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Angola Birding Tours

Our Angola tours are led by Angola expert Michael Mills and have been the first tours to find all the country's endemics. We've been running Angola tours regularly since our first visit to the country in 2003.

For more than thirty years Angola's highly sought after endemic birds were beyond safe reach. Gladly, things have changed for the better and the country has become a peaceful and safe country to visit. However, few birders and ornithologists have yet wandered through its extraordinary landscapes, and no single person has seen all the nation's endemic species.

Join us and complete your turaco or mousebird sightings with the striking Red-crested Turaco or Red-backed Mousebird. Be one of the first birders to see Swierstra’s Spurfowl, or just enjoy notching up species seen by only a handful of birders: Gabela Helmetshrike, Gabela Bushshrike, White-headed Robin-Chat, Angola Cave Chat, Pulitzer’s Longbill or Gabela Akalat.

Our trip has been newly designed by guide Michael Mills, who was based in Angola following his survey work. Our tour is designed to avoid camping and spend every night at hotels (see our trip reports).

Scroll down to see what previous participants say.

Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.

Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him.

There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).

Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.

2023 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2302)

26 Aug - 13 Sept 19 Leaflet USD click here

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2379)

8 - 26 October 19 Leaflet USD click here

2024 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2402)

21 Aug - 8 Sept 19 Leaflet USD click here

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2479)

12 - 30 September 19 Leaflet USD click here

2025 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2502)

28 Aug - 15 Sept 19 Leaflet USD click here

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2579)

10 - 26 October  19 Leaflet USD click here

2026 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2602)

27 Aug - 16 Sept 19 enquire click here

2027 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2702)

24 Aug - 11 Sept 19 enquire click here

2028 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2802)

3 - 11 August 19 enquire click here

2029 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report

Angola: Comprehensive (BA 2902)

24 Aug - 11 Sept 19 enquire click here

What participants say...

After our Angola 2011 trip, this is what participants had to say:

Probably the best guide in Africa,
U. Toresson

Birding with Michael is as good as it gets,

Excellent guide,
S. Lowe.

Michael Mills by far has the best knowledge of birding/birds in Western Angola. He is an excellent guide and his hearing and knowledge about vocalisations is exceptional..!,
B. Sjölinder

Tents were large and comfortable. Bedrolls were lovely and warm and easy to pack up. Ground staff were friendly and obliging and well organised. Food extremely good., K.D.

After more than 100 tours, this one compared very favourably. Expectations were more than met!

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and world listers. Designed to see all of Angola's endemic birds.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A moderate level of fitness is required. Most walks will be done in cool conditions and will last less than 3-4 hours. The walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional inclines, but some steeper hikes are involved. The longest walk is about 5 km long with some uphill sections and will be taken slowly.
Timing We run our tour before the rains and while birds are breeding.
Climate Warm in the lowlands and warm to cool in the highlands.
Comfort All 18 nights are spent in comfortable hotels.
Transport Several four wheel drive vehicles.
Getting There Please enquire
Group Size Maximum 9 participants.
Top birds Red-crested Turaco, Red-backed Mousebird, Swierstra’s Francolin, Gabela Helmetshrike, Gabela Bushshrike, Monteiro's Bush-Shrike, White-headed Robin-Chat, Angola Cave Chat, Pulitzer’s Longbill and Gabela Akalat and White-fronted Wattle-eye.
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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