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Best of South Africa - Cape and Kruger II 2016

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 6 people
Destination(s): South Africa  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2940 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2940 US Dollar (USD)

For our brand new Cape and Kruger birding and wildlife tour we have specifically selected the two most productive and diverse regions of South Africa: the fabulous Cape Peninsula in the southwest, and the vast and internationally famous Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country. Spending about five days in each area, we have the opportunity to explore both the Cape and Kruger by means of a variety of day trips visiting the essential highlights of each distinct region. This tour promises a whole host of endemic and super special African bird and wildlife species and comes highly recommended!

Tour Dates: 19 Aug 2016 - 29 Aug 2016 (11 days)
Tour Price (Per Person): €2,690 * £1,910 * USD2,940 * ZAR39,750
Single Supplement: €290 * £210 * USD320 * ZAR4,250
Flights (Approx. cost): US$47,500 ZAR2,750

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town, visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Day 2: Seabird outing
Day 3: The Cape Peninsula
Day 4: Cape Town to Ceres via the West Coast National Park
Day 5: Ceres and the Tanqua Karoo
Day 6: Ceres to Cape Town and flight to Kruger National Park
Days 7 - 8: Southern Kruger National Park (Skukuza)
Days 9 - 10: Central Kruger National Park (Satara)
Day 11: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg and depart.

Top Birds
Cape Peninsula: Cape, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Siskin, Protea Canary, Orange-breasted & Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, African Penguin, African Oystercatcher, Crowned Cormorant, Hartlaub’s Gull, Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Spurfowl, Bokmakierie, Victorin’s Warbler, Cape Long-billed Lark, Cape Penduline Tit, White-backed Mousebird

Kruger: Common Ostrich, Kori Bustard, Southern Ground Hornbill, Bateleur, Martial, Crowned, African Hawk- & Tawny Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Lizard Buzzard, Marabou & Saddle-billed Stork, Lappet-faced & White-headed Vulture, chances for African Finfoot, White-crowned Lapwing, Swainson’s & Natal Spurfowl, Shelley’s Francolin, Bronze-winged Courser, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, Pearl-spotted & African Barred Owlet, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Brown-headed Parrot, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Mosque Swallow, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Burchell’s Starling, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Woodland Kingfisher, Red-headed Weaver, White-browed Robin-Chat

Top Mammals
Cape Peninsula: Cape Fur Seal, Eland, Bontebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Cape Grysbok
Kruger: The ‘Big 5’, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Side-striped Jackal, Greater Kudu, Southern Giraffe, Spotted Hyena, Nyala, Large Spotted Genet, African Wild Cat, African Civet, Serval, Cape Porcupine, White-tailed Mongoose, Klipspringer

Habitats Covered
Cape Peninsula: mountains, Fynbos, coastal and pelagic waters, semi desert, wetlands
Kruger: acacia savanna, bushveld, terminalia woodland, riverine forest, grasslands, rivers, wetlands

Expected Climate
Cape Peninsula: subtropical with occasional rain, can be cold at times
Kruger: subtropical and dry, warm to hot

Max Group Size
6 with 1 leader

Tour Pace and Walking
relaxed to moderate pace with undemanding walks

comfortable to very comfortable

Ease of Birding
mostly easy with a few tougher species

Other Attractions
Cape Peninsula: Table Mountain, incredible coastal scenery, Tanqua-Karoo, great food & wine
Kruger: vast, pristine wilderness, huge numbers of African mega-fauna

Photographic Opportunities

Single Supplement:
The single supplement cost for this tour will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT 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:
a) 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.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration 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.

Special Notes:
- 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.
- Exiting the vehicle is prohibited in all areas and parks that contain dangerous animals.
- 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 Cape Town International Airport (Cape Town) 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 OR Tambo International Airport on day 11. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

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 the office and we 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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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

Price Includes:
- Free airport transfers within 3 days of beginning or end of tour
- All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 11
- All lodgings
- Ground transportation
- Reserve entrance fees
- Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

Price Excludes:
- Visa fees
- ANY flights (see above)
- Any drinks
- Special gratuities
- Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

About This Supplier
Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 300 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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