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São Tomé and Príncipe Birding Tours

The Galapagos of Africa, these two islands treasure over 25 striking endemic bird species. However, few birders have ventured to São Tomé e Príncipe, this friendly, laid-back and unusual country.

São Tomé is much larger than Príncipe. It has more bird species and endemics. In the beautiful volcanic highlands, we will search for São Tomé Olive Pigeon, São Tomé Speirops and a host of other endemics. We will also launch a mini-expedition to the remote southern lowlands, in search of the enticing Dwarf Olive Ibis, São Tomé Short-tail, Giant Sunbird, and, if we are very fortunate, the critically endangered São Tomé Grosbeak. Príncipe is smaller and more laid back. Its six endemics include the unusual Dohrn’s Thrush Babbler.

Our 8 day tour moves at a relaxed pace, although the expedition to the south of São Tomé is quite demanding. In addition to seeing most of the endemics, there will also be the opportunity to soak up some of the relaxed atmosphere.

This trip may run before our 14 day birding tour to Gabon or after our 18 day Comprehensive Tour to Ghana.
For practical information, please see below.

2023 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Details Tour report
São Tomé & Príncipe (BA2308)
6 - 15 September 10 Please enquire enquire

2024 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Details Tour report
São Tomé & Príncipe (BA2408)
26 June - 3 July  8 Leaflet USD enquire

What participants say...

Probably the best guide in Africa, U. Toresson, 2011

Birding with Michael is as good as it gets, K.D., 2011

Excellent guide, S. Lowe, 2011

Is an excellent guide and his hearing and knowledge about vocalisations is exceptional..!, B. Sjölinder, 2011

It was a very successful trip. ... Our guide was marvellous and extremely knowledgeable. ... We saw 31 of the 43 "most wanted" birds and a new species record for Sao Tome' ( Grey-rumped Swallow) ... Thanks for all your help
L. F., Canda, 2010

For comments from participants on earlier tours, please have a look at our client comments page.

Sao Tome's volcanic highlands on a Birding Africa tour.

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to see as many as possible endemic birds, but while on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other aspects of wildlife such as mammals. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography 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.
Fitness A moderate degree of fitness is required. The walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small inclines. A few walks with steep inclines are also included.
Timing Various times, please enquire.
Climate Warm to hot in the lowlands; can be cool in the forests and highlands
Comfort Basic to moderate comfort in local small hotes and guest houses.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size This depends on the specific tour. Please enquire.
Top birds Unusual endemics such as Giant Sunbird, Dohrn's Thrush Babbler, Sao Tome Speirops and Sao Tome Short-tail.
Booking 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.

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