Our western South Africa Cape extensions, combined with our eastern South Africa tours, can produce up to an incredible 500 bird and 50 mammal species, including many South African endemics and near-endemics. Commencing in Cape Town, widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, we set out to explore the breathtaking Cape Peninsula, the succulent Tanqua Karoo, West Coast National Park and teeming pelagic waters. Cape targets include the comical African Penguin, Black Harrier, Ludwig’s Bustard, elusive Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, attractive Victorin’s Warbler, Karoo Lark, stunning Orange-breasted and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, Cape Sugarbird, Protea, Cape and Forest Canaries, Cape Siskin, Cape Bulbul and Cape Rockjumper, the last belonging to a family that is endemic to southern Africa. Regional endemics could include Rufous-eared Warbler, Southern Boubou, Cape Batis, Cape Grassbird, Karoo Prinia, Karoo Eremomela, Cape Weaver, Fiscal Flycatcher, Namaqua Warbler, Cape Spurfowl and Olive Thrush. An unforgettable experience is definitely a pelagic trip out to sea from Cape Town, whereby finding a fishing vessel could produce literally thousands of birds in its wake. Indian and Atlantic Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatrosses, Cape and White-chinned Petrels, Southern and Northern Giant Petrels and Cape Gannet are regularly encountered.
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Cape Rockjumper, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Bulbul, Cape Siskin, Protea, Forest, Cape & Black-headed Canaries, Orange-breasted, Malachite & Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, African Penguin, African Oystercatcher, Crowned, Bank & Cape Cormorants, Hartlaub’s Gull, Black Harrier, Southern Black & Karoo Korhaans, Ludwig’s Bustard, Cape Spurfowl, Bokmakierie, Victorin’s, Namaqua, Rufous-eared, Cinnamon-breasted, and Layard’s Warblers, Karoo Eremomela, Cape Penduline Tit, White-backed Mousebird, Karoo and Tractrac Chats, Karoo Scrub Robin, Southern Boubou, Fiscal and Fairy Flycatchers, Cape Batis, Cape Grassbird, Karoo Lark, Grey Tit, Grey-winged Francolin, Olive Thrush, South African Shelduck, Cape Shoveler, Indian & Atlantic Yellow-nosed, Black-browed & Shy Albatrosses, Southern & Northern Giant Petrels, Cape and White-chinned Petrels, Cape Gannet
Afro-Australian Fur Seal, Southern Right Whale, Common Eland, Blesbok (Bontebok), (Cape) Mountain Zebra, (Red) Hartebeest, Cape Grey Mongoose, Klipspringer, Springbok, Steenbok, Cape Grysbok, Grey Rhebok, Chacma Baboon, Rock Hyrax, Meerkat
mountains, semi-desert, fynbos, coastal and pelagic waters, wetlands
subtropical with occasional rain, can be cold in winter
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
moderate pace with undemanding walks, some long drives
Tanqua-Karoo, Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula, great food & wine
Gareth Robbins is an excellent guide and did a fantastic job managing the group and our expectations. He has a wealth of knowledge and provided information on various topics, including the flora, fauna, culture and everything in between.
Toni is the best! The rest of the team, Ryan guide and driver at Manyoni, Eugene driver for the Cape, and the staff at Zebra Hills, were also fantastic. This was our first tour in southern Africa and it meet all expectations. Toni was an exceptional guide, meeting the group's needs, adjusting as conditions required it, and keeping the fun going (ping pong with a wonky ball, so much fun!) The wineries added another element in which we relaxed at the end of the day and discussed what we had seen and experienced. Zebra Hills was everything I was hoping it would be from the building, grounds, food and staff. And to finish this - Toni is the best!
Our trip leader Doug was fantastic. He is clearly an expert birder with an admirable academic background. Doug also took an interest in the enjoyment and comfort of each guest. He frequently went above and beyond and always cheerfully went about loading and unloading all our luggage at our many locations, assisting all of us in many ways. The group was, on average, senior citizen age and he was very patient and helpful. He got us up first thing in the morning and spent the entire day diligently searching out the birds for us. We ended up with over 400 species in the two weeks, plus many furry creatures as well (including all the big 5 several times).
Doug (Douglas McCulloch) is a gentleman and a scholar, and my husband and I very much appreciated his guiding. His knowledge of the birds, other animals, and plants encountered on the trip is tremendous. His ability to get us “onto the bird” was much appreciated – I can still hear him say, “just above the dot.” His communication skills are excellent, and his patience with each of us was un-ending. In addition, his knowledge of the natural history of the area was extensive and very helpful. He was also able to provide some information about the social, political and economic climate of Southern Africa without opinion or agenda. He made an effort to get to know each member of the tour and to be responsive to their particular interests with regard to the tour. His energy was unending – even including an evening walk to look for honey badgers when we had already had a long day and an excellent evening meal. Obviously, I cannot say enough good about him. We would definitely welcome an opportunity to tour with him in the future, should our economic situation provide for another Rockjumper adventure in Africa.
Thank you Rockjumper for a fabulous time in South Africa. We had an amazing experience. The accommodations were fantastic, the office staff was on top of everything (thanks Hayley!), winery tours/tastings were a perfect way to end a day of birding. The combination of locations and varied points of focus - for those of us not too serious birders - made the trip beyond enjoyable. Thank you to our amazing guide Toni - she was fantastic, so knowledgeable not only of birds & wildlife but with all things botanical! Zebra Hills is a breathtaking place, we're trying to figure a time to get the whole family back for another adventure. 9 stars because we did miss a few birds and big game but frequently mother nature has other plans! Lovely time, lovely country, lovely people, looking forward to getting back sooner than later.
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