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Worldwide Birding Tours - Birding Ecotours





Birding Tours Worldwide

Welcome to our website, where we will present to you some spectacular birding tours around the world. Our trips are for small groups of only 6-8 participants. Quality is of paramount importance to us – we prefer to use superior accommodation (where available, at the top birding sites) and vehicles. Despite our focus on small groups and the fact that we err on the side of superior quality, our prices are competitive.

It is Birding Ecotours’ company policy to contribute a minimum of 10 % of profits to conservation and local communities. We are passionate about birding and also about leaving a legacy – by genuinely helping people and conserving birds, for generations to come.

We like to do things differently. For example, we offer some unique tours, including Owls of the World® Tours, tough mammal tours (fancy an Aardvark or a Black-footed Cat?), and more. Since 2003, we have been innovating some of the most wonderful tours available.

What is one of our typical birding tours like?

Our main focus is, of course, on finding the important birds (especially the endemics and specials). Our trip lists are very important to us (we do encourage you to look at these and compare them with those of other companies). However, we understand that birding tours can be tiring, so we prefer to add a day or two and actually have folks enjoy the birding tour. This also gives us backup time, in case some birds don’t cooperate as expected, and also allows time to stop for mammals and other interesting things along the way.

We also run a good number of Birding Photo Tours, which need a different approach to a typical birding tour – more space in the vehicles for camera gear, the correct tour pace to get photos, angling the vehicle correctly, and constantly thinking about lighting.

If you contact us, you’ll find that we’re very enthusiastic and highly efficient at e-mailing detailed information to you. It’s our contagious enthusiasm for birding (and for the natural world as a whole) that spurs us on to give outstanding service

Where can you find us?

We take beginner, intermediate, and advanced birders on birding tours to many countries, which include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Romania, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the USA, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and we can arrange cruises to Antarctica!

Testimonials

Diane and I participated in an amazing 12 day Western Cape Bird watching tour through Birding Ecotours in the fall of 2011 with Mark Harrington as our driver/guide. Mark was a very pleasant, good humoured, knowledgeable guide whose knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Western Cape area was outsta…

Otto Peter, Canada

We’ve been on several birding trips, both local and international, with Mike and highly recommend him as a guide.  Mike does a great job not only because he has a sharp eye, but also because his hearing and memory of bird songs and calls is outstanding.  Mike is always prepared and knowledgeable a…

Gary and Alice Woody

Hi Chris,

I wanted to let you know that we were delighted with David as our guide on the 26th. We – myself and my birding friends from Belgium – found him to be extremely knowledgeable, and ever so dedicated to trying to make sure we saw as much as possible. His bird calls were amazing, and on sever…

Pat van der Byl, Dassenberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Had a great time with Jason birding around Johannesburg – Pretoria – Dullstrom area countryside.  Jason’s easy-going and patient style made for a comfortable four days.  His amazing ability to spot well-hidden birds and to identify in a flash, along with his expert knowledge of numerous local habit…

Sandy Campbell, Edmonton, Canada, on a South Africa tour guided by Jason

Dear Chris,
After a great and exciting tour with John Tinkler, I would like to thank you for appointing him as my guide for the trip. Even though John (and others) said that I was unlucky with the weather, I didn’t
mind at all. We saw >190 species, granting me most of my ‘special’ targets. John mana…

Marc Smits, the Netherlands

I have travelled thousands of kilometres with Raul driving. I have never seen him do anything hazardous or make a mistake while at the wheel. His van is clean and well maintained. He has the good sense to stop and ask for directions when needed. He stops for regular rests when on long journeys.

Raul…

Jim Martin, Ontario, Canada

Hello Chris, and I hope your New Year is off to a good start.
I’ve just returned from our custom tour with Eduardo and I want to tell you – he is a jewel! Very knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and seems to enjoy birding and helping other birders find and appreciate the birds.
I have graded this…

Kay Goodhue, Norland, Washington

I joined a custom trip, followed by an African Bird Club conservation tour, with Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours, in November 2012. I sent Chris a wish-list and he was very quick to reply with a detailed itinerary based on the list I sent him. I got 42 lifers on this trip, which actually exceeded my …

Keith Betton, Chairman of the African Bird Club, UK

Hi Chris-
I just wanted to send a quick note from the airport letting you know what an incredible day I had with Jason. He is an outstanding guy and a great birder. Our list for the day exceeded my wildest expectations. My head is still buzzing! I will connect with Jason so that we can compare lists…

Jonathan Bowser, University of Colorado

Justin is really a superlative guide. Fun, smart, talented, very sharp eyes and ears and very attentive to clients. Easily one of the best guides I have ever had in all my travels. Hope he is able to join us for Grass and/or Cape Eagle Owl.

Alan van Norman

Alan van Norman, Bismarck, North Dakota

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We can run any of our tours privately any time and we can also arrange custom itineraries - send us your wish-list and we'll put the itinerary together! Please click here.

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