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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, Comoros, 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, Philippines, 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!

Swarovski Optik Binoculars Giveaway

Birding Ecotours is proud to present a chance to win a pair of Swarovski Optik EL 32 binoculars, valued at €2,000 (~US$2,350).

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There are two simple steps you need to take in order to qualify:

  1. Join our mailing list, and
  2. Complete a short survey.

The competition will run from 18 August 2017, until 31 July 2018. After this, no new names will be added to the draw.

You can join our mailing list by either filling out the necessary details at the bottom of our website (on any page), or by emailing us (info@birdingecotours.com) and asking to join yourself, and lastly by filling out your details at our booth at one of the festivals/fairs we’ll be at in the coming year. Of course, you may already be on our mailing list, in which case, you need not worry about this.

The survey is available from the link below, and it needs to be fully answered, before you’re able to submit it. You will be notified after your submission.

COMPLETE SURVEY

On completion of both of the above, your name will be entered into a draw, the winner of which will be getting a new pair of Swarovski Optik EL 32 binoculars (either 8x, or 10x – the winner’s choice!). Please note that a name will only be added into the draw once.

The draw for the prize will take place at the 2018 British Birdwatching Fair, on Day 1 (Friday* – exact date still to be confirmed by the British Birdwatching Fair event and it will be released when available).

You may enter into this competition from anywhere in the world, and should you win and not be present at the 2018 British Birdwatching Fair, you will be sent the binoculars for free. We will contact the winner to get the mailing address at this time, if required.

Testimonials

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

Madagascar Oct 2014:

It was excellent!

Never mind the wonderful birds, herps and lemurs, one of the highlights of the trip would have to be Justin. This guy is an absolute boon – you need to hold on to this young man: extremely personable, diligent, thoughtful, knowledgeable, passionate. It’s rare f…

Paul Prior, Toronto, Ontario

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

Australia and Barry Davies:

When I found out it was Barry Davies that was leading the trip, I was thrilled as I had been in contact with him years ago when I was with Jaeger Tours, at the recommendations of a number of my friends that had travelled with him, so we knew each other! He was extraordina…

Adrian Binns, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We went out to Marievale with Dylan to (re)connect with some South African birds after some years away from SA. It was a wonderful experience. Dylan was charming, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable about the birds. We saw over 50 species in a morning and learned a lot about the birds. We would hig…

Linda Jacobson, Toronto, Canada

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

My brother John and I joined Chris on a tour of KwaZulu-Natal. As scientists, we were difficult customers, constantly being distracted by plants and rocks instead of birds. Chris tolerated these diversions with unflappable grace. And when our attentions were finally engaged fully in the bird watchin…

Wil Taylor (University of Wisconsin), on a South African tour guided by Chris

On a special (custom) trip for a dozen target birds: “I want to tell you that Eduardo and Raul were great on the recent trip in Peru.  They worked hard to find birds for me.  Raul is a careful, safe driver”.

Bill Tucker, Kingston, New Hampshire

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

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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