Reef & Rainforest Tours

Reef & Rainforest Tours

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Area: Global
Type: Tour Operator

Alan Godwin

Tel: +44-(0)1803-866965

Coral reefs and tropical rainforests are considered the world’s most biodiverse habitats. Although our name specifies these, we offer natural history tours to all the world’s habitats, some more biodiverse than others but all containing special species and offering profound insights into the bewildering diversity of our Mother Earth.

For over 30 years we’ve been specialising in tailor-made itineraries, painstakingly designed and executed to provide our clients (most of whom have travelled with us multiple times) with thrilling, stimulating and enlightening natural history holidays. They tend to be general wildlife enthusiasts who appreciate all that nature provides: birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects, invertebrates, fish, corals, trees and plants.

We also offer small, expertly led group tours to places often difficult to access by oneself, such as Papua New Guinea and Madagascar. These may be led by UK-based specialists (many of whom are wildlife photographers who can help improve your images) or local naturalists: whatever or whoever they are, you can be sure they will be experts in their fields. We’ve had Martin Hughes-Games, Benedict Allen, Nick Garbutt, Hilary Bradt, George McGavin and Nick Baker (among others) leading our tours over the years.

The list of our destinations is ever-evolving but currently include: Madagascar, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Ecuador/Galapagos, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Guyana, Colombia, Bhutan, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Sao Tome & Principe, Borneo, Indonesia, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Eswatini, Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo.

Established in 1990, Reef & Rainforest were pioneers in wildlife travel with many firsts. We were the UK’s first specialist for wildlife trips to Madagascar; we offered the first jaguar watching tours to Brazil’s Pantanal; we featured Belize (our first destination) when most thought it was a war zone (it wasn’t thanks to the British Armed Forces); we are the UK’s longest and primary specialist for Papua New Guinea.

Each one of our small team of wildlife experts has an average of 15 years in tour operation. We are based in the beautiful South Hams town of Totnes in Devon, with offices right by the River Dart. We often see seals, cormorants, swans and kingfishers from our windows.

Call or email us, or if you are in the area please come and visit our sunny offices. For those of our clients who live too far away or are based overseas, we look forward to hearing from you and hope to meet you one day. We exhibit at Destinations in Olympia, London, in late January and the Rutland Bird Fair each August so perhaps we will see you at those. Whatever is the case, you can be sure we will provide a wildlife holiday second to none for logistics and variety.


Gujurat, Kaziranga and central India, 2020: John Weir, 4 weeks & 44 species including Rusty-spotted Cat and Striped Hyena.

Madagascar, 2019 (& 2016): Reef and Rainforest’s very useful guide to seeing some of the top Madagascan mammals including Aye Aye, many Sifakas and Omura’s Whale.

Guyana, 2014: Ian Lloyd’s report of a trip with mammals including TayraGiant OtterGiant Anteater and many primates.

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