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Birding Tour Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe 2017



Gabon is a relatively undiscovered gem for birdwatchers. This French-speaking country is located in western Africa between Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon. There are 756 bird species in the country. While none of them are endemic, certain species are restricted to this part of Africa and have very small ranges, which, combined with the fact that almost 70% of Gabon is still covered by pristine, primeval rainforest, make the quest to spot these particular birds a real birding challenge.
Areas of rainforest in Gabon are the biggest intact forests in the whole of Africa with the highest diversity of bird and tree species in any given area on the continent. With a population of just 1.5 million Gabon’s rainforests remain relatively untouched, ensuring a diverse eco-system. It has a wide range of habitats including tropical rainforest, coastal lagoons, large rivers, grassland, and pristine beaches, all of which are home to a variety of colorful species.

As well as being home to many fascinating bird species, Gabon also boasts a variety of wildlife that rivals that of the East African grasslands. These include forest elephant, African elephant, buffalo, various antelope and monkey species, sitatunga, leopard, three species of crocodiles, chimps and gorillas, and several marine turtle species which nest along the coast.

Some 250 kilometers off the coast of Gabon lie the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. They are located on the Equator and are characterized by unspoiled, palm-fringed beaches, towering volcanic peaks, and a fascinating colonial heritage. This is Africa’s second-smallest country, and it exhibits an enticing blend of African, Portuguese, and Caribbean culture. Pioneering travelers will discover an African island paradise. The scarcity of tourists is one of the islands’ biggest attractions, but for birdwatchers the approximately 25 endemic bird species (depending on taxonomy) are the attraction. The trip will take place during the short dry season, when weather conditions for birdwatching are at their best.

This tour is truly special with a combination of mainland and island birds, different cultures, and experiences to overwhelm your senses and fill your bird list.

Duration: 20 days

Limit (Group Size): 6 - 8

Date Start: September 18, 2017

Date End: October 07, 2017

Tour Start: Libreville

Tour End: Libreville

Accommodation: The hotels and lodges are mostly of good or medium standard. At Ipassa we may stay at the research station with shared facilities.

Transport:  Transport will be by minivan, 4×4, and boat (where applicable).

Difficulty: The walking effort is mostly easy, but there may be slightly harder walks on Príncipe and São Tomé. You must also bear in mind the humidity, so taking adequate water is essential.

Climate: Mostly hot and humid, particularly in forest areas, with dry and sunny weather and some overcast and rainy spells (often heavy on the islands).


Price: €12,144 per person sharing

Single Supplement: To be announced

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
All transport while on tour (including airport transfers)
Bottled water throughout the tour

Price excludes:
International flights
Airport taxes
Visa fees
Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, gifts
Drinks other than bottled water
Personal insurance
Gratuities

Approximate costs of items not included:
Gabon visa €150
São Tomé visa €20
Flights Libreville – São Tomé – Libreville approximately €500
Flights São Tomé – Príncipe – São Tomé approximately €300
São Tomé airport tax €20

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Senior Birding guide and administrative assistant for Birding Ecotours. Jason recently completed a BSc in Environmental Science and now does a lot of guiding in Africa and Europe. We’re aiming to ha ...

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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 watching we could not have asked for a better guide who knew the calls, where to look for tricky sightings, and had all the necessary local contacts to help us find the truly strange and wonderful. My favorite example of the “strange and wonderful” category was the African Broadbill which was displaying, but in the midst of impenetrable vegetation. Despite this, Chris and the guide managed to get us amazing views in the spotting scope. It was my most memorable bird of the trip. He accompanied us just across the border into Swaziland, past guards with guns (because we wanted to say we’d been there), and to a truly dodgy neighborhood in Durban to look at a rock outcrop, and never once complained – at least not out loud. We’ve been on several other international birding trips, and Chris is still our standard of comparison to all our other guides. And he’s still number one. We will be doing a pelagic trip off South Africa in the not too distant future, and will plan it so Chris can lead us there.

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



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