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by John Kinghorn

“GREY PETREL COMING DOWN PORTSIDE FROM THE BOW” were the words blasting through the miniscule speaker on the guides’ radios. This was of course followed by a stampede of eager, adrenaline-driven birders all running and jostling against the railings on the portside of the luxurious cruise liner, the MSC Sinfonia, in an attempt to lay eyes on the now careering and highly-sought after procellariid. All of a sudden cries of “there it is!” began to echo from decks twelve to six at the stern of the ship, interspersed with cheers of joy, crisp high fives, and the machine-like shutter clicks of many a camera, as ‘trigger-happy’ birders tried their best to capture the moment, and, most importantly, the bird, in all its rarefied glory.

 

If you had said to me at any time before the 24th of April 2017 that almost two thousand birders crammed onto a single cruise liner would all simultaneously experience some of the best pelagic birding to have ever been experienced in our waters, I would have answered you very skeptically, in fact I would have thought you completely mad. It is thus only understandable that the first hour and forty minutes experienced on our first morning’s birding in the deeper oceanic waters almost 140 nautical miles south of Cape Town left me speechless and shaking thanks to levels of excitement only ever experienced previously when Disney announced the creation of a new Star Wars movie. Quite frankly, it was probably one of the best days of birding I have ever experienced in all my ten years of birdwatching.

Birders on Board MSC Sinfonia (photo John Kinghorn)

Birders on Board MSC Sinfonia (photo John Kinghorn)

Each year BirdLife South Africa hosts their Annual General Meeting in a different part of our absolutely gorgeous country, and each year they choose to highlight the birds and birding in that area, which inevitably sees birders from far and wide ‘flock’ to this meeting of like-minded, driven, and passionate birders, whether it be to partake in the AGM itself, participate in the bi-annual ‘Learn About Birds’ conference, or simply enjoy the biodiversity to be found wherever the event may be. Only once before has BirdLife South Africa taken this event to the deep blue, and that was back in 2013, when the congregation of birders, scientists, and general members of the public headed north along the West Coast of South Africa, from Cape Town to Walvis Bay in Namibia and back again. It was such a success that four years later they decided to do it again. However this time there was a twist: majority control over the MSC Sinfonia, a custom-designed route tailored specifically for the best birding in our sub-region’s waters, chumming, and the ability to specify which evening would have chocolate mousse and which wouldn’t (jokes aside, though, this dessert needs to be made mandatory for further dinners on the next Flock at Sea). It took years of monthly meetings and negotiations with the MSC head office, but they eventually came to the party, the bird party that is, much to the excitement of the South African birding community.

 

So what was all the hoo-hah about a customized, birding-specific route? Besides the facts that the waters off the coast of South Africa, particularly off the Western Cape, are arguably some of the best waters in the world for pelagic birding, next to New Zealand and Australia, and that some incredible species are to be seen in their hundreds when finding a fishing trawler on your ‘average’ day trip, there were gems that lay waiting in the deeper waters, mouth-watering specials which rarely come into the trawling grounds but prefer the upwelling and colder waters along the continental shelf. This is the edge of the southern African sub-region and the beginning of the world-renowned southern oceans, which carry on due south to the icy continent of Antarctica.

The route we traveled (photo Andrew De Klerk)

The route we traveled (photo Andrew De Klerk)

There is nothing more rewarding for us guides to witness the facial expressions of eager, first-time pelagic birders the moment they lay their eyes on their first albatross. On pelagic day trips out of Cape Town this is generally a species of the genus Thalassarche which makes an early appearance, either a Shy or Black-browed Albatross, both of which are considerably smaller than the biggest of them all, species of the genus Diomedea, or the ‘Great Albatrosses’. One can therefore imagine the pleasure we got from showing these eager, new pelagic birders their first-ever albatrosses, and not just any albatross, but a good five or so Wandering Albatrosses of varying ages, which had been following the ship since first light – heart-stopping stuff!

