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Birding Holidays & Tours, Cape Town, South Africa (Penguins, Rockjumpers & more)

South Africa Birding: Cape + West Coast + Hermanus
SCZ16C
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Birding Holidays & Tours Cape Town South Africa Penguins Rockjumpers

Our tailormade birding holidays & tours to Cape Town in South Africa explore a variety of habitats with local birding guides, either self-driving or privately guided. Visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Point, West Coast, Cederberg, Tankwa Karoo, Hermanus & Hottentots Holland Mountains, with opportunity to see penguins, rockjumpers, pelagic birds & so much more. Birding guides & all park fees included.

Birding Holidays & Tours Cape Town South Africa Penguins Rockjumpers
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Birding Holidays & Tours: Cape Town
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Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Cape Point
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Penguins & Rockjumpers
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West Coast Birds
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Cederberg Mountains
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Tankwa Karoo
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Hermanus
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Hottentots Holland Mountains
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Birding Holidays & Tours: Cape Town
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Kirstenbosch Gardens
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Cape Point
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Penguins & Rockjumpers
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West Coast Birds
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Cederberg Mountains
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Tankwa Karoo
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Hermanus
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Hottentots Holland Mountains
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Cape Town, South Africa
Day 1
You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 2
Today you will be collected by your guide for a full day of birding in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and regarded as one the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world.
 
Here you can hope to see many fynbos endemics such as the Cape sugarbird, Southern double-collared sunbird, Orange-breasted sunbird and Cape francolin. The sheltered forested gorges host many forest species such as the Cape batis, Forest canary, Knysna warbler and many more (lunch for own account).
Day 3
Today you will be collected by your guide for a full day of birding along the beautiful Cape Peninsula, including a visit to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
 
You can hope to see the African penguin, Bank cormorant, African oystercatcher, Knysna warbler, Cape siskin, Orange-breasted sunbird, Southern double-collared sunbird, Cape sugarbird and many more colourful coastal and fynbos species (lunch for own account).
Day 4
Today there is the option (supplement payable) to rise early and transfer to a local harbour for a full day of Pelagic Birding, with 7-hours at sea.
 
At 07.00 we leave shore and head for the trawling grounds in the nutrient rich waters off Cape Town. Here you can view thousands of pelagic birds - including several species of albatross, petrel, shearwater and skua. You can also hope to see various gannets, prions, terns, fulmars & gulls.
 
Weather conditions can vary hugely, so come well prepared. Bring a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, sweater, spare clothing, beanie or hat which won't be blown off, motion tablets (if required), sunglasses & sunscreen. Also splash covers for binoculars & cameras. A light lunch is provided, but bring extra snacks and drinks if you think you will need them.
 
Note: This trip only runs on a Saturday - with Sunday as back-up in case of inclement weather, so be sure to be available on both days. Minimum of 6 pax on the day to guarantee departure.
Day 5
Today is free for independent sightseeing in Cape Town.
 
To orientate yourself, we suggest you purchase a pass onboard the convenient Red Route Hop-Off Bus, which stops at all Cape Town’s key sights and attractions, including the Table Mountain cable car (discounted tickets are sold on the bus). Here you can ascend and enjoy one of the world's most famous views.
 
Continue to trendy Camps Bay beach and the many attractions of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Note: Don't let the colour of the bus confuse you. All buses are red, but they run two different routes - the Red City Route and the Blue Kirstenbosch Route.
Day 6
This morning enjoy birding around Langebaan Lagoon with a local guide, with the Geelbek hide offering excellent opportunities for both birding and photography.
 
In the afternoon set out again for more birding. With its large population of seabirds, these wetlands will ensure a productive day, hopefully with sightings of many new species.
Day 7
Your hire car will be dropped off at your Cape Town hotel this morning.
 
Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West Coast, as you drive 2-hours to Langebaan. This rugged lagoon is a Ramsar Wetland of international significance, with thousands of seabirds roosting on the nearby sheltered islands. Large concentrations of flamingos and migrants can also be seen wading on the salt marshes.
 
In West Coast National Park on the shores of the lagoon, you can see zebra, wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax. Migrating whales may be seen between July and November.
Day 8
This morning leave Langebaan and drive throught the Piekernierskloof Pass to the scenic Cederberg Mountains.
 
At Clanwilliam we recommend a visit to the Ramskop Wild Flower Garden, which boasts over 350 different species of indigenous wild flowers and wonderful views of the Cederberg Mountains. The best viewing is between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its warmest.
 
Aftrewards check into your hotel in this region of dramatically beautiful rocky mountain scenery, renowned for its Bushmen paintings.
Day 9
Rise early for a day of guided birding in the magnificent scenery of the Cederberg Mountains.
 
These rugged hills are home to several species of raptors, as well as many other species. You can also walk to see ancient Bushmen Paintings, enjoy canoeing and star gaze in amazingly clear night skies.
Day 10
Today drive 4-hours from the Cederberg Mountains to Tankwa Karoo National Park.
 
Check into your simple self-catering rest camp in this arid national park, that is home to a large variety of bird life.
 
Note: All roads in the park are gravel, so your vehicle should have high ground clearance. You must take all your own provisions, as there is no restaurant or shop at the camp.
Day 11
A full day to explore Tankwa Karoo National Park, bordered by the Cederberg and Roggeveld Mountains and the Tankwa River.
 
The Succulent Karoo has been declared a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International and in spring (mid August to mid September, depending upon the rains) is covered by a vast array of magnificent wildflowers.
Day 12
A full day on the road today as you drive 5-hours from the Tankwa Karoo to the small seaside town of Hermanus.
 
From July to November, southern right and humpback whales come here to breed and this is considered the best location for land-based Whale Watching in the world. Once severely endangered, these magnificent creatures of the deep are now breeding successfully in the area due to a major international conservation effort.
Day 13
At leisure to relax in the small seaside town of Hermanus, with its open-air craft market in season and coastal path with wonderful indigenous fynbos and bird life. The small Fernkloof Nature Reserve, situated on the slopes of a mountain outside the village, is a fynbos wildflower sanctuary cared for by local volunteers.
 
During the whale season enjoy Whale Watching from the cliffs, which usually offer excellent viewing. For closer views, you can take an optional whale watching boat trip (advance booking recommended in season).  There is a small beach at the foot of the cliffs, with steep access.
 
You can visit the Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary or venture further afield to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa and the true meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans (pay all entrance fees locally).
Day 14
Today enjoy a full day excursion with a local birding guide to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, including a visit to the penguin colony at Stony Point situated near the small coastal town of Betty's Bay.
 
In Kogelsberg Nature Reserve you can hope to see many different mountain and fynbos species (lunch is for your own account today).
Day 15
Today drive 1.5-hours to Somerset West, driving through the apple-growing region of Elgin and across the spectacular Sir Lowry's Pass, with its magnificent views across the Cape Peninsula.
 
Check into your hotel in the foothills of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
Day 16
Today enjoy a full day excursion with a local birding guide to Sir Lowry's Pass in the magnificent Hottentots Holland Mountains.
 
Here you can hope to see birds such as the sought after Cape rockjumper, Bank cormorant, Crowned cormorant, Ground woodpecker, Familiar chat, Cape bunting, Cape rock thrush, Victorin's warbler, Cape siskin, Cape sugarbird, Orange-breasted sunbird, Verreaux’s eagle, Peregrine, Rock kestrel, Jackal buzzard and many other mountain species (lunch is for your own own account today).
Day 17
Drive 30-minutes to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.