Birding Hotspots of a Lifetime

Planning a birding trip? See our recommendations for six birding hotspots around the world that everyone should see.

I need to start with a disclaimer. It’s nearly impossible to pick only six places in the whole world to go birding. And it might be even harder to recommend just one tour company for each place. Birding tourism is really booming. Dozens of companies seem to be popping up, promising you the best vacation of your life, full of jaw-dropping birds.

While I’ve been to only one of these birding hotspots myself (I adore Alaska), I really pulled out all the stops for this story, talking to bird experts and friends from around the country. After much research, I present you with these six great places to go, along with six great companies that can get you there.

If you’re planning a birding adventure, I strongly encourage you to contact some of these companies and see how they might be able to help. Selecting a company to go birding with is much like picking out a new pair of shoes. You can’t go by looks alone; you really have to try them on. I mean, you’re probably looking at spending thousands of dollars for one of these trips. So contact these companies and try them on for size—ask them questions, get their advice, talk to them about what areas you want to visit. Chances are, you’ll figure out the right fit and will soon be on your way to the trip of a lifetime.

South Africa

South Africa is simply one of the best places in the world to watch wildlife. It’s also known for its wonderful diversity of wildflowers, good food, fine wines and friendly people. You won’t want to miss the “big five” of the savannas—lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, Cape buffalo and elephant—but be sure to leave enough time for the country’s 800-plus birds, both coastal and inland.

On a three-week trip, you could easily see 400 to 500 species. Among the many notable ones: rockjumpers, sugarbirds, African penguins, bald ibis, black harriers and orange-breasted sunbirds.

CHECK OUT: If you’re thinking about South Africa, consider the bird tour company based there – Rockjumper Birding Tours. The staff knows the country inside and out, and quite a few other areas as well. Rockjumper does tours all over the world but loves showing people its own backyard.

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    Most wonderful city forever these birding hotspots myself I really pulled out all the stops for this story, talking to bird experts and friends from around the land .

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