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Birding tours of South Africa (Multi destination) Kwazulu Natal
Western Cape Province (Includes Cape Town) Northern Cape Province
Kruger National Park Mpumalanga Province (Includes Wakkerstroom)
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Bushmanland and the Kalahari Gemsbok February 2004

  • A long held desire to visit the Kalahari was the real catalyst for this trip. Access through South Africa is the easiest way to get there, so we decided to fly into Cape Town and bird the route north to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park...Nick Ransdale reports

South Africa -  birding trips in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces 2002

  • South Africa is a birders paradise.......South Africa as a country is fantastic, one of the best countries I have ever visited.  It has a 3000 km long coastline and divided into 9 provinces.  The climate is said to be one of the best in the world, especially the Cape Town area....Jan Landsverk reports on a year in the country.

South Africa: Western and Northern Cape 21 February – 14 March, 2001

  • This was our first trip to Africa. Therefore the trip-target was to see as many African species as possible. For this reason we did not plan our trip around certain key species (although everyone of us had several "special birds" in mind). We tried to visit the most characteristic and important habitats. As we had "only" three weeks time, we decided just to visit the Northern and Western Cape provinces...Christoph Moning reports

Northern Cape Province

  • For most people South Africa's Northern Cape Province, if they know anything about it at all, consists of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park.  Perhaps they may have heard of Namaqualand and its wildflowers...For birders there is another reason to visit this area of semi-desert sands, hard gravel plains and rocky mountains.  If you're a raptor freak then few places in southern Africa can compare with the Kalahari... John McAllister reports





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Some Useful bird books for South Africa :
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The Larger Illustrated Sasol Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
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  • This new edition of "Sasol Birds" is larger in both size and extent; a new section deals with the identification of "problem species", or those which are difficult to tell apart. Intended for use in the field, the text is pitched at a level to appeal to beginners, although the detail suggests it may also be of interest to more serious and professional birdwatchers. Distribution information is shown by means of a colour map, and the whole book is colour-coded according to the different bird groups. Probably the best of the current guides.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon: Buy from or

  • Superb, concise and compact enough to use in the field. All the mammals you are ever likely to encounter on a trip to africa. For anyone with an interest in African mammals, there really is no substitute. More than 700 illustrations by the authoritive and acclaimed Jonathon Kingdon.

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara: A Comprehensive Illustrated Field Guide
Ian Sainclair, Peter Ryan: Buy from or

  • This book is the first time ever that a field guide is aiming for the whole region - from 20 deg N up to 200 nautical miles off the continent shores (including Socotra but not Madagascar, Seychelles and other Indian and Atlantic Ocean Islands).

Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife : Southern Africa
Luke Hunter, Susan Rhind: Buy from or

  • This guide covers more than 100 top bird and wildlife-watching destinations, in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, from capital city day trips to dozens of national parks. Each destination has a map to the best sites and detailed itineraries. The 100 page wildlife gallery (mainly birds and mammals) is a delight to read and for each group of species there is a "hotspots" caption picking out the key sites...recommended, especially as a pre-trip planner.

Sasol Birding Map of Southern Africa
Ian Sinclair, Trevor Hardaker: Buy from

  • Featuring over 200 of the top birding sites, this easy-to-use, illustrated map acts as a guide to watching birds in southern Africa. Details of each birding site are featured, including descriptions of habitat, and the type of bird to be found there.

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa
Ian Sinclair: Buy from or

  • This text uses colour photographs to identify more than 900 species of birds known to occur from Antarctica to the Zambezi River. The book is divided into more than 150 plates, each grouping similar birds which are often difficult to distinguish in the field. Comparative descriptions are given, drawing attention to those diagnostic or distinctive characters that make field identification easy. For each species the scientific and English and Africaans common names, length, habitat and call is given. Relative abundance within the region is indicated and whether the species is endemic or not, while maps show where the birds are likely to be found.

Where to Watch Birds in Africa
Nigel Wheatley: Buy from or

  • One of a series of guides devoted to birdwatching, this book contains site accounts, plans, maps, lists of birds in the regions and advice on planning bird-watching trips. It deals with over 200 sites in detail, and mentions many others. Each country is covered alphabetically, including archipelagos and isolated islands off the African mainland, for example, the Azores. Bird lists are included under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities", "Others" and also "Other Wildlife", if relevant. Access details are given, often with detailed site maps. The emphasis of the book is "bird finding", that is, where to go for the "best" species

Birds of Africa
Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart: Buy from or

  • A comprehensive account of the birds of Africa. The text covers all the avifaunal families that occur in Africa, discusses the species that occur within each family, and provides representative examples of each family in depth. Also included is a general introduction to the major avifaunal regions of Africa.

Birds and Beasts - Africa
Bryan Hanlon (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • A gallery of African wildlife, studied, sketched and painted by Hanlon in their natural settings. Each of his major paintings is reproduced in colour with the initial working sketches alongside

Travel Guides for South Africa:

Lonely Planet: South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
Simon Richmond, et al: Buy from or

  • A stunningly fact filled book about South Africa. Whilst primarily a tourist guide, bird watching opportunities and details of National Parks and reserves are well featured. (Over a hundred reserves are covered in varying detail.) The Kruger has a chapter to itself, there are details of how to see South Africa's only Penguin colonies, Ndumo sounds like a magical experience for the it!

Lonely Planet : Cape Town
Jon Murray: Buy from or

  • No fewer than sixteen National Parks, Nature reserves and Forest Parks are described in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town. Add that to a two page section on where to go birding near Cape Town and we have a truly useful travel guide for the visiting birder. Culture, history, fine walks and the wine trail, its all in here. A must for the visitor spending any time in the Cape.

Globetrotter Travel Atlas of South Africa: 1998
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  • Catering for the needs of tourists and visitors, this travel atlas covers places of interest, scenic routes, national parks and key sites in South Africa. The town and city plans of the major centres pinpoint key buildings and places of interest as well as where to stay. Distance and climate charts enable travellers to plan their visits, while photographs reflect the atmosphere of the country.


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