Having been a guide myself in Australia from time to time, I genuinely appreciated the time and effort Greg dedicated to preparing for each day of the tour; where possible, there was an alternative site or activity if ever bird sightings or weather did not go exactly to plan. Greg acted with great professionalism throughout the tour and looked after himself well so he could look after us while on the road and in the bush… For me, the bottom line is: Greg is an excellent birder and a bloody good guide, and, an absolute gem of a bloke. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my time on the tour.
Our eastern South Africa birding and wildlife tours combine the great birds and mammals of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the teeming Zululand game reserves, the endemic-rich mist-belt forests and grasslands of the Natal Midlands and the lofty peaks of the magnificent Drakensberg. Target species include Kori Bustard, Southern Ground Hornbill, Bateleur, Southern Bald Ibis, Bearded Vulture, Blue and Wattled Cranes, Blue Korhaan, Ground Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Rudd’s and Botha’s Larks, Spotted and Orange Ground Thrushes, Drakensberg Rockjumper, Gurney’s Sugarbird, the splendid Pink-throated Twinspot, Neergaard’s Sunbird, Narina Trogon, Woodward’s Batis, Gorgeous and Olive Bushshrikes, Chorister Robin-Chat, Brown and Bearded Scrub Robins, Knysna and Livingstone’s Turacos, Bush Blackcap and Rudd’s Apalis. Our chances of achieving the classic ‘Big Five’ (Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, African Buffalo and both Black & White Rhinoceroses) are excellent, while less common mammals include African Wild Dog, Cheetah and the endemic Black Wildebeest. Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Blue, Wattled and Grey-crowned Cranes, Denham’s Bustard, Blue Korhaan, Southern Bald Ibis, Drakensberg Rockjumper, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Bush Blackcap, Ground, Bennett’s and Olive Woodpeckers, Rudd’s and Botha’s Larks, Knysna, Purple-crested and Livingstone’s Turacos, Chorister Robin-Chat, Drakensberg and Karoo Prinias, Grey Tit, Karoo and Olive Thrushes, Fairy Flycatcher, Layard’s and Chestnut-vented Warblers, Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon, Gorgeous and Olive Bushshrikes, Spotted and Orange Ground Thrushes, Cape and Sentinel Rock Thrushes, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s and Cape Batises, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Southern Pied Babbler, Violet-eared, Grey and Black-faced Waxbills, Brown and Bearded Scrub Robins, Buff-streaked and Sickle-winged Chats, Pink-throated Twinspot, Neergaard’s, Scarlet-chested and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, Green Malkoha, Half-collared and Giant Kingfishers, Little and White-fronted Bee-eaters, Southern Boubou, Cape and Forest Canaries, Cape, Spectacled and Southern Brown-throated Weavers, Yellow-breasted Pipit.
The ‘Big 5’(Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, African Buffalo and both Black & White Rhinoceroses), Meerkat, African Wild Dog, Black Wildebeest, Nyala, Cheetah, Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Plains Zebra, Warthog, Common Eland and Sloggett’s Vlei Rat, Hippopotamus.
dune and mist-belt forest, acacia savanna, high elevation and coastal grasslands, mountains, wetlands
subtropical with chances for occasional rain, warm to hot in Kruger and Zululand, cooler in highlands, can be cold in winter
moderate pace with undemanding walks, some long drives
Kruger National Park, Sani Pass and Drakensberg Mountains, dramatic scenery, Zulu culture, Indian Ocean, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg
After arriving at O.R. Tambo International Airport near the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, you will transfer to our conveniently located guest lodge. As today is set aside as an arrival day, you are free to arrive at any time you wish. This evening we will then all get together over a delicious dinner to discuss our forthcoming plans and adventures.
Day 2: Day trip to Rust-De-Winter area
We will depart northwards early this morning for a day trip to the Rust-De-Winter area. For the remainder of the day we will explore the rich bushveld on the well-known Zaagkuildrift road. Included in the bounty of bushveld specials are a host of delightful species typical of the dry west, most of which we are unlikely to encounter elsewhere.
