Upcoming tours

As we explore different parts of the globe and establish logistic links with local partners, our tour offering will continue to expand. Visit this page regularly when you get that wanderlust!! Should you see a trip that is full, or you’d like to visit in future, or at a different date, please email us on info@bustardsbirding.co.za

October 2019: Eastern South Africa

This 15 day trip takes the group through the bushveld north of Gauteng, into the escarpment forests between Magoebaskloof and Tzaneen, into the  Kruger National Park, then on to the high altitude grasslands around Wakkerstroom, the lush coastal forests of Kwazulu Natal around St. Lucia, and Eshowe, Sani Pass in Lesotho and finally the rolling hills of Golden Gate National Park

Cost from R42,750 per person sharing

Spaces available: FULL

November 2019: Kenya and Northern Tanzania (20 days)

East Africa has a wealth of birdlife, as well as some magnificent national parks teeming with game. Starting in Nairobi, we visit Lake Nakuru, Kakamega Forest, Lake Baringo, Lake Naivasha, Kinangop and the Aberdares, Mt. Kenya, Tsavo, Taita Hills, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Sabaki River and Mida Creek, Shimba Hills, then on the extension into Tanzania, East and West Usambaras, Tarangire National Park, the plains in the north for the larks, before returning to Nairobi.

Cost from US$5,250pps for the Kenya leg, and US$2,175 for the Tanzania extension

Spaces available: 2

December 2019: Zimbabwe & Mozambique

African Pitta – Mozambique

This 15 day tour takes the group into the western side of Zimbabwe, through to the miombo around Lake Mutirikwi, near Masvingo, where delights such as Boulder Chat, Wood Pipit, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Miombo Tit & Eastern Miombo Sunbird await us. We then move to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, staying in the highlands above Mutare. Specials include Swynnerton’s Robin, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Robert’s Warbler, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul and many more. We then drop down into Mozambique, into the famous coutadas – hunting concessions in the winter, birding delights in the summer. We search for several elusive lowland forest specials, such as White-chested Alethe, East Coast Akalat, Lowland Tiny Greenbul, Black-headed Apalis, and if we are very lucky, views of displaying African Pitta. We visit the wetlands around Rio Savane, where specials can include Eurasian Bittern, Lesser Seedcracker, Plain-backed Sunbird, Rufous-bellied Heron, Wattled Crane, Black-rumped Buttonquail, plus several waders such as Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper etc. We also hope for views of more elusive species such as Locustfinch and Blue Quail. We then travel south before returning to South Africa, where target species will include Green Tinkerbird, Olive-headed Weaver, Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Crab Plover, and if we are extremely lucky, the recently discovered population of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers or “Steppe” Whimbrel, still considered a subspecies of Whimbrel, but distinctly different (and threatened) enough to perhaps qualify for species status in future.

Cost from R37,500 per person sharing

Spaces available: FULL

April/May 2020: Northern India, Bustards, Tigers and Floricans

You mentions tigers and people get shivers of excitement. You throw in a good dollop of birding, and then they are done! This trip kicks off in Jaisalmer (Desert National Park) after transferring from Delhi. Here we look for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard, in amongst several other fabulous species. We then transfer to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jim Corbett National Park and finally on to Manas National Park – the main avain target is the critically endangered Bengal Florican, a smaller member of the bustards family. This 17 day trip promises an excellent mix of birding and mammal watching, as we traverse several different habitats.

Cost from US$4,400 per person sharing

Spaces available: 4

July 2020 (2nd – 9th): Kgalagadi and Augrabies National Parks

Travel from Johannesburg with a Bustards guide, heading to these fabulous parks where we shall look for charismatic raptors sized from the tiny Pygmy Falcon to the majestic Martial Eagle, its famous black-maned lions, cheetah and leopard, as well as some of the smaller arid country residents such as Meerkats, Ground Squirrels and Whistling Rats. Larks, sandgrouse, chats and flycatchers that can only be seen in the drier regions will be on the cards too. A visit to Augrabies on the way back is worthwhile where you see the Orange River compressed into thundering falls, in an almost moonlike landscape.

We spend one night at a stop over en route, then Twee Rivieren (1), Mata Mata (1), Nossob (2) and Augrabies (1).

Pygmy Falcons – Northern Cape

Cost from ZAR 31,750 per person sharing

Spaces available: 2

July 2020: Papua New Guinea – Birds of Paradise

Anyone who has watched TV programmes on birds of paradise (BOPS) MUST want to see these amazing birds. We travel around three locations in PNG where well known leks of the males are visited. On our previous visit we saw an amazing 15 species of BOP, including Greater, Lesser, Ragiana, King-of-Saxony, King, Blue, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia etc. Paradise Kingfishers, Satinbirds and Bowerbirds are among the many other species on the menu.

Cost from $4,750 per person sharing

Spaces available: 4

July 2020 (18th-31st): Uganda birding

We start off the trip with a bang at Mabamba Swamp for the bizarre Shoebill on the first morning. We then take in Lake Mburo, Mgahinga National Park, Bwindi Impentetrable Forest, Kibale National Park, Semuliki Valley National Park, Budongo (Royal Mile), ending the trip of at Murchison Falls. This trip can exceed 500 bird species, as well as a good variety of mammals.

Shoebill – Uganda

Cost from $4,950 per person sharing

Spaces available: 3

August 2020: Marrick Safari (Kimberley, South Africa) – birding & nocturnal mammals

This 4 day tour starts in Johannesburg, driving down to Kimberley, with birding stops en route. We do three night drives looking for special mammals such as Aardvark, Black-footed Cat, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine, etc. During the days in between we visit Mokala National Park and Spitskop Dam, for birding as well as several diurnal mammal species. Full itinerary Marrick Safaris trip

Cost from R9,200 per person sharing

Spaces available: 4

December 2020: Zimbabwe & Mozambique

Lesser Seedcracker – Mozambique

This 15 day tour takes the group into the western side of Zimbabwe, through to the miombo around Lake Mutirikwi, near Masvingo, where delights such as Boulder Chat, Wood Pipit, Miombo Rock-Thrush, Miombo Tit & Eastern Miombo Sunbird await us. We then move to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, staying in the highlands above Mutare. Specials include Swynnerton’s Robin, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Red-faced Crimsonwing, Robert’s Warbler, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul and many more. We then drop down into Mozambique, into the famous coutadas – hunting concessions in the winter, birding delights in the summer. We search for several elusive lowland forest specials, such as White-chested Alethe, East Coast Akalat, Lowland Tiny Greenbul, Black-headed Apalis, and if we are very lucky, views of displaying African Pitta. We visit the wetlands around Rio Savane, where specials can include Eurasian Bittern, Lesser Seedcracker, Plain-backed Sunbird, Rufous-bellied Heron, Wattled Crane, Black-rumped Buttonquail, plus several waders such as Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper etc. We also hope for views of more elusive species such as Locustfinch and Blue Quail. We then travel south before returning to South Africa, where target species will include Green Tinkerbird, Olive-headed Weaver, Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike, Crab Plover, and if we are extremely lucky, the recently discovered population of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers or “Steppe” Whimbrel, still considered a subspecies of Whimbrel, but distinctly different (and threatened) enough to perhaps qualify for species status in future.

Cost from R39,500 per person sharing

Spaces available: 4