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Cape Town Pelagic Trip - 1 day



Pelagic trips off Cape Town are among the most amazing in the world, with at least four species of albatross virtually guaranteed, the splendid Cape Petrel (winter), many other petrels, storm petrels and shearwaters, African Penguin, Cape Gannet, gulls, terns, skuas, jaegers, and others (plus marine mammals).

We offer multiple Cape pelagic trips during the year. Please see under “Details”.

Duration: 1

Limit (Group Size): 8 - 10

Tour Start: Simon's Town

Tour End: Simon's Town

Dates:

 

2017 Schedule

15/16 July – 6 places remaining

12/13 August – 4 places remaining

3/4 September – fully booked

16/17 September – 7 places remaining

14/15 October – 6 places remaining

18/19 November – 7 places remaining

 

We ask participants to meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Simon’s Town harbor, for departure around 7:00 a.m. If you need a transfer, please e-mail info@birdingecotours.com

We then head out of the beautiful False Bay, sailing very close to the dramatic sea cliffs of Cape Point, Africa’s southwestern-most tip. Before leaving the bay, we will already encounter our first pelagic seabirds, such as Sooty Shearwater. Both species of Giant Petrel, Northern and Southern, White-chinned Petrel, and occasionally Spectacled Petrel are also usually close inshore. But the greatest spectacles await us when we reach the rich trawling grounds 30 km or so beyond Cape Point. Literally thousands of albatrosses, petrels, pattering flocks of storm petrels, and many others gather around hake-fishing boats. This is one of the most unbelievably amazing spectacles that any birder can experience! Some people are wary of seasickness, but for those who brave this, pelagic trips can be true highlights of any birding career. With luck, we may also find Bryde’s whale and other whale species, Cape fur seal, and dolphins. The boat returns to the harbor at about 3:00 p.m.

 

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.

 

Detailed information about the pelagic trip can be found in the itinerary below. The Download itinerary also contains a seasonality table for the pelagic species to be found on this trip.

 


Price: R1900, with occasional discounts to R1700 (please ask). This is based on a group size of 8 - 10 participants plus the guide.

Single Supplement: n/a

A small proportion of the profit is donated to seabird conservation (specifically helping the fight against albatross deaths caused by long-line fishing).

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Hi Chris, Just a quick note today to let you know that mom (Eleanor) and I had a fantastic day with Dylan. First of all it was a great comfort to meet someone at the airport from the area who knows how to go about things. Dylan provided us with a splendid introduction day to the common bird families and antelope (plus a mongoose) at Rietvlie which was exactly what we needed after being cooped up on a plane for so long! He also capably described things about each family and then the species we were seeing. What surprised me was how knowledgeable he is about other species around the world which makes it easy for him to relate to our knowledge base. We had a splendid day talking about all sorts of things. You guys are doing everything right -Bravo! Your website came up first in a Google search and it’s very inviting which encourages an inquiry. Chris, you got back to me right away, and Dylan followed up with answers and then read perfectly what we needed. Thank you so much! I will most definitely recommend you to anyone coming to this part of Africa. Keep up the good work! Dylan, thank you! I look forward to coming back some day. Kim Hartquist

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