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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!

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

We toured Namibia in a private group of six people through Birding Ecotours in 2010.  Our group was rather diverse, with birding desires ranging from obsessive to casual and including a wildlife photographer. The range of interests could have led to issues, but we all were very satisfied with the t…

Bill Heck, Ohio

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

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

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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