Our March Image of The Month is the stunning Rosy Bee-eater, one of Africa’s most beautiful yet least known bee-eaters. Restricted to infrequently visited parts of Central and West Africa, one of the more reliable places for viewing this splendid species is Gabon’s Lope National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that protects more globally threatened species than any other Congo-biome rainforest reserve.
Our upcoming Gabon – Rainforest Birds & Mammals tour (12th to 25th July 2013, €5,950 (approx. US$7,730) per person sharing, guided by African birding guru David Hoddinott) spends two full days in this fantastic reserve, as well as a fabulous 5 days in the Loango NP, where we will search for some of Africa’s rarest and trickiest species. These include such megas as White-crested Tiger Heron, Congo Serpent Eagle, Vermiculated Fishing Owl, Plumed Guineafowl, Bates’s Nightjar, White-bellied Kingfisher, Black-headed Bee-eater, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide and Eastern Wattled Cuckooshrike! Birds aside, mammal possibilities include Forest Elephant, Forest Buffalo, Red River Hog, Chimpanzee, numerous monkey species and even chances for Western Lowland Gorilla, Mandrill and West African Manatee!
We also offer two exciting extensions as part of our Gabon adventure. Our pre-tour São Tomé & Príncipe Endemics Extension (6th to 12th July 2013, €1,575 (approx. US$2,040) per person sharing) will take us to these tropical, endemic rich islands, where we will seek out São Tomé Ibis, São Tomé Fiscal, Giant Sunbird, Giant Weaver, the bizarre São Tomé Grosbeak and many other endemics.
Our post-tour Ivindo River Martin Extension (26th to 29th July 2013, €930 (approx. US$1,200) per person sharing) then takes us to Ivindo National Park in search of another very special species, the striking African River Martin, with other targets including Gosling’s Apalis, Sjöstedt’s Barred Owlet, Long-tailed Hawk, White-crested Hornbill and the beautiful Blue Cuckooshrike.
We welcome you to join us on this exploration of one of Africa’s least visited yet most rewarding birding and wildlife destinations. For further info please click on the above links to view the respective tour pages on our website, or contact us for further information.