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2018 Highlights (with space)
Ethiopia: Endemic Birds & Mammals: 10 - 27 Feb
South Africa: Cape to Kruger: 27 February - 13 March
Botswana and Zambia: Okavango & Vic Falls: 14 - 23 March
Tanzania: Bird & Wildebeest Migration: 16 - 27 April
Tanzania: Birds & Big Cats: 3 - 13 May
Botswana and Zambia: Okavango Wild Dog Fly-in Safari:
27 June - 5 July
Uganda: *GUARANTEED DEPARTURE* Green-breasted Pitta
and Highlights: 1 - 11 July
Namibia: Namib Desert and Etosha: 2 - 13 July
Uganda: Birds and Gorillas Highlights: 22 July - 4 August
South Africa: Cape Spring Flowers & Natural History:
23 Aug - 3 Sept
Angola: Endemics: 6 - 23 September
Namibia: Namibia and Okavango: 10 - 25 Sept
South Africa: Cape to Kruger: 13 - 27 October
South Africa: Cape to Kruger: 30 October - 13 November
Madagascar: Madagascar Pochard & specials: 20 - 31 Oct
COMORES: *NEW TOUR* 8 - 19 Oct. Email for details.
Madagascar: Masoala Peninsula: 14 - 19 Nov
Madagascar: Endemic Birds & Lemurs: 19 Nov - 5 Dec
South Africa: Ultimate Endemics Cape: 17 - 26 Nov
South Africa: Ultimate Endemics East: 26 Nov - 9 Dec
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. https://www.audubon.org/news/day-363-6000-birds
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
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 email@example.com 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.
31 August 2012: New Uganda and Rwanda trip report by Michael Mills: 530 species including all the specials, plus leopard and mountain gorilla!
30 August 2012: One last day remains to take advantage of our Birdfair Special discounts on April Tanzania trip and our March Cameroon trip. Please enquire!
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Choose Africa: 2500 bird species, 20 endemic bird families, the
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who share their knowledge of Africa's birds and wild places.
Our expert consultants handle seamlessly
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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...
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
Birdlife South Africa and
Click here to see the list of 365 submitted
Click here to meet the team.
Birding Africa teams up to save birds at Champions of the Flyway
after watching Madagascar Harrier © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com.
on a Ethiopia
tour © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com.
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.
Green Broadbill on a Birding Africa Uganda
tour in 2011
© Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com
A second Shoebill flew in and started to display on our Uganda
tour © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken www.birdingafrica.com. Join our tour in July 2012, led by Michael Mills.
Picathartes on a Birding Africa Cameroon
tour, photographed by tour participant Ian Merrill.
Böhm's bee-eater on a Malawi
tour © tour participant Jon Hemp.
Southern Double-collared Sunbird
on a Cape
Birds & Flowers tour © Callan Cohen.
Nightjar photographed in March 2010 on a Birding Africa trip
© tour participant Hector Galbraith.
(White-necked Rockfowl) can be seen on a Birding Africa tour to
Ghana © Callan
Lesser Hoopoe-Lark, endemic to
Somaliland. Click here
for more pictures © Callan Cohen & Michael Mills www.birdingafrica.com.
Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity on our Madagascar
tour © C Cohen.
Red-collared Mountain Babbler on a Rwanda
Tour © Ray Tipper.
See Rockrunner on a Namibia
Birding Tour © Ian Merrill.