Africa - Kalahari to the Cape
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- This is the conundrum you face going to Hermanus at this time of the year...Raymond Kite reports.
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Cape Province - South Africa
- 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
Cape Province, South Africa
- 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
- 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
Town - Zimbabwe.
- 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