Possible highlights along this fabulous road include the outrageous Crimson-breasted Shrike, Violet-eared and Black-faced Waxbills, Scaly-feathered Weaver and Red-headed Finch, as well as more widespread species including Abdim’s Stork, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Purple and European Rollers, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Marico Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat, Red-backed and Lesser Grey Shrikes, Southern Pied and Arrow-marked Babblers, Groundscraper and Karoo Thrushes, Ashy Tit, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Cut-throat Finch, Great Sparrow, beautiful Green-winged Pytilia, Blue Waxbill, Red-billed Firefinch, White-winged Widowbird, gorgeous Shaft-tailed Whydah and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. Eventually we will reach the small village of Kgomo-Kgomo where the main road crosses an extensive floodplain. During wet seasons, when conditions are right, this can be an excellent area to locate specials such as Allen’s Gallinule, Lesser Moorhen, Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Western Yellow Wagtail and Quailfinch. The surrounding grasslands and fields are often heavily grazed and this provides perfect habitat for Temminck’s Courser, Greater Kestrel and Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark. After a wonderful introduction to South African birding we then return to Johannesburg to our now familiar accommodations.
Day 3: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
This morning on our South Africa birding tour, we will say goodbye to ‘Joburg” and continue our journey towards the incredible Kruger National Park. En route to our destination in the park we will make a stop to try our luck at finding the rare Taita Falcon. A rugged cliff face in this area used to hold a breeding pair of Taita Falcon, however these birds have recently become far more erratic with sightings being less predictable as was the case in previous seasons. This is still an extremely scenic site nevertheless and, while looking for the falcons, we may also obtain views of Cape Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, White-necked Raven, Mocking Cliff Chat and Striped Pipit, while a small forest stream nearby is a good place to look for the smart Mountain Wagtail. Thereafter we will transfer to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, where we will be based for the next three nights.
Days 4 & 5: Kruger National Park
The Greater Kruger conservation area includes vast areas of adjacent Mozambique and is one of Africa’s most famous parks. We will explore the superb road system in an attempt to locate big game, including the legendary “Big 5” – Lion, African Elephant, Leopard, African Buffalo and White Rhinoceros. Kruger will be our best opportunity to watch these spectacular animals in their natural habitat and some of them we may encounter in very large numbers and at very close quarters. Other great African animals we have a chance of finding are Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Hippopotamus and a myriad of antelope and other mammals including Giraffe, Common Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Greater Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer, Bushbuck, Warthog, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey and Dwarf Mongoose.
The rich bushveld of the Kruger National Park will provide us with some of the most exciting and rewarding birding of the trip. Of special note here are species requiring vast areas of wilderness, namely Common Ostrich, Secretarybird, Kori Bustard – the world’s heaviest flying bird, the incomparable Southern Ground Hornbill, Martial Eagle, Bateleur, Marabou and Saddle-billed Storks, and up to five species of vulture. The park is particularly well known for its large variety of raptors, including those over-wintering from the Palaearctic, and we hope to find Lesser Spotted, Tawny and Wahlberg’s Eagles, Dark Chanting and Gabar Goshawks, Shikra and Lizard Buzzard.
The bushveld biome is famous for its diversity of birdlife and included in this suite of fantastic species are Crested Francolin, Swainson’s and Natal Spurfowl, Brown-headed Parrot, exquisite Lilac-breasted Roller, Orange-breasted and Grey-headed Bushshrikes, Violet-backed Starling, rare African Finfoot, Red-crested Korhaan, Black-bellied Bustard, White-crowned Lapwing, Southern Red-billed, Southern Yellow-billed and African Grey Hornbills, Southern White-crowned and Magpie Shrikes and Red-billed Oxpecker.
Other great birds we will look for here on our South Africa birding tour include the bizarre Hamerkop, African Green Pigeon, Giant Kingfisher, stunning Southern Carmine and European Bee-eaters, Great Spotted, Jacobin, Red-chested and African Cuckoos, Red-faced Mousebird, African Hoopoe, Bennett’s, Bearded and Golden-tailed Woodpeckers, Black-collared and Crested Barbets, Brown-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagras, African Paradise Flycatcher, Spotted and Ashy Flycatchers, Southern Black Tit, Sabota Lark, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Stierling’s Wren-Warbler, Wire-tailed, Red-breasted and Mosque Swallows, Greater Blue-eared and Burchell’s Starlings, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver and Spectacled Weaver, among many others!
An optional night drive through the park may encounter some of the rarer nocturnal mammals such as African Civet, Small-spotted and Blotched Genets, Side-striped Jackal, the beautiful Serval, White-tailed Mongoose and African Wild Cat, along with several species of owl and nightjar. These include Spotted and Verreaux’s Eagle-Owls, African Scops Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, and Square-tailed and Fiery-necked Nightjars.
