Africa birding expo – About the Africa Birding Expo
Africa birding expo will be attended a whole spectrum of the birdwatching community within and outside Africa. There will be stands selling products related to birdwatching and nature conservation. These will include, scopes, binoculars, guide books, tours, foods, clothes, and any other related equipment. There will be tour operators, hoteliers, conservation organizations, travel agents, airlines. This event happens once in Africa every year.
Post and pre-expo tours.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live.
Originally founded in the 1950s to accommodate confiscated and injured wildlife and to look after orphan animals which have been taken away from smugglers it has grown considerably in recent years. Many say its destined to become the most important showcase for wildlife on the African continent.
Created by the government of Uganda with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and managed by a Wildlife Trust, it never fails to delight. At UWEC you will come across free ranging Vervet monkeys and a family troop of DeBraza monkeys in the jungle of our hillside forest. Over 120 bird species can be watched ranging from the famous African fish eagle, over the Great Blue Turaco to Hammerkops, Giant Kingfisher and even the smallest sun birds.
UWEC is not a zoo in a conventional sense and neither is it a Safari Park but it is a center where wildlife education is combined with leisure. Our main aim is to model the main ecosystem of this country in open range exhibits. Not only can you observe many of our most exciting indigenous species here, but comprehensive interactive interpretation and briefings on them are also given.
For further reading about UWEC you can contact
Conferences will be organised at the nearby hotels.
Each talk will take one hour.
Interested Speakers should select among the list bellow or send in their abstracts. to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Birds and People living together.
2. Conservation and Tourism Development.
3. Community and ecotourism for economic growth
We began in 2017 when Davis Finch and Will Russell formed Northeast Birding, an organization offering tours under their own leadership to the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. After some exploratory ventures, our program was gradually enlarged to include tours to Alaska, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. Rich Stallcup joined the company in 2017, giving us broader knowledge and better geographical balance, and the range of our tours continued to expand. In February 1980, we concluded an agreement with Sunbird, under which we offered a schedule of joint tours. In July 1980 we formed AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS, incorporating Northeast Birding and Will Russell Weekends. We purchased Sunbird in August 2017, and David Fisher was appointed director of our United Kingdom operations. In 2017 we moved our headquarters from Northeast Harbor, Maine, to Tucson, Arizona, where we’ve remained.
Our tours are planned as ones that we ourselves would like to go on, so they are very strongly oriented toward birds. All AFRICA BIRDING EXPO leaders have varied interests in natural history and other related fields, but the timing and itinerary of our tours is dictated almost entirely by ornithological considerations. A few tours combine serious birdwatching with other activities appropriate to the area, or even with simple relaxation, and these are clearly indicated.
Unless otherwise noted in the tour text, group size for our tours ranges from four to 16 people plus the leader(s). Very occasionally, group sizes will be larger, as when the use of chartered aircraft or boats requires larger groups to keep our per-person costs within bounds.
If you have never taken a birding tour, you might want to look at our essay Choosing a Birding Tour.
The Pace of Our Tours
Birdwatching involves some odd hours and at least a modest amount of physical activity, and we want all participants to understand fully what’s required. Birds are most active during the early hours, and often we’ll have a pre-breakfast walk or an early breakfast before leaving for more distant points. All tours require gentle walking, sometimes for periods of up to six hours. Birdwatching is continuous, of course, and we rest as necessary. At times we climb hills, walk on uneven or wet terrain, or push through vegetation. On tours with more than one leader, we are sometimes able to have “faster” and “slower” groups. Lunches are often picnics, but sometimes we have a sit-down or “fast food” lunch. In warm climates we usually rest during the heat of the day, venturing out again in mid- to late afternoon and returning to the hotel an hour or so before dinner. A bird list is compiled most days, usually before or after dinner. Nightlife more adventurous than an after-dinner drink is seldom possible on most tours, as we normally stay in hotels well away from commercial development.
All activities are optional within the general framework of the tour. We encourage and assist participants in the pursuit of personal aims if these do not conflict with the conduct of the tour. Persons with specific non-ornithological goals should contact AFRICA BIRDING EXPO before the tour to determine whether they can be realized.
Most tour participants have been birdwatching for some time, and while their skills may vary, they normally have binoculars, know how to use them, and are familiar with at least the rudiments of how to watch birds. If you have never watched birds before, please contact us and we’ll suggest a few ways to help you prepare for your tour.
