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6 Day Birding Trip


THE ITINERARY 6 Day Western Cape

Day 1  Arrival in Cape Town and visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Day 2  Optional pelagic and the Cape Peninsula

Day 3 The Cape Peninsula

Day 4  Cape Town to Ceres via West Coast National Park

Day 5  Ceres & Tankwa Karoo

Day 6  Ceres to Cape Town


THE TOUR IN DETAIL: 6 Day Western Cape.

Day 1:                    Cape Town & Kirstenboch

After arriving in Cape Town we start our exploration of the Cape Peninsula’s picturesque beauty at local birding hotspots. Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain.

It is home to various endemics restricted to the Macchia-like Fynbos vegetation of the southern tip of Africa.Cape Sugarbirds, Orange-breasted Sunbirds in the Protea gardens. Cape Spurfowls on lawns, in denser cover we find Cape Grassbird, Cape Bulbul, Karoo Prinia, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Olive Thrush and Southern Boubou.

In the indigenous forest area on the upper slopes we search for Forest Canary, Cape Batis, African Olive Pigeon and Lemon Dove. Overhead we lookout for displaying Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk and African Goshawk.

Day 2:    Optional Pelagic & Cape Peninsula

The Benguela current off Cape Town supports a wealth of pelagic seabirds. Vast numbers of albatrosses, prions, petrels and shearwaters are found towards the edge of the continental shelf. It is excellent birding year-round on the optional pelagic trip. Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatrosses can be seen with Spectacled and White-chinned Petrels, Southern & Northern Giant Petrels, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Cape Gannet.

When commercial fishing trawlers are encountered birding can be truly spectacular, seabirds in a feeding frenzy in the wake of the vessel. Careful scanning might present us with rarities such as Northern Royal and Wandering Albatrosses. Cetaceans like Bryde’s and Southern Right Whales always likely to be encountered. This pelagic trip is a highlight of a South Africa birding trip. On our way back we visit the African Penguin colony, and on rocky shorelines African Oystercatcher, Bank, Cape and Crowned Cormorants.

Please note that due to extremely unpredictable weather and ocean condition the pelagic tour can be cancelled, also our daily schedule will thus be flexible to optimise both on land and at sea birding.

Day 3:    Cape Peninsula

We will spend a productive morning at Strandfontein Water Works. Here species like Cape and Hottentot Teal, Southern Pochard, Maccoa Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Great White Pelican and Greater Flamingo can be seen. Also in the reedbeds Little Rush and Lesser Swamp Warblers and African Marsh Harrier.

Then we travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This Park showcases the south-western point of the continent. Here we find Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird and maybe Black Harrier, Cape Siskin and Grey-winged Francolin.

Chacma Baboon, Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra and Eland can also be found here. Our greatest challenge today is Knysna Warbler which is a secretive skulker. Forest Buzzard is possible overhead. Forest Canaries are common while Buff-spotted Flufftail are a secretive challenge.

Day 3:    Cape Town to Ceres via West Coast National Park

Leaving Cape Town for the town of Ceres.In the West Coast National Park. High density of Black Harriers as well as Ostrich, Southern Black Korhaan, Grey-winged Francolin and Cape Penduline Tit. Karoo Thrush, White-backed Mousebird, Layard’s and Chestnut-vented Tit-babblers, Acacia Pied Barbet and Fairy Flycatcher Mammals like Eland, Red Hartebeest and Grysbok can be seen here.  On our way to Ceres at mountain lopes Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Fiscal Flycatcher and Protea Canary are a possibility.

Day 5:                    Ceres to Tankwa Karoo

A short drive to the semi-arid central plateau of the Karoo renowned for its endemic larks, chats and canaries.At  Karoopoort a narrow canyon and the gate way to the Succulent Karoo rocky slopes can provide Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Layard’s and Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler, Grey Tit, Acacia Pied Barbet, White-backed Mousebird, Pirrit Batis, Mountain Wheatear and Fairy Flycatcher.

Northwards onto the open flats of the Karoo, reveals Karoo Long-billed, Karoo, Spike-heeled, Large-billed and Red-capped Larks, Karoo Eremomela, Rufous-eared Warbler, Grey Tit, Karoo, Sickle-winged and Tractrac Chats, White-throated, Yellow and Black-headed Canary. Pale Chanting Goshawk on perches, also Verreaux’s and Booted Eagle overhead. In the Karoo proper Namaqua Warbler, Karoo Prinia, Grey-backed Cisticola can be found.

Day 6:    Ceres to Cape Town

After breakfast on our way back Protea Canary Victorin’s Warbler and Cape Siskin are a possibility in Protea stands.The tour will conclude at Cape Town Airport.

The Itinerary is subject to change


Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 March 2017 06:13 )  


Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took:

On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best . A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird partyfeeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler