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!

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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
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 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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Doug McCulloch did a good job picking up the tour after Greg had to depart. He is very good at communicating with the group and answering all questions.

"Daniel was a fantastic guide. Great at handling everything and anything. Superb with all and great at talking to everyone - just a young man beyond his years. And his spotting and guiding skills were amazing. Will book another trio when he is guiding as soon as possible. "

"I know that RBT has run this tour multiple times for many years, and it shows - the itinerary is flawlessly geared to include a wide range of ecosystems to maximize the number of bird and animal species possible, the accommodations are lovely to luxurious, and the office communications are unfailingly courteous, friendly, and responsive. I have traveled with Rockjumper before, but not with Doug McCulloch. I was very impressed with his birding skills, his determination and persistence in making sure everyone saw all of the important endemics and all of the most-hoped-for species, and his knowledge of the history, the politics, and the ecology of South Africa. He managed the usual trip hiccups (tire puncture, adverse weather, unexpected road closures) with an unflappable grace and good humor, and keep us all on track throughout the trip. In short, it was great fun, we saw an enormous number of amazingly beautiful and scarce birds and animals, and I am truly glad my first trip to South Africa was with Doug as trip leader.

Keith is a wonderful guide as well as a great person, and we are grateful to have made his acquaintance.

Jeremy Exelby was an excellent guide; his knowledge of the local plants and animals was fantastic. He led the group in a very professional way, taking everyone's considerations into account. We had a fabulous time and saw some wonderful flowers and birds.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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