Day 6: Kruger National Park to Wakkerstroom
We will spend the morning birding around our camp before bidding farewell to the splendours of Kruger. We then move inland to the Highveld once again to the country village of Wakkerstroom for a two-night stay. This quaint village is surrounded by pristine upland grasslands rich in endemic birds, many of which are currently threatened by the ongoing destruction of their grassland habitat.
We will arrive in time to spend the afternoon birding the highly productive Wakkerstroom marsh at the edge of town. This is a haven for waterbirds and offers the chance of a number of uncommon or localised species. Purple Heron, Little Bittern, South African Shelduck, Cape Shoveler, African Marsh Harrier, African Swamphen, South African Cliff Swallow, Levaillant’s Cisticola, Lesser Swamp and African Yellow Warblers, and Cape Weaver are all regular and, with a bit of luck, we may find African Snipe and African Rail. Rarely recorded species seen here on our previous South Africa birding tours include the elusive Baillon’s Crake and Red-chested Flufftail.
Day 7: Wakkerstroom area
Driving along the network of dirt roads radiating out from Wakkerstroom, we will explore the grasslands, rocky outcrops and gorges of this unique area in search of numerous specials and endemics such as Southern Bald Ibis, Blue Crane, Blue Korhaan and White-bellied Bustard (the latter is sometimes treated as a separate species, Barrow’s Korhaan), Ground Woodpecker, vocal Bokmakierie, the rare and localised Botha’s and Rudd’s Larks (the latter considered one of the world’s most endangered larks), Pink-billed, Eastern Long-billed and Eastern Clapper Larks, Mountain Wheatear, Sentinel Rock Thrush, African Rock and Yellow-breasted Pipits, African Pied Starling, Long-tailed and Fan-tailed Widowbirds, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Quailfinch and Cape Canary. Both Red-winged and Grey-winged Francolins are occur in the moist grasslands and we may find coveys feeding at the roadside or sunning themselves at dawn, while we also stand further chances for the stately Secretarybird.
Some of the farms in the area around Wakkerstroom support populations of the peculiar Black Wildebeest (also known by its less-used English name of White-tailed Gnu) and Blesbok, whilst smaller mammals occurring in the grasslands include Yellow Mongoose and the rare Cape Fox. One of the interesting denizens of these grasslands is the curious Suricate, or Meerkat, immortalised in Walt Disney’s ‘Lion King’. We have a good chance of finding family groups of these unusual animals.
Day 8: Wakkerstroom to Mkuze
After some final early morning birding in Wakkerstroom we will drive south to Mkuze, an area in northern Kwazulu-Natal that is home to a host of exciting specials and a handful of endemics. We will arrive in the mid to late afternoon for a two-night stay.
The Mkuze area is one of the most productive birding hotspots in Southern Africa and, with its wide variety of savanna, forest and wetland habitats, we can expect an excellent diversity of bird and mammal species in our days here. While we will obviously take time to appreciate the overwhelming number of birds, we will concentrate particularly on finding the localised specials, including Eastern Nicator, Bearded Scrub Robin, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Lemon-breasted Canary and the stunning Pink-throated Twinspot. More widespread but none-the-less spectacular species we will look for are Black-bellied Bustard, with its strange, “cork-popping” display, the nomadic Senegal Lapwing, Broad-billed Roller, beautiful Narina Trogon, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Terrestrial Brownbul, stunning Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-capped Robin-Chat and Golden-breasted Bunting.
Day 9: Mkuze area
We will spend an entire day of our South Africa birding tour exploring the wonders of this area, searching the great diversity of habitats for its numerous species. One of the more exciting habitats for us here is Sand Forest, a rare and localized dry forest biome severely threatened by development. This habitat is home to Neergaard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis, funky Crested Guineafowl and the strange African Broadbill.
The ephemeral wetlands in the area can be very productive after good rains; depending on the local conditions we may opt for some time at one of these ‘pans’, where we will search for Black Heron, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose and White-backed Duck, among many other commoner species.
While in Mkuze we will be sure to enjoy some ‘bushveld’ birding – an excellent habitat for raptors and ‘flock’ birding. Here we will be ever-vigilant for the huge Crowned and Martial Eagles, Little Sparrowhawk, Striped Kingfisher, Grey Penduline Tit, Bushveld Pipit, White-fronted and Little Bee-eaters, Black Cuckooshrike, White-crested Helmetshrike, Grey-headed and Orange-breasted Bushshrikes, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Black-bellied Starling, Purple-banded and Marico Sunbirds and Green-winged Pytilia. If conditions permit, we will do a nightwalk this evening to look for owls, nightjars and small mammals (Greater Galago and White-tailed Mongoose are often seen).
