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



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.

Duration: 2

Conveniently, Dullstroom also has a plethora of greater Drakensberg endemics and other sought-after birds, and we typically look for these the morning after we’ve sought the owl – the pickings include  Yellow-breasted Pipit, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Gurney’s Sugarbird, all three cranes, a host of spectacular widowbirds and bishops, and so many others. Occasionally we are even able to combine this trip with a White-winged Flufftail conservation walk, also near Dullstroom.

We have a couple of relatively reliable sites for African Grass Owl only 45 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg airport, but one has to be there when it is completely dark (very early morning or quite late at night), and you can encounter a host of other species here as well, including abundant Marsh Owl, lots of waterbirds and grassland birds, and sometimes some rarer species such as Black-winged Pratincole.

Flufftails are among the world’s most elusive birds, but some of them can be found near Johannesburg. We have a reasonably reliable site for Red-chested Flufftail in Pretoria year-round (this only needs a morning trip), and 4 hours’ drive from Johannesburg we have a good site for Striped Flufftail in October to early November. Some of these trips can be combined together to form 2-4 day trips, and of course we can also arrange longer tours for you, such as our 8- and 16-day-long Cape and subtropical South Africa tours.

Usually we custom-make trips to see these rare tough species.- Please contact us for information.

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.


Price: on request

Single Supplement: on request

Price includes:

Meals

Accommodation

Entrance fees

Guiding fees

Vehicle hire and fuel

Price excludes:

International and domestic flights

Personal insurance

Alcoholic beverages

Gratuities

Laundry service

Personal expenses such as gifts

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West Coast Birding Tour - 1 day

Duration: 1
Price: Please see https://birdingecotours.com/birding-day-trips/.
Details: 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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Southern Double-collared Sunbird

Photo and Birding Tour South Africa: Western Cape, with extension to Kruger National Park 2019

Duration: 11 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: September 01, 2019
Date End: September 11, 2019
Price: Main tour: R54,607 per person sharing , Kruger National Park extension R29,040
Details: 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 t

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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
Price: Main tour: R50,562 , Kruger NP extension R26,889
Details: 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 t

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Rockrunner - Ian Merrill

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana: 13-day Adventure 2019

Duration: 13 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: March 09, 2019
Date End: March 21, 2019
Price: R96,981 per person sharing, based on 4 – 7 participants in a 14-seater van with some seats removed.
Details: This is a photographic birding tour that gives you time in some of Africa’s greatest (no exaggeration!) wildlife havens. We begin our Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana in Namibia with thr

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Rockrunner - Ian Merrill

Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana: 13-day Adventure 2019

Duration: 13 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 7
Date Start: March 09, 2019
Date End: March 21, 2019
Price: R96,981 per person sharing, based on 4 – 7 participants in a 14-seater van with some seats removed.
Details: This is a photographic birding tour that gives you time in some of Africa’s greatest (no exaggeration!) wildlife havens. We begin our Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana in Namibia with thr

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What our clients say

I joined a custom trip, followed by an African Bird Club conservation tour, with Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours, in November 2012. I sent Chris a wish-list and he was very quick to reply with a detailed itinerary based on the list I sent him. I got 42 lifers on this trip, which actually exceeded my expectations: with a world list of over 7000 species, it is tough for me to see new birds anywhere. Both the custom trip and the conservation trip were extremely well-organised, and the Birding Ecotours guides were superb. The African Bird Club will be doing more trips with Birding Ecotours.

Keith Betton, Chairman of the African Bird Club, UK



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