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Future Tours

Birdfinders is pleased to announce the following new tours, presently in the advanced stages of planning. Notice of interest in these tours is being accepted and those responding will be given first choice when bookings commence.


Cameroon forms the intergrade between Central and West Africa, and harbours a vast range of habitats. We will look for the 26 endemic or near-endemic species, as well as a host of other West African specialities. We will visit Mount Cameroon and Korup National Park, famous for its colonies of Grey-necked Rockfowl. We will also look for the fabled Mount Kupe Bushshrike and other rare endemics, including Bannerman’s Turaco, Banded Wattle-eye and Bannerman’s Weaver.

Saudi Arabia and Socotra Island

With Yemen being effectively ‘out of bounds’ this fabulous tour will visit southern Saudi Arabia where all but one of the Arabian endemics can be found: Arabian and Philby’s Partridges, Arabian Woodpecker, Yemen Thrush, Yemen Warbler, Olive-rumped and Yemen Serins, Yemen Linnet and Arabian Waxbill, as well as the near-endemic Dunn’s Lark, Red-breasted Wheatear and Golden-winged Grosbeak. On the island of Socotra we will look for all the endemics: Socotra Buzzard, Socotra Scops-owl, Socotra Bunting, Socotra Cisticola, Socotra Sparrow, Socotra Starling, Socotra Sunbird and Socotra Warbler as well as Forbes-Watson’s Swift and Somali Starling. Seabirds may include Socotra Cormorant, Jouanin’s Petrel, Audubon’s, Flesh-footed and Persian Shearwaters and Sooty Gull.


There are a number of Sahel species that are either scare or absent in The Gambia. The new tour will fly into Dakar and visit Djoudj National Park with its globally-endangered Arabian Bustard, little-known River Prinias and spectacular numbers of wintering Palearctic birds. Further north on the Mauritanian border, we will search acacia woodland for two limited-range species; Little Grey Woodpecker and Sennar Penduline-tit as well as Black Scrub-robin. We visit a location where spectacular numbers of Scissor-tailed Kites can be seen coming into roost. The rarely-seen Quail-plover also occurs in the area although Small Buttonquail and Common Quail are more likely. Further east towards the headwaters of The Gambia River, we will visit Niokolo-Koba National Park for African Finfoot and Adamawa Turtle-dove. There will be an element of exploration here as very few birders have visited the area so there is much to be discovered including possibly even Mali Firefinch. Some of the wonderful species we saw on our first visit can be seen in our photo gallery.


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