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Holidays to Cape Town Safari Holiday South Africa Tours Stellenbosch

Birding Holiday: Cape Town + Stellenbosch


SPJ10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Birding Holiday South Africa Cape Town Bird Guides Kirstenbosch Vacation

This specialist birding holiday to South Africa combines beautiful Cape Town, with a vacation in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Explore all the key birding sites with your own private bird guides including Cape Point, Kirstenbosch Gardens, West Coast National Park, Hottentots Holland Mountains, Sir Lowry's Pass, Harold Porter Gardens & the penguin colony at Stoney Point. All transfers & birding included.

Birding Holiday South Africa Cape Town Bird Guides Kirstenbosch Vacation
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Birding Holiday, Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Kirstenbosch Gardens
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West Coast National Park
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Hottentots Holland Mountains
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Harold Porter Gardens
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Stoney Point Penguin Colony
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Bird Guides
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Vacation in Stellenbosch
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Birding Holiday, Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Cape Point
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Kirstenbosch Gardens
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West Coast National Park
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Hottentots Holland Mountains
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Harold Porter Gardens
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Stoney Point Penguin Colony
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Bird Guides
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Vacation in Stellenbosch
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 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 3
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 4
Today you will be collected by your guide for a full day of birding in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
 
In these beautiful gardens in the foothills of Table Mountain 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 5
At leisure to relax and explore the "Mother City" of Cape Town.
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can also take the Hop Off bus (Blue Route) to visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, enjoy a city tour or simply relax on golden Camps Bay Beach.
Day 6
Today enjoy a full day private birding tour from Cape Town, travelling 2-hours northwards to West Coast National Park on the shores of Langebaan Lagoon.
 
This rugged lagoon is a Ramsar Wetland of international significance, with thousands of seabirds roosting on its nearby sheltered islands. Large concentrations of flamingos and migrants can be seen wading on the salt marshes and you can also see zebra, wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest, grysbok, caracal and rock hyrax in the reserve. Whale watching is possible from July to November.
 
Birds you can hope to see include the Southern black korhaan, Black harrier, Grey-winged francolin , Chestnut-banded plover, Cape long-billed lark, Clapper lark, Sickle-winged chat , Grey tit, Cape penduline tit, Cloud cisticola and many other coastal wetland species (lunch is for your own account).
Day 7
Transfer 45-minutes from Cape Town to the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands.
  
Check into your hotel in this famous wine producing area, relax under the giant oak trees and savour the fine food and wines of this region.
Day 8
Today enjoy a full day excursion with a local birding guide to the magnificent Hottentots Holland Mountains and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, including a visit to the penguin colony at Stony Point.
 
In the Sir Lowry's Pass region 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..
 
In Kogelsberg Nature Reserve you can hope to see many different fynbos species as well as the nearby penguin colony (lunch is for your own account today).
Days 9 To 10
At leisure to relax in beautiful Stellenbosch, surrounded by its mountains and vineyards.
 
You can explore this old university town with its many street markets, craft shops and museums, including the Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, or visit Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens.
 
Alternatively enjoy wine tasting using the Vine Hopper hop-off bus.
 
Note: Vine Hopper bus does not operate on Sundays.
Day 11
Transfer 30-minutes to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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