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Kalahari Tour

Top birds

•  Bateleur
•  Red-necked Falcon
•  Pygmy Falcon
•  Kori Bustard
•  Double-banded Courser
•  Burchell’s Sandgrouse
•  Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
•  Eastern Clapper Lark
•  Pink-billed Lark

Tour description

Our tours to the Kalahari are typically combined with longer western South Africa trips, which start in Cape Town and include the West Coast, Tanqua Karoo and Bushmanland, but for the more focused a shorter trip, using Upington airport as your entry / exit, is also feasible.

The Kalahari Desert is a vast and almost unpopulated area, stretching from the northern region of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province into central Botswana. It is not a true desert in the very strictest sense of the word, but the southern Kalahari’s classic dune landscapes and broad riverbeds, lined with gnarled acacia trees, will appeal to anyone with even the remotest weakness for romantic landscapes.

Our tours to this region will ensure that you experience this vast wilderness areas alluring combination of abundant game, superb landscapes and good birding. The park is best known in birding terms for its remarkable diversity and abundance of raptors. Target raptors on the tour will include: Bateleur, Red-necked and Pygmy Falcons and Verreaux’s Eagle Owl. However, we will also search for a number of other often underestimated specials, among them Burchell’s Sandgrouse and Pink-billed Lark.

Birds aside, the area also offers very good mammal-sighting opportunities. Antelope such as Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) and Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) are common, and the park is also arguably one of the best places in the world to watch hunting big cats, like Lion (Panthera leo) and particularly Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Spotted (Crocuta crocuta) and Brown Hyenas (Hyaena brunnea) also occur. The latter is actually the more common, but is rarely seen due to its crepuscular habits.

Pygmy Falcon seen on a Birding Africa Tour © Callan Cohen

Kori Bustard seen on a Birding Africa Tour © Callan Cohen

Double-banded Courser seen on a Birding Africa Tour
© Callan Cohen

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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