Birds of the Sahel
November 2-10, 2018: £1,895
Senegal is one of West Africa’s most stable countries with a heavy French influence dating back to colonial days. The coastline has two important wetlands of international importance which are protected in the form of national parks. The north of the country has a wide belt of Sahel holding several species which prefer sub-desert habitats while the south is primarily savannah dotted with stands of acacia trees and secondary forest. We visit Djoudj National Park which is a wetland where Palearctic migrants winter in their thousands. The range of bird species in this little known country is impressive, Arabian and Savile’s Bustards, Goliath Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, African Swallow-tailed Kite, Little Grey Woodpecker and Cricket Warbler all being found regularly on past tours. Birdwatching Breaks has operated several tours to Senegal since the 1990s and is pleased to offer these unique birding tours at a peak time for birdlife.
Lothian, Fife and Islay
November 17-24, 2018: £1,795
Black Isle Birding and Birdwatching Breaks are pleased to offer this new tour which takes in some of the optimum winter birding areas in Eastern Scotland and Argyll. It is timed to coincide with the southbound movement of seabirds off the east coast. In addition to this, we will witness the amazing spectacle of geese, swans and ducks arriving into their wintering areas. Islay is particularly important for birds of prey and wintering geese from Greenland and north-east Canada. Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese winter on Islay in their thousands and constitute a large percentage of their respective world populations. Red-billed Chough has its last stronghold in Scotland on Islay. This tour starts and finishes in Edinburgh, which has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK. It is also possible to return from Glasgow on November 24th. Clients should arrive in Edinburgh on the night of November 16th.
December 1-13, 2018: £3,595
Rwanda is a small country which equates to around a fifth the size of England. Despite this the country is blessed with extensive areas of forest, lakes and swamps which in turn attract a wide number of birds and mammals. Rwanda is a wonderful destination for wildlife tourism and an excellent area to watch Mountain Gorillas. Our tour visits Akagera National Park, a mix of wetlands and forest and the bird-rich Nyungwe Forest National Park. We expect to see almost twenty-five of the range-restricted Albertine Rift endemics. Birding within Rwanda is still in its infancy and this tour could well bring a few surprise species within the extensive forest systems.
Winter sun and endemics
December 21-28, 2018: £1,995
The seven Canary Islands belong to Spain and can be divided, based on the type of habitat, into two groups. The Western Islands comprise Tenerife, Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Gran Canaria. The eastern islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are situated off the African coast. We visit Tenerife, Gomera, and Fuerteventura which hold a good percentage of the endemic species found in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have been isolated long enough to offer the opportunity to see the highest number of endemics to the region along with a great number of endemic sub-species. Fuerteventura has the endemic Canary Islands Chat and many other desert species including Houbara Bustard. The islands are volcanic in origin and offer some spectacular scenery and an avifauna found nowhere else on Earth.
Spectacular scenery and wildlife of South America
January 12-February 5, 2019: £9,690
Chile is situated in South America, a land of great contrasts, from the deserts of the north to Tierra del Fuego in the extreme south. We are visiting central Chile including Santiago, the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain range. Chiloe Island has estuaries for shorebirds and other marine life. From Puerto Montt we fly over 1,500 kilometres to Punta Arenas, the most southerly city in the world. Surrounding the city are huge expanses of steppe-like habitat and mountain ranges reaching down to the sea. A highlight of Chile is Torres del Paine National Park. The park is a world biosphere reserve and includes numerous glaciers, lakes and towering peaks. Our final destination is Arica in extreme northern Chile and the nearby Andean plateau near Putre. This tour to Chile, which takes in some of the world's most spectacular scenery and wildlife, is truly the experience of a lifetime.