Birding Tours in South Africa

 
and Lesotho

 

 

This huge country (1.220.800 sq km) is a world class birding area. Both experienced and novice birdwatchers are drawn to this region by its high quality birding thanks to well-developed infrastructure and excellent network of national parks and nature reserves. In addition, big game species and pelagic birding opportunities make this trip very special.
Relatively to most of the rest of continental Africa, habitat diversity in southern Africa is high.The mountains of the Cape area support fynbos, a Mediterranean-like maquis, boasting a very high botanical diversity. Offshore, the turbulence caused by the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans attracts many seabirds. North of Cape Town lies the Karoo, semi-desert shrublands, which gives way to arid savanna to the north and moist savanna to the east. In the east, the Drakensberg mountains (3200 m), run north to south parallel to the coast and support rolling montane grasslands and forest. Along the east coast is a string of mangrove-lined estuaries and lagoons, as well as remnant pockets of forest.
Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a landlocked country and enclave entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. It is just over 30,000 sq km in size and lies entirely above 1,400 meters  in elevation.

 

  • over 850 bird species
  • 31 endemics

 

 

23 days bird watching tour (from Cape to Kruger)
Cape Area: 13 days
East (Lesotho to Kruger): 12 days

 

 

Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals .

[ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]


 

Visited areas and sites (see map)

 

 

Cape area

 

Off the Cape coast (pelagic tour):
Black-browed, Shy, Atlantic Yellow-nosed, Indian Yellow-nosed, Wandering Albatrosses, Northern and Southern Giant Petrels, White-chinned, Spectacled, Grey-winged Petrels, Leach’s and Black-bellied Storm-Petrels, Arctic Tern, Sabine’s Gull, Cape Gannet, Cape Cormorant…

Boulder’s Beach: Sandy beaches, boulders.
African Penguin…

Cape of Good Hope NR: Fynbos, moorlands.
Hottentot Buttonquail, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Plain-backed Pipit…

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and Constancia Greenbelts: Indigenous gardens, indigenous forest, fynbos.
Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Forest Canary, Red-chested Cuckoo, Cape Batis, Lemon Dove, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Knysna Warbler, Buff-spotted Flufftail, African Wood-Owl…

Strandfontein Sewage Works: Open water, reed-fringed pans.
Greater Flamingo, Great White Pelican Maccoa Duck, Black-neked Grebe, African Marsh-Harrier, African Fish-Eagle, Cape Teal, Little Rush Warbler…

Sir Lowry’s pass: Rocky mountain fynbos.
Cape Rock-jumper, Victorin’s Scrub-Warbler, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Siskin….

Agulhas Plains, De Hoop NR: monoculture, lowlands fynbos, mountain fynbos.
Cape Vulture, Black Harrier, Blue Crane, Denham’s Bustard, Karoo Korhaan, Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Agulhas Clapper Lark, Cape Vulture, Knysna Woodpecker, Southern Tchagra… and mammals: Bontebok, Cape Eland…

Bontebok NP: Coastal fynbos, plains, shrub land.
Secretarybird, Southern Black Korhaan, Denham’s Bustard, Agulhas Clapper Lark, Grey-winged Francolin, Southern Tchagra, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Cape Bubul, African Black Duck, Malachite Sunbird…

Grootvadersbosch NR: Forest, moist mountain fynbos.
Narina Trogon, Knysna Woodpecker, Knysna Warbler, Victorin’s Srub-Warbler, Forest Canary, Forest Buzzard, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Terrestrial Bulbul, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Olive Bush-Shrike…

West Coast NP, Tradouw Pass, Langebaan: Granite inselbergs, seashore, salt marsh, mudflats, strandveld vegetation.
Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Penduline-Tit, Verreaux’s Eagle, White-backed Mousebird, Cape Robin-Chat, Karoo Scrub-Robin, Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler, Layard’s Tit-Babbler, Acacia Pied Barbet, Chestnut-banded Plover, White-fronted Plover, South African Shelduck…

Velddrif pans, Kransvleipoort, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Clanwilliam:
Chestnut-banded Plover,
Cape Penduline-Tit, Cape Gannet, Cape Long-billed Lark, Cape Clapper Lark, Protea Seedeater, Grey-winged Francolin, Sickle-winged Chat, Cloud Cisticola…

 Eastern South Africa

 

Sani Pass (Lesotho): Protea-studded grasslands, scrubland, tussock grass, cliffs, Afro-alpine grassland.
Grey-winged Francolin, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Eagle-Owl, Lammergeier, Cape Vulture, Southern Bald Ibis, Drakensberg Rock-jumper, Sentinel Rock-Thrush, Buff-streaked Chat, Barrat’s Warbler, Bush Blackcap, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Mountain Pipit, Fairy Flyctcher, Drakensberg Siskin…

Underberg’s upland farms Loop: Grassland.
Cape Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, Wattled Crane, Blue Crane, Blue Swallow, African Quail-Finch…