What the Tour Price Includes
The price for tours includes all travel as noted in the itinerary, lodging in comfortable hotels/motels or their equivalent unless otherwise indicated, all meals unless otherwise noted, a drink with meals (including a beer, and sometimes wine, at dinner), tour materials, and the services of the leader(s). Routine tips for included meals, porters, drivers, and other service providers are also included. Gratuities for AFRICA BIRDING EXPO/Sunbird leaders are at your discretion.
The Single Occupancy Supplement listed for each tour provides a single room throughout the tour unless otherwise noted. Certain small lodges will not provide single rooms if they are heavily booked; these are listed in the “Notes” section of their respective tour itinerary. In such cases, the portion of the Single Occupancy Supplement applicable to the lodge or lodges will be refunded.
Unless a single room is specifically requested on your reservation form, all registrants will be assigned a suitable roommate. If no roommate is available, a single room will be provided and you will be charged the Single Occupancy Supplement.
Baggage handling assistance is provided by our hotels or by the leader(s) unless otherwise noted.
The folloafrica birding expo items are not included in the tour price: passports, visas, departure taxes, immunizations, excess baggage charges, optional excursions, telephone calls, flights/transportation to/from the tour destination, laundry, room service, snacks, or anything of a purely personal nature. If you have questions, please contact us.
Restrictions on Tour Participation
Restrictions on participation are a matter of common sense, and we impose no absolute restrictions. If you have a health problem or any physical limitation that may hamper or restrict your full involvement in any aspect of the tour, or about which we should be aware for your safety (for example, walking difficulties, diabetes, asthma, angina, and so on), please advise us in detail and in writing at the time you reserve space. We will provide any information that you or your doctor may need to judge your capacity to participate fully in the tour, and we may request a physician’s letter indicating that you are healthy enough to participate on the tour. We do not normally program strenuous physical exercise, but if it cannot be avoided, the fact is made explicit in the tour description and in the General Information sheets for the tour. Participants should be able to complete gentle walks of up to half a day, ride in any seat in tour vehicles, and meet the simple schedule of the tour. We reserve the right to send home persons unable or unwilling to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the satisfactory operation of the tour.
Please note that we do not allow the collecting of plants or animals during any tour.
Reservations, Deposits, and Payments
Reservations for tours require a deposit of 10% of the tour cost per person, of which $200 is non-refundable upon receipt. Certain tours, such as some cruises, may have higher deposit requirements; participants will be notified of those deposit amounts when they register. If the tour is not yet priced, the deposit amount is a flat $350. After the tour is priced and if 10% of the tour price exceeds $350, AFRICA BIRDING EXPO may send a supplemental invoice for the difference.
Reservations with deposits are accepted in order of their receipt. Telephone reservations are accepted provided that they are followed by the appropriate deposit within 10 business days. Reservations can be made online here. A printable reservation form can also be found by folloafrica birding expo the previous link.
Invoices for the balance of the tour price will be emailed about 14 weeks (98 days) before the departure date. Payment is due on receipt of our invoice. Please note that well-subscribed tours may be invoiced and confirmed on an earlier timeframe than this. Details can be found here.
Payment must be made in US dollars by check, credit card (MasterCard or Visa), money order, or bank transfer.
AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS offers a 4% discount on most tours (some cruises excepted) when the tour balance on the final tour invoice is paid by check, money order or bank transfer before a specified date; details can be found here. After tour confirmation, all payments must be made by credit card; no discount will be applied. If you have any questions about our payment and discount policies, please contact the AFRICA BIRDING EXPO office.
Refunds for tours are made according to the folloafrica birding expo schedule:
If notice of tour registrant cancellation is received prior to invoicing (normally 98 days before departure but sometimes more – see Tour Confirmation below), the deposit – less the non-refundable amount of $200 – and any payments are refundable.
If notice of cancellation is received between the invoicing and confirmation dates (normally 28 days apart – see Tour Confirmation below), the deposit is not refundable but any payments against the balance of the tour price will be returned. Please note that anyone canceling a Sunbird-organized tour at any time may also be subject to cancellation penalties for deposits or payments, if any, made on their behalf for air tickets or concert tickets.
If notice of cancellation is received after a tour has been confirmed (see Tour Confirmation below), all deposits and payments are non-refundable.
