Rockjumper’s first Angola birding tour was successfully run in 2004 when the going was rough and we camped everywhere. Nowadays, whilst our overland safari is still 'off-the-beaten-track', there is no more camping. As we seek out all of Angola’s endemic and range restricted birds, our intrepid group can expect to find many species seen by just a handful of birders. Our previous Rockjumper trips to Angola have recorded over 500 bird species, while at the same time making a valuable contribution to the known distribution ranges and even existence of some of the rarest and least known birds in the world!

Our adventure includes the Tundavala escarpment, where cliffs dropping over 1 000m onto the coastal plain below offer some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. Here we will spend our time exploring extensive grasslands, patches of Afro-montane forest and rugged gorges for the striking Angola Cave Chat, Angola Slaty Flycatcher, Oustalet’s and Ludwig’s Double-collared Sunbird and Angolan Waxbill. As a complete contrast, we next venture to the Namib Desert’s gravel plains and stark coastline, where we will seek out a number of near-endemics shared only with neighboring Namibia, including Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Rockrunner, Monteiro’s and Damara Red-billed Hornbills, Gray’s Lark, Bare-cheeked Babbler and Cinderella Waxbill.

Moving on to the fabulous Mount Moco, we will enjoy searching for endemics that include the mythical Swierstra’s Francolin, Margaret’s Batis and Bocage’s Sunbird. Amongst a host of other sought-after species, we will also seek Finsch’s Francolin, Anchieta’s Barbet, Angola Lark, Black-and-rufous Swallow, Lepe Cisticola and Dusky Twinspot. From here we travel to Kumbira Forest near Gabela for three astounding days in this premier birding locality. Our target here is arguably Angola’s most beautiful endemic, the Red-crested Turaco, amid numerous other specialties, including Gabon Coucal, Hartert’s Camaroptera, Gabela Akalat, Pulitzer’s Longbill, Monteiro’s and Gabela Bushshrike and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye. Next we visit the Kinjila area for the remarkable White-headed Robin-Chat and Brazza’s Martin. Thereafter we explore the Damengola area in search of rainforest species including the little known Braun’s Bushshrike. Our final destination will be Kissama National Park, where dry woodland and riparian habitats are host to the exceptionally localized Gabela Helmetshrike, elusive Grey-striped Francolin, Red-backed Mousebird, Bubbling Cisticola, White-fronted Wattle-eye, Angola Batis, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush and Golden-backed Bishop. Our adventure will finally draw to a close as we head back to Luanda after sharing an amazing birding experience!

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.


*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Top Birds

White-headed Robin-Chat; Swierstra’s, Finsch’s & Grey-striped Francolins; Angolan Cave Chat; Braun’s, Gabela & Monteiro’s Bushshrikes; Gabela Helmetshrike; Red-crested Turaco; Gabela Akalat; White-fronted & Yellow-bellied Wattle-eyes; Angola & Margaret’s Batis's; Red-backed Mousebird; Woodhouse's Antpecker; Angola Slaty Flycatcher; Oustalet’s, Ludwig’s Double-collared & Bocage’s Sunbirds; Anchieta’s Barbet; Angola & Benguela Long-billed Larks; Lepe & Bubbling Cisticolas; Gabon Coucal; Hartert’s Camaroptera; Pulitzer’s Longbill; Angolan & Cinderella Waxbills; Dusky Twinspot; Golden-backed Bishop; Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush.

Top Mammals

Blue Monkey, Thick-tailed Greater Galago, Congo Rope Squirrel, Gambian Sun Squirrel

Habitats Covered

dry acacia savanna, desert and semi-desert, montane scarp forest, rainforest, broad-leaved (miombo) woodland, wetlands (dambos), gallery forest (mushitu)

Expected Climate

warm to hot, dry in south, semi-humid further north, rain possible in lowland & montane forests but unlikely during the time frame our tour is run

Max Group Size

7 with 2 Rockjumper leaders

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.

Accommodation

comfortable to good hotels and lodges, some are basic, but clean

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging with a few skulky forest species

Number of Species Expected

+-500

Other Attractions

Tundavala Escarpment, Namib Desert, Calendula Falls, seldom explored forests

Photographic Opportunities

good

Angola - Endemics Overland Adventure 2024

30 Aug 2024 - 16 Sep 2024 (18 days)

USD8,895 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Adam Walleyn

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Tour Leader: Reece Dodd

Tour price (Per person): GBP6,962 * USD8,895 * EUR8,191 * AUD13,359

Single Supplement: GBP564 * USD720 * EUR663 * AUD1,081

Angola - Endemics Overland Adventure (Small Group) 2025

16 Aug 2025 - 02 Sep 2025 (18 days)

USD8,895 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: James Wade Lee

Tour price (Per person): GBP6,962 * USD8,895 * EUR8,191 * AUD13,359

Single Supplement: GBP462 * USD590 * EUR543 * AUD886

Angola - Endemics Overland Adventure (Small Group) 2026

06 Aug 2026 - 23 Aug 2026 (18 days)

USD9,300 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): GBP7,279 * USD9,300 * EUR8,564 * AUD13,967

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