When other tour operators mention 'small group sizes' for their trips, very often they mean 15-25 people. That's not the case with Limosa - our groups are genuinely small in size.
By their very nature, birding tours are best enjoyed in a small group. You tell us that you really like Limosa's move towards smaller group sizes, with all the benefits this brings. For 2018 and beyond, you’ll find all but one of our trips are limited to a maximum group size of between 6 and 10 participants. Our maximum group size is clearly stated for every tour.
AND you especially like the fact that at least one guide from the regular Limosa Team accompanies every trip. Guides may be either one or two from the regular Limosa Team, or one Limosa guide working alongside an expert local guide. The number of guides is clearly shown for all tours.
Our groups include people of all ages and from all walks of life. Some are single people travelling alone, some travel as couples, others may come with a small groups of friends.
You don't need to be an experienced birdwatcher to enjoy a Limosa holiday. All sorts of people travel with us - from beginner to expert. All you need to enjoy our tours is a love of birds and the natural world, a desire to travel - and of course, your binoculars!
Age is no barrier but please note that all of our tours are moderately active and do involve walking - sometimes ‘off piste’ - so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
All our guides are expert birders and naturalists, with many years service and a wealth of field experience behind them. You’ll find them enthusiastic, professional and approachable, eager to share their knowledge and imbued with Limosa’s trademark fun, friendly and easy-going style.
Look out for our Leader bios and photos within our latest brochure and on the Leaders page of this website.
Other than when travelling, we generally spend most of each day in the field. Most tours involve at least some walking, at an easy birdwatching pace and with frequent stops to look at birds and wildlife. During a typical day, we can reckon to have walked perhaps three to five miles, sometimes less. There are some exceptions to this, with a few tours that involve half-day or full day walks, or trips of more moderate going rather than easy pace. These will be indicated in the tour description.
Seldom strenuous, our trips call only for a degree of fitness appropriate to the destination you choose. So long as you are able to walk a reasonable distance unaided, age is really immaterial and participants on our tours range in age from around twenty to over eighty. If you wish to know more about the extent of walking on any given tour, please contact our office.
A TYPICAL DAY
Our daily programme is tailored to suit the particular tour destination, so will naturally vary from trip to trip. As the first few hours of daylight are invariably among the best for watching birds and other wildlife, we often offer a pre-breakfast walk or excursion. Or we may take an early breakfast to make the most of the day.
Lunches are usually picnics in the field. On some trips we also use local inns or we may return to our lodgings for a meal. Whenever possible, we endeavour to balance early starts with a reasonable return to base in the evening, allowing time to freshen up before the evening log call (optional) and sitting down to enjoy dinner together.
In the tropics and desert regions especially, wildlife is generally most active first thing in the morning, and again late in the day. The tropical day is also quite short, with around 12 hours of daylight, so we'll want to make the most of it! Be prepared for early starts on these trips - often starting before dawn and returning after sunset. However, as things generally quieten right down during the heat of the day on these tours, our lunchtimes can be very relaxed, followed (when the opportunity presents) by a short siesta before resuming our birding again mid-to-late afternoon.
Occasionally, we may offer an after-dinner 'owling' trip or go spotlighting for mammals. Such excursions are optional.
Wherever possible and schedules allow, our tours use flights offered by the world's leading airlines, including British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Air Canada etc. Travel during the day is usually by comfortable minibus or small coach (varies according to destination and final group size). Some tours also feature boat trips and a few include travel by train.
For the enjoyment of all, we operate a NO SMOKING policy in the vehicle, at meal times and when otherwise in close company of other members of the group. Note that an increasing number of countries also strictly prohibit smoking in public places.