Our Gabon – Rainforest Birds & Mammals birding tour takes in the bird-rich Leconi area of south-eastern Gabon, near the border with the Congo, as well as the fabulous Lope and Ivindo National Parks where we will seek a plethora of monkeys, sounders of strikingly patterned Red River Hog, herds of Forest sub-species of African Elephant and Forest sub-species of African Buffalo and troops of Chimpanzee. We even have a chance of seeing Lowland Gorillas and Mandrill!
The birding is equally exceptional, we have a good chance of seeing Africa’s toughest and arguably most attractive bee-eaters – Black-headed and Rosy. Other star species we may see include the rare Bare-cheeked Trogon, Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Fiery-breasted Bushshrike, Shining-blue, Chocolate-backed and African Dwarf Kingfishers, African Finfoot, Black-casqued Hornbill, Finsch's Francolin, Congo Moor Chat, Black-chinned Weaver and both Vermiculated and Pel’s Fishing Owls – to name just a handful!
Congo Serpent Eagle; Long-tailed Hawk; Bare-cheeked Trogon; Fiery-breasted & Gorgeous (Perrin's) Bushshrikes; African Dwarf, White-bellied, Shining Blue & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers; Finsch's Francolin; Congo Moor Chat; Black-chinned Weaver; Fraser's & Akun Eagle-Owls; Red-chested Owlet; Black & Plumed Guineafowls; Bates’s & Brown Nightjars; Black-headed, Black & Rosy Bee-eaters; Black-casqued & White-crested Hornbills; Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill; Yellow-throated & Thick-billed Cuckoos; Sjostedt's Greenbul; Yellow-throated Nicator; Lyre-tailed & Spotted Honeyguides; Gosling's Apalis; Black-collared Bulbul; Red-bellied, Rachel's & Cassin's Malimbes; Hartlaub's Duck; Ja River Scrub Warbler; Woodhouse's Antpecker; Yellow-crested, Elliott's & Gabon Woodpeckers; Yellow-bellied & White-spotted Wattle-eyes; Rufous-bellied Helmetshrike; Blue Cuckooshrike; Violet-backed HyFliota; Black-rumped Buttonquail; Red-throated Cliff Swallow; Black-backed Barbet; Rufous-sided & African Broadbills; Salvadori's Eremomela; Grey & Rock Pratincoles; African Skimmer; Bates's Swift; Violet-tailed & Johanna's Sunbirds; Angolan, Gabon & Fernando Po Batises; White-spotted Flufftail; Gabon Coucal; chances for African River Martin; Eastern Wattled Cuckooshrike; Chestnut-flanked Sparrowhawk; Blue-headed Bee-eater; Latham's (Forest) Francolin.
Forest sub-species of African Elephant and African Buffalo; Red River Hog; Chimpanzee; Side-striped Jackal; Black Colobus; Moustached & Putty-nosed Monkeys; Grey-cheeked Mangabey; Demidorff's Dwarf Galago; chances for Lowland Gorilla; Mandrill; African Palm Civet; Gabon Squirrel Galago.
Lowland and gallery forest, grassland, woodland, rivers
warm and humid
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
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.
basic to comfortable hotels
moderate with some tricky forest species
300 - 320
Magnificent pristine forest, some of the least explored wilderness in Africa
David Hoddinott, with his extensive experience, dedication to the birding task at hand, enthusiasm, and robust sense of humour, was again an excellent lead guide.
Glen was great! His steady, unflappable leadership was the best and he got us on some terrific birds, never stopped trying, always looking. At the same time, he handled logistics very well and always with good humour. His enthusiasm for all things in nature and thoughtful attentiveness to the group made this a special trip.
Andre Bernon did an excellent job as the second guide. We were impressed with his birding capabilities and knowledge, his friendliness and humour, and his dedication as well. We look forward to being guided by him in Ghana next year if things work out as planned.
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