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nubian nightjar
Nubian Nightjar

SAUDI ARABIA  13 - 21 APRIL 2024     GUARANTEED DEPARTURE!
It's not even on the birders map yet but Saudi Arabia provides some awesome birding - and we're off! From the deserts north of Riyadh where Arabian Lark resides to the far south-west mountains, prepare to be amazed by what Saudi has to offer. The main targets in the mountains are  Philby's Partridge, Arabian Woodpecker, Buff-breasted Wheatear, Yemen Thrush, Yemen Warbler, Asir Magpie, Arabian Golden Sparrow, Arabian Waxbill, Arabian Serin, Yemen Serin, Yemen Linnet and Arabian Grosbeak. There's a fine supporting cast such as Goliath heron, Harlequin & Small Buttonquails, White-eyed Gull, White-cheeked & Saunders's Terns, Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, Crab-Plover, Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Plain, Nubian & Abyssinian Nightjars, Dusky Turtle-Dove, Olive Pigeon, White-browed Coucal, Thick-billed & Rufous-capped Larks, African Stonechat, Black Scrub-Robin, African Pipit, Brown Woodland Warbler, Little Rock-Thrush and many more. We will have a couple of departures to this seldom-visited destination during 2023 - so let's go birding! Please email our office to register your interest.    
Tour info here -
SAUDI ARABIA

Corsican Nuthatch
Corsican Nuthatch

NEW TOUR: CORSICA HOUSE PARTY & NORTHERN MOROCCO  APRIL/MAY 2024
And now for something a little different! Again!! On this unique tour we visit the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica for. another of our infamous House Parties! Staying in a private villa with our very own chef, and all that free wine and beer with dinner!! We're mainly here to see the 2 endemics - Corsican Nuthatch and Corsican Citril Finch. Along with those two megas we are also targetting Marmora's Warbler and Moltoni's Warbler, but there's plenty of other great birds and fantaastic scenery to keep us occupied. Moving across the Med to northern Morocco we will be looking for some very special birds you don's usually see on a 'regular' winter Morocco tour. First and rarest of all is Andalusian Hemipode - one of the rarest birds in the Western Palearctic. Following this we are looking for Maghreb Owl )now split from Tawny Owl), Atlas Flycatcher (split from Pied Flycatcher) and Marsh Owl, a species that just has a toehold in this quiet corner of Morocco. But there's several other great birds we can see including Barbary Partirdge, Double-spurred Francolin, Moussier's Redstart, African Blue Tit, African Chaffinch and Maghreb Magpie amongst others.
FULL ITINERARY HERE

Thee Ain Ancient Village
Thee Ain Ancient Village

NEW BLOG POST:

We've composed a new blog post about the different habitats to be explored during our Saudi Arabia tour. It's not just sand and desert in The Kingdom! Just take a look at our blog to see....

You can view the Zoothera Blog here - ZOOTHERA BIRDING BLOG

SEE-SEE PARTRIDGE
See-See Partridge

NEW TOUR: SOUTH-EAST TURKEY  MAY 2024
This GUARANTEED DEPARTURE only has 1 space left. There's nowhere else like it in the Western Palearctic and if you fancy 8 full days birding in the sunshine with wall-to-wall birds then this is the tour for you. There's a mouth-watering selection of great birds such as Caspian Snowcock, See-See Partridge, Pallid Scops Owl, Kruper's Nuthatch, Western & Eastern Rock Nuthatches, Bimaculated Lark, Ménétries's, Upchers & Olive-tree Warblers, Finsch's Wheatear, Dead Sea Sparrow, Radde's Accentor, Pale Rock Sparrow, Desert Finch,  Asian Crimson-winged Finch, White-winged Snowfinch, Red-fronted `Serin and much more. There's bound to be some great migrants too and who knows what else we can find?FULL ITINERARY HERE

