Your chance to enjoy this spectacular view.
This 11 day bird tour visits the Comoros, situated to the north west of Madagascar these islands are an easy add-on for travellers to that destination.
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Difficulty Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
This 11 day bird tour visits the Comoros, situated to the north west of Madagascar these islands are an easy add-on for travellers to that destination. Apart from Mayotte which is an overseas Department of France and uses the Euro as currency, the Comoros are an Islamic State. The people are friendly and helpful but the islands are very poor. Only French and local languages are spoken. Very few people speak English.
- Meals as per itinerary
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Guide services of tour leader
- Group tips & gratuities
- Transfers once tour has started
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Flights (Domestic & International)
- Items of a personal nature
Arrive in Moroni, meet with guide and transfer to hotel. Humblot’s Sunbird andKirk’s White-eye can be seen around the hotel.
Mt Karthala lower slopes
Explore the lower slopes of Mt Karthala for Grand Comoro Drongo and Grand Comoro Cuckoo-roller.
Mt Karthala upper slopes
Today there is a moderately difficult walk lasting 5-6 hours to get up to altitude on Mt Karthala. The rewards are Humblot’s Flycatcher, Grand Comoro Bulbul, Grand Comoro Cuckooshrike, Grand Comoro Scops Owl, Comoro Blue Pigeon and Comoro Olive Pigeon. Camping at 1100m on the slopes of Mt Karthala.
Descending Mt Karthala
Walk on up to about 1500m for Mt Karthala Whiteeye and Madagascar Harrier. Descending the mountain we hope to see Grand Comoro Thrush, Grand Comoro Fody and Grand Comoro Paradise Flycatcher.
Fly Moheli - afternoon Djando Forest
Fly to Moheli and spend the afternoon in the Djando Forest looking for Moheli Thrush, Blue Vanga, Moheli Scrub Warbler and Moheli Scops Owl.
Travel to Miringoni and take a moderate walk up to mid level forest for Moheli Green Pigeon and Moheli Bulbul. Madagascar Scrub Warbler can also be seen. Later in the afternoon return to Djando.
Fly to Anjouan
Fly to Anjouan and check into hotel. The grounds of the hotel are good for Anjouan Scrub Warbler and Anjouan Sunbird.
Travel to Moya
Travel to south of island around Moya for Anjouan Cuckoo Roller, Anjouan Thrush and Anjouan Scops Owl.
Fly to Mayotte
Fly to Mayotte and travel up into the hills at Pic Combani where you can see Frances’s (Mayotte) Sparrowhawk, Mayotte Scops Owl, Mayotte Drongo, Mayotte Sunbird and Mayotte White-eye.
Bird Pic Combani
Birding around Pic Combani and travel down to the coast to see Mayotte Fodyand Crab Plover.
Airport & onward flights
Transfer to airport and onward flights.
Save these memories for life.
There is no luxury accommodation on this tour. Camping in the forest on Mt Karthala is the only real option if you wish to see all the endemics. Elsewhere the accommodation is not luxurious but is perfectly adequate and the hotels have en suite rooms, fans and in most cases air conditioning, these however are subject to frequent power outages and cannot be relied on. The cuisine is mainly limited to rice with fish or beef and vegetables are limited.
This is not an easy tour and is only suitable for people with a good standard of fitness. Most of the birding is conducted in forested hills and mountains and there are a comply of long steep hikes. There are only limited medical facilities and phone and internet coverage is poor.