Tour At A Glance

Cost:

3099.00

Deposit:

1000.00

Single Room Supplement:

250.00

Tour Code:

Fairly relaxed, but occasional walks on rough tracks and steeper climbs. Seasickness prevention essential for pelagic boat trip.

Group Size:

Seven plus Leaders

Orange-breasted Sunbird Cape Sugarbird Blue Crane Black-browed Albatrosses Bokmakierie Spotted Eagle Owl Cape Bunting Southern Double-collared Sunbird Black Harrier

South Africa - Best of The Western Cape

Date: 29th October - 10th November 2018 [SPACES]
Leaders: Jason Moss and Brian Van der Walt

Introduction

 

Southern Black Korhaan
 
This magical tour around South Africa’s south-west corner is a feast of stunning scenery, great birding and once in a lifetime wildlife experiences, starting in the southern peninsular of the beautiful Western Cape. Boulders Beach and its African Penguin colony is close to our hotel, and we can expect stunning views of these charismatic [if not a little smelly!] birds. Endemic Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Bunting and Cape Siskin frequent Cape point, and the endemic marine Cormorants [including Bank Cormorant] and African Black Oystercatcher are among a variety of other birds here. Our exciting pelagic trip to the continental shelf approximately twenty five nautical miles south of Cape Point gives us an amazing opportunity to view large numbers of seabirds of twenty+ species at close quarters including three species of Albatross. White-chinned Petrel is often the commonest seabird around the trawlers, with Sooty, Great and Cory’s Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Sabine’s Gull, Arctic, Subantarctic and Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Tern, Northern & Southern Giant Petrels and Shy, Black-browed and Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross all possible. Cetaceans could include mighty Humpback or Southern Right Whales and Common or Dusky Dolphins. The Cape Mountain Fynbos specials including the fantastic Cape Rock-jumper, Cape Rock Thrush & Victorin's Warbler can be found as we bird around Rooi Els. Cape Grassbird, Cape Batis and endemic Ground Woodpecker, Black Saw-wing Swallow, Bully Canary, Cape Siskin, Yellow-rumped Widow and the gorgeous Malachite Sunbird all occur while nesting Black Eagle keep us scanning the skies here. Some of the more elusive birds of western South Africa – including Swee Waxbill, Fiscal Flycatcher, Bar-throated Apalis, the endemic Forest Buzzard and the inconspicuous Protea Canary can also occasionally be found nearby at the delightful Harold Porter reserve. North of Cape Town, the wheatlands of Philadelphia can add a variety of Larks, Pipits, Bishops and Weavers as well as South Africa’s National bird - the Blue Crane. The West Coast National Park’s Langebaan Lagoon provides shelter to visiting shorebirds from the northern hemisphere, supplemented in style by the beautiful Marsh Sandpiper & South African Shelduck and an outside chance of Terek Sandpiper or Greater Sand Plover. The strandveld here supports Grey-winged Francolin, White-backed Mousebird, Layard’s Titbabbler, Grey-backed Cisticola, Sickle-winged Chat, Bokmakierie and Long-billed Crombec while we will also look out for Cape Penduline Tit, Southern Black Korhaan and the superb Black Harrier. From here we head eastward through the mountains to the Tanqua Karoo, a remote area of semi desert with stark, geologically interesting landscapes. Of the birds seen about thirty five will be Southern African endemics, including all the desert chats as well as Rufous-eared Warbler, Karoo and Yellow-bellied Eremomela’s, Pale Chanting Goshawk and Cinammon – breasted Warbler. Our next base in the Grootvadersbos State Forest – the westerly extent of a number of South African forest birds—is absolutely delightful and a fantastic opportunity to look for the stunning Narina Trogon along with a host of other desirable forest birds such as Knysna Warbler. Finally we spend a day birding the Agulhas Plains on our way down to the Indian Ocean where the Damara Tern colony rounds off our fabulous exploration of this stunning country.
 
 
 

 

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