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Day tours:

Cape Peninsula

alt A classic trip that starts at first light in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens below Table Mountain for a mix of forest and 'fynbos' specials before embracing a medley of wetlands scattered across the Cape Flats.

Routing south via Cape Point for shorebirds and back across the mountain range ensures an impressive list by day's end.
Key Species : Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted and Lesser Double-collared Sunbird, Sombre and Cape Bulbul, Knysna Scrub Warbler, Grassbird, Cape Shoveller, S A Shelduck, Bank, Cape and Crowned Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher and many more...
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South Atlantic Pelagic

alt This trip is classed as one of the Top Birding Excursions to do in the World!
Our weather dependent pelagic trip departs from the Simon’s Town harbour at 07.00 heading for the deep sea trawling grounds some 35 nautical miles south west of Cape Point. On the way out we will encounter Cape Gannet, White-chinned Petrel, Sooty Shearwater. Soon after rounding spectacular Cape Point itself we can expect our first sighting of Shy Albatross and either of the two Yellow-nosed Albatross (Atlantic & Indian).
Crossing birds could include Sooty and Manx Shearwater, Cory Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Artic Tern, Wilson’s and European Storm Petrel. All being well the sighting of an active trawler or pole boat could add Black-browed Albatross, Northern & Southern Giant Petrel and Spectacled Petrel to the pelagic list.

Other possibilities for February include Great-winged Petrel, Great Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Sub-Antarctic Skua and Pomerine Skua. Dolphin, Whale, Turtle, Cape Fur Seal and the odd Sunfish sighting could add a further dimension of excitement to the day.
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West Coast Strandveld

southern-black-korhaan-male.jpg A combination of sea and sandveld set against spectacular Table Mountain at dawn marks the start to a diverse day of birding delights and unfolding scenic attractions unique o the sprawling wheatlands and granite capped hills of the Langebaan lagoon.

An extended loop as far north as the Berg river estuary ensures a cross section of waders, shorebirds and a host of semi-arid dwelling species of the coastal 'fynbos'.
Key Species: Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape and Grey-wing Francolin, Large-billed, Karoo, Red-capped and Cape Long-billed Lark, Sickle-winged Chat, Yellow and White-throated Canary, Grey and Penduline Tit.
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South Coast / Hottentot’s Holland

cape-rockjumper.jpg Dawn finds us high on the slopes of the mountain range looking out across False Bay towards Cape Point in the far distance. We set off on foot through pristine displays of colourful mountain 'fynbos' in search of highly localized endemics resident in the area.
From here we wend our way along the scenically impressive coastline looking for shorebirds and the odd pelagic seabird. A further walk takes us to a breeding colony of penguins and cormorants before heading inland to explore two wooded ravines and the surrounding slopes. This route offers the possibility of excellent whale sightings in season as an added bonus for the day.

Key Species : Cape Rockjumper, Cape Siskin, Yellow Bishop, Stone chat, Cape Rock Thrush, Victorin's Warbler, Neddicky, Bar-throated Apalis, African Penguin, Ground Woodpecker and Bank Cormorant.
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Short Tours out of Cape Town:

Our short 'out-of-Cape-Town' birding trips are specially profiled to provide visiting birders with limited time available the chance to pick up on a spread of species typically associated with the mix of habitats within each area.

Combinations of all or any of the Specials trips above or below are available by prior arrangement along with specific birding requests related to species of particular interest.

West Coast Birding Circuit (2 days)

alt Route heads north to the Berg river estuary along the Atlantic coastline embracing a mix of strandveld and marine environments.

Key Species : Clapper, Karoo, Red-capped, Long-billed and Thick-billed Larks, Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Karoo Robin, White-throated and Yellow Canary, Grey-wing, Karoo Korhaan, Capped Wheatear and Cape Francolin along with a wide variety of shorebirds.
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Karoo Birding Circuit (2 or 3-day tour)

alt Route heads east via the Hottentots Holland mountains and on towards the southern tip of Africa before curving northwards across the Agulhas plain to the impressive Langeberg mountains.

Key Species : Cape Rockjumper, Cape Rock Thrush, Victorin's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Widow, Cape Siskin, Southern Tchagra, Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Bar-throated Apalis, Forest Buzzard, Knysna Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler and Swee Waxbill.
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Southern Coast Birding Circuit (2 days)

alt Route follows a 'forgotten highway' into the vast arid interior of the Great Karoo with its scenically spectacular vistas and rugged mountain ranges that are home to some of the most sought after local endemics.
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Longer Tours in South Africa:

Cape Town to Addo Elephant Park via Garden Route: (15 days)

alt 15 days, starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth.A diverse mix of Scenic and Birding delights within Seven Spectacular Habitat Types. This scenic itinerary starts in Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth – from the fynbos biome of the Western Cape via the beautiful Garden Route of Africa’s southern coastline, to Addo National Park possibly the best place to view the African Elephant in an authentic wild setting.
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Cape to Limpopo Valley via Kruger Park: (15 days + 3 day extension)

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Optional Extension to the Grasslands of Wakkerstroom: 15 nights + 3 day optional extension, starting in Cape Town and ending in Johannesburg. An all embracing and unforgettable Medley of Bird and Mammal Experiences. Starting with Table Mountain and Cape Town and ending with the Kruger National Park and the Limpopo Valley, this itinerary is aimed at birders who want to experience the very best of South Africa’s  birding combined with  its scenic beauty and diversity of  animal and floral kingdoms.

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Varda & Dan
Dear Ince,

It is exactly three weeks since our return to Israel, full of stories, experiences and a definite wish to revisit SA in the future again.

I did want to say a special thank you  to you personally for the kind attention which you showed us from the first contact we made with you until the call asking us if all was ok.  The trip to the Drakensberg was just wonderful.  The scenery is not of your making but the conditions and our guide definitely contributed to a good experience.  We would recommend your company and Stef, our guide, to anyone at any time.  And if, at any time during the period of planning and decided, we had second thoughts about taking a trip of this kind, they soon dissolved.

I once again we wish you and your family a good 2012, in good health and fulfilment.
Sincerely good wishes and I hope that if you ever make a visit to our country, you will make sure to be in touch.
Varda
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