After the Cape trip, we fly to Durban to begin birding Subtropical South Africa for 16 days. This part of South Africa provides a representative sample of the very best that African birding can offer. Huge numbers of bird species are seen on this leg of the tour, and we will also find a plethora of endemics, including a great number of birds restricted to the imposing Drakensberg escarpment. Apart from yielding a big bird list, this dream African experience also provides the possibility of seeing Africa’s big (and small) mammals, such as lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, rhino, giraffe, crocodile and all the others, and spectacular, diverse, scenery. Key sites we visit during this leg of the tour include Sani Pass into Lesotho, Wakkerstroom and other highland areas, temperate and subtropical forests at varying altitudes, Zululand with its mega-diversity of birds and big animals, the Kruger National Park, and many other sites.
You can join either of the two legs of this tour (12 days in the Cape or 16 days in Subtropical South Africa) if your time is limited. South Africa is a large country, and even given the full 27 days, you are likely to see only 550 of the 750 regularly-occurring bird species this wonderful country has to offer – but you will see most of the big mammals. Many of the missing birds can be seen in neighbouring Namibia, and we recommend combining this South Africa tour with an 18-day Namibia, Okavango and Victoria Falls birding adventure (September and March each year, plus private departures any time). Please note that we offer discounts for birders signing up on more than one tour.
You need to arrive in Cape Town any time on Day 1 (1 Oct) and you need to leave Johannesburg any time on Day 27 (27 Oct).
- 1-12 October (other departures also available): the Western Cape leg
- 12-27 October (other departures also available): the Subtropical South Africa leg.
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