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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. (Click here for more survey details.)

2019 Tour Highlights - with space
Guaranteed Departures

Tanzania: Serengeti Birds & Wildebeest Migration: 2-13 April
Botswana: Okavango Delta, Chobe & Wild Dog Tour: 24 Jun-02 Jul
Uganda Rwanda: Birds and Primates: 1-21 July
Angola: Endemics: 12-29 August
South Africa: Cape to Kruger: 03-17 November
Madagascar: Masoala Peninsula:12-17 November
Madagascar: Birds & Lemurs: 17-03 December
Zambia Pitta and Endemics: 13 Nov-8 Dec
South Africa: Ultimate Endemics Cape: 19-28 November
South Africa: Ultimate Endemics East: 28 Nov-11 Dec


December 2018: Tour leader Michael Mills 2018 trip reports now online: Angola Endemics, Malawi Endemics and Comores.

6 July 2018: Some of the best photographs ever of the often-elusive African Green Broadbill seen yesterday during our Uganda Specials tour led by Michael Mills.

Birding in Rwanda: Birding & Educational Tours (Claudien Nsabagasani) is organising a 6-day group birding tour in Akagera and Nyungwe NP from 7-12 August 2018 (3 seats available).
For the tour itinerary and further details please contact: or

4-13 May 2018: Ethan represents us as a sponsor of The Biggest Week in American Birding in Ohio. Please visit him for a chat about Birding Africa's tours.

22 March 2018: Two spaces available (due to the use of a larger safari vehicle) on our Namibia Okavango tour starting in Windhoek on 10 September. Email now for details.

12 January 2018: Space available (due to a cancellation) on our Cape to Kruger tour starting in Cape Town on 27 February. Email now for details.

11 January 2018: Tour leader Michael Mills 2017 trip reports now online: Madagascar & Masoala, Mauritius (Seychelles & Reunion) and Angola Endemics.

1 January  2018: Happy New Year to all!

18 - 20 August 2017: Come and meet Birding Africa at the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water. Look out for Tertius Gous, Michael Mills, Faansie Peacock, Marje Hemp and Callan Cohen at the entrance of Marquee 3. Faansie and Michael will be available to sign copies of their new books! 8 August 2017: Green-breasted Pitta, Shoebill catching a lungfish, Gorillas, Chimpanzees and more on our Uganda tour. Watch out for leader Tertius Gous's tour report soon.

11 April 2017: The First Oriental Honey-buzzard for Tanzania found by Birding Africa tour leader Tertius Gous while leading our April Birds and Mammals Safari.

28 March 2017: The Birding Africa Black Harriers competed in the Champions of the Flyway competition and raised $4500 for conservation of migratory birds. Read Faansie Peacock's account of the event.

25 January 2017: The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Florida is hosting our stand from 25 - 30 January 2017. Ethan will happily answer your questions about birding in Africa - come visit.

20 January 2017: Birding Africa teams up to save migrant birds at Champions of the Flyway. Follow Callan Cohen, Dom Rollinson, Faansie Peacock and Ethan Kistler in this global race on 28 March.

1 January 2017: Best wishes for the New Year!

30 December 2016: We're still in shock following the tragic death of our friend Barrie Rose on 30 December 2016, who was a guide for both Cape Town Pelagics and Birding Africa. The southern oceans have lost of one their most knowledgeable conservationists, and his incredible sharing of knowledge will be missed. Barrie died after slipping from the sea cliffs near Cape Point while angling with some of his closest friends. A more detailed tribute is linked here.

28 December 2016: The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Florida is hosting our stand from 25 - 30 January 2017. Ethan will happily answer your questions about birding in Africa - come visit.

25 December 2016: Merry Christmas!

23 December 2016: Madagascar trip report " Our most succesful trip to date, recording all available endemics, 190 bird and 25 lemur species" writes tour-leader Michael Mills, with photos by Don MacGillivray and Martin Painter.

