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South Africa - Mega Birding Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 24 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: October - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 7480 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8100 US Dollar (USD)

South Africa has the highest number of endemic and near-endemic bird species of any country on the African continent. Some of these special birds – examples include Drakensberg Rockjumper and Blue Crane – are beautiful and charismatic; while others, including the endangered Rudd’s and Botha’s Larks, are less striking but incredibly range-restricted. To boot, South Africa is also home to one endemic family, the Rockjumpers. The focus of this 24-day endemics mega-birding tour is to see as many of the South African endemic and near-endemic bird species as possible. All 143 species falling into this category are targeted during the tour (and are listed in bold in the itinerary below).

Furthermore, we will seek out other special and sought-after African species and in the course of this tour we have the potential to rack up a very impressive bird list, in terms of species numbers, rarities and great sightings. Mammals will also form a major focus of our attention and we can also expect to find an incredible diversity of reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Join us on this exciting celebration of our endemic treasures during this ultimate South African mega-birding adventure.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Johannesburg to Polokwane.

Day 2: Polokwane to Magoebaskloof.

Day 3: Magoebaskloof to Wakkerstroom.

Day 4: Wakkerstroom area.

Day 5: Wakkerstroom to Mkuze.

Day 6: Mkuze area.

Day 7: Mkuze to St Lucia.

Day 8: St Lucia to Eshowe.

Day 9: Eshowe to Underberg.

Day 10: Underberg and Sani Pass.

Day 11: Underberg to Hilton.

Day 12: Hilton to De Hoop via Durban and Cape Town.

Day 13: De Hoop Nature Reserve to Cape Town.

Day 14: Cape Peninsula (Pelagic).

Day 15: Cape Peninsula.

Day 16: Cape Town to West Coast National Park

Day 17: West Coast National Park to Calvinia.

Day 18: Calvinia & Brandvlei.

Day 19: Calvinia to Springbok.

Day 20: Springbok to Port Nolloth and return.

Day 21: Springbok to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Day 22: Augrabies Falls National Park to Kimberley.

Day 23: Kimberley.

Day 24: Kimberly to Johannesburg.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

South Africa - Mega-Birding Tour: 18 Oct - 12 Nov 2012 (24 days):
- US$7,480 * £4,710 * €5,340 * ZAR51,300 per person sharing (see below)
- Approximate cost of domestic flights: US$146
- Single Supplement: US$620.

Note: Tour prices fixed in South African Rands (ZAR), other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

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