Uluguru Bushshrike
Uluguru Bushshrike

NEW TOUR: TANZANIA'S EASTERN ARC MOUNTAINS JULY/AUGUST 2024
And now for something a little different! The Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania are home to a whole host of endemic, rare and extremely localised species. Our journed takes us from the South Pare Mountains. to the East & West Usambaras, Uluguru Mountains and ends at the Ukaguru Mountains. During our 15 nights on the main tour we will camp for 6 (with our own ground crew) in some of the remotest places in Africa. We know camping is not everyone's cup of tea but it is utterly essential and unavoidable in this region, in order to reach the birding sites and try to find the endemics & specialities. Either side of the camping we have tried our utmost to have reasonable accommodation and be as comfortable as possible. But it really will be worth it  as we search for such special birds as Livingstone's Turaco, Böhms Bee-eater, Uluguru Bushshrike, Sharpe's Akalat, Winifred's & Rubeho Warbler, Long-billed Forest Warbler, Spot-throat, Olive-flanked Ground-Robin, Usambara Weaver and so much more. We've also an extension to Pemba Island for 4 more endemics:Pemba Scops-Owl, Pemba Green Pigeon, Pemba White-eye and Pemba Sunbird, plus Dickinson's Kestrel and Crab-Plover.
We are doing a special 2024 price of £4750.00 on the main tour for a group of just 5 birders.

And it's a GUARANTEED DEPARTURE.     FULL ITINERARY HERE

oriental plover
Oriental Plover

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE!     MONGOLIA - MAY 2024       
So, at long last we are heading to Mongolia. This vast open wilderness is home to White-naped Crane, Oriental Plover, Pallas's Sandgrouse, Mongolian Ground Jay, Relict Gull, Azure Tit, Kozlov's Accentor, and so much more! Oh and we will try and find Black-billed Capercaillie too! So why not join us for a true birding adventure?  Tour info here - Mongolia    

Brasilian Merganser
Brasilian Merganser

CENTRAL BRAZIL:     SEPTEMBER 2024
GUARANTEED DEPARTURE. Brazil really is the gift that keeps on giving. Our exciting Central Brazil birding adventure aims to fill in the gaps between your other visits to this amazing country targetting some of the rarest species on the planet. We will be visiting the seldom-visited states of Tocantins and Minas Gerais in our exploration of the more unknown regions of this fabulous birding destination. There's a feast of lifers awaiting and some iconic and rare species such as White-browed Guan, Brasilian Merganser, Ocellated and Russet-crowned Crakes, Blue-eyed Ground-Dove (only rediscovered in 2015), Hyacinth Visorbearer, Outcrop Sabrewing, Diamantina Sabrewing, Cipo Canastero, Cipo Cinclodes, Serra Antwren, Cock-tailed Tyrant, and even Maned Wolf and Giant Anteater.  Tour info here - CENTRAL BRAZIL 2024

arabian grosbeak
Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak

SOUTHERN OMAN BIRDERS SPECIAL MARCH 2024 
Fancy a cheeky away in the sun. Somewhere warm, with good food, a one-centre trip, and great birding? Well, Southern Oman ticks all of the boxes. With Arabian specialities such as Arabian Partridge, Arabian Scops Owl, Arabian Eagle Owl, Desert Owl, Arabian Wheatear, Arabian Sunbird, Arabian Grosbeak and Yemen Serin. Other goodies include Sand Partridge, Socotra Cormorant, Masked Booby, Verreaux's Eagle, Cream-colooured Courser, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Sooty Gull, White-cheeked Tern, Hypocolius, Nile Valley Sunbird, Turkestan Shrike, Palestine Sunbird, and much more. And there's a pelagic thrown in as well. We've a brilliant track record of finding rarities with several new birds for Oman discovered during our previous 7 tours. And this is the start of spring migration too. No-one knows Oman better than us! Let's go birding!