Day 10: Mkuze to St Lucia
After a final early morning’s birding in the Mkuze area, we will make our way back to the main coastal road and down to the village of St. Lucia, nestled on the shores of a lake of the same name and part of a world heritage site. En route we may pop in to False Bay Park to search for any species we have missed in the Mkuze area. The verdant Sand Forest here affords us additional opportunities for Narina Trogon, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Neergaard’s Sunbird, Rudd’s Apalis and Pink-throated Twinspot, with other possibilities including Tambourine Dove, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, African Yellow White-eye and Grey Sunbird.
If time allows, upon arrival in St Lucia we will take a drive to the nearby river mouth where we can obtain great views of Hippopotamus and Nile Crocodile lazing on the exposed sandbanks. During our South Africa birding tour, we may also encounter several species of tern and waders here such as Caspian and Greater Crested Terns, Common Ringed and White-fronted Plovers, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Water Thick-knee. The surrounding reedbeds often harbour reasonable numbers of nesting weavers that could include Southern Brown-throated, Eastern Golden, Lesser Masked and Thick-billed Weavers.
Day 11: St Lucia and Isimangaliso Wetland Park
This morning on our South Africa birding tour, we make our way into the dune forest on the edge of St Lucia town – the dunes here are the world’s highest vegetated dunes! This rich forest supports an exciting variety of endemics and specials, including the beautiful (but tricky) Livingstone’s Turaco, Green Malkoha, Woodward’s Batis, Brown Scrub Robin, Dark-backed Weaver, Green Twinspot, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Red-backed Mannikin and shy Lemon Dove. Samango Monkey, Red Duiker, Banded Mongoose and Red Forest Squirrel are possible mammal species that we may encounter. Other more widespread birds to keep our eyes peeled for are Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, White-eared Barbet, Lesser Honeyguide and Collared and Olive Sunbirds.
We will also take some time to drive the road through the Eastern Shores section of Isimangaliso Wetland Park to Cape Vidal. The habitats we traverse include moist coastal grassland, wetlands and coastal forest, and this translates to a large number of potential new species! Some of the top birds we will search for in the grassland and forest mosaic include the scarce Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Crowned Eagle, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Collared Pratincole, Rufous-winged and Croaking Cisticolas and Yellow-throated Longclaw, while in the tall coastal forest at Cape Vidal itself we will look for Green Twinspot and Grey Waxbill. The grasslands en route support populations of African Buffalo, White Rhinoceros, Common Reedbuck, Warthog, Greater Kudu and Common Zebra, while forested areas hold Red Duiker and Samango Monkey. After our day exploring the park we will make our way back to St Lucia.
This evening we will head out on an exciting night drive, traversing the rarely driven tracks deep into the Eastern Shores section of Isimangaliso Wetland Park. An array of birds, mammals and reptiles await us, with previous tours finding the elusive Leopard, African Buffalo, secretive Bushpig, Spotted Hyena, Cape Porcupine, Side-striped Jackal, Thick-tailed Greater Galago, endemic Setaro’s Dwarf and Flap-necked Chameleon, Peter’s Epaulleted Fruit Bat and Hippopotamus. Nocturnal birding can be excellent, with very good chances of seeing the scarce Swamp Nightjar as well as Fiery-necked and Square-tailed while both Spotted Eagle-Owl and African Wood Owl are readily found.
Day 12: St Lucia to Hilton via Dlinza Forest and Mtunzini
Today on our South Africa birding tour, we depart early for Dlinza Forest near Eshowe. The beautiful forest reserve of Dlinza supports an avifauna combining both coastal and mistbelt bird species, and here we will search for African Goshawk, the rare Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Turaco, Crowned and noisy Trumpeter Hornbills, Square-tailed Drongo, Chorister Robin-Chat, Grey Cuckooshrike and the highly endangered Spotted Ground Thrush. We are likely to also be entertained by the diminutive and at times surprisingly confiding Blue Duiker, a tiny antelope species that feeds almost exclusively on fallen leaves. In addition, South Africa’s only forest canopy walkway is situated here and we will spend most of our morning birding from this superb viewpoint.
