South Africa


GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days14
Ground Price£4000
Flight ex UK£500
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
This is a birding adventure in which a large number of localised southern African endemics will be encountered, and big mammals such as black-maned Kalahari Lion will be an exciting distraction from birding. We start with a couple of days around Cape Town, where a plethora of fynbos habitat endemics can be found amid some of Africa’s most splendid scenery. We then drive to Springbok in northern Namaqualand. From here, we can bird the endemic-rich, beautiful desert mountains of one of the most famous flower areas on earth - Namaqualand has a huge plant diversity and its spring flower shows are an impressive sight. In addition, we can also access the desert coast just south of the Namibian border.
Then we head inland for some extremely localized birds inhabiting the region called “Bushmanland”. Further inland, we bird the surroundings of the impressive “waterfall in the desert” (Augrabies Falls) and associated gorge before heading for one of Africa’s great game parks – the vast Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park extending into neighbouring Botswana. This conservation area is on a par with Kruger and Etosha National Parks, and is set in one of South Africa’s most remote wilderness areas wedged between Namibia and Botswana. Not only is this park inhabited by Africa’s charismatic megafauna such as Lion and Gemsbok, but it also hosts many vibrant southern African endemic birds (Crimson-breasted Shrike, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Southern Pied Babbler, Kori Bustard and Black-faced Waxbill). This Park is a truly phenomenal place for raptors and owls – many of which can be found at their day-time roosts. We sometimes add on a trip to Kimberley, especially in winter when recently-described pipits can be seen. We also have an excellent chance of seeing Aardvark there.
Please note that the itinerary above is still flexible and we may opt to spend more time in Cape Town if any participants request this. Also, the itinerary may change slightly according to recent information, accommodation availability and other factors.