British based birder Vaughan, returned to South Africa following a first trip in 2010. This time he was keen to catch up with some species he had missed out on last time. A trip to Rooi Els was essential and his desire to see Cape Rockjumper palpable. With hardly a breath of wind, conditions couldn't have been better. The birds were highly active too and, he got to catch up with plenty of obliging Cape Siskin, Cape Rock-Thrush, Cape Bunting, Cape Sugarbird and Orange Breasted Sunbirds.
The Rockjumpers were proving elusive though; but luckily other birds provided some good distractions. Karoo Prinias and Grey Backed Cisticolas were very vocal and perched conspicuously whilst bumblebee-like Yellow Bishops flew about. Then the Cape Rockjumpers made their appearance. Four individuals came within a matter of metres of our group and seemed to revel in the photographic limelight.
An afternoon spent at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens was similarly fruitful providing good views of Swee Waxbill, Sombre Greenbul, Olive Thrush, a single Giant Kingfisher and an Olive Woodpecker. The day ended with an unsuccessful attempt to find a Hottentot Buttonquail but all-in-all it was a great day of birding.
Our Cape tours and day trips are aimed at keen birders and
nature enthusiasts. They have been designed to see as many endemic
birds as possible. While on the walks, we spend a lot of time
looking for other aspects of wildlife such as mammals, chameleons,
geckos, butterflies and interesting plants. We can also customise
any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast
Many participants on our tours and day trips are amateur wildlife
photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or
mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing
it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority
of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or
bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the
next encounter. Thus, while the photographic
opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally
wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better
Only a low level of fitness is required.
Throughout the year.
Moderate; can be warm in summer and chilly in winter.
A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and
Birding Africa is a specialist birding
tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed
holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies,
dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide
you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations.
Our guides' knowledge of African
birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we
have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the
birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.
We've even written two acclaimed guide
books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best
birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and
we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled
with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997,
we've run bird watching tours
in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders,
small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've
run Conservation Tours
in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult
for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC
Natural History Unit.