If time allows we will make a quick stop in at the coastal town of Mtunzini where we hope to find Palm-nut Vulture and Black-throated Wattle-eye. Journeying south and then inland we will arrive in the small town of Hilton in the late afternoon.
Day 13: Hilton to Himeville
We commence our birding this morning in the Karkloof, a range of forested hills near Howick that is home to a number of uncommon and local birds restricted to Afro-montane forests. We will be searching for southern African endemics such as Forest Buzzard, Knysna Turaco, the highly endangered Cape Parrot, elusive Bush Blackcap – one of South Africa’s most sought-after endemics, Barratt’s Warbler, Olive Bushshrike, Swee Waxbill and Forest Canary, as well as many more widespread yet no less desirable birds including Long-crested Eagle, African Olive Pigeon, Olive Woodpecker, Emerald Cuckoo, Black-headed Oriole, the uncommon Orange Ground Thrush, Cape Batis, White-starred Robin, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Red-backed Mannikin, Red-collared Widowbird and Brimstone Canary.
Further up the Karkloof range, we visit a pristine area of upland grassland where breeding Grey Crowned and Blue Cranes and, if we are lucky, Wattled Crane can sometimes be found. Black-winged Lapwing, Fan-tailed Grassbird and Cape Longclaw also occur here, but the star bird is undoubtedly the striking Buff-streaked Chat, an endemic wheatear that is striking both in appearance and song. Mammal possibilities include Mountain Reedbuck and the sleek Oribi antelope.
Next we will head for the Richmond area where we will attempt to track down the stunning Blue Swallow, undoubtedly our most elegant and severely threatened swallow. The birds regularly breed here in the summer months and our chances of finding this rare species are very good.
Continuing on we will pass through the dramatic Umkomaas River valley before arriving at a wonderfully lush patch of Mistbelt forest in the late afternoon. Here we will listen for the high pitched screech of the similarly rare Cape Parrot and attempt to locate flocks as they make their way into the forest to roost. Other species to keep a look-out for during our South Africa birding tour include Black Saw-wing and Southern Double-collared Sunbird, with further chances for Knysna Turaco, Grey Cuckooshrike, White-starred Robin, Swee Waxbill and Forest Canary. We will then wind our way along a scenic country road to the small town of Himeville at the base of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.
Day 14: Day trip up Sani Pass, Lesotho
Today on our South Africa birding tour, we travel up into the tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho in search of a handful of highly localised, highland endemics. In order to do this, we will transfer to 4 x 4 vehicles and make our way up the rugged and spectacular Sani Pass, birding en route. The grassy slopes and rocky outcrops on the ascent are home to family groups of the bizarre Ground Woodpecker, Drakensberg Prinia, African Yellow Warbler, Cape Grassbird, Cape Rock Thrush and Yellow Bishop, whilst stands of protea bushes support the impressive Gurney’s Sugarbird (belonging to a family endemic to Southern Africa) and dazzling Malachite and Greater Double-collared Sunbirds. As we approach the crest of the Escarpment we will be scanning the rocky scree at the roadside for the stunning Drakensberg Rockjumper, African Rock Pipit, Sentinel Rock Thrush and Drakensberg Siskin.
Atop the plateau, the steep slopes and rugged cliffs are replaced by gently undulating terrain and endless vistas of distant, blue mountains. Black Stork, African Black Duck and Southern Bald Ibis may be found alongside the mountain streams, whilst Grey-winged Francolin, Red-capped Lark, Sickle-winged Chat, African and Mountain Pipits, Yellow Canary and Cape Bunting prefer adjacent meadows. A number of birds more typical of the Karoo, such as Grey Tit, Layard’s Warbler, Fairy Flycatcher, Large-billed Lark and Karoo Prinia reach the eastern limits of their range here in the Lesotho highlands. We will also keep a careful watch skywards as the endangered Cape Vulture, magnificent Bearded Vulture, Verreaux’s Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Lanner Falcon and White-necked Raven are regularly seen overhead, along with fast-flying flocks of African and Alpine Swifts. Other animals of particular interest atop the “Roof of Africa” are the approachable Sloggett’s Vlei Rat, endemic Drakensberg Crag Lizard and the colourful Southern Rock Agama.
Day 15: Himeville to Durban and onward flight
Today we depart early for Durban to connect with our onward flights, or else to Cape Town if you choose to do the Cape Extension.
