Overview

Our Comoros Tours takes in the 4 volcanic islands of the Comoros archipelago situated off the central-east African coast. They are divided between the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign nation formed by the three islands of Grande Comore, Anjouan, Mohéli and the French overseas department of Mayotte. The vast evergreen forests that once dominated these islands have largely been removed leaving a few remaining pockets of pristine habitat boasting in the region of 24 endemic species (and likely to reach a staggering 40 with further research). The addition of incredible scenery, a series of easily approachable active volcanoes and particularly friendly locals have made these islands an enticing and rewarding experience. We welcome you to join us as we island-hop with binoculars in hand in our quest to find the birds of these heavenly Indian Ocean isles.

Camping is no longer required on this tour. There is also no need to engage in the strenuous hike up and down Mount Karthala. The prevalence of a forest track up the mountain has allowed us to access and return from the primary birding spots in a 4x4 vehicle.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Comoros Olive, Comoros Green & Comoros Blue Pigeons, Karthala, Anjouan, Moheli & Mayotte Scops Owls, Comoros Cuckooshrike, Grand Comoro, Crested & Mayotte Drongos, Grand Comoro & Moheli Bulbul, Malagasy, Anjouan, Grand Comoro and Moheli Brush Warblers, Kirk’s, Mayotte & Karthala White-eyes, Comoros Thrush, Humblot’s Flycatcher, Humblot’s, Anjouan & Mayotte Sunbirds, Comoros Fody, France’s Sparrowhawk, Crab-plover, Malagasy Turtle Dove, Madagascar Spinetail, Cuckoo Roller, Malagasy Kingfisher, Olive Bee-eater, Greater & Lesser Vasa Parrots, Blue Vanga, Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher, Malagasy Bulbul, Malagasy, White-eye, Malagasy Green Sunbird and Red Fody.
Habitats Covered
rainforest, heath, mudflats, wetlands
Expected Climate
variable. Most days at lower altitudes will be hot, dry and sunny, but it is regularly overcast and rainy. Higher altitudes are cool to warm. It may be humid at times.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
medium
Accommodation
basic to comfortable hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging but several difficult nocturnal species
Number of Species Expected
80 - 90
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

LM

Rockjumper's office staff continue with their excellent high level of client services. Prompt, concise and courteous replies are a trade-mark of the Rockjumper staff.

Expert guiding by Keith and Glen Valentine, aided by fabulous local talent, ensured we saw the maximum number of endemics and other birds and mammals. Perhaps more importantly, these two brothers enjoyed their time together and provided a warm, friendly and caring environment in which we all had a good time with lots of laughs, and looked out for each other to ensure everyone got on the birds and did not falter on a tough hike or challenging car ride.

K

Andre, our guide, has such an infectious nature, which had a huge positive effect on our stay. His incredible knowledge of birds was indeed humbling. A birder's paradise and a guide passionate about birds and nature - what more could one ask for?

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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