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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 300 annual birding and wildlife tours to 100 countries across the globe.

M17026 believes that the recipe for a successful birding tour is simple: a well-planned itinerary with smooth running ground operations, comfortable accommodations and good food, a small group with low participant-to-leader ratio, and, most importantly, personable, friendly tour leaders with the necessary experience and expertise to make each tour a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding adventure!

Please don’t hesitate to contact our helpful enquiries desk for any enquiries related to birding, wildlife and photographic tours throughout the world. Besides set-departure tours, we have a dedicated private tour department dealing with customised tours.
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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
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Merilyn / Tour feedback
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
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 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
"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 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
"Richard White listened carefully to our goals and crafted an itinerary that perfectly blended Bhutan's natural and cultural elements for us...the 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
"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 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
"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 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
"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
“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 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 ... view more impromptu night drive at Zhemgang.”

 9  JD / Verified User Review
“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, 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
“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 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
“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 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.”