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Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles Tours with Birding Africa

No scheduled tours currently, but please Contact Us if you would like us to inform you when we plan one, or if you would like to plan a private trip.

The tropical islands of Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues 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.

Our week-long tour focuses on the land and seabirds of these far-flung islands, as an extension to our popular Madagascar Tour.

The week starts in Mauritius where conservation icons such as Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Kestrel and Echo Parakeet will be our main targets, along with endemic Mauritius Cuckooshrike, Mauritius Bulbul, Mauritius Grey White-eye, Mauritius Olive White-Eye and Mauritius Fody. A boat trip to the famous Round Island will hopefully produce 'Round Island Petrel'.

Good air connections allow us to make an overnight trip to Rodrigues, where the island's two extant endemics - Rodrigues Warbler and Rodrigues Fody - should be tracked down without too much fuss.

Finally we return to Mauritius and continue onwards to Reunion, home to no less than eight endemics. Land birds should include Reunion Harrier, Reunion Cuckooshrike, Reunion Bulbul, Reunion Grey White-eye, Reunion Olive White-eye and Reunion Stonechat and a pelagic trip should turn up Barau's Petrel and, if we are exceptionally fortunate, the enigmatic Mascarene Petrel.

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

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and world listers.
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.
Comfort Moderate to basic comfort in small hotels, guest houses and lodges.
Transport A combination of four-wheel-drives and minibuses
Getting There Please enquire. The trip start in Mauritius and ends in Reunion.
Group Size Please enquire. May vary depending on the tour.
Top birds 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.
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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