Rockjumper Birding Tours proudly offers quality birding adventures, expertly guided by our passionate and experienced professional tour leaders. Our 300 scheduled tours annually explore the world’s prime birding areas, and our private tour department can custom design your dream birding vacation. We seek to deliver the ultimate birding experience by ensuring our tours are seamlessly arranged, fun, educational and support conservation initiatives. Our excellent value for money offerings are enhanced by our unrivalled customer loyalty program.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Rockjumper family so you can experience for yourself why our people return for tour after tour with us.
Rockjumper tours are designed for birders and nature enthusiasts, and the pace and emphasis varies from tour to tour. Some are designed to maximize the bird species seen, while others are more about pace and amplifying a particular experience. For example, tours like Cape Wildflowers or South Africa Birding, Wine & Big Game, are about saturating ourselves in what South Africa is all about. While our Colombia 1000 Birds Mega trip is about trying to see as many birds as possible in an exceptionally bird-rich country. Nestled between these ends of the tour spectrum rest the balance of our tours, designed to maximize the birding experience without feeling rushed. And we make a point to include salient highlights in each region, be it the Taj Mahal and Tigers of India, Jaguars and Giant Otters in Brazil, or the Sphinx and Pyramids in Egypt. And we offer an even wider array of trips through our sister companies.
Bird Tour Leaders
Rockjumper trip leaders are passionate nature enthusiasts, and accomplished tour coordinators who find real joy in sharing outdoor experiences with others. With expert staff spread across the globe, we provide only the best guides for the tour of your choice. If you wish to discover the world, see new birds, and have a ton of fun, roll with Rockjumper. Our leaders possess superb field skills, and take particular pride in being personable, professional, and dedicated to delivering a fun, educational, and unforgettable experience.
Our office team, based in Hilton, South Africa, is now working out of a new building designed specifically for Rockjumper Birding Tours. Run nearly entirely using clean/green energy, the Rockjumper office staff is exceptionally proficient at smoothly and expertly orchestrating the complex arrangements required for group travel in remote areas. Your questions are answered in a friendly and detailed manner, so booking with us is a pleasure. We do our utmost to ensure all your requirements and requests are met; whether before, during or after your tour with us.
Rockjumper tour prices and booking conditions represent excellent, perhaps unparalleled value. Though not always (but often) the least expensive, it is important to compare exactly what you are getting, especially when dealing with low cost or local operators. Firstly, Rockjumper guides are steeped in a strong guiding tradition, expertly trained with the ability to orchestrate smooth and worry-free trips, while also providing a global context for the wildlife you see on tour. The service of a professional tour leader can make or break your vacation, especially in countries where even simple travel may present challenges. Our guides understand what you want in a tour experience.
When it comes to prices, and constantly fluctuating exchange rates, (including costs for single supplements and approximate domestic flights (if applicable)), we now fix the price in the currency in which we are quoted for that particular tour. The actual cost in US$ (where this is not the fixed currency) is adjusted according to the prevailing exchange rate at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour). We also, on request, invoice in GBP and Euro. This amount, however, is converted to the equivalent US$ value when making final payment. (Please note: while approximate flight and single supplement rates are converted to US$ for the purposes of our brochure, the above still applies for invoicing purposes and these conversions are subject to exchange rate movements). And note that even though domestic flight costs are quoted separately, the Rockjumper office books these flights for you, at no extra charge. Our booking terms and conditions are among the best in the market, and we accept payment by credit card, wire transfer and check.
Leader to Guest Ratio
Tour group with a local leader (far left) and tour leader, George Armistead (far right)
Our leader to guest ratio is among the best in the industry and most of our tours have a maximum of eight participants, providing RJ guests a personalized tour experience. For some destinations, larger groups are necessary, and on these tours we provide two leaders with an absolute maximum of 14 participants. The only exception to this is on some ship cruises where larger groups are the norm, with field trips in small groups, and meals being festive, social occasions.
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
The taxonomy and nomenclature we use is based on the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) list as published by Gill & Wright, and accepted by almost all ornithological councils and authorities. The IOC list is more regularly updated and is generally regarded as more scientifically accurate than any other world list. Our checklists detail deviations by other major world lists and fieldguides, and we are happy to provide checklists in advance of your tour. Mammal, reptile, amphibian and botanical names follow the leading reference works for the region concerned.
Our customer loyalty program is robust, providing a 10% discount (limited to US$600) on every 5th full (14-day or longer) tour booked with Rockjumper. We also give a US$300 discount to anyone who signs up for two back-to-back, full Rockjumper tours (excluding Essential tours). This is designed to assist guests who wish to travel for longer periods and make the most of expensive flights to distant parts of the world. We also offer a number of other timely deals and specials, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter and email blast to learn about these unique offerings.