The unknown vulture spectacle! – Ronda and the Straits

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7 days – 12th October – 18th October 2017.

7 days – 25th October – 31st October 2017.

7 days – 17th October – 24th October 2018.

£1,190 for 7 days – price includes all accommodation, meals, guiding, transportation, taxes and entrances but excludes flights which are £80 – £90 return (from UK).

This trip offers the chance to experience not one but two exceptional wildlife areas, combining the lush mountain scenery of the Ronda area with the unparalleled migration spectacle of thousands of Vultures migrating the Straits.

As we travel along narrow, winding roads through thousands of acres of cork and laurel forest towards Ronda, we will hopefully have seen birds like Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare and Redwing before we even arrive.  As if the journey wasn’t picturesque enough, your first view of Ronda, perched high above the massive El Tajo canyon, will take your breath away.

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The neighbouring Sierra de las Nieves and Sierra de Grazalema mountain ranges are UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and host the densest raptor populations in Europe.  There’ll be amazing photographic opportunities for Griffon and Egyptian Vultures and we’ll also be looking for Bonelli’s, Short-toed, Booted and Golden Eagle which all breed in the area.

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While we’re exploring the area we should see species like Rock Bunting, Chough, Blue Rock Thrush, and European Eagle Owl, as well as woodland birds like Crested Tit, Hawfinch Short-toed Treecreeper, and Firecrest.

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You’ll also have chance to explore some of the many pretty traditional whitewashed hilltop villages of the area – we’d be particularly excited to show you the quirkiest of them, Juzcar,  whose inhabitants voted to go against the grain and decorate the village with Smurf murals!

Returning to our home-from-home at Huerta Grande we can then take you to all the best places to observe thousands of vultures, eagles, kites and storks soaring across the 16km of water that separates Europe from Africa at the Straits of Gibraltar.  The vulture migration is particularly spectacular, with as many as 2,300 birds recorded crossing the Strait in a single hour!  You can not see this anywhere else in the world!

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We will engage in observing a Vulture picnic where many of the birds may come to feed upon a carcass.

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There will also be time to explore the local area in and around Tarifa, where we’ll introduce you to some our favourite wetland, woodland and inter-tidal areas, and quite likely a couple of our favourite bars as well.

Be sure to watch our Vulture video here to get a sense of this wonderful experience.

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To book your place on the above tour, check availability or for further information  contact us