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Indian Ocean Islands Tours

Our itinerary has been designed to offer a unique opportunity to see virtually all non-Madagascar endemic birds of the western Indian Ocean Islands - the Comoros; including Mayotte, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles. The Mascarenes Isles consist of Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues and are perhaps most famous for their extinct birds - Dodo and Solitaire. However, due to ongoing conservation efforts we have the privilege of seeing the special birds that have escaped a similar fate.

The Comoros, Mascarenes and Seychelles Islands offer a total of more than 50 bird endemics, plus impressive seabird spectacles, spectacular landscapes, unique plants and varied cultures, offering ample for both the world lister and more generalist birders. This trip has a strong focus on watching birds, but there are opportunities too for some mammal watching and very good chances for photography. We will also take a few pelagic/seabird trips.

The tour runs conveniently back-to-back with our Remote Madagascar Tour, allowing you to make the most of being in the region already by extending your birding holiday.

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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.

2022 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report
Indian Ocean Islands: Comores (BA2210)
23 - 31 October 10 Leaflet USD download PDF
Indian Ocean Islands: Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles (BA2209)
1 - 11 Nov 11 Leaflet USD download PDF
Madagascar 14 Nov - 5 Dec 23 enquire enquire

2026 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Leaflet Tour report
Indian Ocean Islands: Comores (BA2610) 23 - 31 October 10 Leaflet USD download PDF
Indian Ocean Islands: Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles (BA2609) 1 - 11 Nov 11 Leaflet USD download PDF
Madagascar 14 Nov - 5 Dec 23 enquire enquire

Mauritius Olive White-eye © Mike Buckham
Mauritius Olive White-eye

Volcanic in origin, the Comoros are mostly quite mountainous © Claire Spottiswoode

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to focus on birds, but while on the walks we may also look for other aspects of wildlife. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
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.
Timing Various times. Please enquire.
Climate Warm to hot.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport A combination of local air travel, minibus and/or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size Limited to 9 participants.
Top birds Comoros: Comoros Blue Vanga, Humblot's Sunbird, Moheli Scops Owl, Karthala Scops Owl, Karthala White-eye.
Mauritius: Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Kestrel, Echo Parakeet, Mauritius Cuckooshrike, Mauritius Bulbul, Mauritius Grey White-eye, Mauritius Olive White-eye, Mauritius Fody.
Rodrigues: Rodrigues Warbler, Rodrigues Fody. Reunion: Mascarene Petrel, Barau's Petrel, Reunion Harrier, Reunion Cuckooshrike, Reunion Bulbul, Reunion Grey White-eye, Reunion Olive White-eye, Reunion Stonechat.
Top mammals
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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