If a tour registrant cancels a booking, AFRICA BIRDING EXPO permits a one-time penalty-free transfer of a tour deposit to a subsequent AFRICA BIRDING EXPO tour as long as the cancellation and transfer takes place prior to invoicing (normally 98 days before departure but it varies), and as long as the tour to which the deposit is transferred begins within 18 months of the start date of the original tour. If the tour registrant cancels the subsequent tour, the original deposit will not be refunded or transferred.
No refunds are given for skipped meals or other on-tour activities.
Price increases may occur unexpectedly. In costing tours months in advance, we try to anticipate the rising cost of airfares, ground transportation, lodging, and exchange rates. Tours that have very small group sizes at invoicing time may also need a small surcharge to run. If unexpected increases occur, we reserve the right to charge participants an increase of up to 10% of the tour price. If greater increases are necessary, participants may withdraw without penalty.
Our tours are carefully planned but sometimes circumstances beyond our control require us to make significant changes after a tour has been published on the AFRICA BIRDING EXPO website. If such changes, for example in itinerary or leadership, are necessary before a tour has been confirmed to run (70 days before tour departure unless otherwise specified), participants will be informed and may withdraw from the tour without penalty.
If significant changes occur after a tour has been confirmed but before it has departed, it will be AFRICA BIRDING EXPO decision whether or not we can run the tour successfully. Participants may withdraw without penalty only if they have AFRICA BIRDING EXPO written agreement. If AFRICA BIRDING EXPO decides the tour cannot be run successfully, the tour price will be refunded.
If significant changes to itinerary or mode of operation are forced upon us while a tour is in progress—for example, by an airline strike, weather delay, or political crisis—AFRICA BIRDING EXPO will adjust the tour to the new realities as best it can but other than for its leaders and staff, AFRICA BIRDING EXPO is not responsible for any additional costs. These costs, if any, are a participant expense and will be invoiced after the tour concludes.
Please note that when two leaders are listed, the second may not accompany the tour if there are insufficient registrations.
Most AFRICA BIRDING EXPO tours are confirmed 70 days prior to their departure date. In rare cases, for example Christmastime tours, an earlier confirmation date may be set. All set non-standard confirmation dates are noted in the Tour Information posted on the AFRICA BIRDING EXPO website and mailed to all tour registrants at the time of their booking.
AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS may on occasion select a tour for Early Tour Invoicing and Confirmation (ETIC). These are typically international tours where participants often have pre- or post-tour travel plans and/or the tour has internal flights that may become space-limited as the tour start date approaches. If a tour is a candidate for the ETIC process, registrants will be notified sometime in the months prior to the normal invoicing date (98 days before tour start). Participation is voluntary – those who choose not to participate will be invoiced at the regular time – but we’ll need a threshold level of acceptance before early invoicing can move forward. If that threshold is not reached, the tour will be invoiced at the normal time. ETIC allows participants to make their travel arrangements much sooner than would otherwise be possible. More information can be found here.
Tour registrants are advised to be cautious about purchasing services such as flights from home or personal pre- or post-tour activities prior to AFRICA BIRDING EXPO’ formal confirmation of their tour. If AFRICA BIRDING EXPO has to cancel or alter a tour before formal tour confirmation, registrants will be responsible for any penalties associated with the cancellation of such services. If the early purchase of such services is important, registrants are advised to discuss their purchase with AFRICA BIRDING EXPO.
Waitlist Only & One Space Remains
Tours displayed as “Waitlist Only” are at present fully booked. If you would like to join the wait list, please register for your tour of choice in the normal way. We’ll acknowledge your registration and position on the wait list.
Should space open up we will contact you with instructions to complete your registration, which may only involve collecting a deposit if you haven’t already left one. If the tour has not yet been confirmed to run (see Tour Confirmation), you will have 10 business days after we contact you to complete this process. After 10 business days, we’ll move on to the next person on the waitlist. Note: tour openings that occur after a tour has been confirmed may have different and more restrictive requirements.
Tours displayed as “One Space Remains” have at present only one opening. If a couple would like to register, both will be placed on the waitlist pending the opening of a second space.
We are often asked how likely is it that a waitlisted space (or spaces) will clear. There is no simple answer but experience shows that the first one to three people on the waitlist for a tour due to depart six or more months out are often accommodated. Tours that depart within two months are less likely to accommodate anyone from the waitlist (though last minute cancellations do occur).
