bird occur in the region, reflecting the wonderful natural diversity of the area; and this, coupled with a modern infrastructure well suited to the needs of the modern traveller, makes birding here an absolute delight. From the classic African savanna of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and the teeming Zululand game reserves, to the endemic-rich mist-belt forests of the Natal Midlands and the lofty peaks of the magnificent Drakensberg, this tour of Eastern South Africa
offers the very best of African birding and game viewing.
Target species include Southern Bald Ibis, Bearded Vulture, the rare Taita Falcon, Blue and Wattled Crane, Blue Korhaan, Ground Woodpecker, Rudd’s and Botha’s Lark, the endangered Blue Swallow, Spotted Ground Thrush, Drakensberg Rockjumper, Gurney’s Sugarbird and the lovely Pink-throated Twinspot. Our chances of achieving the classic ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino) are excellent, while less common mammals include African Wild Dog, Cheetah and the endemic Black Wildebeest.
Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Tour Dates: Eastern South Africa VII 3rd to 16th October (14 days)
Cape Extension VII 16th to 21st October (6 days)
Tour Price: Eastern South Africa VII
US$3,490 * £2,285 * €2.665 * ZAR32,800 per person
sharing (see below)(Tour price fixed in ZAR, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Price: Cape Extension VII
US$1,595 * £1,045 * €1,220 * ZAR15,000 per person
sharing (see below)
US$100 approximate cost of domestic flight
(Tour price fixed in ZAR, other rates subject to
exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Limited to 6 participants and 1 RBT leader.
3rd October-Johannesburg to Rust-De-Winter
4th October- Rust-De-Winter to Kruger National Park
5th & 6th October- Kruger National Park
7th October - Kruger National Park to Wakkerstroom
8th October - Wakkerstroom area
9th October - Wakkerstroom to Mkuze area
10th October - Mkuze
11th October - Mkuze area to St Lucia
12th October - St Lucia and Isimangaliso Wetland Park
13th October - St Lucia to Hilton via Dlinza Forest
14th October - Hilton to Underberg
15th October -Day trip to Sani Pass, Lesotho
16th October - Underberg to Durban (and flight to Cape Town for Extension)
16th October - Arrival in Cape Town and drive to Ceres
17th October - Ceres and the Tanqua Karoo
18th October - Ceres to Cape Town via West Coast National Park
19th October - Seabird outing
20th October - The Cape Peninsula
21st October - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and departure
This main tour and extension is limited to 6 participants & 1 leader.
The fee for this Eastern South Africa tour is US$3,490 * £2,285 * €2.665 * ZAR32,800 per person sharing and for the Cape Extension is US$1,595 * £1,045 * €1,220 * ZAR15,000 per
person sharing. (Please note: The price for the Eastern South Africa tour does NOT include the domestic flight from Cape Town to Durban. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +/-
US$100 per person. RBT can book this flight on your behalf at no extra charge.)
The single supplement costs for the Eastern South Africa tour and the Cape Extension are US$290 and US$100 respectively and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
This tour fee includes:
All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 14 for those on the main tour, and from
lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 6 for those on the Cape Extension;
Reserve entrance fees;
Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).
The tour fee does not include:
ANY flights (see above);
Special gratuities; and Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (South African Rands), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic
flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does not include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
Much of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover long distances in order to get
to the best areas for birds and animals. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of yourself and your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.
A related issue is that in all areas that contain potentially dangerous animals, you are confined to the vehicle and are, quite understandably, not allowed to exit.
Please note that the seas during the pelagic trips off the Cape can be rough and participants who opt for this pelagic must therefore bear this in mind. If you have any medical conditions
or physical limitations relating to balance and mobility please do let the RBT office know.
Crime is problematic in certain areas of South Africa. Exercise caution as you would for any big city where crime exists. Do not unnecessarily flaunt cash and valuables and do not leave
valuables exposed in the vehicle.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg) on day 1 no later than 9am; kindly arrive in advance of this time on this day
or arrive the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by 12 noon at Durban International Airport on day 14. For those
doing the Cape Extension the tour will conclude by 12 noon on day 6 at Cape Town International Airport. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.
Johannesburg is the main port of entry for international flights in South Africa and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the domestic flight from Durban to Cape Town for the Cape Extension. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the
status of the tour.
Tour Price: Eastern South Africa VII
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