2019 Tours

Feb 9-24 - KENYA safari/birding leader John - FULLY BOOKED

Feb - Gambia (details TBA) leader Gary - FULLY BOOKED

April - India Tigers and Himalayas - FULLY BOOKED

June- Northern Madagascar leader John - 2 places left

September - Mongolia for Snow Leopards - only 1 or 2 places left. Leader John

Please note that tours are always priced in foreign currencies making exact costings difficult until nearer the departure date. Recent volatility in exchange rates has had an impact on tour costs.
All tours are fully inclusive and fully guided

John van de Dol

07956 226 311 or 01304 612175
All flights are ATOL bonded by Trailfinders or similar and are purchased by guests themselves in agreement with the CAA.

PRIVATE ORCHID TOURS IN EAST KENT (15-20 SPECIES) are now being booked for last week in May and first week in June. For more information>

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Mr. John van der Dol’s
Birds, Tigers & Taj tour April 2019 including Himalayan foothills 17 days

This tour takes you to the best birding sights and excellent Tiger safaris along with the iconic Taj Mahal.
We start the trip from Delhi and from there, we’ll take you to Agra to visit Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
From Agra on Day 02 evening, we’ll take an overnight train to Katni to reach Bandhavgarh National Park

A great National Park to sight the revered but endangered Tigers among other mammals and birds.
A beautiful drive from Katni with lovely views of rural Madhya Pradesh, you get to see a glimpse of typical central Indian flora, vistas, architecture and way of living.
It is a perfect start to the adventure ahead. Serenity will seep into you as you check into Monsoon Forest, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tents and cottages and indigenous central Indian mud house styled architecture. With beautiful grasslands, views of the forest and the Bandhavgarh Fort in the distance, it’s an ideal base to explore the magic of tiger spotting.
Be prepared to have a fabulous stay as they go out of their way to make your stay most memorable.
Special romantic dinners and traditional massages are worth indulging at this resort.

Bandhavgarh is uniquely famous as a forest offering best tiger sightings. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is one of the highest known in India.

After spending 4 nights in Bandhavgarh, we'll transfer you to Jabalpur airport to connect domestic flight back to Delhi and will spend one night in Delhi / Noida before heading towards Himalayan Foothills.

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Northern Norway Tour

We have just returned from a week - long trip to Northern Norway on our chartered 100 year old schooner in search of whales and Northern Lights.
We were lucky to find many pods of Killer Whales which were seen on three days with a maximum of about 100, many of which right next to the boat.
A pod of about 20 Humpbacks joined us for the duration fling their tails just a few meters from us and a couple of Fin Whales added to the spectacle.
The Aurora was seen on three nights and great photos were taken. A number of our guests reckon this was the best holiday they have ever had. The sort of comments I enjoy.

We can offer a 10% discount on seven voyages from Jan to March 2019.

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Madagascar Tour 2019

Eastern & Northern - only Two Places left

Manahaonal Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean, ±400km’s from Southern Africa’s east coast.
Over millions of years, Madagascar developed a unique flora and fauna. This is the place where evolution has run wild and it has such a high degree of endemism, that it is truly a place like nowhere else on earth!
Madagascar is famous for it’s remarkable selection of lemurs (51+ lemur varieties occur here!), primitive primate’s endemic to the island, brilliantly coloured chameleons & lizards, tenrecs, fossas, bats and rodents. Several early evening walks are planned for this tour, in order to experience the “darker” side of the nocturnal creatures - first hand!
This Tour Programme is designed to offer guests of all ages a unique experience.
We concentrate on nature and not just lemurs orplants or birds - we make time for it all! A medium level of fitness is required, as we can do quite a bit of walking.
This Tour Programme is also designed to be family-friendly and photographers will love it!

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BRAZIL - North Pantanal 2020
June 25th - July 8th plus flight days
with Serra Dos Tucanos

The Pantanal offers any birder or wildlife enthusiast the perfect combination of great birding and mammal spotting opportunities!
The habitat is “birder friendly” as it’s relatively open which makes birding slightly easier and a little more relaxing.

It is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered and stunning Hyacinth Macaw, 100’s of Jabiru Storks, Maguari Storks, Wood Storks, Herons and Ibises, waterfowl and literally 1000’s of Caimans, this together with excellent chances of seeing Jaguar, fantastic photographic opportunities and spectacular scenery makes a trip to the Pantanal a must!

We will spend 9 days within the world’s largest freshwater wetland, that covers approximately 195.000 km². During this time we shall travel all the way to the end of the famous Transpantaneira dirt road (145km), well known for its amazing birds and wildlife.
Once at the end of the Transpantaneira road we will spend 2 full days based at the Hotel Pantanal Norte at Porto Jofre where we will take daily boat trips looking for various species of birds and our main mammal target, South Americas largest cat…. the mighty Jaguar!

