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About Cape Tours

Let our local expert guides find difficult Cape endemis such as Hottentot Buttonquail or Agulhas Long-billed Lark. Or let us assist you with relaxed birding around Cape Town, and your accommodation or transport needs.

We suggest these itineraries, tailored to your private needs. Trips can last one day or several weeks. They can be guided or self-driven. Some trips are private, others are open to individual or group bookings.

Day trips
•  The Cape Peninsula: African Penguin Tour - 1 day or more
•  Hottentots Holland: Cape Rockjumper Tour - 1 day or more
•  West Coast: Black Korhaan Tour - 1 day or more
•  Pelagic trips: donating all profits to seabird conservation! - 1 day

Overnight loops or weekends:
•  Tanqua Karoo: Fairy Flycatcher Tour - 2 days or more
•  Overberg: Denham's Bustard Tour - 2 days or more

Long weekends:
•  Garden Route: Knysna Turaco Tour - 4 days or more
•  Bushmanland: Red Lark Tour - 5 days or more
•  Namaqualand: Birds & Flowers Tour - 4 days or more

Longer tours:
•  Kalahari (from Cape Town or Upington): Kalahari Tour - varied length
•  Cape Endemic Tours: Fynbos, Karoo, Benguela Current - varied length

Why our experience and reputation sets us apart.
•  17 years in operation, the longest of any Cape bird guiding company.
•  Based in Cape Town, we know the birds and sites intimately.
•  We've authored two where to watch birds books:
   "Essential Birding - Western South Africa: Key birding routes from Cape    Town to the Kalahari."
   "Southern African Birdfinder: where to find 1400 bird species in Southern    Africa and Madagascar"
•  We've devised the Western Cape Birding Route and published it online.
•  Our success rate at finding local endemics is unrivalled, with 100s of    satisfied clients. Read about our guides and clients' comments.
•  We can lead a Cape tour on the backup day of a pelagic trip .
•  We provide free trip planning advice on the phone to independent birders.
•  We offer good value personalised and group trips.

Trip Reports
Please visit our trip reports page for an idea of the style and pace of our trips and for some photographs taken on our trips. Or have a look at this video made by Paul Hopkins on a Birding Africa trip.

Planning your Cape day trip or two-day loop
Please contact us to enquire about our scheduled day trips, or if you would like us to arrange a private guided tour.


Paul Hopkins took this footage on his South Africa 2010 Birding Africa trip. His DVD is available here: http://www.paulhopkinswildlife.com/


Tanqua Karoo in spring on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen

Karoo scene seen on the tanqua Karoo and endemics Tours © Callan Cohen
Karoo scene, Tanqua Karoo and Cape Endemics Tours © Callan Cohen


See Karoo Korhaan on a Birding Africa Tanqua Karoo trip © Callan Cohen

Cinnamon-breasted Warbler photographed by Callan Cohen. See this Cape endemic bird on a Birding Africa Tanqua Karoo trip
Verreaux's Eagle on a Birding Africa Cape Endemics Tour © Callan Cohen


Cinnamon-breased Warbler seen on a Birding Africa Endemics Tour © Callan Cohen

See Blue Crane, a Cape endemic, on a Birding Africa day trip from Cape Town © Callan Cohen
Blue Crane seen on a Birding Africa Endemics Tour © Callan Cohen

Cape Rockjumper photographed by Mike Buckham. See this Cape endemic bird on a Birding Africa day trip from Cape Town
See Cape Rockjumper on a Birding Africa Tour © Mike Buckham


Knysna Woodpecker photographed by Callan Cohen. See this Cape endemic bird on a Birding Africa Cape Endemics trip from Cape Town
See Knysna Woodpecker on a Birding Africa Cape Endemics Tour © Callan Cohen


Malachite Sunbird photographed by Callan Cohen. See this Cape endemic bird on a Birding Africa Cape Peninsula day trip from Cape Town
See Malachite Sunbird on a Birding Africa Cape Peninsula Day Trip © Callan Cohen


Cape Siskin photographed on a Birding Africa Endemics Tour © Callan Cohen

Spring birding in the Tanqua Karoo © Callan Cohen, Birding Africa


The Cederberg mountains are sometimes covered in snow © Tertius Gous, Birding Africa


Fynbos birding in the Cape Mountains on a Birding Africa tour © Callan Cohen, Birding Africa


Practical tour information: Cape Tours

Focus Our Cape tours and day trips are aimed at keen birders and nature enthusiasts. They have been designed to see as many endemic birds as possible. While on the walks, we spend a lot of time looking for other aspects of wildlife such as mammals, chameleons, geckos, butterflies and interesting plants. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our tours and day trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness Only a low level of fitness is required.
Timing Throughout the year.
Climate Moderate; can be warm in summer and chilly in winter.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by car, minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size This depends on the specific tour.
Top birds Fynbos endemics, Karoo endemics and raptors in a spectacular setting
Top mammals whales, dolphins, Cape Grysbok, Chacma Baboon, Caracal, Grey Mongoose, Cape Fox, Bat-eared Fox, Cape Zebra, Bontebok, Porcupine, Eland
Booking Please email us if you wish to book. You will receive the booking form and conditions and a tour information pack.


About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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