out. In just two days around Cape Town they saw 134 species.

16 January: Michael Mills reports from his latest Madagascar Tour: Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Helmet Vanga and Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur. Continue to the trip report and photos.

21 December: A spectacular 526 species seen on our
South Africa Ultimate Endemics Tour. Continue to see the trip report and photos.

18 December: Spotted Eagle Owls with chicks, Maccoa Duck: two of the many species seen during a guided Kirstenbosch and Cape Wetlands day trip. Continue for the 8 December trip report.

13 December: A good day birding the Cape Peninsula's pristine fynbos, afromontane forests, wetlands and coastal areas. Click for our 23 November trip report.

12 December: Southern Black Korhaan and Black Harrier seen on a West Coast day trip from Cape Town. Click to continue to the trip report from 26 November.

9 December: Last spaces on our Ethiopia Tour in April 2014. Join expert leader Michael Mills. Please email to book or enquire.

7 December: Ethiopia trip report and photographs are now online. Click here to continue.

30 November: Namibia Trip Report: a birding and wildlife adventure. Highlights: Rüppell's Korhaan, Rockrunner, Burchell's Courser, Damara Tern, Benguela Long-billed Lark and White-tailed Shrike. Click to continue to the trip report and photographs.

6 November: New Cameroon Trip Report by Michael Mills. Highlights include Red-headed Picathartes, Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar and Grey-chested Babbler.
Click here to see the trip report, photographs and bird list.

19 September: All spaces on the Madagascar 2014 tour departing 17 November have been booked. Bookings are open for the tour starting 8 October. There is also a Pochard extension. Click here to enquire.

31 August: New Uganda and Rwanda trip report by Michael Mills: 530 species including all the specials, plus leopard and mountain gorilla!

30 August: One last day remains to take advantage of our Birdfair Special discounts on April Tanzania trip and our March Cameroon trip. Please enquire!

8 August: Join us at the British Birdfair, Marquee 3, stands 28 and 29. Attend Callan's lecture on birding in Tanzania during the wildebeest migration: Saturday 17 August at 16h40 in Marquee 2. Remember to ask for our early booking discounts!

7 August: Grab an early booking discount, valid for bookings until 31 August or at the British Birdfair. See our Guaranteed Departures* listed above.

6 August: Uganda trip news: African Green Broadbill seen again! Guide Michael Mills reports from Bwindi Forest.

30 July: Early booking special: Uganda Specials Tour 2014 in search of Shoebill, Greenbreasted Pitta and African Green Broadbill. Only US$5330 for early bookings until 31 August. Book now, contact

30 July: Uganda trip news: Green-Breasted Pitta seen again! Guide Michael Mills reports from Kibale Forest.

18 July: Early booking special: Tanzania: Birding amidst the wildebeest migration. Only US$5980 for early bookings until 31 August. Book now, contact

27 June: Last spaces: Cape Birds & Flowers tour. Join us, 3 to 13 August, from Cape Town.

27 June: Last spaces: Kruger & Drakensberg tour. Join us from 30 September to 3 October with guide Alastair Kilpin.

27 June: NEW! Cameroon Southern Lowland Forest pre-trip!

23 June: Spectacled Petrel and Wandering Albatross on our Cape Town Pelagics Trip of 15 June. See the photos and the trip report.

7 May: News from Tanzania: birding among the wildebeest migration has been spectacular again this week, with such highlights as Dwarf Bitterns, Karamoja Apalis, Golden-winged Sunbirds, Grey-crowned Helmet-Shrike, Beesley's Larks and Hartlaub's and Schalow's Turacos. See the photographs, and stay tuned for our second trip starting today!

8 April: Eastern South Africa Trip Report. Highlights included 5000 Amur Falcons coming into roost, Cape Parrots, Meerkats and 6 White Rhino.

1 April: Cape Rockjumper posed so obligingly on our day trip last week - have a look at Tertius' photographs here.

27 March: Book now for Uganda & Rwanda in August 2014:
Join the Uganda Specials trip for US$4540, Rwanda Nyungwe extension for US$1990 and Murchison & Budongo for US$1990. Contact

15 March: Tanzania: last spaces on our birds & mammals trips during the Serengeti wildebeest migration, departing 21 April and 7 May. To enquire, please contact

15 March: Update from Victoria Falls (Zambia) and Chobe (Botswana): Schalow's Turaco, lions and Amur Falcons.

13 March: African Finfoot, a great start to the Botswana Okavango Tour! Callan just sent us this photo taken at Livingstone, Zambia.

10 March: Track Marje's 30th Cape Argus Cycle Tour, and see how close she is to Sir Richard Branson and Helen Zille! Marje Hemp is one of only two women having doing their 30th race!

