Overview

Sprinkled on the tropical seas off East Africa are a series of islands where paradise is defined! On our exploration of these idyllic isles, we will search for birds in the most spectacular scenery, be it rugged, forest-clad volcanic peaks, verdant forest patches or white, shell-laden beaches, fringed by warm water and teeming coral reefs. We hope to find over 35 regional endemics, including some of the world’s rarest and most sought-after birds.

We begin our journey on the granitic formation of the Seychelles, which is often thought of as the most beautiful islands in the world. Here we will explore a numbers of the isles to observe some of the planet’s rarest birds, as well as some of the world’s greatest tropical seabird colonies. The fabulous coal-black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Seychelles Scops Owl, Seychelles Magpie-Robin and Seychelles Blue Pigeon are included in this bounty. Nesting seabird colonies showcase hundreds of thousands of Sooty Terns, lesser numbers of Bridled and Fairy Tern, Wedge-tailed and Audubon’s Shearwaters, Great and Lesser Frigatebird, Brown and Lesser Noddy and more than 20,000 White-tailed Tropicbird!

Island wildlife is generally susceptible to extinction and the islands of this area are no exception, with birds like the proverbial and rather unfortunate Dodo serving as stark reminders of Mans’ heavy hand in these sensitive environments. During the opening days of our explorations in Mauritius, we target Mauritius Kestrel, Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Parakeet, all recently snatched back from the jaws of extinction. Highlights include a visit to the dramatic Black River Gorges National Park, a boat trip to search for the rare Trinidade Petrel, and an overnight visit to the far-flung Rodrigues Island for its two endemic landbirds: a warbler and a unique yellow fody.

After the splendors of Mauritius, we visit the French governed Réunion, a rugged volcanic island, rich in land endemics and well-endowed with a range of special sea birds. We will search the tropical waters here for Barau’s and Mascarene Petrel and, whilst ambling forest trails in the footprints of pirates, search for Reunion Cuckoo-shrike, 2 endemic white-eyes and Reunion Bulbul.

Our exploration of these tropical islands is a fantastic birding getaway in its own right and serves as a perfect pre-tour to the Comoros or as an add-on to our Madagascar tours. 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.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Seychelles Scops, Seychelles White-eye, Seychelles Black (Lesser Vasa) Parrot, Seychelles Blue Pigeon, Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Magpie-Robin, Seychelles Warbler, Seychelles Fody, Malagasy Turtle Dove, White-tailed & Red-tailed Tropicbird, Fairy, Roseate, Bridled & Sooty Tern, Lesser & Brown Noddy, Great & Lesser Frigatebird, Yellow Bittern, Crab-plover, Rodrigues Warbler, Rodrigues Fody, Mauritius Kestrel, Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher, Mauritius Olive White-eye, Mauritius Cuckooshrike, Mauritius Bulbul, Mascarene Swiftlet, Mauritius Grey White-eye, Mauritius Fody, Persian & Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Masked & Red-footed Booby, Trinidade, Mascarene & Barau's Petrel, Reunion Grey & Reunion Olive White-eye, Reunion Cuckooshrike, Reunion Bulbul, Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher, Reunion Stonechat, Reunion Harrier.
Top Mammals
Seychelles Flying Fox, Rodrigues Flying Fox
Habitats Covered
tropical islands, rainforest, mudflats, wetlands, agricultural scrub, secondary forest
Expected Climate
tropical, sost days at lower altitudes will be hot, dry and sunny, but expect odd showers. Higher altitudes are cool to warm. It may be humid at times.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable
Accommodation
Good to luxurious
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging a few difficult species
Other Attractions
exquisite food, Cousin, La Digue & Aride Islands, Ornate Day Gecko, Aldabran Giant Tortoises, Round Island Day Gecko,
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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MN

Our questions were always answered with clarity and accuracy. There were no surprises as a result... This trip was a wonderful and unique experience for me. I actually felt renewed and revitalized when it was over. Thanks to everyone for an experience of a lifetime!

MN

I look forward to another RBT tour...you can never go on too many RBT tours.

H

Marius Coetzee is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced safari (field) guides I have met on my more than 30 trips to Africa. His knowledge of the bush and ability to work with his tracker to find animals is unique and appreciated. As an accomplished photographer, Marius knows how to position his vehicle to get the best photograph and has the patience to make sure that his guests see what they need.

This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn't much that we didn't find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

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