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Angola Birdwatching Tour

Angola Birdwatching Tour
When: Sat 5 Sept - Sat 26 Sept 2020
Leaders: Chris Doughty and Errol De Beer
Angola Birdwatching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (22 Days) $19,628
Single Room Supplement $620
Ground Content (ex Luanda) $15,813
Following independence from Portugal in 1975, a long and protracted civil war tore this beautiful country apart. Angola is now at peace, and has been for the past 18 years, and is now actively encouraging tourism. This means that a wealth of mouth-watering African birds are now once more within reach. Almost 1,000 species of birds have been recorded in Angola, of which 18 are endemic, plus a further 28 near-endemic and regional specialities. On this exciting tour we will target all 18 of Angola's endemic birds and all of the regional specialities. The tourism infrastructure continues to improve year by year throughout Angola; this means that for the first time, lodge and hotel accommodation are now available throughout the entire tour, eliminating any need for camping. The road conditions have also improved greatly in the last few years, making Angola a far more comfortable and attractive destination. Angola is one of the least birded countries in the world; we will see birds that very few ornithologists have ever seen, and there is even the possibility of finding a species completely new to science. Angola is a country of great beauty, home to a dazzling array of endemic birds and regional specialities; the Angola of today is, without doubt, one of the 'must-see' travel destinations in Africa, for the dedicated birder. Our Angola birding tour begins in the capital, Luanda, with a late-afternoon visit to the Cuanza River. We then drive to the northern scarp forests in search of the endemic Braun's Bush-Shrike. Continuing our journey southwards, near the impressive Calandula Falls, we will search for the striking and highly localised endemic White-headed Robin-Chat. We then explore the central scarp forests at N'dalatando, where we go birding in dry baobab-euphorbia woodland in search of three endemic birds, Grey-striped Francolin, White-fronted Wattle-eye and Gabela Helmetshrike. We then head southwest to the Kumbira Forest, where endemics like Gabela Bush-Shrike, Red-crested Turaco, Bubbling Cisticola and Hartert's Camaroptera, and the near-endemic Monteiro's Bush-Shrike, should be easily found. More diligent searching, however, will be needed to find the endemic Gabela Akalat and Pulitzer's Longbill. Continuing southwards, in forest patches on Mount Moco we hope to find the unassuming Angola Slaty Flycatcher, Margaret's Batis and the highly localised Bocage's Sunbird. A day's drive into the deserts south of Benguela will give us a completely different set of birds and here we should see Benguela Long-billed and Stark's Larks, as well as other species more typical of neighbouring Namibia. Our final destination will be the spectacularly beautiful Tundavala escarpment, where the endemic Angola Cave Chat should prove to be common. If we are lucky, we may even find the recently rediscovered Swierstra's Francolin.
Come with us an enjoy this Angola birdwatching tour.

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