The Ultimate In Birding Tours

Many countries have reopened and Birdquest tours have resumed

October 23, 2020

by Mark Beaman

As time passes since the pandemic started, and a chunk of our lives go with it, it has become obvious that quite a number of you have become pretty desperate to get out into the world again and go birding. Probably plenty of you felt like I did – like a trapped Tiger patrolling its compound. Thankfully, I have now started to travel again, first to Africa, then to Latin America. It is like seeing the sunrise after a long, dark night.

Progress with border opening was glacial until June, but since then things have greatly changed. Borders have reopened throughout most of Europe and a considerable number of other countries have already reopened. Senegal, Ghana, Sao Tomé & Príncipe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Turkey, Cyprus, Cambodia, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and the islands of the Lesser Antilles are among places that have already reopened. The summer saw our first clients go on tour since March, which was quite a milestone. More countries will reopen over time.

It is important to bear in mind the progress that has been made in many countries when we are constantly bombarded with media stories from a minority of countries that are, sadly, still experiencing major problems with the virus.

We fully understand that there are Birdquesters who need to shelter from the virus, particularly owing to age or health conditions or both, and we entirely understand your situation and appreciate the need for special caution. You are doing the right thing.

However, there are also Birdquesters, many of whom are less at risk, who feel more confident about travelling as entry restrictions come down, certainly to countries with lower numbers of Covid-19 cases. Indeed, there are plenty of countries that have had far lower numbers of cases per million than in European countries and in the United States. In a lot of countries there is simply no comparison and, statistically speaking, you are much less at risk there than at home.

If you fall into the latter category, it is time to start thinking about overseas birding again.