CAPE OF GOOD HOPE TO THE LIMPOPO BUSHVELD VIA KRUGER PARK

15 days + 3 day optional extension
Tour starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg


An all embracing and unforgettable Medley of Bird and Mammal Experiences

TOUR LEADER : PATRICK CARDWELL


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 besting 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.

So let us set off into the wilds of Africa in search of birding delights anew ...

KEY BIRDS : 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, Short-clawed Lark, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Cape Vulture, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Gurney's Sugarbird, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Knysna Turaco, Narina Trogon, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Bat Hawk, 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, Meve's Starling, Bohm's Spinetail, Crested Guineafowl, Crowned Eagle and Monotonous Lark.

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 Widebeest, Warthog, African Wid Dog, Spotted Hyeana, Grey Duiker, Steenbuck, Klipspringer, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Banded Mongoose and Slender-tailed Mongoose.

3 DAY OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO WAKKERSTROOM AREA

KEY BIRDS: Long-tailed Widowbird, Acacia Pied Barbet, Chestnut-backed Finch Lark, Wattled Plover, Lesser Kestrel and Amur Falcon, Gray Crowned Crane, SA Cliff Swallow, African Snipe, Marsh Owl, Southern Bald Ibis, Blue Korhaan, the highly endangered Botha's and Rudd's Larks, Spike-heeled Lark, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Pale-crowned Cisticola, Eastern Clapper Lark, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Gray-winged Francolin, Red-throated Wryneck, Bush Blackcap, Sentinel Rock Thrush, Denham's Bustard, African Yellow Warbler

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