Take this birdwatching trip around Guinea-Bissau and immerse yourself in an incredible environment where more than 500 bird species have currently been catalogued.
We’ll visit the country’s most important ornithological areas, catalogued by Wetlands International as IBAs (Important Bird Areas). Most of these are located in protected zones where you’ll also get the chance to observe other great fauna of the African continent, such as numerous species of ape including chimpanzees, the saltwater hippopotamus and the harnessed bushbuck. The region of Biombo has one of these IBAs, called the “Rio Mansôa and Gêba Estuary”. Here you can see numerous forest birds as well as those associated with freshwater wetlands. Another important region are the Bissagos or Bijagós Islands, declared a Biosphere Reserve, which hold two national parks: the Orango National Park and the Joao Vieira-Poilão Marine National Park. This area has been classified as an IBA known as the “Arquipélago dos Bijagós”. The variety of habitats ensures great ornithological diversity with both savannah and forest birds, as well as being the second most important over-wintering site for mudflat birds and Laridae in the whole Palaearctic region after Banc D’Arguin in Mauritania. It has been estimated that a million birds spend the European winter in this archipelago.
In addition, on the mainland we’ll travel south to the Lagoas de Cufada Natural Park, also catalogued as an IBA under the same name. This is the most diverse area in Guinea-Bissau with extensive forests and the country’s largest freshwater lagoon. Finally we’ll visit the National Park of the Cantanhez Forests, also an IBA of the same name, where the country’s best remaining example of semi-humid forest can be found and which also holds a score of sacred woods considered as primary forest, providing the best examples of woodland birds in the country.
To complete the experience, we’ll also visit the village of Eticoga and the tomb of Queen Okinka-Pampa, where we’ll be able to get to know the local Bijagó culture.
And don’t forget that, on this trip, you’ll be surrounded by incredible landscapes and nature in its purest state, guaranteeing one of the best possible experiences for bird fans.