Tour info here - Southern Oman Birders Special    

golden-backed mountain-tanager
Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager

NEW TOUR: Central Peru  September 2025
We've sneeked another new tour into our programme for next year, this time to the endemic-rich region of Central Peru. You might have already visited the north for spatuletail etc, and been to the amazing Manu, but the bit in between has more endemics. It's not an easy tour but the rewards (as they say) are extremely rewarding as we visit Lake Junin, Bosque Unchog, Huascaran National Park, the famous Satipo Road, Marcapomacocha and Santa Eulalia Valley for a mouthwatering list of really crazy, rare, endemic and extremely localised birds. And even a few as yet undescribed species too! How about seeing this awesome Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager (right)? And there's also Junin Grebe, Junin (Black) Rail, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Cloud-forest Screech-Owl, Bay and Chestnut Antpittas, White-cheeked and Bay-vented Cotingas, Pardusco, Rufous-browed Warbling-Finch, Black-spectacled Brushfinch, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and so much more.  See the full itinerary here - Central Peru 2025

swinhoe's storm petrel
Swinhoe's Storm Petrel

OMAN NOVEMBER 2023 TOUR 
Well we finally did it. We've seen Omani Owl in northern Oman. For some reason they were vocal and inquisitive for the first time in several years, and showing pretty well. And this was probably our most successful tour ever to this amazing country. Amongst many tour highlights we enjoyed Arabian Partridge, Desert Owl, Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Jouanin's Petrel, Persian Shearwater, Crested Honey Buzzard, stunning Pallid Harriers, Great Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, White-tailed Lapwing, a flock of 17 Sociable Lapwings, 50+ Cream-coloured Coursers in one day, Crowned Sandgrouse, Red-billed Tropicbird, Lanner, Arabian Eagle Owl, Arabian Scops Owl, Pallid Scops Owl, Egyptian Nightjar, Oriental Turtle Dove, Asian Koel, Bluethroat, Forbes-Watson's Swift, Forest Wagtail, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Menetries's Warbler, Upcher's Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-throated Pipit, Yemen Serin, Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak, Rose-coloured Starling, Ortolan Bunting and so much more... Can't wait to return next year....

Our next tour to this fabulous birding destination is in January 2024. View the itinerary here - Southern Oman Birders Special    

blue-throated hillstar
Blue-throated Hillstar - only discovered in 2017

SOUTHERN ECUADOR
It has been a pretty busy summer for us with tours to Uganda, Colombia and most recently Southern Ecuador. Ecuador was a truly great tour and we'll post updates soon. Of course, it was all about seeing Jocotoco Antpitta, a species only discovered in 1997. And what a bird! But more of that later. As you can see we also had crippling views of the mega Blue-throated Hillstar, a species discovered 20 years after the antpitta! We've been updating the Zoothera Blog with a daily diary, as well as social media updates on Twitter and Facebook that you can check out. And we will be repeating this tour in December 2024 if you want to get in on the action.

Tour info here - Southern Ecuador    
View Tour Photos here - Southern Ecuador Photo Album
Tour Report here - Southern Ecuador Tour Report 2023

Southern Royal Albatross
Snowy Wandering Albatross

EPIC CAPE HORN & STRAITS OF MAGELLAN CRUISE - FEBRUARY 2023 & 2024      
Well our tour has concluded with a few days birding at Ceibas seeing species such as Spotted Nothura, Giant Wood-Rail, Ringed Teal, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Short-billed Canastero, Little Thornbird, Brown Cachalote, Brown-and-Yellow Marshbird, Yellowish Pipit, Lark-like Brushrunner, Curve-billed & Sulphur-bearded Reedhaunters, Warbling Doradito, White-tipped Plantcutter, Marsh, Rufous-rumped & Dark-throated Seedeaters and Glaucous-blue Grosbeak amongst many others. It's been truly epic in many ways and we've all agreed it's undoubtedly the best way to see so many seabirds, albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters & storm-petrels. You should try it for yourself!

We have prepared a short summary of what you can expect from this rather unique tour that is an amazing pelagic experience with up to 11 species of albatross and 30 species of tubenose possible.  Just follow the link here for a little taster: Epic Cape Horn Tour in Pictures

Please email our office to register your interest. You can view our photo gallery here - Epic Cape Horn Cruise Photo Gallery 2023

And the 2023 trip report is here: Epic Cape Horn Cruise Tour Report 2023

Tour info here - Cape Horn Cruise    

white-headed petrel
The 1st White-headed Petrel for Chile!