Xumeni Forest, Creighton area: Patches of mist-belt forest,grassland, upland marshes, agricultural fields.
Cape Parrot, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Southern Bald Ibis, Knysna Turaco, Denham’s Bustard, Orange Ground-Thrush, Chorister Robin-Chat, Buff-streaked Chat, Barrat’s Warbler, Broad-tailed Warbler, Bush Blackcap, Guney’s Sugarbird, Swee Waxbill, Forest Canary…

Hella-Hella Pass: Upland grassland, bushveld, patches of mist-belt forest, cliffs, rocky slopes, river.
Brown-backed Honeybird, Knysna Turaco, Forest Buzzard, Blue Swallow, Lazy Cisticola, Broad-tailed Warbler, Striped Pipit…

Eshowe: Dlinza and Entumeni forests: Evergreen forest and grassland.
Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Green Twinspot, Olive Woodpecker, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Lemon Dove, Buff-spoted Flufftail, African Crowned-Eagle, Green Malkoha, Yellow-streaked Bulbul, Chorister Robin-Chat…

Ongoye Forest: Coastal scarp forest, grassland.
Eshowe species + Green Barbet…

St Lucia Wetland Park: Dune and sand forest, mangrove swamp, grassland, marshes.
Great White Pelican, Pink-backed Pelican, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Crested Guineafowl, Livingstone’s Turaco, Green Malkoha, Swamp Nightjar, Mangrove Kingfisher, African Broadbill, Eastern Nicator, Brown Scrub-Robin, Bearded Scrub-Robin, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodwards’ Batis, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Green Twinspot, Pink-throated Twinspot, Grey Waxbill…

Mkhuze Game Reserve: Sand forest,fig forest, acacia savanna, rocky gorges, subtropical pans and rivers.
Broad-billed Roller, Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Senegal Lapwing, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, African Broadbill, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Bearded Scrub-Robin, Eastern Nicator, Rudd’s Apalis, Olive-tree Warbler, Neegard’s Sunbird, Bushveld Pipit, Green Twinspot, Pink-throated Twinspot, Grey Waxbill… + mammal: leopard, White and Black Rhinoceroses…

Wakkerstroom: Open grassland, patches of forest, gorges, wetlands.
Red-winged Francolin, Ground Woodpecker, Denham’s Bustard, Blue Korhaan, Barrow’s Korhaan, Grey-crowned Crane, Blue Crane, Black-winged Lapwing, Southern Bald Ibis, Sentinel Rock-Thrush, Buff-streaked Chat, Bush Blackcap, Drakensberg Prinia, Rudd’s, Eastern Long-billed, Pink-billed and Botha’s Larks, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Pale-crowned Cisticola…

JG Strijdom Tunnel: gorges.
 
Taita Falcon.

Kruger National Park (Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Satara, Olifants): Lowlands savannas, woodlands, seasonally flowing rivers, pans.
Saddle-billed Stork, Common Ostrich, Mottled Spinetail, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Senegal Lapwing, White-headed Vulture, Brown-headed Parrot, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Southern Ground-Hornbill, Monotonous Lark, White-crowned Lapwing, African Finfoot, Purple-crested Turaco, Black Coucal, Kori Bustard, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Secretarybird, Black-collared Barbet, Lilac-breasted Roller, Bennet’s Woodpecker, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Green-backed Camaroptera, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, White-bellied Sunbird, Southern Black Flycatcher, Thick-billed Weaver, Sabota Lark, Coqui Francolin, Red-headed Weaver, Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark
Mammals: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, White Rhinoceros, Black Rhinoceros, Burchell’s Zebra, Eland, Elephant, Giraffe, Nyala, Sable Antelopes….

 [ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]

 

 

FIELD GUIDES:

 

+ Birds of Southern Africa, 3rd edition. Sasol.
by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton. Struik ed.
+ Southern African Birder, by Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode, Jonathan Rossouw. Struik ed. Sasol.

 

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH AFRICA

 

+ Documentation: Please check with consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health:
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.

+ Infrastructure: Excellent driving conditions.
+ Language: English, afrikaans and 9 other official languages.
+ Local time: GMT+2
+ Electricity: 220 volts. 3 pin sockets.
+ Currency: Rand (ZAR).
+ Climate:
South Africa has a generally temperate climate, due in part to being surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on three sides, by its location in the climatically milder southern hemisphere and due to the average elevation rising steadily towards the north (towards the equator) and further inland. Due to this varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exists. The climatic zones vary, from the extreme desert of the southern Namib in the farthest northwest to the lush subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian ocean. From the east, the land quickly rises over a mountainous escarpment towards the interior plateau known as the Highveld. Temperatures can reach as low as −15 °C (5.0 °F) in Lesotho. Eventhough South Africa is classified as semi-arid, there is considerable variation in climate as well as topography.

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

 All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.
The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss and flight cancellation …
(see terms and conditions)

 

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