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.
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.
African Elephant, Mona, Potto, and Patas Monkeys, King Colobus, various forest duikers, Pel's Anomalure.
Rainforest, open savannahs, grassland, rivers.
Hot and humid in some areas, dry and arid in other areas, cooler in the Usambaras.
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader
Kakum Canopy Walkway.
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 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.
The Rockjumper guide, Nigel Redman, was great.
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.
I loved this tour, Andre was outstanding, very knowledgeable and eager to get everyone on the birds.
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