I was very happy with my recent relaxed 10 day birding trip with 2 clients in the South Western Cape where we saw 228 bird species, excluding pelagic birds as that trip was cancelled due to poor weather and rough seas at the time, along with 20 mammal and reptile sightings.

Black Korhaan

Black Korhaan

Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Town

Orange-breasted Sunbird

Olive Bush-Shrike

Olive Bush-Shrike

Knysna Turaco

Knysna Turaco

Knysna Woodpecker, female

Knysna Woodpecker

Warbler, Victorin's 641 Rooi Els _MG_2239 w600 Victorin’s Warbler


Under normal conditions a total of 228 birds over a 10 day period in a varied mix of habitat types within the South Western Cape circuit, would not present a challenge; however the conditions were foul with strong winds, driving rain, sleet and snow with only the occasional warm sunny spell in between all this …

Viewed in perspective my previous best without the pelagic mix was 203 bird species during much the same time of year under far more favourable viewing conditions.

So in spite of the weather the birds where there to be had in return for perseverance and some ‘good luck’ with many on display for protracted periods of time for the visual enjoyment they provided us in the process.

Add to all this the magnificence of the Cape Floral Kingdom in springtime against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges and you have a perfect combination of a really great birding and botanical trip to this unique part of the world with the possibility of a pelagic trip off Cape Point as an added ‘bonus’ to round off the overall safari experience…

For more info on bird tours in South Africa, and both birding day trips and longer birding trips out of Cape Town, contact Patrick or Marie-Louise on



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