Wandering Albatross (photo Francois de Plessis)

Wandering Albatross (photo Francois du Plessis)

It wasn’t long after the Grey Petrel sighting, and most certainly long before our adrenaline levels were able to stabilize to a normal rate again, when the call of “Sooty Albatross” echoed across the stern, immediately triggering the violent swinging of heads, one or two cases of potential whiplash from said violent neck-swinging, and vigorous scanning until the bird came into view, showing off all of its chocolate-brown glory.

Sooty Albatross (photo Francois de Plessis)

Sooty Albatross (photo Francois du Plessis)

However, it would seem that Mother Nature had not yet finished her scheduled delivery of avian specialities, because within a matter of minutes after admiring the Sooty Albatross the call of “White-headed Petrel” came through on the guide’s radios. Personally, this was one of the Pterodroma species I had most wanted to see, and I know that my friends and colleagues, Dylan Vasapolli and Jason Boyce, who were both guiding on the boat, likewise ranked this as a bird they desperately wished to see. The bird performed exceptionally well, and we all managed absolutely jaw-dropping views of it.

White-headed Petrel (picture Francois de Plessis)

White-headed Petrel (picture Francois du Plessis)

When we thought that our day simply couldn’t get any better, all of a sudden somebody screamed a question which had previously only been spoken of in legends and fables and one which stopped the hearts of a good few hundred birders as the suspense rose and the bird got closer to the stern: “Hang on, is that a Light-mantled?”. The light coloration on the bird’s back in contrast to the rest of its chocolate-brown body was what had us all going, but as it came closer we were able to make out the thin, pale-blue line on its lower mandible, and, all of a sudden, as if in unison, the stern of the ship with a good three hundred birders present erupted into cheers of joy and jubilation as we feasted our eyes on the Light-mantled Albatross’s natural beauty. We were sitting with mouths slightly agape and the breath knocked out of us as if we were in the twelfth round of a pay-per-view boxing match, and although not many will admit it, there was a lot of drooling going on… This surely had to take the spot for ‘bird of the trip’!

Light-mantled Albatross (photo Francois de Plessis)

Light-mantled Albatross (photo Francois du Plessis)

The first day most certainly set the bar high, but the following two days didn’t disappoint either, with highlights including Black-browed, Indian and Atlantic Yellow-nosed, and Shy Albatrosses, both Northern and Southern Giant Petrels, Soft-plumaged, Great-winged, and White-chinned Petrels, Sooty, Cory’s, Great, and Manx Shearwaters, Black-bellied, European, and Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Antarctic and Salvin’s Prions, Subantarctic Skua, and several groups of Arctic Terns making their way north – a list most definitely indicative of the incredible birding that the southern oceans have to offer!

 

Reflecting back on this incredible experience as a whole – the gorgeous sunsets, the great food, the opportunity to share birding tales from across the globe with like-minded folk, friends, and colleagues, and the comradeship among all in attendance – was an intangible vibe that we won’t be forgetting in a long time.  It was an absolute privilege for the folk from Birding Ecotours to be a part of this event, one which has proved to undoubtedly have been one of the best pelagic trips to be had in our waters in a very long time! It was even more of a privilege for us to share with those on board our love, passion, and enthusiasm for sea birds and pelagic birding as a whole, and we thank BirdLife South Africa for this incredible opportunity and the great work that they are doing to conserve our world’s seabirds!

 

This, however, does not mark the end of our pelagic adventures! Birding Ecotours has been running pelagic day trips out of Cape Town for some time now, and we would love to have you join us on one of them to experience with us this “whole new world”, to quote Disney’s Aladdin. You can view more at http://birdingecotours.com/style/1-day-pelagic-trips.

John Kinghorn

 


South Africa Birding Tours

South Africa is one of the best value destinations on the entire continent. The outstanding infrastructure, great accommodation, excellent food, wonderful South African hospitality, spectacular and varied scenery, and the presence of Africa’s big and small mammals makes it one of the most pleasant countries in the world to bird in.

Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2017

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: September 30, 2017
Date End: October 08, 2017
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R49,026 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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African Oystercatcher

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2017

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Spaces Available:: 5
Date Start: October 09, 2017
Date End: October 16, 2017
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: R28,727 per person sharing, (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: “The Fairest Cape” is an apt name for this part of the world, with the iconic Table Mountain, the picturesque Cape Peninsula, winelands in spectacular valleys between the Cape Fold Mountains, and argua...

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Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2017

Duration: 16 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Spaces Available:: 0
Date Start: October 16, 2017
Date End: October 31, 2017
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R54,817 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This tour is now fully booked. Please consider our 2018 tour. This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (t...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails 2017

Duration: 3 days
Limit (Group Size): 5
Date Start: October 31, 2017
Date End: November 03, 2017
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Between R7267 and R9770 per person sharing, based on group size and various other factors.
Summary: This short Birding Tour South Africa adventure concentrates on finding four particularly tough birds: Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Flufftail, and Striped Flufftail. Although there is no guarantee...

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Birding Tour South Africa: Marsh Owl by Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip 2017

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: November 14, 2017
Date End: November 21, 2017
Tour Start:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour End:: Harare, Zimbabwe - or Johannesburg: a transfer is arranged before crossing the border
Price: 6 - 8 participants R22,827 per person sharing, 4 - 5 participants R27,122 per person sharing
Summary: This wonderful tour through less-traveled but very bird-rich north-eastern South Africa will have us explore such renowned hot birding spots as Zaagkuilsdrift, Magoebaskloof, and Mapungubwe National Park. ...

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Knysna Turaco - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: 12-day Western Cape February 2018

Duration: 12 days
Limit (Group Size): 8, rarely 9
Spaces Available:: 6
Date Start: February 14, 2018
Date End: February 25, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: George
Price: R44,934 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: We often get feedback that the accommodation on this ‘Birding Tour South Africa’ adventure is great! Indeed, South Africa is one of the best value destinations on the entire continent. The exce...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa March 2018

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: February 25, 2018
Date End: March 14, 2018
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R68,300 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range of 400...

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Birding Tour Kalahari - Aardvark

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: The Kalahari 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 02, 2018
Date End: April 09, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Main tour: R40,987 per person sharing. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-trip: R31,888 per person sharing. (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: We offer an optional 6-day Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park pre-tour extension to this tour. Welcome to our Birding Tour Kalahari expedition. The vast Kalahari area is semi-desert, where some very tough Africa...

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Birding Tour Southern Africa - African Scops Owl - Martin Benadie

Birding Tour Southern Africa: Owls of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa 2018

Duration: 15 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: April 10, 2018
Date End: April 24, 2018
Tour Start:: Windhoek, Namibia
Tour End:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: R66,462 per person sharing
Summary: Owls of Africa: The southern dozen – Birding Tour Southern Africa This is a trip in which we concentrate on finding the fine suite of owls inhabiting Africa south of the mighty Zambezi River. Most of...

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South Africa

Mammal and Birding Tour South Africa: Drakensberg and Zululand 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: April 10, 2018
Date End: April 18, 2018
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Durban
Price: R47,534 per person sharing.
Summary: KwaZulu-Natal is one of the richest places for mammals and birds in South Africa. On this ‘Birding Tour South Africa’ adventure we first sample the impressive Drakensberg, which has lots of bir...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment June 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: June 01, 2018
Date End: June 09, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R56,870 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Lappet-faced Vulture - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa - Cape, Namaqualand and Kalahari 2018

Duration: 13 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 9
Date Start: August 15, 2018
Date End: August 27, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Kimberley
Price: R64,656 per person sharing
Summary: This is a birding adventure in which a large number of localized southern African endemics will be encountered. In addition, big mammals such as black-maned Kalahari lion will be an exciting distraction to...

