Bellbird Tour Calendar
2023 & 2024 Tours – International
Magical Malaysia Bird Photography Tour
25 February 2023 – 5 March 2023
AU$5,799 per Person
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Based on the success of our long-running Peninsular Malaysia birding tour, we have totally redesigned this tour to allow for the best photographic opportunities of Malaysia’s fantastic birdlife.
Sabah: Jewel of Borneo birding and wildlife tour 2023
29 July 2023 – 8 August 2023
AU$7,999 per Person
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Sabah, a part of Malaysia located in northern Borneo, is a heaven for birds and wildlife. Teeming rainforests fan out from Mount Kinabalu to the lowlands and coast. The wildlife is incomparable, with a host of enticing birds (including 48 endemics) and a charismatic mammal fauna (including Orang-Utan and Pygmy Elephant).
Peninsular Malaysia Birding Tour 2023
9 August 2023 – 17 August 2023
AU$5,999 per Person
Safe, comfortable and reliable. This is the perfect tour for those who have always wanted to bird South-east Asia but have had some reservations – until now, that is! Join our Australian and local guide on this tour and be amazed at how sophisticated and modern this country has become in recent decades.
Brazil: Jaguars and Birds – Pantanal and Amazonia 2023
15 August 2023 – 31 August 2023
AU$7,998 per Person
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Brazil is the second most endemic-rich country in the world, with the rainforests of the Amazon holding a significant number of such specialities. This tour covers the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, but also spends time in the vastly different dry cerrado, which adds a whole swathe of species.
New Zealand Birding Tour 2023
2nd Departure – 14 Days
25 October 2023 – 8 November 2023
AU$8,499 per Person
Join us on our 2020 New Zealand Birding Tour covering both the North and South Islands, Stewart Island and we even include a couple of pelagics. Some of the enticing species that NZ has to offer includes Kiwis and Kea’s, Kakas and Shags, Wekas and Tuis, and even Bellbirds. We aim to see all of New Zealand’s special bird species.
Dubai Area Short Birding Tour 2024
16 March 2024 – 19 March 2024
AU$2,500 per Person
This is a short tour of the ‘triangle’ part of the United Arab Emirates: the peninsula to the south-east and north-east of Dubai. The avifauna is an east-meets-west blend of Palearctic and Oriental species, amongst the latter being ubiquitous Purple Sunbirds, Red-wattled Lapwings, Little Green Bee-eaters and Grey Francolins.
Uganda Gorillas and Birds Tour 2024
20 March 2024 – 30 March 2024
AU$5,999 per Person
Uganda is known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’: an unforgettable yet affordable wildlife and birding destination. A safe, friendly country with good roads and excellent training programs for local guides, Uganda has become one of Africa’s most outstanding destinations for birders and wildlife enthusiasts.
Costa Rica Birding Tour 2024
1 April 2024 – 14 April 2024
AU$6,349 per Person
Costa Rica a tropical birding paradise. Our 12-day birding tour will take in the country’s richest birding locations and a variety of habitats. We’ll be staying in excellent lodges with birds on our doorstep. During this tour we expect to see up over 400 bird species!
Exotic Ethiopia Birding Tour 2024
3 April 2024 – 15 April 2024
AU$4,600 per Person
A birding paradise if there ever was one, Ethiopia is a somewhat recent arrival on the scene of birding destinations. Exotic and unspoilt by modern tourism, yet safe and comfortable, this country has come a long way from its troubled past.
Tanzania Birding Tour 2022
19 April 2024 – 4 May 2024
AU$7,999 per Person
Join Bellbird’s spectacular Tanzania tour in 2021! The Serengeti; a vast unspoiled savannah, hosts the most spectacular concentration of animals on our planet: herds of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras; lions, leop-ards, cheetahs and smaller predators; and scavengers such as jackals and vultures are ever present.
Best of Europe Birding Tour 2024
29 April 2024 – 21 May 2024
AU$9,999 per Person
By popular demand we’re offering a ‘Best of Europe’ birding tour in spring 2022. Visiting the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia and featuring mouth-watering localities and their unique birds, this tour is sure to be the highlight of anyone’s birding career. The tour was developed by Bellbird’s very own founding couple, Peter Waanders and Helga Kieskamp, who were born and raised in the Netherlands and spent 25 years birding in Europe. We are very pleased to be able to take you back to our ‘roots’ for this exclusive birding tour. From our extensive network of contacts, we have sourced the best local guides and put together this once-in-a lifetime birding adventure for you.
During the tour you will travel from the very south (Greece islands) to the very north (the northernmost point of Scandinavia) of Europe. The tour commences in Athens, Greece on 29 April 2022. For Australians (or anyone else interested…!), we’re offering a unique pre-tour (non-birding) trip to visit the ANZAC dawn service at Gallipoli on 25 and 26 April 2022. An Athens cultural pre-tour 2-day trip is also available. We’ll then all congregrate in Athens on 29 April to commence the actual birding tour. We’ll spend a couple of days birding around Athens followed by a couple of days on the island of Lesvos, one of Europe’s premier birding destinations. Lesvos combines the excitement of migration with most key Mediterranean species which can be otherwise difficult to see elsewhere in Europe. Then, we’re off to Bulgaria in Eastern Europe, containing unspoilt deciduous forests and hence a mecca for bird species that once inhabitated most of Europe but have contracted to the East following agricultural and urban development. The Carpathian mountains, the Kerkini wetlands and natural streams will sure delight us with many bird species. We’ll visit a bat cave and a centuries-old wine and cheese cellar before proceeding into Hungary for the steppe (plains) species plus more wetlands at the world-famous Ramsar site of the Hortobaghy lakes.
From here we take a flight to Finland, where we’ll experience the amazing Arctic Spring. This country promises a wealth of northern European birdlife within the taiga forests, marshes and lakes of Finland as well as the tundra, fjords and Arctic uplands of Norway. With the approaching Arctic summer, breeding birds will be busy proclaiming and defending territories. There is a particular allure to birdwatching in the Arctic during this season and, with a species list which includes waders, raptors, seabirds, wildfowl and owls, this final stretch of the trip showcases the very best of Scandinavian birdlife. Please register your interest using the buttons below. The tour will be run in May 2024; exact dates are subject to confirmation, but it is open for earlybird bookings now.
Australia’s Parrots Birding Extravaganza 2024
22 October 2024 – 6 November 2024
AU$27,999 per Person
During this once-in-a lifetime tour we’ll be using our own private chartered aircraft for this trip, while ground excursions will be delivered by local bird guides in 4WD’s. This trip is a real adventure (yet fully accommodated), taking us across the vast expanse of the Australian continent in comfort.