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.

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

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
P

André, who escorted us on four drives, is a superb tracker with great knowledge of the reserve and its denizens. He is also an expert on the birdlife of southern Africa and was able to bring the bush to life for us with knowledge of all that we saw.

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.

RS

Adam is an extremely hard working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is able to remain calm and collected under extreme pressure and is always willing to help and assist anyone in need. His ability to find elusive birds for clients is legendary and almost miraculous. He is not feint-hearted and never daunted by challenging circumstances.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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