Sierra Leone is a core West African destination, offering visitors a diverse range of exciting Upper Guinea forest birds and mammals. Rockjumper pioneered this tour during reconnaissance trips in 2005 and then led three successful tours in the course of 2006; these being the first ever birding tours to the country. Sierra Leone’s biologically rich rainforests support no less than 15 of the 16 Upper Guinea endemic bird species, including the fabled White-necked Rockfowl that will form the basis of our tour. Forest specialties abound and we will focus on finding the rare Gola Malimbe, Hartlaub’s Duck, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Sharpe’s Apalis, Kemp’s Longbill, White-breasted Guineafowl and Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, while the wooded savannas are home to the stunning Emerald Starling, Crimson Seedcracker and Turati’s Boubou, to name but a few. Our tour also offers brand new locations for two of the country’s most enigmatic species – Sierra Leone Prinia and Black-headed Rufous Warbler.
White-necked Rockfowl; Gola Malimbe; Sierra Leone Prinia; Black-headed Rufous Warbler; Turati’s Boubou; Crimson Seedcracker; Western Wattled Cuckooshrike; White-breasted Guineafowl; Pel’s & Rufous Fishing Owls; Olive Ibis; Timneh Parrot; Emerald Starling; Green-tailed Bristlebill; Yellow-bearded Greenbul; Sharpe’s Apalis, Copper-tailed Starling; Melancholy Woodpecker; Oriole Warbler; Congo Serpent Eagle; Red-thighed Sparrowhawk; Long-tailed Hawk; Yellow-casqued, Black-casqued, Brown-cheeked, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf & Piping Hornbills; Yellow-billed, Guinea & Great Blue Turacos; White-bibbed Swallow; Egyptian & Forbes’s Plovers; Hartlaub’s Duck; Red-cheeked Wattle-eye; Preuss’s Weaver; Grey-throated Rail; White-tailed Ant Thrush; Shining-blue & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers; Mangrove, Buff-throated & Johanna’s Sunbirds; Fiery-breasted & Many-colored Bushshrikes; Forest Scrub Robin; Puvel’s & Rufous-winged Illadopsis; Capuchin Babbler; Western Bluebill; Forest Francolin; Rufous-sided Broadbill; Black & Blue-moustached Bee-eaters; Violet-backed Hyliota; Dybowski’s Twinspot, Jambandu Indigobird and Togo Paradise Whydah.
Pygmy Hippopotamus; Chimpanzee; King, Western Red, Western Peid & Olive Colobus; Sooty Mangabey; Campbell’s, Diana, Lesser White-nosed & Callithrix Monkeys; Western Tree & Black-necked Rock Hyraxes; Striped Ground, Gambian Sun, Red-legged Sun, Forest Giant, Green Bush & Fire-footed Rope Squirrels.
primary and secondary Upper Guinea forest, broad-leafed woodland, grasslands, wetlands, rice paddies; mangrove swamps, gallery forest.
mostly hot and humid in the rain-forest zone and surrounding lowlands. The moist woodlands and savannas will also be warm to hot but not as humid.
intensive birding experience for the dedicated birder and lister. The tour requires a good level of fitness. Food variation is basic, special dietary requirements are practically impossible to cater for.