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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, Fiji, 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, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the USA, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and we can arrange cruises to Antarctica!


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

Bo Boelens of Fatbirder put me onto Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours originally. What a favour he did me. Not only is Chris an excellent birder, but he goes out of his way to be really helpful.
I and my partner settled on Namibia with Birding Ecotours as our next trip, and as we were in Jo`burg visiti…

Jan and John, Wales

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


Our trip was wonderful! Dylan was great. Top notch birder and guide. Patient, kind, thoughtful, understanding. Best birding ears ever! He found us so many great birds! My count is 430, more than I had expected for the entire trip! Great views as well. He worked hard to get the birds and get u…

Bob and Terrie Davis, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

Hello Eduardo:
I feel that our trip to Colombia was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding bird tours I have ever been on. You did an excellent job of planning, guiding and looking after the logistics on the tour.
Colombia is a pleasure to travel in with very friendly people, excellent roads and pl…

James Martin, Toronto, Canada

I have birded with Birding Ecotours since 2004. As I stated in my first web trip report of Southern South Africa that I thought you were one of the most competent guides I had ever birded with and that Birding Ecotours was an extremely professional organization in every way. In 2013, after birding w…

Jay Lamb, San Francisco Bay area of California

What do you most need in a guide and a tour company? Some would say trustworthy arrangements that yet stay flexible to the needs of the individual birder, some would say someone who can find you the target birds and others might say an all-rounder who combines birding knowledge, great communications…

Bo Beolens, fatbirder.com

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

Recommendation for Eduardo/Raul/Peru staff

Birding Peru for the first time in July 2012 with Eduardo, a professional and very knowledgeable local Peru guide, ensured a smooth, safe and hassle-free trip filled with south Peruvian endemics such as Junin Canastero, White-bellied Cinclodes, Great Inca-F…

Lisl van Deventer, Pretoria, South Africa

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

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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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