About Sandwich Bird Tours

Sandwich Bird Tours was founded by John van der Dol in 1999. We are a very small company and specialise in bird watching and wildlife holidays to exotic places for small groups.

During the last few years we have made many friends in several countries with whom we will plan further and more exciting trips.

Our main aim is to provide 'fun' holidays at affordable prices for people who enjoy travel to unusual places in order to enjoy birds and wildlife.

So ...

Have you ever thought of joining an organized bird watching group but decided against it because of a combination high prices, no flexibility and the break-neck pace of some groups? If so, we might have the answer for you.

We don't have fancy brochures or fancy prices, but we do aim to provide a few trips each year for parties up to 12 who will enjoy the places, birds and people that have given us so much enjoyment, without the hassle that goes with organizing everything yourself.

So ...

Check out our trip reports and itineraries.


Tour Leader - John van der Dol

John developed his interest in birds during the cold winter of 1962/63 when he lived in Holland. On arriving in the UK   in 1965 he joined the school bird club and has not looked back since. A degree in Town and Country Planning and a Teaching qualification created an unlikely path to the wholesaling and retailing of greeting cards, a career he has followed over the last 25 years.

His fascination in birds has however always played a big part in his life and has resulted in much foreign travel in pursuit of his hobby.He has visited many countries covering every continent in search of birds.

He has been organizing foreign   birding holidays for groups of friends since 1987 and for the last few years these trips have taken on a new dimension with larger groups and far more exotic destinations. Some of our trip reports can be found on this site.

More recently he has developed a greater interest in mammals and this has resulted in tours in pursuit of Indian Lions and Tigers and planned mammal safaris to East Africa.