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.
Comoros Olive, Comoros Green & Comoros Blue Pigeons; Karthala, Anjouan, Moheli & Mayotte Scops Owls; Comoros Cuckooshrike; Grand Comoro, Crested & Mayotte Drongos; Grand Comoro, Malagasy & Moheli Bulbuls; Malagasy, Anjouan, Grand Comoro & Moheli Brush Warblers; Kirk’s, Mayotte, Malagasy & Karthala White-eyes; Comoros Thrush; Malagasy Harrier; Humblot’s Flycatcher; Humblot’s, Malagasy Green, Anjouan & Mayotte Sunbirds; Comoros & Red Fodies; France’s Sparrowhawk; Crab Plover; Malagasy Turtle Dove; Madagascar Spinetail; Cuckoo Roller; Malagasy Kingfisher; Olive Bee-eater; Greater & Lesser Vasa Parrots; Comoros Blue Vanga; Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher.
rainforest, heath, mudflats, wetlands
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.
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local leader
moderate to tough. We no longer need to hike all the way up and camp on Mount Karthala. 4x4 vehicles will take us most of the way up the mountain, from where we will hike +-3 to 4 kilometres to reach suitable habitat.
basic to comfortable hotels
mostly unchallenging but several difficult nocturnal species
80 - 90
good to very good
I feel so fortunate to have done these islands with Dan Danckwerts who has spent so much time doing research in this part of the world. I love his positive attitude, attention he gives to all clients, and efficiency with all aspects of the trip. We are so pleased to have gotten all of our targets and those special island sub-species. I look forward to traveling with Dan again!
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