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The Following Reports are available from the Western Cape, South Africa :
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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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South Africa - Kalahari to the Cape September 2006

  • Summer came early to the Cape this year and we enjoyed superb sunny weather for all of our time in Cape Town, apart from the last day.  None more so than on the pelagic when the journey out and back was bathed in sunshine and the sea was the calmest I have ever seen it...Steve Rooke reports for Sunbird
Meet us in Africa

Meet us in Africa.

  • For the 50+ age group. Personally led Nature-based guided trips with a mix of culture, conservation issues in South Africa and a focus whilst travelling on wild flowers, birds, butterflies and wild game animals in different habitats. On some of our trips there are wild orchids, alpine species and plenty of grassland flowers. Dragonflies, frogs and all insect life is explored. The 'birding' and the 'botanising' accomodates everyone and encourages beginners- it is excellent, as are the guides!

Western and Northern Cape, South Africa November 2010

  • This was our first visit to southern Africa, and lots of friends had advised us how straightforward it would be.  And it was.  A great country, easy to get around and plenty of wildlife...Julian Hughes reports.

Birds or Whales November 2010

  • This is the conundrum you face going to Hermanus at this time of the year...Raymond Kite reports.

Western Cape 21st Sept 09-28th Sep 09

  • First up was a visit to the Greater Vleis estuary.  Here we picked up the likes of Antarctic Tern, Reed Cormorant, Hartlaub’s Gull, Blacksmith Plover and African Darter among many others...Steve Baines reports.

South Africa, Cape Town to Port Elizabeth areas 10th-26th September 2009

  • In two-and-a-half weeks we enjoyed wonderful scenery, superb wildlife viewing, delicious food and wine and excellent hospitality. With 187 species of birds and 44 species of mammals it was an experience we can thoroughly recommended...Alan Miller reports.

Western and Northern Cape, South Africa 15 July-29 August 2008

  • Having recently returned, I’m struggling to think of another country that combines such a prolific and fascinating avifauna with world-class mammal-watching, an excellent tourist infrastructure, reasonable costs, landscapes and vistas that are perpetually off the scale and a whole host of non-birding back-up activities...Oscar Campbell reports

Western Cape, South Africa, September 12th to the 27th 2007

  • At one of our monthly meetings in a local hostelry we kicked about the idea of a birding trip to the Cape region of Southern Africa.  We quickly gathered all the information we could from the usual sources and started the research. The trip rapidly took shape...Steve Dark 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 Nov-Dec.2002

  • Five of us spent two weeks in South Africa from Nov 24th - Dec 8th 2002 in the company of Glen Holland, a South African now living in New Zealand, and his son Kyle. Glen devised an itinerary that concentrated on the endemics found in KwaZulu Natal but also included three days in the Cape.  Our group trip total was exactly 450 species and we saw 47 mammal species, including the Big Five...Adrian Pitches reports

The Western Cape Province and Namibia 24 Jan – 11 Feb, 2002

  • FANTASTIC!!! What a fun trip this was. The birds were great, the guides were great, and the scenery was phenomenal! We finished up seeing over 473 species of birds and more than 30 species of mammals. We also saw many reptiles, lizards, and amphibians. The Cape floral kingdom was simply amazing. Many of the plants are endemic to the Western Cape Province alone. The rock formations and general scenery throughout this trip were mind-blowing...Ron Hoff reports

Pelagic Trip out of Cape Town 16 April 2001

  • Once around Cape Point, we soon encountered Sooty Shearwaters and a Arctic Skua harrasing terns. About 2 miles offshore, we came across a large feeding frenzy comprising mostly gannets. Careful searching through the birds also produced Wilson's and European Storm Petrel, Shy Albatross and Great, Cory's and Manx Shearwater. But one of the absolute highlights of the day was not a bird...Trevor Hardaker of ZEST for BIRDS reports

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

Cape Town 12 Feb to 21 Feb 2000

  • We found a huge rocky outcrop which housed Cape Gannets and Cape Fur Seals, and nearby was a type of whirlpool created by the Atlantic Ocean meeting the Southern Ocean. We suddenly felt tired and headed back towards our guesthouse. On the way we passed Boulders Bay where the Jackass Penguins lived, and decided we simply had to stop and see them !...Dianne and David Lucas report.

Cape Province - South Africa 20 February - 6 March, 1999

  • This was my fourth trip to Africa, and my first to southern Africa. Having decided on a visit to the region, my next decision was which areas to visit. I only had two weeks at my disposal, am no more than an average quality birder, and was accompanied by Sara, my non-birding wife. I therefore decided against trying to cover the whole country, and instead decided to select one region, and try to cover it thoroughly...Gruff Dodd reports

Cape Province, South Africa 17th September - 15th October 1997

  • In the Desolation Valley the landscapes are very impressive. Here, we saw an adult Black Eagle attempt to catch a Hare. On the Aloe flowers, several Malachite and Lesser Doublecollared Sunbirds. Namaqua Warbler was common....Georges & Mireille Olioso report.

Cape, Namibia and the Shakawe area in Botswana 14th October - 12th November 1996

  • Those who wish to see the great majority of the endemic species restricted to Southern Africa must also visit the Cape Province. This region is one of the five floral kingdoms of the world, with its incredibly rich diversity of fynbos plants such as proteas and aricas. Here is the motherlode of southern African endemic birds, birds of the fynbos, sea and mountains and semi-desert......Jan Vermeulen reports

Cape Town - Zimbabwe. Oct '96

  • This trip report covers my second trip to southern Africa. I am lucky that my wife, Lillian, has a sister in Harare which makes visiting the region easier than for most people. A total of c.290 species were seen, of which 129 were new to me...David Kelly Reports




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Some Useful bird books for South Africa :
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Souther African Birdfinder
Callan Cohen, Claire Spottiswoode et al: Buy from or

  • Absolutely essential and a wonderful addition to South African birding.

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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