25 January: NEW! Zimbabwe and Mozabique: African Pitta Tour Join us from 28 November to 10 December in search of the elusive African Pitta!

24 January: NEW! Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls! Join leader Callan Cohen from 12 - 25 March, by light plane and boat in search of Pel's Fishing Owl and African Wild Dog!
Two spaces left!

23 January: Cameroon: two spaces left! See Red-headed Picathartes from 8 March 2013. Join or enquire: email or phone +27 21 531 9148.

23 January: New Madagascar photos by Andy Sims and Clive & Janet Dickson taken last November.

23 January: Uganda: two spaces left! See Shoebill & Gorillas up close from 21 July 2013. Email or phone +27 21 531 9148.

17 January: New Trip Report: Madagascar by Michael Mills! Highlights included Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Helmet Vanga, Red-ruffed Lemur and more. See the trip report & photographs!

For more news, please visit our latest updates.

Why choose Birding Africa

Birdwatch magazine readers voted Birding Africa as one of the top 5 most recommended bird tour companies in the world.

Choose Africa: 2500 bird species, 20 endemic bird families, the world record for bird species seen in a day and the most exhilarating primate and mammal watching on earth. Join the only specialist of African birding tours: Birding Africa.

We are bird guide authors and conservationists living in Africa, drawn together by a common passion: sharing our enthusiasm for Africa's birds with the world. We pride ourselves in our expert guides, who share their knowledge of Africa's birds and wild places.

Our expert consultants handle seamlessly the logistical challenges that African touring presents. Expertise, personalised service, attention to detail and best value tours are why, after 13 years, we're arranging more birding tours for top international companies and small groups than ever before. In sum, have a look at our clients' comments!
Please contact us to organise or guide your next African birding tour or Cape day trip. For couples, groups and bird clubs with mixed interests, we also organise special bird, mammal and botany tours.

Birding Africa has also sponsored conservation and research of the species you'll see on tour, we've run African Bird Club Conservation Tours, consulted to the BBC Natural History Unit and even shown Bill Oddie the endemic Cape Rockjumper in the mountains around Cape Town...

Click here to see the image galleries!

On 24 October 2009, South African birders and photographers photographed South Africa's amazing bird diversity to raise awareness about climate change!
Oganised by: Birding Africa, PlusPlusMinus, Birdlife South Africa and

Click here to see the list of 365 submitted species.

Click here to meet the team.

Madagascar Birding Africa group, November 2011
Madagascar participants in November 2011 after watching Madagascar Harrier © Callan Cohen

Spot-breasted Plover, Ethiopia © Callan Cohen Birding Africa
Spot-breasted Plover on a Ethiopia tour in 2011 © Callan Cohen Birding Africa is a tour company partner of The Biggest Week in American Birding and Ethan Kistler and Callan Cohen have been leading tours and guiding on the famous Magee Marsh boardwalk.

Tertius Gous, Ethan Kistler, Callan Cohen, Marje and Jon Hemp at the British Birdwatching Fair 2014.

African Broadbill © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken Birding Africa
African Green Broadbill on a Birding Africa Uganda tour in 2011
© Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken

A second Shoebill flew in and started to display on our Uganda tour © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken
A second Shoebill flew in and started to display on our Uganda tour © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken Join our tour in July 2012, led by Michael Mills.

Red-headed Picathartes on a Birding Africia Cameroon tour © Ian Merrill
Red-headed Picathartes on a Birding Africa Cameroon tour, photographed by tour participant Ian Merrill.

Boehmm's bee-eater on a Malawi tour © tour participant Jon Hemp.
Böhm's bee-eater on a Malawi tour © tour participant Jon Hemp.

Southern Double-collared Sunbird on a Cape Birds & Flowers trip © Callan Cohen.
Southern Double-collared Sunbird on a Cape Birds & Flowers tour © Callan Cohen.

Image of Golden Nightjar, photographed on a Birding Africa tour to Cameroon © Hector Galbraith
Golden Nightjar photographed in March 2010 on a Birding Africa trip to Cameroon © tour participant Hector Galbraith.

Yellow-headed Picathartes (White-necked Rockfowl) can be seen on a Birding Africa tour to Ghana © Callan Cohen

Lesser Hoopoe-Lark, endemic to Somaliland. Click here for more pictures © Callan Cohen & Michael Mills

Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity on our Madagascar tour © C Cohen.

See Red-collared Mountain Babbler on a Rwanda Birding Tour © Ray Tipper
Red-collared Mountain Babbler on a Rwanda Tour © Ray Tipper.

Rockrunner photographed by Ian Merrill on a Namibia Birding Tour. See Rockrunner on a Namibia Birding Tour © Ian Merrill.


About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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