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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

We have taken four tours with Errol de Beer to Africa and Madagascar. As with all good bird guides, his knowledge of the birds and their habits as well as their calls is very good. But, he is also good at helping us locate the bird and patient with our shortcomings.

He has a good sense of humor and …

Jim and Barb Leupold, Arlington, Virginia

Chris,

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

In the fall of 2011 my wife and I did a 28 day bird watching tour of South Africa with Birding Ecotours.  Birding Ecotours was recommended by our Canadian agent, Tours of Exploration.  Both of our driver/guides were excellent and our group of 5 saw well over 500 species of birds and over 60 specie…

Otto Peter, Canada

During our tour of Costa Rica Mike was a huge advantage in our quest for the target birds.  His body bristling with equipment, he used his ceaseless enthusiasm, know-how,  sharp eyes and keen ears to readily uncover and identify those that mattered – from the gregarious to the rare and the secretive…

Mike and Inger Lear, Johannesburg, South Africa

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

As for Mark’s guiding abilities I thought he was superb leader!  Mark is thoroughly familiar with the Western Cape South Africa area, all of its birds, and all of it mammals (even the whales we saw from a couple of sites)!  Mark is fluent in both English and Afrikaans.  He knew all the owners of …

John J. Collins Raritan, NJ

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

Mike is an excellent leader who not only locates the birds by sight but also by sound.  He makes the effort to have everyone see the bird.  His trips are well-planned and coordinated.  I always felt safe and confident that he was looking after us on both my trip to France and to Thailand.  Mike …

Susan Schott

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

Birding Ecotours company and SA office staff

I can highly recommend booking a trip through Birding Ecotours South Africa. The Birding Ecotours staff is professional, the e-mail responses fast and all questions receive detail replies. Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours forwarded excellent advice to me on…

Lisl van Deventer, Pretoria, South Africa

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