With an office and guide team who between them have decades of experience, we know just what goes into making a great birdwatching holiday. Our carefully designed and all-inclusive Tour Itineraries aim to strike a balance between making the most of the variety within a country and yet taking time to savour the birds and places we visit. Our goal is to provide the best possible holiday experience - one on which you will not only see lots of great birds and wildlife but also have plenty of fun too.
Detailed Daily Itineraries and Tour Info Packs are available to view or download for all our trips - just click the Tours by Region button to locate the destination of your choice and away you go!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Other than when travelling, we usually spend most of each day in the field. Most tours involve at least some walking, at an easy birdwatching pace and with frequent stops to enjoy the birds and wildlife. During a typical day, we can reckon to have walked perhaps three to five miles, sometimes less. There are some exceptions to this, with a few tours that involve half-day or full day walks, or trips of more moderate going rather than easy pace (e.g. when birdwatching at altitude). These will be indicated in the detailed tour description.
Seldom strenuous, our trips call only for a degree of fitness appropriate to the destination and tour you choose. So long as you are able to walk a reasonable distance unaided, age is really immaterial and participants on our tours range in age from around twenty to over eighty. If you wish to know more about the extent of walking on any given tour, please contact our office.
A TYPICAL DAY
Our daily programme is tailored to suit the particular tour destination, so will naturally vary from trip to trip. As the first few hours of daylight are invariably among the best for watching birds and other wildlife, we often offer a pre-breakfast bird walk or excursion. On other occasions, we may have an early breakfast and get away promptly from the hotel to make the most of the day.
Lunches are usually picnics in the field. On some trips we also use local inns or may return to our lodgings for a sit-down meal.
Whenever possible, we endeavour to balance early starts with a reasonable return to base in the evening, allowing time to freshen up and change before the evening log call (optional) and sitting down to enjoy dinner together.
In the tropics and desert regions especially, wildlife is generally most active first thing in the morning and again late in the day. The tropical day is also quite short, with around 12 hours of daylight, so we will want to make the most of it! Be prepared for early starts on these trips - often starting before dawn and returning after sunset. As things generally quieten right down during the heat of the day on these tours, our lunchtimes can be very relaxed and when the opportunity presents, there may be time for a short siesta before resuming our birding again mid-to-late afternoon.
Occasionally, we may offer an 'owling' trip or go spotlighting for mammals. Such excursions are optional.
Wherever possible and schedules allow, we will look to link our holidays with direct / non-stop flights offered by the world's leading airlines, including British Airways, KLM, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Air Canada etc.
Due to the pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to price our holidays for the time being as excluding flights. The reason for this is that it is proving extremely difficult to predict future flight prices and schedules, especially when a trip is scheduled for beyond the period when flights can be booked.
To keep the process as simple as possible for our clients, however, we are now working closely with a dedicated agent at Travel Counsellors who will be able to advise you on which flights we are recommending for each holiday and he will be able to book these for you.
This will also give you the opportunity to travel from a regional airport if you prefer, so we actually believe this is a win-win for everyone as it means we do not have to budget on very high flight prices (which will inevitably have to be reflected in the tour prices) and it also gives our clients more flexibility.
During the trips themselves, travel is usually by comfortable minibus or small coach (varies according to destination and final group size). Some tours also feature boat trips and a few include travel by train.