Rockjumper’s first Angola birding tour was successfully run in 2004, and we are now able to offer the most comprehensive Angolan birdwatching trip available. Our overland safari is an “off-the-beaten-track” camping expedition for those with a sense of adventure and the willingness to journey where few birders have previously ventured! We will cover all the major habitats and birding sites of Angola – from the parched Namib Desert to misty Afro-montane scarp forests, rainforest and Miombo woodlands.As we seek out all of Angola’s endemic and range restricted birds, our intrepid group can expect to find many species seen by just a handful of birders. Our previous Rockjumper trips to Angola have recorded over 500 bird species, while at the same time making a valuable contribution to the known distribution ranges and even existence of some of the rarest and least known birds in the world! Our adventure includes the Tundavala escarpment, where cliffs dropping over 1000m onto the coastal plain below offer some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa. Here we will spend our time exploring extensive grasslands, patches of Afro-montane forest and rugged gorges for the striking Angola Cave Chat, Angola Slaty Flycatcher, Oustalet’s and Ludwig’s Double-collared Sunbird and Angolan Waxbill. As a complete contrast, we next venture to the Namib Desert’s gravel plains and stark coastline, where we will seek out a number of near-endemics shared only with neighboring Namibia, including Hartlaub’s Spurfowl, Rosy-faced Lovebird, Rockrunner, Monteiro’s and Damara Red-billed Hornbill, Benguela Long-billed and Gray’s Lark, Bare-cheeked Babbler and Cinderella Waxbill. Moving on to the fabulous Mount Moco, we will enjoy two full days searching for endemics that include the mythical Swierstra’s Francolin, Margaret’s Batis and Bocage’s Sunbird. Amongst a host of other sought-after species, we will also seek Finsch’s Francolin, Anchieta’s Barbet, Angola Lark, Black-and-rufous Swallow, Lepe Cisticola and Dusky Twinspot. From here we travel to Kumbira Forest near Gabela for three astounding days in this premier birding locality. Our target here is arguably Angola’s most beautiful endemic, the Red-crested Turaco, amid numerous other specialties, including Gabon Coucal, Hartert’s Camaroptera, Gabela Akalat, Pulitzer’s Longbill, Monteiro’s and Gabela Bushshrike and Yellow-bellied Wattle-eye. Next we visit the Kinjila area for the remarkable White-headed Robin-Chat and Brazza’s Martin. Thereafter we explore the Damengola area in search of rainforest species including the little known Braun’s Bushshrike. Our final destination will be Kissama National Park, where dry woodland and riparian habitats are host to the exceptionally localized Gabela Helmetshrike, elusive Grey-striped Francolin, Red-backed Mousebird, Bubbling Cisticola, White-fronted Wattle-eye, Angola Batis, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush and Golden-backed Bishop. Our adventure will finally draw to a close as we head back to Luanda after sharing an amazing birding experience! Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
White-headed Robin-Chat, Swierstra’s, Finsch’s & Grey-striped Francolin, Angola Cave Chat, Braun’s, Gabela & Monteiro’s Bushshrike, Gabela Helmetshrike, Red-crested Turaco, Gabela Akalat, White-fronted Wattle-eye, Angola & Margaret’s Batis, Red-backed Mousebird, Angola Slaty Flycatcher, Oustalet’s, Ludwig’s Double-collared & Bocage’s Sunbird, Anchieta’s Barbet, Angola & Benguela Long-billed Lark, Lepe & Bubbling Cisticola, Gabon Coucal, Hartert’s Camaroptera, Pulitzer’s Longbill, Angolan & Cinderella Waxbill, Dusky Twinspot, Golden-backed Bishop, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush
dry acacia savanna, desert and semi-desert, montane scarp forest, rainforest, broad-leaved (miombo) woodland, wetlands (dambos), gallery forest (mushitu)
warm to hot, dry in south, semi-humid further north, rain possible in lowland & montane forests but unlikely during the time frame our tour is run
Moderate to brisk
Tundavala Escarpment, Namib Desert, Calendula Falls, seldom explored forests