What our clients say about tours to South Africa
- MM, Eastern South Africa X 2016
Greg de Klerk worked hard to get us the sightings, to ensure everyone got a “good look” and to keep us as safe and as comfortable as possible. I especially appreciated his additional information about field marks, behaviour, the habitat/area, history and culture.CG, South Africa
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!CB, South Africa 2017
A first rate, very satisfying…tour that met all expectations. We missed two species we were especially interested in but our guide made an extra effort to find them and we were very pleased with him. A first rate birder. He is a great addition to the Rockjumer Team.IT, Private South Africa
The faster pace of the tour (South Africa Mega) was just what I wanted, and maximized chances for as many endemics as possible without adding more days. Markus was on top of things throughout, his timing and logistics were flawless, and his spotting skills are excellent. His precision served the group well and the group size (6) was ideal. He also was great with the many mammals, positioning the vehicle for the best viewing and photography, and sharing information about life histories. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and just wish I could do it all over again!RB, SA Mega
My wife and I were part of a six person tour of South Africa that was led by David Hoddinott. Our trip was excellent and seamless. David was the perfect guide for our group and, as I’m sure you’re aware, is an extraordinary birder and bird finder…. Thank you to Rockjumper, and David especially, for taking the time to create such a wonderful trip for our group.
As always, I’m sure that it’s a challenge to accommodate numerous personalities within a group and David was great at it. We all liked him from day one and he was always positive and up for anything. He was an absolute joy to be with.
We’d previously been to Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Botswana and South Africa was a totally different experience. We really enjoyed the people that we got to meet and the sheer beauty of the country is breathtaking. David’s enthusiasm and pride of his homeland was inspiring and infectious. We can’t thank him enough for making it come alive for us.
And thanks to all who had a part in setting it all up. We’d happily recommend Rockjumper to anyone thinking about a trip led by you.EB, South Africa 2014
The trip was excellent. It exceeded my expectations. All the travel went perfectly. Thank you so much for arranging it.EL, South Africa
Gareth was very considerate of all tour members and kept everything on schedule. He went out of his way to find bird species of particular interest to those on the tour and is a very enthusiastic about birding.NK, South Africa Comp V 2015
Gareth was an excellent guide. He was always on hand to give help and advice when needed and didn’t favour one guest over another. His enthusiasm could not be faulted and local and birding knowledge faultless.SM, South Africa 2016
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.SM, Budget Western South Africa
Gareth was really good value – nice bloke, very knowledgeable and expert bird guide, and handled some fairly tricky situations during the tour very well. We really enjoyed the tour and would have no hesitation recommending Rockjumper and travelling with you again.SH & PB, South Africa
Wayne Jones is one of the best tour leaders I have been with… He is great at making we all see the birds. He knows their songs and call and the habitats where they occur.VP, South Africa
Both Eliza and I really enjoyed our trip with you. Great birds, animals, landscape and people. Your dedication and sincere interest in our wishes exemplify the perfect guide. It has been such a great pleasure getting to know you and traveling with you. I hope that we can do it again.E, Private (Eastern) South Africa
Rainer established what each of the participants expected from the tour [Cape to Wiindhoek, South Africa] and then managed to excel expectations without seeming to try to do this. We saw all our favourite birds and animals and even plants. Yes we even enjoyed the wildflowers too! His birding skills, including recognition of calls, were exceptional. His effortless ability to manage logistics and his energy for making it happen, made this tour easy and stress-free; something I’m exceptionally grateful for. His enthusiasm for new finds (not just birds!) was totally contagious and added to the enjoyment. His broad knowledge met all my needs for information about this new continent – and that made this tour particularly satisfying for me.Cape to Windhoek
On a recent birding trip from Cape Town to Windhoek we appreciated Cuan’s range of talents. His keen eyes, knowledge of bird vocalizations and great enthusiasm for finding birds combine very nicely with his logistical expertise and delightful sense of humour. I was very pleased with the trip — well done, Cuan!HSA, South Africa
Wayne Jones is one of the most incredible bird and wildlife guides I have ever encountered. Always helpful and professional.AM, Budget Eastern South Africa
Thoroughly enjoyed Gareth – sense of humour was great and he worked tirelessly to ensure everyone could see the bird.SH, South Africa Comp V 2015
Thank you for a wonderful tour. We enjoyed your good company and we appreciate your expertise, effort and enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in South Africa and we hope to travel with you again sometime.
P.S It was a crackerSouth Africa
Greg was brilliant (the best guide I’ve ever had). He found most of the birds we were trying for, and always did his utmost to get us all onto them.PW, South Africa