Overview

Our Egypt – Birding & Antiquities tour is timed to coincide with the peak of the annual bird migration between Africa and Eurasia, when thousands of storks and raptors, waders and a plethora of passing passerines make birdwatching here easy and enjoyable. Even whilst exploring the ancient tombs, we will be ticking off birds etched in life-like detail thousands of years ago! Our itinerary will also take us to sites for resident birds, including Al-Fayoum Oasis, the Eastern and Western Deserts, the Sinai Peninsula, Red Sea islands, Crocodile Island and the great Aswan Dam. Here we will be searching for specials such as Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse, Greater Painted Snipe, Sooty and White-eyed Gulls, Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, Greater Hoopoe-Lark, Nile Valley and Palestine Sunbirds and the beautiful Sinai Rosefinch.

The superb and easy birding, combined with breathtaking antiquities, are augmented by luxurious hotels, a three-day Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor, incredible snorkelling and exciting shopping opportunities, to make this a thoroughly enjoyable tour for both keen birders and non-birding spouses.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Greater Painted-snipe, Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, Greater Hoopoe-Lark, Nile Valley Sunbird, Sinai Rosefinch, Trumpeter Finch, Crowned & Spotted Sandgrouse, White-eyed Gull, migrating raptors
Top Mammals
Red Fox, various bats
Habitats Covered
desert, wadis (dry riverbeds), arid scrubby plains, Nile River and associated wetlands, shoreline and off-shore islands, mountains
Expected Climate
warm and dry conditions with cooler evenings
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leaders / 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
leisurely pace, undemanding walks on flat terrain
Accommodation
comfortable to luxurious
Ease of Birding
relaxed and easy
Number of Species Expected
180
Other Attractions
key Egyptian antiquities, Nile River cruise, coral reef snorkelling, Petra, shopping
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn't much that we didn't find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.

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I am not a twitcher or even a knowledgeable birdwatcher, but I am always keen to see new things. Our ranger André had a huge knowledge of birds. He shared this and more about all the flora and fauna that we came across. He explained about insects and trees as we passed them and didn't fail to answer a question.

The game drives were fantastic, André’s knowledge and attention to detail could certainly be used as the benchmark for all lodges. We were often stopping to wipe away the tears of laughter and the times spent on the drives with André will certainly be remembered. Hats off to you André, you really made our trip!!!

David Hoddinott was an excellent leader. It was obvious he had devoted a lot of preparation time studying the birds and learning their vocalizations. I was very impressed with his knowledge. I’d love to go on another tour with him some day.

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