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Budget Western South Africa I

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2120 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2120 US Dollar (USD)

Southern Africa’s dry West is a unique and fascinating yet under-visited land. A hotbed of faunal and floral diversity, this area harbours two botanical regions found nowhere else on earth; the Cape Floristic Region and the Succulent Karoo. Our ‘Budget Western SA’ tour showcases these areas and the range of special birds endemic to them; you can expect not only great birds, but some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa!

Tour highlights include the unique fynbos-clad slopes of the Western Cape, home to the stunning Cape, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird, amongst a plethora of highly range-restricted endemics; the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for Cape Spurfowl, Southern Double-collared Sunbird and the delightful Bokmakierie; the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the most southwestern point of the continent, where targets include the smart Black Harrier, Grey-winged Francolin and Cape Siskin; the De Hoop area for Blue Crane (South Africa’s national bird) and Knysna Woodpecker, the rugged Hottentots-Holland Mountains region, home to Sentinel Rock Thrush and the beautiful endemic Victorin’s Warbler; and the arid and semi-arid areas of the Karoo, which provide another great backdrop for a variety of bustards, larks and other endemics before we head back to Cape Town, taking in an impressive Cape Gannet colony and the West Coast National Park on the way.

All in all, this short yet comprehensive budget safari encompasses the very best of this amazing part of South Africa, promising a whole host of endemic birds and a range of exciting mammals, incredible scenery and fascinating culture to boot. (This tour can be combined with our Budget Eastern South Africa tour.)
- Tour Price (Per Person): €1,880 * £1,390 * USD 2,120 * ZAR 27,750
- Single Supplement: €160 * £120 * USD 180 * ZAR 2,250.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town and visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Day 2: Optional pelagic and the Cape Peninsula
Day 3: Rooi Els and Betty’s Bay
Day 4: Cape Town to Ceres
Day 5: Ceres to Calvinia
Day 6: Calvinia and Brandvlei
Day 7: Calvinia to Springbok
Day 8: Springbok and Port Nolloth
Day 9: Springbok to Lambert’s Bay
Day 10: Lambert’s Bay to Langebaan
Day 11: Langebaan to Cape Town, via West Coast National Park
Day 12: Depart.

- Top Birds: Cape Sugarbird, Cape Siskin, Protea & Black-headed Canaries, Orange-breasted & Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, African Penguin, African Oystercatcher, Crowned Cormorant, Hartlaub’s Gull, Southern Black & Karoo Korhaans, Ludwig’s Bustard, Cape Spurfowl, Victorin’s, Namaqua, Cinnamon-breasted, Layard’s and Fairy Warblers, Knysna Woodpecker, Karoo Eremomela, Barlow’s, Red, Sclater’s and Cape Long-billed Larks, Cape Penduline Tit, White-backed Mousebird, Karoo Chat and Karoo Scrub Robin
- Top Mammals: Cape Fur Seal, Eland, Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Small Grey Mongoose
- Habitats Covered: mountains, semi-desert, Fynbos, coastal and pelagic waters, wetlands
- Expected Climate: temperate with occasional rain, can be cold in winter
- Max Group Size: 6 & 1 tour leader
- Tour Pace and Walking: moderate
- Accommodation: comfortable
- Ease of Birding: easy
- Other Attractions: Tanqua-Karoo, Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula, great food & wine
- Photographic Opportunities: excellent.

Single Supplement: The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If we cannot provide you with a rooming partner for these nights 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.

Important Notes:
- Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (South African Rand), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 4 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.
- Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration a small party supplement will have to be charged.
- Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
- Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated tour 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.

Tipping: Tipping (drivers, lodge and restaurant staff, local guides and our guide) is not included on this tour. Therefore, if you feel that your tour leader and/or any local staff or guides have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them.

Special Notes:
- We will visit a variety of restaurants for lunches and dinners when these are available; however, on a few occasions you will be required to self-cater for dinners. On these days we will go to supermarkets en route to our lodgings where you will be able to purchase food provisions.
- 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 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (+- 18 lb) for hand luggage.
- Exiting the vehicle is prohibited in all areas and parks that contain dangerous animals.
- 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 Cape Town International airport, South Africa, on day 1 no later than 12 noon. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude after breakfast in Cape Town on day 12. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact our office.

Flights: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (IATA: JNB) is the main port of entry for international flights in South Africa and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. Cape Town International Airport (IATA: CPT) is equally well serviced by many airlines. If your international flight does not arrive directly in Cape Town, you will require a domestic flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town. 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. If you would like further assistance kindly contact our office and we will happily help you plan your route. However, please do not book your international flights until you have consulted our office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.

Price Includes:
- All breakfasts
- All lodgings
- Ground transportation
- Reserve entrance fees
- Any activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All guiding services (including local guides and tour leaders).

Price Excludes:
- Any international and domestic flights
- Visa fees
- The optional pelagic excursion off Cape Town (see above)
- Any lunches and dinners, as well as breakfasts in Springbok
- Any drinks
- Any gratuities
- Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

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