Cameroon offers the best birding in West Africa and quite possibly the whole continent. If you're serious about your African birds, the question becomes not whether to visit, but when and how.
We've been leading tours in Cameroon since 2002 and are well known for our discoveries there. Click here to read our articles in the African Bird Club Bulletin: First photos of Mount Kupe Bush-Shrike -- Where to watch birds in Northern Cameroon -- Where to watch birds in South Cameroon.
To give you an idea of the possibilities on our 3-week trip, here is the first paragraph of Michael Mills' 2011 tour report:
This year's comprehensive Cameroon tour was a resounding success ... We recorded an impressive 589 species in just 21 days, including Red-headed Picathartes, Arabian Bustard, Quail-Plover, Golden Nightjar and all Cameroon Mountain Endemics except for the inaccessible Mount Cameroon Francolin. In addition, the quality of sightings enjoyed of the most important birds was perhaps even superior to that of my previous tours, perhaps reaching its pinnacle with my best ever views of Mount Kupe Bushshrike (three birds chasing each other along a bare branch just 10 m away from us) and for several minutes a Fraser’s Eagle Owl that sat in the spotlight beam for ages, and prolonged, day time views of Golden Nightjar. Finally, the trip logistics were certainly smoother than during any of my previous six Cameroon trips, with no flight delays, drivers always on time and uncharacteristically few of the general hassles expected in Cameroon. We were also the first bird tour company to try and new spot for Red-headed Picathartes, with a walk of just 15 minutes, and this was a resounding success!
Michael recommends: This tour
is well suited to world listers and keen birders with a sense of
This will be Michael Mills 8th birding season in Cameroon. With this extensive experience, Michael gained an intimate knowledge of the key birding areas and the country's improved logistics.
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 and continues 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 to/from Cameroon, drinks, optional tips, and items of a personal nature are
'... confidence in a well
organised and successful tour.' AD,
'Thanks to the meticulously detailed efforts of Birding Africa I
have great memories to keep me energized until my next trip with
you. How you planned everything down to the tiniest detail was amazing.
The accommodations, meals and general trip were excellent. Michael
was beyond belief.' BR, USA
'Michael was first class on
every aspect.' FH, UK
'.... tours were excellent. The trips certainly lived up to
my expectations and we saw a large number of incredible birds. Michael
did a great job and is an outstanding tour guide. His skill at finding
birds in all habitats and his knowledge of bird calls is nothing
short of amazing.' JC, UK
'... his spotting skills and ability to pick out the faintest calls
but also his continual energy and enthusiasm to maximise our birding
experience.' ND, UK
For keen birders and world listers. Designed to
see all of Cameroon'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.
For some photographs taken on this tour, please click
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 tour coincides with the beginning
of the rainy season in the south and the end of the dry
season in the north.
Hot and dry in the north. Hot and humid in the South.
Moderate to basic comfort in small hotels, guest houses and
A combination of four-wheel-drives and minibuses
enquire. The trip start in Douala to sync with
the popular Air France flights Paris-Douala.
6 to 9; may vary depending on the tour.
Northern Cameroon: arid-country specials such as
Quail Plover, Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar and
Arabian Bustard; Southern Cameroon: Cameroon Mountains endemics such
as Green Long-tailed and (perhaps) Mount Kupe Bush-Shrike, Red-headed
Picathartes and many hornbills; 590 bird species were recorded on our 2009 tour.
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.
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.