The funky Crested Guineafowl, a forest species widespread across Africa. See this bird on our set-departures to Northern Kruger and Northern KwaZulu-Natal.


About Lawson's:

We specialise in creating and leading superb natural history tours which focus specifically on birds and wildlife. Founded in 1990, Lawson’s was the very first specialised bird tour company in South Africa. Our experienced tour planners and group leaders will ensure that your expectations are not only met but exceeded, as we get you to the finest bird and mammal hotspots in southern and eastern Africa. From day-trips to multi-destination private tours or set-departure birding and wildlife safaris, Lawson's are the regional experts and will create the experience of a lifetime for you.


Lawson’s safaris comprise:
  • small groups of up to 12 participants (safaris for larger groups or private tours are available on request)
  • knowledgeable and experienced professional leaders
  • excellent accommodation with birds and wildlife on the doorstep
  • incredible wildlife destinations
  • comprehensive itineraries and species checklists


Take a look at our set-departure safaris or contact us to put together a custom-made itinerary to suit your needs, interests and budget.

We look forward to setting up the trip of a lifetime for you and to meeting you here on African soil!

"You'll want to return to Africa with us time and time again!"



 Lawsons Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris





Orange-breasted Sunbird

  South African Endemics Mega-Tour

  In search of South Africa's special birds

Western: 7 - 18 November 2015
Eastern: 18 November - 3 December 2015


In birding terms South Africa is a must for both the world lister and the leisure birder. For the leisure birder it’s a wonderfully diverse destination in which to see a lot of birds as well as some of Africa’s iconic mammal species in a seemingly endless array of habitat types. For the world lister however, South Africa is important for the high levels of endemism which make it the most important country on the continent in terms of endemic and near-endemic species. These include 19 true endemics; two breeding endemics; one seasonal endemic; and 45 near-endemics. These are spread out over a large geographical region, and it’s a given that any tour which aims to give a chance for almost all of them is going to be long and cover huge distances. With this almost outrageous goal in mind we have come up with this tour, a mega-birding tour, which will give participants a chance of seeing virtually all of the endemics and a large proportion of the near-endemics. It’s divided into two parts, Western and Eastern, which run back-to-back. This means that participants can do one or both, depending on available time. For those who do both and who will have hopefully cleaned up on the endemics, the next country to visit may be Namibia, another rich land covered in our ‘Essential’ series of birding tours.

Areas visited:

Western: Augrabies Falls, Springbok, Calvinia, Langebaan, Cape Peninsula, Swellendam, Wilderness. 

Eastern: Karkloof, Sani Pass, Eshowe, St Lucia, Mkhuze, Wakkerstroom, Kruger National Park, Magoebaskloof and Polokwane.

Birding in brief: excellent variety, semi-desert, Fynbos, forest, marine, coastal, savannah, grassland and mountain habitats covered.

Top birds:

Western: Sclater’s Lark, Burchell’s Courser, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Black-eared Sparrowlark, Cape Rockjumper, Victorin’s Warbler, Knysna Warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Karoo Korhaan and Black Harrier.

Eastern: Drakensberg Rockjumper, Drakensberg Siskin, Rudd’s Apalis, Bearded Vulture, Pink-throated Twinspot, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Rudd’s Lark, Botha’s Lark, Blue Korhaan and Short-clawed Lark.

Mammal viewing: Excellent, especially on the Eastern leg. Night drives may produce some seldom seen nocturnal species.  

Top mammals: The Big Five (Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, White and Black Rhinoceros and African Buffalo), Cheetah, Wild Dog, African Wild Cat, Oribi, Meerkat, Blue Duiker, Suni, Southern Right Whale, Cape Mountain Zebra.


Western: ZAR 32 830 per person sharing, ZAR 3 800 single supplement.

Eastern: ZAR 43 975 per person sharing, ZAR 4 950 single supplement.

Price subject to change based on external factors. Price is based on a minimum of 4 participants. Small group surcharge will be levied for groups smaller than 4 participants. Please contact us for more detail.




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