EPIC CAPE HORN & STRAITRS OF MAGELLAN CRUISE - FEBRUARY 2023       

Our current Cape Horn Cruise aboard a fully working cruise ship is exceeding all of our expectations. So far we have found the first documented White-headed Petrel for Chile, as well as what we think maybe the first Gould's Petrel for Chile. Add to this Pincoya, White-faced and Grey-Backed Storm-Petrels, Soft-plumaged & Grey Petrels, Masatierra Petrel sitting on the deck of our ship, There's been 9 species of albatross so far including Chatham & Sooty Albatross and more! Just to give you an idea of the outstanding potential of seabirds on offer, here is our log from 07:15 - 12;30 of Day 4:

1000+ Sooty Shearwater 
18 Pink-footed Shearwater
1 Manx Shearwater
8 Westland Petrel
34 White-chinned Petrel
64 Westland/White-chinned Petrels
260 Fuegian Storm-Petrel
1 Grey-backed Storm-Petrel…..!!!!!
4 White-faced Storm-Petrel
30 Southern Giant Petrel
6 Northern Giant Petrel
70 Giant Petrel sp.
27 Stejneger’s Petrel
1 Juan Fernandez Petrel
1 Gould’s Petrel 
8 Chilean Skua
2 Common Diving-Petrel
22 Snowy Wandering Albatross 
2 Antipodean Wandering Albatross 
17 Salvin’s Albatross 
147 Black-browed Albatross 
2 Grey-headed Albatross 
6 Southern Royal Albatross 
2 Northern Royal Albatross 
6 Imperial Shag

Currently outside cabins with a window are starting from £1400.00 per person sharing a cabin.

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - Cape Horn Cruise

GOLDEN PARAKEET
Golden Parakeet

BRAZIL: MANAUS & AMAZONIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR REPORT 2022  

The tour report from this incredibly successful tour is now available to read. There's just too many highlights but nothing really beats the Golden Parakeets (right) we saw at Amazonia National Park. So take a look at the trip report here - Manaus Tour Report 2022

 

grey-tailed tattler
Grey-tailed Tattler - 1st for Oman

OMAN - FEBRUARY TOUR 2022:
More HOT NEWS from our incredibly successful Oman tour that has just finished. We discovered the 1st Grey-tailed Tattler for this amazing country. It's a common bird across much of Asia, with the closest regular wintering birds being found in Thailand. But it mainly winters from Taiwan, Malay Peninsula and Philippines through Indonesia, New Guinea and Solomon Islands to Australia, with a few reaching New Zealand. So this bird has decided to take the opposite route...! The photo dondoesn't t really do it justice because of the distance at which it was feeding and odd light caused by the setting sun but there's no doubt what it is. Result!

This is the third tour we have run to Oman in 3 months and we found the 1st Banded Martin, 1st Grey-tailed Tattler, 7th Blyth's Reed Warbler and 4th Dalmatian Pelican. Not too shabby! And we just can't wait to return in November this year. Who knows what we will find?

OMAN NOVEMBER 2022 TOUR INFO HERE

Scotland Birding Group
Scotland Birding Group

SCOTLAND HOUSE PARTY TOUR 2021:
What a week we had in Scotland! There was  White-winged Scoter, drake King Eider, flocks of Velvet Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks, Black Grouse lekking, Parrot, Common and Scottish Crossbills, flocks of Barnacle Geese, delightful Crested Tits, Red Squirrels and so much more. Add to this fantastic scenery and a great place to stay. Oh yes, the long winter evenings were enlivened by slideshows, quizzes and copious amounts of food and drink. Probably doing a quiz during cocktail evening was a mistake I grant you but it was so much fun!  We had a truly fabulous time and we all left a little heavier from the great meals provided by Lynzi & Carol. Thank you to everyone who took part and has supported myself and Zoothera all these years. Hopefully the world will return to normal in 2022 and we can all travel safely once more.

We will repeat the success of this trip again in the future. Maybe in Norfolk (winter) or Cornwall (October) or Yorkshire (in September) so more people can sample the famous Zoothera hospitality.... and great birding too! Stay tuned........

Our Oman group have just had amazing views of a calling Desert Owl.....

Grey Hypocolius
Banded Martin

HOT NEWS FROM OMAN:
On a scouting trip prior to our Oman tour at the end of November, we discovered a Banded Martin feeding amongst a congregation of over 5,000 Barn Swallows at Sawhnaut Farm, Salalah. This constitutes the 1st record for Oman. On top of that we also found the 7th Blyth's Reed Warbler for Oman as well. 

 We will be posting new dates for November 2022 soon. Please email our office to register your interest.  

You can have a look at Nick's trip[ repor here - Oman Nov 2021 Tour Report

 Tour info here - Oman Birding Adventure Info

connecticut warbler
Connecticut Warbler

NEW TRIP REPORTS...!!!
If you fancy a little light reading then why not check out two new trip reports from Nick's month-long journey across Mexico and the USA in June/July this year. Just click on the links below.

Mexico Coast to Coast Trip Report

Epic Mid-West USA Clean-Up trip Report

One of the major reasons for going to Yunnan is to see the charismatic Red-tailed Laughingthrush. The good news is that is is rather common and easily seen at several locations.

You can see more tour videos on our Tour Video Page.

slender-billed scimitar-babbler
Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler

Our Yunnan tour is rocking! Zixi Shan was a great place to start with Yunnan & Giant Nuthatches and Spectacled Fulvetta all showing well. The hides at Baihualing were phenomenal this year with such iconic birds as Mrs Hume's Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Mountain Bamboo-Partridge, Moustached Laughingthrush (right), Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler, Himalayan Thrush (right), White's Thrush, numerous Long-tailed Thrushes,  Chestnut-headed Tesia, Scarlet Finch, and so much more! When you consider there can be 40 species being seen from each hide then the experience is quite breathtaking. The tour moved on to Laifengshan where Slender-billed Oriole and flocks of Tibetan Serins were see. Nabang was also quite good with Jerdon's Baza, Pale-headed Woodpecker seen well, Grey-headed,  Rufous-headed and Pale-billed Parrotbills, and even a pair of Ibisbill. The new hotspot of Hongbenghe exceeded all expectations and from the hides we saw Blue-naped and Rusty-naped Pittas, 2 Grey Peacock-Pheasants, Spot-breasted and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes, numerous Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar-Babblers, Silver-breasted Broadbill, and so much more. Yunnan continues to delight and enthrall in equal measure, providing unparallelled opportunities to observe some of Asia's rarest and shyest species at close quarters. See our next Yunnan tour itinerary here - Yunnan 2021.

We are busy uploading a series of videos from our recent Yunnan tour. You can see more on our Tour Video page or on our YouTube site. As a taster, here's a short video of a cracking Grey Peacock-Pheasant we took during the tour from one of the amazing feeding stations at Hongbenghe. You can also view our next Yunnan tour here - Yunnan 2021

undulated antpitta
Undulated Antpitta

Our Colombia - Andes & Santa Marta tour has just finished with over 550 species seen including 12 antpittas and 70 hummingbirds amongst a mouth-watering selection of other iconic South American birds. Our tour followed a special route across the majestic Andes beginning with a number of sites around Bogota seeing Bogota Rail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Blue-throated and Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-browed Conebill, Silvery-throated Spinetail, White-chinned Thistletail, Spillmann's Tapaculo, Plushcap, and more! Moving on to Otun-Quimbaya we were treated to Colombian Screech-Owl, Hooded & Moustached Antpittas, and Multicoloured Tanager for some. Montezuma and the fabled forests of Tatama National Park held numerous flocks with such iconic birds as Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Gold-ringed, Purplish-Mantled, Rufous-throated & Black-and-gold Tanagers, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Munchique Wood Wren, Olive Finch, Crested Ant-Tanager etc. The hummer feeders at the lodge were mind-boggling with Rufous-gaped Hillstar, Green Thorntail and Empress Brilliant being stand-out birds. Rio Blanco was next up and lived up to all of our expectations with Bicoloured, Brown-banded, Chestnut-crowned, Slate-crowned, and a major surprise in an awesome Undulated Antpitta all being seen at incredibly close range. The endemic Buffy Helmetcrest at Nevado del Ruiz followed, and then we visited yet more antpitta feeding stations where Rufous and the super-scarce Crescent-faced Antpitta showed incredibly well. We also birded Jardin for Yellow-eared Parrot, explored Barranquilla and the Guijara Peninsula for a suite of very localised birds before reaching the fabled Santa Marta Mountains. It just doesn't get much better than cracking views of Rusty-breasted Antpitta and Santa Marta Antpitta here although there's so much more to see here and Santa Marta Woodstar & Santa Marta Blossomcrown were also seen well. What a tour and if you fancy joining us in 2020 then please let our office know - see Colombia: Andes & Santa Marta 2020 itinerary 

