Our 12-day itinerary has been designed to efficiently target all of the endemic birds of the Comoros Islands, including Mayotte. It runs conveniently back-to-back with our Remote Madagascar Tour, allowing you to make the most of being in the region already by extending your birding holiday.
The tour is heavily bird focused (there is little
other wildlife), although scenery is spectacular on
Mount Karthala. We will visit all four of the main islands in the Comoros, namely Grande Comore, Mohéli,
Anjouan and Mayotte. Each island has its own
endemic birds (SIE). This tour will give us enough time for an excellent chance of seeing all of the
Comoros 24 endemic species shared between two or more islands; and almost all endemic
Our itinerary allows for multiple opportunities to
find all of the trickier bird species, with two nights
available for each of the four endemic scops owls.
Good news is that Mount Karthala, previously
requiring a tough hike, can now be climbed much
of the way by vehicle, thanks to a new track opening
up. However, we still plan to camp for one night to
maximise our chance of Karthala Scops Owl and
Karthala White-eye, the latter occurring only at
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Leader: Michael Mills
Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.
Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him.
There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).
Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.
For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed
to focus on birds, but while on the walks
we may also look for other aspects of wildlife.
We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder,
the wildlife enthusiast or both.
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.
No fitness is required. The few walks are generally in relatively
flat areas with occasional small inclines.
Various times. Please enquire.
Warm to hot.
A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and
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.