Guided by Michael Mills
and covering all the key birding sites, our Birding Africa trip
of 2011 has been the first ever to offer a fair chance of seeing
all of Angolaís endemics. We offer it again in 2012.
For more than thirty years
Angola's highly sought after endemic birds were beyond safe reach.
Gladly, things have changed for the better and the country has become
a peaceful and safe country to visit. However, few birders and ornithologists
have yet wandered through its extraordinary landscapes, and no single
person has seen all the nation's endemic species.
Join us and complete your turaco
or mousebird sightings with the striking Red-crested Turaco
or Red-backed Mousebird. Be one of the first birders
to see Swierstra’s Spurfowl, or just enjoy
notching up species seen by only a handful of birders: Gabela
Helmetshrike, Gabela Bushshrike, White-headed
Robin-Chat, Angola Cave Chat, Pulitzer’s
Longbill or Gabela Akalat.
This trip is a 19 day long expedition
and will be enjoyed by birders with a sense of adventure. We will
be camping during optimal conditions: before the rains and while
birds are breeding. And our dedicated chef will ensure the cuisine
matches up to the birding!
Scroll down to see what previous participants say. Or read the trip report.
Featured Leader: Michael Mills
Michael recommends: This tour
is an expedition well suited to world listers and keen birders with
a sense of adventure.
has travelled more than one year in Angola, on
more than thirteen different visits. He gained intimate knowledge
of the key birding areas and improved logistics. With this, Birding Africa offers you an exclusive Angola Expedition in just 19 days.
Michael had been the sole birder
to have seen all of Angola’s endemics, until he led a Birding
Africa trip to Angola in August 2011... Read the trip
Michael grew up in the Kalahari
Gemsbok and Kruger National Parks and has travelled extensively
in Africa, Asia, South America and Antarctica. He obtained a Masters
degree in Conservation Biology after which he has been conducting
bird research, particularly in Angola.
Besides birds, he has a strong interest in mammals, particularly
in small carnivores and African primates.
* Cost per person sharing a room, ** Single room supplement.
* Included in the above price: Birding Africa tour leader, Birding
Africa printed booklet with species lists, activities as indicated
on the itinerary, road transport, guide fees, entry fees for the parks,
reserves and botanical gardens, full board accommodation and drinking
water on the bus. Not included: international flights, drinks, optional
tips, and items of a personal nature are not included. This tour starts
in Windhoek and ends in Luanda. Visa applications are the particpant's
responsibilty; please organise them in time.
After our Angola 2011 trip, this
is what participants had to say:
Probably the best guide in Africa, U. Toresson
Birding with Michael is as good as it gets, K.D.
Excellent guide, S. Lowe.
Michael Mills by far has the best knowledge of birding/birds in
Western Angola. He is an excellent guide and his hearing and knowledge
about vocalisations is exceptional..!, B. Sjölinder
Tents were large and comfortable.
Bedrolls were lovely and warm and easy to pack up. Ground staff
were friendly and obliging and well organised. Food extremely good.,
After more than 100 tours, this one compared very favourably. Expectations
were more than met! R.A.
Practical tour information
For keen birders and world listers. Designed to
see all of Angola's endemic birds.
Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers.
And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time
is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this
is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people
have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their
satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter.
Thus, while the photographic opportunities
are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody
who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
A moderate level of fitness is required. Most walks will be
done in cool conditions and will last less than 3-4 hours. The
walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional
inclines, but some steeper hikes are involved. The longest walk
is about 5 km long with some uphill sections and will be taken
We run our tour before the rains and while birds are breeding.
Warm in the lowlands and warm to cool in the highlands.
Expedition-style camping in large tents. A dedicated chef
will prepare the meals.
Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information
on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance
is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.
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.