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Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park 2018

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: September 01, 2018
Date End: September 11, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: George
Price: Main tour: R50,562 , Kruger NP extension R26,889
Summary: South Africa’s Western Cape Province is scenically stunningly beautiful and hugely varied – from rocky sea cliffs and impressive mountains rising straight out of the sea to everything from moist temper...

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Leopard - John Tinkler

Birding Tour South Africa: Kruger National Park and Escarpment October 2018

Duration: 9 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: September 30, 2018
Date End: October 08, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R56,870 per person sharing
Summary: This is a tour for those who want the ultimate African mammal safari experience while also seeing a huge diversity of birds, a disproportionate number of these birds being very brightly colored, charismati...

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African Oystercatcher

Birding Tour South Africa: 8-day Western Cape October 2018

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: October 07, 2018
Date End: October 14, 2018
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: R31,700 per person sharing, (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: “The Fairest Cape” is an apt name for this part of the world, with the iconic Table Mountain, the picturesque Cape Peninsula, winelands in spectacular valleys between the Cape Fold Mountains, and argua...

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Quailfinch - Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Subtropical South Africa October 2018

Duration: 18 days
Limit (Group Size): 8 (rarely 9)
Date Start: October 14, 2018
Date End: October 31, 2018
Tour Start:: Durban
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: R68,300 per person sharing (The prices assume a group of 8, but we typically guarantee the departure even with a smaller group.)
Summary: This subtropical tour provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of species will be seen (the typical bird list for this adventure is in the range of 400...

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Birding Tour South Africa - Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

Birding Tour South Africa: Elusive Owls and Flufftails 2018

Duration: 3 days
Limit (Group Size): 5
Date Start: October 31, 2018
Date End: November 03, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Between R8430 and R11333 per person sharing, based on group size and various other factors.
Summary: This short Birding Tour South Africa adventure concentrates on finding four particularly tough birds: Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Flufftail, and Striped Flufftail. Although there is no guarantee...

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Birding Tour South Africa: Marsh Owl by Andrew de Klerk

Birding Tour South Africa: Zimbabwe/Mozambique pre-trip 2018

Duration: 8 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: November 14, 2018
Date End: November 21, 2018
Tour Start:: Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour End:: Harare, Zimbabwe - or Johannesburg: a transfer is arranged before crossing the border
Price: 6 - 8 participants R26,479 per person sharing, 4 - 5 participants R31,462 per person sharing
Summary: This wonderful tour through less-traveled but very bird-rich north-eastern South Africa will have us explore such renowned hot birding spots as Zaagkuilsdrift, Magoebaskloof, and Mapungubwe National Park. ...

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Rufous-eared Warbler

Northern Cape Larks and other regional endemics – 3-5 days

Duration: 3 days
Price: On request
Summary: Southern Africa is the lark capital of the world, and larks are at times the favorite group of birds for Chris (when he is not chasing owls) and some of the other Birding Ecotours guides. And a disproporti...

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Blue Crane - Andre Stapelberg

2-day Agulhas Plains (Overberg) Birding Trip

Duration: 2 days
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: on request
Summary: This trip forms part of the 12-day Western Cape Birding Tour. This is a trip in which a disproportionate number of large and spectacular birds are encountered. We bird the stronghold of the world’s p...

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Ground Woodpecker - Ian Merrill

2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop

Duration: 2 days
Tour Start:: Cape Town
Tour End:: Cape Town
Price: on request
Summary: 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. T...

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Orange-breasted Sunbird - John Tinkler

Cape Peninsula Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is located near Table Bay on the northern extremity of the stunning Cape Peninsula. This morning we will fetch you from your Cape Town hotel and s...

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Cape Rockjumper - Andre Stapelberg

Cape Peninsula and False Bay Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: This tour will give you a chance to see some of the Cape’s best scenery while taking in some of its best birds as well, like Orange-bellied Sunbird, Knysna Warbler, and Victorin’s Warbler. ...

