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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

2018 Schedule

 

24/25 February 6 places left
24/25 March 6 places left                 Leach’s Storm Petrel – Deeper ocean
20/21 April 4 places left
16/17 June 4 places left
14/15 July 8 places left
25/26 August 6 places left
8/9 September 8 places left
29/30 September 8 places left
13/14 October 8 places left
3/4 November 8 places left

 

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: R2100, with occasional discounts to R1900 (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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Photo and Birding Tour Namibia and Botswana: 13-day Adventure 2019

Duration: 13 days
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Date Start: March 09, 2019
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Price: R96,981 per person sharing, based on 4 – 7 participants in a 14-seater van with some seats removed.
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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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