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.
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.
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.