Our Cape Town to Kruger Birding Tour is our flagship tour! If run in the Springtime (August / September) this would coincide with the best time of the year for birding in the Cape and the best time for viewing all wildlife in the North. If done in early Summer (November/early December) birding in the Cape is still very good and in the north you would catch the summer migrants, and Kruger offers fantastic wildlife sightings just after the first rains.
Have a look at these Birding Tour Trip Reports for more info:
Cape to Kruger
Birding in Northern Kruger
Table Mountain stands astride the Cape Peninsula as a universally recognized landmark associated with days past of global exploration and more recently the biodiversity of life and natural beauty it has to offer as a National Park situated on the south-western tip of the African continent.
Here in the shadow of the main face of towering sandstone lies the city of Cape Town looking across to Robben Island and south to Cape Point. It is a landscape of floral beauty that is home to a host of highly localized SA endemic bird species such as the Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird. Beyond and further to the south the convergence of the warm Agulhas and cold Benguela currents have created a nutrient rich offshore pelagic environment providing some of the most spectacular seabird viewing in the world. To the north beyond the barrier of mountain chains lies the Great Karoo – a semi- arid thirst land in its own right and host to a wide diversity of natural delights. To the south patches of relic montane forest flank the moist southern slopes of the Cape Folded Mountains above the swath of 'fynbos' botanical beauty along the Southern Cape coast. This is the Western Cape and the start of a two part journey into the interior of Southern Africa ...
Part two of the journey commences with our arrival in the City of Gold as Johannesburg has
been known over the past century of mining exploration. Here the shifting tectonic plates
gave rise to a treasure trove of accessible mineral wealth that has nurtured and sustained
the local economy ever since. Overlying this igneous complex is a rich and fertile landscape
supporting an incredible variety of plants, trees, reptiles, mammals and birds that collectively
comprise the savanna biome of the interior. We will journey along roads less traveled in search of
totally new wildlife experiences as additions to our already incredible species list for the Western Cape.
Not only will we struck by the diversity of wildlife on offer but we will enjoy the striking beauty of
bushveld birding at its best in the Kruger National Park as well as the thrill of the chase looking for
mega listings such as the Big Six – Martial Eagle, Lappet-faced Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard,
Ground Hornbill and, if very lucky, Pel's Fishing Owl.(in the north only!)
Our optional extension takes us to the Northern part of the Kruger Park, with a stay in a luxury private lodge north of the Luvuvhu River which gives us access to special habitat not otherwise accessible. The return to Johannesburg is via the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, an internationally recognized RAMSAR site.
So let us set off into the wilds of Africa in search of birding delights anew ...
KEY BIRDS :
CAPE LEG : African Penguin, Bank Cormorant, Black-browed Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Pintado Petrel, Wilson's Storm Petrel, Spectacled Petrel, Great Shearwater, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Victorin's Warbler, Cape Rockjumper, Neddicky, Grey-backed Cisticola, Ground Woodpecker, Karoo Lark, Large-billed Lark, Spike-heeled Lark, Karoo Eremomela, Layard's Titbabbler, Karoo Korhaan, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Cape Batis, Olive Bush Shrike, Knysna Scrub Warbler, Southern Pochard, South African Shelduck, Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Chestnut-vented Titbabbler, Karoo Scrub Robin, Blue Crane, Acacia Pied Barbet, Burnt-necked Eremomela,
KRUGER LEG : Bateleur, Wahlberg's Eagle, Magpie Shrike, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, African Scops Owl, Green Pigeon, Purple-crested Turaco, Red-billed Oxpecker, Burchell's Starling, Orange-breasted Bush Shrike, Kori Bustard, White-throated Robin, Sombre Bulbul, Yellow-fronted Tinker Barbet, Crested Barbet, Brown-headed Parrot, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Red-billed Hornbill, Grey Hornbill, Comb Duck, Amethyst Starling, African Goshawk, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Sadddle-billed Stork, Openbill, African Spoonbill, Green-winged Pytilia, Red-billed Firefinch, Jameson's Firefinch, Blue Waxbill
KEY MAMMALS: African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Common Eland, Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Hippopotamus, Burchell's Zebra, Bushbuck, Nyala, Impala, Common Reedbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Blue W ild ebeest, Warthog, African W ild Dog, Spotted Hyena , Grey Duiker, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Banded Mongoose and Slender-tailed Mongoose.
4 DAY EXTENSION TO NORTHERN KRUGER, a luxury option’
KEY BIRDS: Meve's Starling, Bohm's Spinetail, Crested Guineafowl, Crowned Eagle and Monotonous Lark, White-crowned Lapwing, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Pel's Fishing Owl, Three-banded Courser, Bronze-winged Courser, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Hooded Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Wood Owl, Giant Kingfisher, African Hawk Eagle, Martial Eagle, Arnot's Chat, Purple Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Mosque Swallow, White-fronted Plover, Lemon-breasted Canary, White-fronted Bee-eater, African Finfoot, Mocking Cliff Chat , Black-throated Wattle-eye, Black-breasted Snake Eagle
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