South Africa has the highest number of endemic and near-endemic bird species of any country on the African continent. Some of these special birds such as Drakensberg Rockjumper and Blue Crane – are beautiful and charismatic; while others, including the endangered Rudd’s and Botha’s Larks, are less striking but incredibly range-restricted. To boot, South Africa is also home to two very impressive endemic families, the striking Rockjumpers and Sugarbirds.

The focus of this 22-day endemics mega-birding tour is to see as many of these South African endemic, breeding endemic and near-endemic species as possible. Every single one of the 99 birds falling into this category as well as most of the 78 species falling into the category of endemic or near-endemic to the southern African sub-region are targeted during the tour. Furthermore, we will seek out many other special and sought-after African species; and, in the course of this tour, we have the potential to rack up a very impressive bird list in terms of species numbers, rarities and great sightings. Mammals will likewise form a major focus of our attention, and we can expect to also find an incredible diversity of reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife. We invite you to join us on this exciting celebration of our endemic treasures during this ultimate South African mega-birding adventure!

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

Top Birds

African Penguin, Blue and Wattled Cranes, Ludwig’s and Denham’s Bustards, Blue, Southern Black and Karoo Korhaans, African Oystercatcher, Crowned, Cape and Bank Cormorants, Cape and Natal Spurfowls, Southern Bald Ibis, Cape Vulture, Black Harrier, Cape & Drakensberg Rockjumpers, Cape & Gurney’s Sugarbirds, Bush Blackcap, Ground Woodpecker, Rudd’s, Botha’s, Short-clawed, Red, Sclater’s, Cape Long-billed & Barlow’s Larks, African Rock & Yellow-breasted Pipits, Cape Longclaw, Knysna, Purple-crested & Livingstone’s Turacos, Cape Parrot, Gorgeous, Black-fronted & Olive Bushshrikes, Bokmakierie, Victorin’s, Namaqua, Cinnamon-breasted, and Layard’s Warblers, Fairy Flycatcher, Karoo Eremomela, Cape and Grey Penduline Tits, White-backed Mousebird, Spotted & Orange Ground Thrushes, Cape and Sentinel Rock Thrushes, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Karoo & Brown Scrub Robins, Karoo & Buff-streaked Chats, Pink-throated Twinspot, Neergaard’s, Orange-breasted & Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, Cape & Drakensberg Siskins, Protea, Cape, Forest & Black-headed Canaries.

Top Mammals

Black & White Rhinoceroses, Southern African Hedgehog, Meerkat, Black Wildebeest, Nyala, Cape Grysbok, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Springhare, Common Eland, Bat-eared Fox, Blesbok (Bontebok), Grey Rhebok, Klipspringer, Springbok, African Wild Dog, Cheetah

Habitats Covered

dune and mist-belt forest, acacia savanna, high elevation and coastal grasslands, mountains, semi-desert, fynbos, coastal waters, wetlands

Expected Climate

subtropical conditions with occasional rain, cooler in the highlands and the Cape

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.

Accommodation

comfortable guesthouses and lodges

Ease of Birding

mostly easy with some difficult species

Number of Species Expected

500 - 550

Other Attractions

Cape Peninsula, Sani Pass, Lake St. Lucia, Zululand game reserves, good food & wine, remote and seldom visited areas, spectacular scenery

Photographic Opportunities

good, but limited by time

What our clients say about us

Daniel Danckwerts
AM - South Africa 2022

Dan was excellent and really knowledgeable.

Gregory de Klerk
GB & NB - South Africa 2019

Greg is very knowledgable about everything South Africa and was very good at getting everyone on the birds. He manages the people dynamics very well and kept the mood light and enjoyable.

Jeremy Exelby
EG, South Africa

Jeremy was fabulous - great general natural history knowledge and laid-back attitude.

Douglas McCulloch
MH & JH, South Africa 2018

Our guide, Doug McCulloch, was outstanding. Both professional and personable. He made sure we all got on the bird if possible. Great eyes and ears, went out of his way at times. Ie: The scope was set up too high, the only way to see the bird, so for Joanie, Doug got down on all fours and had her step up on his back to see an African Finfoot through the scope. (We have a photo of this).

Gregory de Klerk
CB, South Africa 2017

Greg handled all personalities with poise, humor and attentiveness and constantly checked to see if everyone was happy. If someone had a problem, he immediately worked on a solution. It is obvious he loves his job, and he went out of his way to find birds for us, even in the most difficult weather conditions. His knowledge of the area was superior. He took excellent care of us and made us feel very welcome!

South Africa - Mega Birding Tour I 2023

02 Nov 2023 - 23 Nov 2023 (22 days)

ZAR103,950 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Tour price (Per person): ZAR103,950 * USD5,525 * GBP4,507 * EUR5,213 * AUD8,509

Single Supplement: ZAR9,500 * USD505 * GBP412 * EUR476 * AUD778

Can be linked with: South Africa - Kruger Extension I 2023

South Africa - Mega Birding Tour I 2024

01 Nov 2024 - 22 Nov 2024 (22 days)

ZAR107,950 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: James Lee

Tour price (Per person): ZAR107,950 * USD5,738 * GBP4,680 * EUR5,413 * AUD8,836

Single Supplement: ZAR9,500 * USD505 * GBP412 * EUR476 * AUD778

Can be linked with: South Africa - Kruger Extension I 2024

South Africa - Mega Birding Tour II 2024

24 Nov 2024 - 15 Dec 2024 (22 days)

ZAR107,950 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Quinton Josop

Tour price (Per person): ZAR107,950 * USD5,738 * GBP4,680 * EUR5,413 * AUD8,836

Single Supplement: ZAR9,500 * USD505 * GBP412 * EUR476 * AUD778

Can be linked with: South Africa - Kruger Extension II 2024

South Africa - Mega Birding Tour I 2025

31 Oct 2025 - 21 Nov 2025 (22 days)

ZAR113,000 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): ZAR113,000 * USD6,006 * GBP4,899 * EUR5,666 * AUD9,250

Can be linked with: South Africa - Kruger Extension I 2025

South Africa - Mega Birding Tour II 2025

23 Nov 2025 - 14 Dec 2025 (22 days)

ZAR113,000 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: James Lee

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): ZAR113,000 * USD6,006 * GBP4,899 * EUR5,666 * AUD9,250

Can be linked with: South Africa - Kruger Extension II 2025

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