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At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be thrilled to hear from you and help you decide on the birding or wildlife holiday of your dreams, be it a set departure or customized tour. Whether you are a single traveler with a specific target species list or a family group wanting a relaxing and educational wildlife getaway, we have what it takes to help you realize the tour of your dreams.

In addition to delivering fantastic tours we support and endorse a range of conservation bodies from the African Bird Club to Birds Korea and by contributing to a diverse range of conservation initiatives is how we play our part in mitigating the heavy ecological footprint of man. US$50 from each tour sign-up goes to the fund therefore as we grow as a company, the fund continues to grow and we continue to expand our support for conservation. Simply by signing up for one of our departure means that you contribute to the fund and ultimately to the conservation of birds and their habitat. Thanks to all of you who have decided to join us on one of our unbeatable birding adventures, through birding we are all making a difference!
Questions and Answers
We offer unbeatable birdwatching and wildlife tours across the world, operated by one of the most dependable birding companies in the bird tour industry.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Started in 1998.

2. What is your company's mission?

To offer unbeatable birding tours throughout the world that offer good value for money with small groups and top tour leaders

3. What does your company specialize in?

Birding Tours; Bird Watching Tours

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Adam Riley: Adam Riley has grown up with a lifelong interest in wildlife, which evolved into a particular fascination with the birds, reptiles and amphibians of Africa and Madagascar. Coming from a farming background in the Pietermaritzburg area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, he studied accountancy and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas, leading trips to numerous countries ranging from South Africa to Egypt, Angola to Ethiopia and Bhutan to Papua New Guinea. Adam has also guided in the Neotropics for six months. He is now one of Africa’s most experienced birders, having recently recorded his 2000th species on the continent.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Papua New Guinea: Birds in Paradise

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

“Cuan Rush is a phenomenal birder and one of the best on calls and song of the many professionals I know. As a guide he was unflaggingly friendly, attentive, perceptive and flexible in meeting our group's mixed interests. Please commend Cuan in every way possible. We would be delighted to recommend him and M17026 and to every birding group with which we have contact.”

Reviews and Comments
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 1  Merilyn Tour feedback 2011-05-17
Dennis's knowledge & ability to imitate bird calls is phenomenal. He is also an interesting person to travel with. I enjoyed Eric's humor and felt he handled the group well.

 2  George Tour feedback 2011-05-17
I would like to add my thanks to you, Crystal, and all the other people associated with M17026 for making this the best birding tour in which I have ... view more participated. David's leadership was superb as our trip bird count shows. I would be happy to go with M17026 on future trips. Thanks again for your assistance during the Mega South Africa trip.

 3  SB Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"I thought I would drop you a note to let you know how thoroughly I enjoyed the trip! Your company did a wonderful job and Markus was a joy to have as a ... view more guide. I know all the 'birders' were impressed with his knowledge. I appreciated the time he took to share his knowledge of the wildlife and the ecosystems with me. I learned so much about your country and look forward to bringing my family there in the future!"

 4  Steve and John Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"Richard White listened carefully to our goals and crafted an itinerary that perfectly blended Bhutan's natural and cultural elements for us...the ... view more itinerary sounded awesome and executed just as well on the ground. Alison was always prompt and courteous in the pre trip planning phase. We are grateful to M17026 for making this incredible journey possible, essentially bringing a dream to life! Our best wishes to you and your talented team."

 5  Tanya Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"I just wanted to pass on our thanks for a well organised trip. We had a ball in Cuba! Not only were the birds fantastic but the cigars, rum and country ... view more were mind-blowing. Luis was superb in leading some rather misbehaving South Africans around the island! Our first RJ trip but I am sure that it won’t be our last. Well done to the team for arranging a hassle-free trip in a country where it can be difficult to organise things."

 6  CP Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"I've been on 60+ birding trips, and while not all of these were guided, David ranks in the top 3 guides with whom I've birded. I don't ... view more think anyone has his visual skills and, like most top birders, he has great auditory skills as well. I really have enjoyed birding with him, am in awe of his skills, and would bird anywhere with him as his preparation and knowledge would make any trip a success."

 7  EP Verified User Review 2011-04-14
"I would recommend M17026 to my birding colleagues back in Cape May, New Jersey. Cuan and M17026 did an outstanding job in helping us plan our trip."

 8  Steve and John Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“We wanted to drop you a line to let you know how absolutely thrilled we are with our very recent experience in Bhutan! We were blown away by the scenery and ... view more the birds. All the iconic species showed well plus Glen's expertise enabled us to discover many other lesser known (to us) but no less interesting species. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and sense of humour were spot on for us! Though Bhutan is not a mammal destination, many unexpectedly fascinating species came to life for us as well, especially on an impromptu night drive at Zhemgang.”

 9  JD Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the 17026 team for a wonderful birding trip in RSA. We had a great time, thanks to your team's planning, ... view more coordination, communication, etc. The trip was much better than we expected and we saw lots of new birds, animals, etc. Our guide never ceased to amaze us with his knowledge of birds, their calls, and their habitats. He has eyes like a hawk!”

 10  MR Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“David is a superb, incredibly sharp birder and a really friendly guy. Firm when he needs to be, which is something I appreciate and I feel he has the respect ... view more of all the participants. I would recommend him without hesitation and he scores a perfect 10 for me. Also your office is brilliant, always making it seem as if you are the only person they have to deal with, even when they must be rushed off their feet!”

 11  David and Miriam Verified User Review 2011-04-07
“I am motivated by the memory of a fabulous trip to South Africa, to write to you. To say that we were happy with our guide, Jan Pienaar, would be to ... view more understate our position. He has a fine and extensive knowledge of all aspects of South African fauna and flora and was always eager to share his knowledge. He always placed our comfort and well being above his own. It was indeed a great pleasure to have made the acquaintance of this young man.”

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