The best holiday for birdwatchers

Cape Verde offers birdwatching enthusiasts many unique opportunities, which is just one of the reasons why these wonderful islands are becoming an increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers. The Cape Verde islands are home to a number of species of birds, several of which feature on the red alert list of endangered species. Bird lovers from around the world come to the islands to see them in their natural habitat before it is too late. We are delighted to offer accommodation in Cape Verde that caters for relatively easy travel around the islands to see as many birds as possible.

The Ngon-Ngon, as it is locally called, is one of the leading attractions for bird enthusiasts. It is known in the rest of the world as Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae and has an interesting place in history. The earliest known observance and sketch of the Ngon-Ngon was during 1768 by Sydney Parkinson from the deck of HMS Endeavour during Captain James Cook’s first voyage in the Pacific, meaning that this bird is a significant part of the islands’ history.

For hundreds of years, these unique birds have made their home in the craters of the highest peak of the Cape Verde islands, Pico de Fogo on the island of Fogo. This is one of the more fascinating volcanic hot-spots around the world. Birdwatchers who are planning to travel to see Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae in their natural nesting place should be aware of the fact that the walk up Pico de Fogo can be quite a physical challenge, although of course the rewards for doing so are unique and exceptional.

We make it as easy as possible for you to visit the Cape Verde islands with our accommodation services. For those wishing to see the Ngon-Ngon, our two most popular options are the Hotel Savana and the Old Colonial Guest House. Both of these offer an outstanding combination of relaxing comfort and excellent affordability for those seeking to explore the island of Fogo.