The African continent (separate from Madagascar) supports twenty-two endemic bird families including such iconic species as the prehistoric-looking Shoebill (Balaenicipitidae), Egyptian Plover (Pluvianidae), Rockfowl (Picathartidae), Turacos (Musophagidae), Ground-Hornbills (Bucorvidae), Hyliotas (Hyliotidae), Nicators (Nicatoridae), Dapple-throat and Allies (Buphagidae), Oxpeckers (Buphagidae), and Secretarybird (Sagittariidae). Coupled with these are several more widespread bird groups that are best seen on the African Continent including the Flufftails (Sarothruridae), Finfoots (Heliornithidae), Painted-Snipe (Rostratulidae), and Hamerkop (Scopidae). Over the course of 16-days split across Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania, this novel itinerary will target representatives from all but two of the aforementioned Afrotropical bird families as well as a supporting cast of Upper Guinea, Usambara, and central African forest endemics to boot.  

Top Birds

Shoebill, White-necked Rockfowl, Spot-throat, Egyptian Plover, African Finfoot, White-spotted Flufftail, Great Blue, Ross's and Violet Turacos, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Oriole Warbler, Long-tailed Hawk, Akun Eagle-owl, Ahanta Francolin, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Yellow-footed Honeyguide, Blue-bellied Roller, Usambara Akalat, Red-throated Twinspot, Usambara Weaver, South Pare White-eye, Rosy Bee-eater, Black Dwarf Hornbill, African Piculet, White-headed and Forest Wood Hoopoes, Western Nicator, Little Green Woodpecker, Blue Cuckooshrike, Papyrus and Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Weyn's Weaver, Lesser Jacana, Lesser and Grey-headed Bristlebills, Preuss's Cliff Swallow, Tit-hylia, Kemp's Longbill, Rufous-winged and Blackcap Illadopsis, Violet-backed and Yellow-bellied JHyliotas, Preuss's Weaver, Exclamatory and Togo Paradise Whydahs.

Top Mammals

African Elephant, Mona, Potto, and Patas Monkeys, King Colobus, various forest duikers, Pel's Anomalure.

Habitats Covered

Rainforest, open savannahs, grassland, rivers.

Expected Climate

Hot and humid in some areas, dry and arid in other areas, cooler in the Usambaras.

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader

Tour Pace & Walking




Ease of Birding


Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

Kakum Canopy Walkway.

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

Nigel Redman
JM, Ghana 2020

Mr. Nigel Redman's knowledge of the birds, mammals, and other wildlife was extraordinary. His enthusiasm was contagious, and his pleasant demeanor was a joy to be around. He also was great at looking after the participants' "creature" comforts. I would consider it a privilege to travel someday again with him.

Stephan Lorenz
MR, Ghana 2019

Stephan was great! I would not hesitate to sign up again for another tour with him as leader. He worked really hard to help us find a lot of very tough birds.

Nigel Redman
SH, Ghana 2018

The Rockjumper guide, Nigel Redman, was great.

Local Leader
PE & AS, Ghana 2022

We have just returned from our Ghana trip and I would like to report that we both had an amazing time. Everything went very smoothly and I would like to express our thanks to both our local guide and driver for their patience, dedication and enthusiasm. They worked tirelessly and with a lot of patience to accommodate us in what we were trying find and film with the result that we captured some amazing wildlife shots including a lot of the rarer birds and a vast array of butterflies, bugs, orchids ect. I would without doubt recommend this trip especially with these two at the helm.

André Bernon
RL, Ghana 2019

I loved this tour, Andre was outstanding, very knowledgeable and eager to get everyone on the birds.

Ghana, Uganda & Tanzania - Bird Families 2024

10 Sep 2024 - 25 Sep 2024 (16 days)

USD8,450 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Michael Meidlinger

Tour price (Per person): GBP6,960 * EUR8,000 * AUD13,241

Single Supplement: GBP865 * EUR994 * AUD1,645

Flight costs: GBP815 * EUR937 * AUD1,551

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