Tours for 2020 & 2021
Birders Rest Far and Wide offers the following:
1. Sulawesi and Halmahera
26 June to 13 July 2020
Following the tours which Carol and I put together between 2015 and 2017 in conjunction with Ecolodges Indonesia, this is for me a new part of the country on the east side of Wallace’s Line. These are two strangely shaped islands still well off the usual tourist route in Indonesia. We will be using Malia Tours as ground agents and one of their team will act as our local guide throughout the tour. There are a remarkable number of endemic birds and we may see mammals like Tarsier and Sulawesi Crested Macaque. So far there is myself and one other person booked. We will probably go with 4 but 6 would be better. Dates and prices are now fixed so let me know if you’d like to join us.
2. North Peru
25 August to 14 September with optional pre-tour and extension
This has become a familiar and much loved tour to one of the most bird-rich countries in the world. This will be my 9th tour, travelling from Tarapoto in the eastern foothills westwards across the Andes to the coast near Chiclayo. I have one keen person eager to find some fellow-travellers for this tour. The North Peru Birding Route, as it is called, has so many productive sites that I can make changes to the itinerary so as to include new places for anyone keen to come for a second time.
3. North and West Madagascar
24 October to 14 November + 2 optional extensions
After 3 prior visits to this unique country, I took a tour here in 2018 with 6 former Peru tour participants. The success of that tour prompts me to go again but this time the itinerary (and the optional extensions) goes to some sites which are less familiar and offer some opportunities to see some seldom seen birds and mammals. The higher cost than last year reflects these new places, it will be well worth it. I am hoping for a group of 6 (like last time) as this will keep the cost down.
4. Sangha Lodge, Central African Republic
(provisionally) 2 to 9 May 2021
This is a new idea for the most adventurous of you, a location not (as far as I know) offered by the major tour companies. Full details are on the sheet attached. I have taken over the organising of this from Hugh Buck who sadly passed away in April. If what you read appeals to you, I have a list of the speciality birds and a full list of mammals of the area. This is just a one-location, 8-day trip so could link up with 1 or 2 other destinations, perhaps Kenya, as we will pass through Nairobi. Hugh had some interested people when dates were provisionally set both in 2017 and in 2018.