Bird-lovers are bearers of fantastic stories and can hold you enthralled with tales of their adventures. Rockjumper is one of the foremost worldwide birding tour companies. Owner and tour leader Adam Riley combines the encyclopaedic with the anecdotal as he guides us through the world of birds, bird safaris, and his favourite African destinations.
Do you have a favourite birding destination? Where and why?
Anywhere in the tropical Andes. These equatorial mountains host mega biodiversity, a pleasant climate, amazing scenery, and incredible birding.
What makes it a special place for a birding safari?
It is home to some of the most spectacular birds and has the most bird species of any destination in the world. To illustrate, Colombia which is slightly smaller than South Africa has just short of 2,000 bird species whereas South Africa is on 850.
The sun is setting. Tea, G&T, or beer?
Where would you like to drink it on one of your safaris? Why there?
Zebra Hills Safari Lodge in Zululand, South Africa. It’s my happy place. It has amazing scenery and I’ve had really cool big game and birding experiences there over the years.
Your bird book must have some stories. What is the most memorable experience you have shared?
Recently being the first westerner to see a newly-discovered species in Colombia, which hasn’t even been named yet.