View our full Colombia tour report

You can get the full story of this iconic tour on the Zoothera Blog at: https://zootherabirding.blogspot.com and see our Colombia photo gallery here - Colombia 2019 Photo Gallery

lesser florican
Lesser Florican

Our Monsoon India tour was a resounding success and seeing Lesser Florican displaying has to be one of the most amazing sights in nature. The group watched this individual for an hour as it sprang into the air, stretched its wings, tossed its head back, fluffed up its feathers and then dropped to the ground like a stone. It did this numeous times as the group watched - an amazing sight. There was also Rock Bush Quail and Rain Quail in the same area too. The previous day a Leopard was seen, along with Sind Sparrow, several Indian Pittas, 5 day roosting Jungle Nightjars, nesting Black-breasted Weavers and Striated Babbler. Moving on to Kashmir there was Kashmir Flycatcher, Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and White-cheeked Nuthatches, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Variegated Laughingthrush, Scaly-bellied and Himalayan Woodpeckers and many other great birds. Our Ladakh extension was amazing with up to 100 Tibetan Sandgrouse surrounding our car at one point. We even found a pair with 2 recently fledged chicks. Other great birds included Tibetan Snowcock, Black-necked Crane, Ground-Tit, Great Rosefinch, Brown Accentor and both Blanford's & Black-winged Snowfinches. You can see photos from this tour here: Monsoon India Gallery

Shoebill

TOUR UPDATE. We have just had a flurry of bookings on our fantastic Uganda tour in July this year and it is now a guaranteed departure. This amazing destination has some incredible birds and wildlife with Shoebill, African Green Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Gorilla and Chimpanzee the stand-out and undoubted stars of the tour. But there's so much more to see as we explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo, Mabamba Swamp and other sites. Our expert local guide Paul is among the best guides you will ever meet anywhere in Africa and you are guaranteed to have a great time. See here for full tour itinerary.

Nick has returned from NE Brazil where an amazing time was had by a great, fun group led by Ciro Albano. With 409 species seen, including 89 endemics it was definitely a quality tour. The Zoothera Blog is up and running and we are already taking bookings for our NE Brazil 2021 tour now. Our tour is devoted to seeing many of the regions spectacular endemics and highly sought-after species such as the incredible Araripe Manakin, Lear’s Macaw, Great Xenops, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Slender Antbird, Hooded Visorbearer, Banded Cotinga and Pink-legged Graveteiro. The region is characterised by humid Atlantic rainforests on the coast, and endless rolling hills with dramatic canyons called the Caatinga. The Caatinga is home to a dry thorny forest with areas of more open grassland. It has its own special suite of endemic species that we will enjoy looking for on our many days of spectacular birding. With only 200 birds in the wild it is here that we will find the endangered Lear’s Macaw quietly feeding on palm trees, while Atlantic forest and woodlands at Boa Nova with thick vine tangles and terrestrial bromeliads hold some of South America’s most endangered species. We will also visit the Serra da Diamantina National Park at Lencois to explore some higher elevation habitats before heading back to the coast. A final visit to some mangroves and an area of cerrado will complete our tour of this complex yet fascinating region. Our local guide Ciro Albano has an unsurpassed knowledge of this region and an enviable reputation for success and finding the target species and we are sure this very special tour will meet the highest of expectations. We are also planning a Manaus & Amazonia tour to Brazil in July next year, so keep an eye out for the itinerary that is coming soon!