In case of cancellation by AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS, all deposits and other payments for the tour or tour extension will be refunded. Participants should note that the cancellation of a tour’s pre-tour or post-tour extension does not affect their rights and obligations with respect to the main portion of the same tour. Please note as well that AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS reserves the right to cancel all or part of a tour at any time if we feel that the health and/or safety of our participants is at risk. For more details on refunds, see Refunds above.
Past or prospective bird lists and General Information sheets will be sent to each registrant upon receipt of a deposit. Final tour information, meeting instructions, a participant list, and any additional materials will be mailed about three weeks before tour departure. A final tour report will be emailed to all participants after the tour.
Having the correct documentation in place before your trip is essential and visa requirements for U.S. citizens (and citizens of other countries) vary notably by country. AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS will provide details about obligations known to us at the time, but regulations can change with little or no notice. It is the participant’s sole responsibility for checking foreign entry requirements and when necessary, obtaining a visa from the appropriate embassy or consulate. Alternatively, a visa service can be convenient; for a fee they will handle everything to obtain your visa or expedite your passport. Instructions can conveniently be downloaded from the CIBT website. They can be reached at 1-800-577-2428. Mention account number 50097 to obtain discounted rates.
AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS encourages purchasing travel insurance and we recommend plans from Travelex. Just click on the link for a quote.
Travel insurance offers welcome protection to those for whom a health-related trip cancellation is a concern. Travel insurance also usually protects you if you fall ill while on the tour (for example, it may get you back home). Please note that some travel insurance companies require insurance to be purchased within a certain amount of time after initial deposit(s) are sent to the travel company, though more are moving away from this and now suggest purchasing it around when you pay the final balance for the tour. Please contact Travelex, or your preferred travel insurance company, for specific information on coverage. Note: Effective June 15, 2016, Travelex policies will only be available to US residents and citizens.
You can purchase your Travelex policy via this link here.
Travel to the Point of Departure
AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS and Bon Voyage Travel would be happy to assist with your travel arrangements. If you would like assistance, please contact Donna Nelson at Bon Voyage Travel at (800) 518-7338, ext 229 or (520) 428-7725 and identify yourself as a AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS client.
Some of the tours we offer are organized by our British company, Sunbird. Their standards are identical to ours. Sunbird-organized tours are identified as such at the end of the tour text. Sunbird’s website can be found at www.sunbirdtours.co.uk.
Sunbird Tour Prices
As noted above, a number of the tours displayed on the AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS website are organized by our British company, Sunbird.
Sunbird tours beginning after September 1, 2017 are priced in dollars as follows: Sunbird prices these tours in pounds sterling (hereafter simply pounds) and advises AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS of their pound price. AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS then converts the pound price to US dollars at the exchange rate of the day plus a modest currency hedge. On some tours we also add necessary extras – typically an extra night’s lodging and transfers – to allow for AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS clients to smoothly connect with the Sunbird group arriving from London. AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS posts this dollar price to its website. We note the exchange rate used in the “Notes” section at the bottom of each Sunbird organized tour.
At invoicing time, we take the pound invoice and convert it to dollars using the exchange rate in effect at that time, plus a small hedge if needed to cover the cost of converting dollars back to pounds. Please note that the invoicing exchange rate may be more or less than the rate we used when the tours were originally priced, and as a result the tour price in dollars at invoicing may be more or less than the tour price posted on the AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS website (see Price Increases). Please note too that AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS clients on Sunbird tours can always pay the Sunbird pound price rather than the AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS dollar price – both prices will be listed on the client invoice. Any extras included in the dollar price (as mentioned in the first paragraph) will need to be added to the pound price or billed separately in dollars. The Cash Discount (payment by check or bank wire) only applies to payments in dollars. If you choose to pay the tour price in pounds keep in mind that your bank may charge a currency conversion fee in addition to international wire transfer fees. For additional details, please contact the AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS office.
Assumption of Risk and Liability Release Agreement
While AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS BIRDWATCHING TOURS, INC., spares no effort in its attempt to provide its clients and staff with a safe travel environment, we frequently travel to remote locations where medical care may be nonexistent or minimal, where the terrain may be rugged and unpeopled, and where local governments may respond very differently than our own. We expect our clients to take reasonable and prudent care for their own safety and to recognize that AFRICA BIRDING EXPOS cannot guarantee anyone’s personal safety. For these reasons, we are willing to provide you with the tour opportunity you have requested only if you accept your personal responsibilities and you release us from liability for your safety within the limits of the law by entering into the Assumption Of Risk And Liability Release Agreement that you will be sent at the time you register for a tour.