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2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop



We fetch you from your hotel in the early morning and head through spectacular scenery to the beautiful town of Ceres (2.5 – 3 hours’ drive from Cape Town). Ceres is the gateway to the Karoo. The Karoo happens to be one of the greatest endemic hotspots on the entire African continent, and almost everything will be new to birders who haven’t yet visited these parts.

 

 

Duration: 2

Tour Start: Cape Town

Tour End: Cape Town

On the way to Ceres, we may also find some exciting non-Karoo endemics such as Cape Clapper Lark, Cape Long-billed Lark, Protea Canary, and many others. Our Karoo-proper birding will start at a canyon near Katbakkies, which is a famed site for the bizarre, crevice-skulking Cinnamon-breasted Warbler. But, this canyon is also full of other incredibly exciting species such as the beautiful Fairy FlycatcherPale-winged Starling, Mountain Wheatear, Layard’s Tit-babbler, Rufous-vented Tit-babbler, Cape Eagle-Owl (this one requires a lot of luck), and a host of other rock- and mountain-associated species. We will then head onto the vast flat plains for a completely different suite of endemics, including Karoo Korhaan, Tractrac Chat, Sickle-winged Chat, Karoo Chat, Karoo Eremomela, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Rufous-eared Warbler, Southern Grey Tit, Karoo Lark, Karoo Long-billed LarkLarge-billed Lark, Spike-heeled Lark, and many others. Booted Eagle is relatively common here in these dry parts of the south-western Cape. By the time we reach the lovely and very hospitable Tanqua B&B, our chances of finding Ludwig’s Bustard, Namaqua Warbler, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Namaqua Dove, Dusky Sunbird (with luck), Double-banded Courser, and the rare and declining Burchell’s Courser will have markedly increased. The vicinity of the B&B itself has proved one of the most reliable sites in South Africa (and the world) for the tough Burchell’s Courser.

Night drives at the Tanqua B&B sometimes generate Rufous-cheeked Nightjar, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl (with lots of luck), bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, caracal (red lynx – with luck), and good numbers of other small mammals. After spending the night at the Tanqua B&B, we continue birding for the whole of the next day before eventually arriving back in Cape Town. Our aim is to find almost all the Karoo endemics.

We can extend this trip to 3 days, in which case we could find some very difficult fynbos endemics such as Protea Canary (almost guaranteed given an extra day), Cape Rockjumper, and others, in addition to all the Karoo species. The additional day would involve birding picnic areas and the summit of the rugged Cederberg mountain range.

Recommendation

This 2-day trip forms part of our longer 8- or 12-day Western Cape birding tours. We recommend combining this 2-day trip with the 2-day Agulhas Plains trip and/or a 1-day West Coast or Cape Peninsula/False Bay birding tour, if you have more than two but less than eight days available. To really clean up on South African birds, we recommend the 8-day Western Cape trip plus at least a portion of the Namaqualand and Kalahari Birding trip, plus our 2-week subtropical South Africa birding tour.

The guide for day trips is allocated only after you have booked, as all of them are run as private trips. But we always use the country’s top birding guides.


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My brother John and I joined Chris on a tour of KwaZulu-Natal. As scientists, we were difficult customers, constantly being distracted by plants and rocks instead of birds. Chris tolerated these diversions with unflappable grace. And when our attentions were finally engaged fully in the bird watching we could not have asked for a better guide who knew the calls, where to look for tricky sightings, and had all the necessary local contacts to help us find the truly strange and wonderful. My favorite example of the “strange and wonderful” category was the African Broadbill which was displaying, but in the midst of impenetrable vegetation. Despite this, Chris and the guide managed to get us amazing views in the spotting scope. It was my most memorable bird of the trip. He accompanied us just across the border into Swaziland, past guards with guns (because we wanted to say we’d been there), and to a truly dodgy neighborhood in Durban to look at a rock outcrop, and never once complained – at least not out loud. We’ve been on several other international birding trips, and Chris is still our standard of comparison to all our other guides. And he’s still number one. We will be doing a pelagic trip off South Africa in the not too distant future, and will plan it so Chris can lead us there.

Wil Taylor (University of Wisconsin), on a South African tour guided by Chris



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