Overview

This comprehensive tour covers the most exciting regions of the Cape in our quest to experience both breathtaking displays of wildflowers and to track down some of the countrys endemic birds. We cover the vibrant city of Cape Town, where Table Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop to the immensely diverse fynbos that cloaks the cities periphery. This fynbos constitutes the Cape Floral Kingdom – the smallest and richest of the world’s 6 floral kingdoms. It is also the only floral kingdom to be confined to the boundaries of a single country. We venture to the West Coast and Namaqualand, which boast an outrageous and world famous floral display in years of good rains, whilst also traversing the heart of the country’s semi-desert region, focusing on the special bird’s endemic to this ancient landscape. We also depart pur wildflower country by heading to Augrabies Falls, an area offering unparalleled raptor viewing and a wide range of dry region birds. We invite you on this celebration of some of the finest wildflower and endemic birding that the African continent has to offer!

Tour Facts Top Birds
African Penguin, Black Harrier, Ludwig’s Bustard, Orange-breasted, Dusky, Malachite and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, Cinnamon-breasted, Victorin's and Namaqua Warblers, Cape Rockjumper, Cape Sugarbird, Pygmy Falcon, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Cape Spurfowl, Protea, Black-headed, Cape and Forest Canaries, Cape Siskin, Cape Bulbul, Swee Waxbill, Cape and Short-toed Rock Thrushes, Pale-winged Starling, Cape and Lark-like Buntings, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Southern Black and Karoo Korhaans, Karoo, Karoo Long-billed, Large-billed, Red and Sclater's Larks, Burchell's Courser, Black-eared Sparrowlark, Verreaux's, Tawny, Martial and African Hawk-Eagles, Secretarybird, Blue Crane, Olive and Karoo Thrushes, Pririt Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Grey Tit, Cape Penduline Tit
Top Mammals
Southern Right Whale, Aardvark, Bat-eared Fox, Aardwolf, Zorilla, Wild Cat
Habitats Covered
fynbos, semi desert, wetlands, coastal estuaries, mountain passes, bushveld, savanna
Expected Climate
mediterranean conditions with cool evenings, warmer in the north
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
leisurely pace with undemanding walks, some long drives
Accommodation
comfortable guesthouses and lodges
Ease of Birding
easy
Number of Species Expected
250+
Other Attractions
Namaqualand & fynbos flowers, Augrabies Falls, Cape Peninsula
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Rainer's knowledge of the wildlife and its social structure and behavior at Mala Mala and in Botswana increased our appreciation of what we saw exponentially. Nothing was too much trouble whether it was showing us how to use binoculars or camera or how to spot birds.

WHAT A TRIP,… WHAT AN ADVENTURE,… WHAT A TON OF MEMORIES! From our first contact with Rockjumper, to the conclusion at Nelspruit with the participants and the patient and skillful guidance of our capable leader DOUG,… we could not have put together a better international experience. Doug was the face of Rockjumper for us. The energetic, calm, focused, knowledgable, “proper Englishman” figurehead. Thank You Doug for your knowledge and skill about more than birds as we learned about South Africa and what makes it such a special place.

Gareth studiously worked to meet each participant’s individual needs without sacrificing the overall experience of the group. His audio sense and grasp of song probably even exceeded his other birding skills (which were quite formidable in their own right). His sense of humour and engagement with people was excellent.

Gareth is a first class guide both in his ability to hear and find birds as well as being able to handle clients in an understanding manner which at times cannot be easy. I cannot compliment him highly enough on his inter-personal skills. He is both amusing and entertaining, yet serious when the need arises. This tour, as with my previous tour with him, ran so smoothly without any problems, probably due to his foresight in planning and telephoning ahead for the next or even following days.

David Hoddinott was a superior guide with extensive knowledge (of course) about the avifauna, but also provided good knowledge about other nature matters as well as SA culture and geography apart from being an overall nice person. Would highly recommend.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2021 DEPARTURES
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