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Pelagic trawler - Martin Benadie

Cape Town Pelagic Trip - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Limit (Group Size): 8 - 10
Tour Start:: Simon's Town
Tour End:: Simon's Town
Price: R1900, with occasional discounts to R1700 (please ask). This is based on a group size of 8 - 10 participants plus the guide.
Summary: 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 s...

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Orange-breasted Sunbird - Gareth Robbins

1-day Garden Route

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Plettenberg Bay
Tour End:: Plettenberg Bay
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The Garden Route – a special gem, offering spectacular and unique bird sightings, complimented with breath-taking scenery and phenomenal landscapes, all encompassed within lush forest lands, fynbos, thic...

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Black Harrier - John Tinkler

West Coast Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1 day
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The West Coast National Park is a 1-hour drive (if traveling directly) from Cape Town, But we certainly will be birding all along the way instead of driving directly! ...

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Buff-spotted Flufftail - Hugh Chittenden

1.5 - 2-day Trips for Rare Owls, Flufftails, Drakensberg Endemics, and more, near Johannesburg

Duration: 2 days
Price: on request
Summary: We often run a 24-hour trip out of Johannesburg or Pretoria, with one night in Dullstroom, targeting Cape Eagle-Owl. Often we run this trip purely as fund-raising trip to raise money for bird conservation....

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Verreaux's Eagle-Owl - Alan van Norman

Other / miscellaneous 1 - 3-day birding tours available in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area

Duration: 3 days
Price: on request
Summary: We take birders to sites for some exciting birds that can be found on the doorstep of Johannesburg and Pretoria, if you know exactly where to go, like our guides do. We can also arrange 2-3 day Wakkerstroo...

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Black-headed Oriole - John Tinkler

Johannesburg - Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: These beautiful botanic gardens are one of Johannesburg’s most idyllic natural sites, and here one can see Verreaux’s Eagle and other raptors soar in front of a lovely waterfall, while the beau...

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Malachite Sunbird - John Tinkler

Johannesburg - Highveld and Wetlands

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: Our birding guide will fetch you after breakfast from your hotel anywhere in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area, and take you first to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in the morning, then to Marievale wetlands in...

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Purple-crested Turaco

Durban Day Tours

Duration: 2 days
Summary: We do a variety of excellent 1-day and 2-day tours around Durban, in addition to our longer, 16-day KwaZulu-Natal and Subtropical South Africa birding tours. Please contact us for further details or click ...

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The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg.

Birding the Sani Pass and Lesotho

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu-Natal
Tour End:: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg Escarpment and highlands, plus spectacular mountain scene...

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Cape Starling - James Reveley

Dinokeng / Zaagkuilsdrift

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg
Tour End:: Johannesburg
Price: Please see http://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Summary: After an early collection at your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria, we’ll head north into prime “bushveld” habitat north of Pretoria. A summer outing here offers over 100 species in a ...

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Secretarybird by John Tinkler - South Africa Birding Tour

1-3-day Northeastern Gauteng

Duration: 1 day
Tour Start:: Johannesburg/Pretoria
Tour End:: Johannesburg/Pretoria
Price: On request
Summary: The 1-3-day trip to the northeastern parts of ‘wider’ Gauteng offers both species richness and species diversity. A day list of 150 in the summer and 120 in the winter is not an uncommon achievement. ...

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Diane and I participated in an amazing 12 day Western Cape Bird watching tour through Birding Ecotours in the fall of 2011 with Mark Harrington as our driver/guide. Mark was a very pleasant, good humoured, knowledgeable guide whose knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Western Cape area was outstanding. He was able to identify all of the birds we saw very quickly and took the time to make sure that all of our group was able to clearly see and identify each new bird or animal. As well his knowledge of the cultural history of South Africa made the trip an excellent learning experience for both of us. He was able to smooth over any rough patches in the tour and made all of us feel special. We hope that in the future that he can be our guide again.

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