Approximate prices for 2020

Group of 06 people: US$4515.00 per person in double room (approx £3475 --04.10.2018)
Group of 07 people: US$4255.00 per person in double room  (approx £3275)
Group of 08 people: US$4120.00 per person in double room   (approx £3170)

Single Supplement US$460,00
We need to allow approx another £170 on top  for the three internal flights. £120 if not doing the extension.
Included in the above cost:
All overnights, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), all ground transportation (with mineral water and air conditioning), open truck at the Piuval Lodge, bilingual guide full time, 02 days boat ride at Porto Jofre, 06 hours boat ride at the Rio Claro Lodge and Hotel Pantanal Mato Grosso.

Not included in the above cost:
Internal and international flights, laundry service, beverages, telephone calls, personal travel and medical insurance and any other personal items.

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Safari - Amboseli, Tsavo, Rift Valley Lakes & Masai Mara


13-day safari tour - Feb 10-24 2019 approx depending on flight schedules

Sandwich Bird Tours Safari

A wonderful safari tour visiting the iconic Amboseli, the wilderness of Tsavo, two of the Great Rift Valley lakes, the classic Masai Mara and the scenic Naboisho conservancy.

There will be plenty of opportunities to track down all the Big Five, watch hippos in their natural environment, encounter herds of elephants, spot hundreds of species of bird and see big cats patrol the savannah plains!Sandwich Bird Tours Safari

Parks and places of interest:Amboseli, Tsavo West, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara and Naboisho conservancy
Game drives, night game drives, bush walks, boat safari

Accommodation: Mid-range lodges & authentic style safari camps

Pricing: £3580
13-day safari tour - Feb 10-24 2019 approx depending on flight schedules

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with Sandwich Bird Tours - April 2019


Sandwich Bird Tours

Delhi, Velavadar, Gir National Park, Little Rann of Kutch and Bandhavgarh National Park
Possible extensions to Taj Mahal and Assam

Main Tour cost (per person): £2550 depending exchange rates. single £450
Assam extension cost (per person): £890
depending on number of guests and exchange rates

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3rd to 23rd November 2019


North India Bird & Wildlife Tour -
with Ranthambhore
1st to 15th November 2019

Delhi, Sultanpur, Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Chambal, Agra, Corbett, Pangot and Sat Tal
Best Time: Mid-November to March
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Pace: Easy to Moderate
Tour Dates: November 01 to 15, 2019
Birding guide: Asian Adventures Guides
Tour Code: JVD1-NIB-NOV2019
International Flight details
Nov 01, 2019: Arrive Delhi in the evening
Nov 15, 2019: Departure from Delhi in the morning
Domestic Train
Nov 02, 2019: Delhi to Ranthambhore (day train)
This tour takes you to the best birding sites of North India (such as Sultanpur bird sanctuary, Keoladeo National Park and National Chambal Sanctuary and Himalayan Foothills) & best Tiger Park of Rajasthan & Uttarakhand (Ranthambhore and Corbett National Park) along with the must do visit to the iconic Taj Mahal.
You can expect between 350 to 400 species of birds and between 20-25 Mammals on this trip.

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Birds, Wildlife & Palaces of Rajasthan 14N15D - 16th to 30th November 2019

Delhi, Ranthambhore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, and Udaipur
Travel Dates: November 16 to 30, 2019
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: JVD2-RAJ-NOV2019
Tour Pace: Easy to Moderate
Asian Adventures Wildlife & Culture Guides
This tour takes you to the best wildlife, birding and cultural sites of Rajasthan.
One can get over 250+ species of birds on this trip. It encompasses varied landscapes and experiences that North India offers. These features make this tour very fruitful and popular..

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Alaska – Birding & Wildlife: Summer 2020

Alaska is an immense and superb birding and wildlife destination with spectacular scenery: snowy mountains, glaciers, islands teeming with sea birds, coastal fjords edged with fog-drenched forest, vast boreal taiga, and untold miles of rolling tundra.
This tour offers an excellent cross-section of the wildlife and habitats of this enormous land.

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17th June to 1st July 2018


Sandwich Bird ToursA birding and wildlife tour of Uganda in search of the enigmatic Shoebill and the few remaining Mountain Gorillas.
Led by John van der Dol
Grading: a certain amount of fitness required especially for the Gorilla and Chimpanzee tracking.
Focus: on birds and mammals
Early booking recommended as group will be no larger than 12.


A photographer's paradise

Dates and price to be fixed when we have some idea of how many people are potentially interested.
Rough guide £4 to 4.5K plus flight fully inclusive.

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