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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 (please click on the ‘COMPLETE SURVEY’ button 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’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

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

Hi Chris,

I wanted to let you know that we were delighted with David as our guide on the 26th. We – myself and my birding friends from Belgium – found him to be extremely knowledgeable, and ever so dedicated to trying to make sure we saw as much as possible. His bird calls were amazing, and on sever…

Pat van der Byl, Dassenberg, Western Cape, 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

Finland for bird photography:
About Finland I can tell you that we had very good opportunities to take photos. We got superb photos of species such as Western Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Great Grey Owl, Ural Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Pygmy-Owl, Short-eared Owl, Common Goldeneye, Whooper …

Luis Mario and Belen Velasco, Spain

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

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

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

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

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

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