1 November 2016: spotted from the Birding Africa office: Southern Right Whale spyhopping.

18 August 2016: New participant feedback: " The best organised trip I have done so far. Surpassed my expectations." (A.C., UK). Click here to find out more about our Uganda and Rwanda tour.

18 August 2016: New Zambia trip reports. Click here to find out how they saw more than 273 species, Chaplin's Barbet and African Pitta.

18 August 2016: Callan, Marje, Ethan and Dalton will be at The British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland from 19 - 21 August 2016. Please come by for a visit in marquee 3, stand 29.

25 July 2016: Trip report: Madagascar and Masoala 2015.
188 bird species, including two sightings of Bernier's and Helmet Vanga and 25 species of lemur. Click here.

18 July 2016: Last 2 places available on our South Africa Ultimate Endemics tour coming November - December (2 places in the West and 4 in the East). Limited to 7 participants only. Join here.

17 July 2016: See our Ethiopia trip report from the February 2015 tour here; 500 species, Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, Ethiopian Wolf, Stresemann's Bush Crow and more.

8 June 2016: Our South Africa Ultimate Endemics tour is now a guaranteed departure from 20 Nov to 12 Dec 2016. Limited to 7 participants only. Join here.

30 May 2016: Birding Africa guides Ethan Kistler and Joe Grosel helping Arjan Dwarshuis yesterday near Polokwane in his quest to break the world birding record! See Arjan’s challenge here.

20 January 2016: 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 2015: Come and visit Birding Africa in Florida from 20 - 25 January at the Space Coast Birding Festival.

29 December 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: Knysna Turaco, Malachite Kingfisher, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Grassbird during a Garden Route day trip on 25 February. Click here for the trip report and photos.

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

31 January 2015: A birding trip to Kirstenbosch and Rondevlei for Birding Africa's youngest client at 6 years old!!

16 January 2015: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: Hottentot's Holland, Cape Peninsula and West Coast - 22, 23 and 24 October 2014 - 149 species.

09 September 2014: Michael Mills reports back after our Angola Endemics tour in September: 548 species seen including all of Angola's endemics.

02 October 2014: Cape Rockjumper, Victorin's Warbler and Spotted Eagle Owl on 25 September's Hottentot's Holland day trip.

01 October 2014: Last minute cancellation: Discounted space available on our South Africa Ultimate Endemics starting on 8 November.

28 August 2014: Birdfair discounts extended to 31 August 2014.

27 August 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: Visit us at the British Birdfair, Marquee 3, stands 28 and 29. Meet Callan, Marje, Jon, Ethan and Tertius.

04 July 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: Our 2015 Cape Town Pelagics Calendar is now online.

15 May 2014: Our 2015 Birding Africa Tour Calendar is now available. Have a look at our latest tours and guaranteed departures.

12 May 2014: Visit Birding Africa at The Biggest Week in American Birding until 15 May in Ohio.

29 March 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: New trip report: Cape Peninsula day trip on 5 March. 96 species seen in Kirstenbosch, Kommetjie and Strandfontein.

18 March 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2014: 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 2013: A spectacular 526 species seen on our
South Africa Ultimate Endemics Tour. Continue to see the trip report and photos.

18 December 2013: 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 2013: 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 2013: 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 2013: Last spaces on our Ethiopia Tour in April 2014. Join expert leader Michael Mills. Please email to book or enquire.

7 December 2013: Ethiopia trip report and photographs are now online. Click here to continue.

30 November 2012: 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 2012: 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 2012: 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.

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.

Birding Africa teaming up on 28 March 2017 to save migrant birds at Champions of the Flyway
Birding Africa teams up to save birds at Champions of the Flyway

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

African Green BroadBill, Uganda Specials tour,5 July 2018 © Mayur Prag
African Green Broadbill photographed by Mayur Prag on our 2018 Uganda Specials tour led by Michael Mills.

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.

Spot-breasted Plover, Ethiopia © Callan Cohen Birding Africa
Spot-breasted Plover on a Ethiopia tour © Callan Cohen

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

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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