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Western Cape: Hottentots Holland Trip Report - 6 November 2015

Bird Highlights: Cape Sugarbird, Karoo Prinia, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Rockjumper, Olive Woodpecker, African Paradise Flycatcher, Cape Cormorants and African Penguin.

Detailed Trip Report

I met up with Mike, Crista, Sally and Carolyn for a day of birding on the eastern coastline of False Bay. Blustery, cold conditions at Rooi Els made birding tricky to begin with, but after a short while the temperatures picked up and the wind slowed allowing most of the special birds in the area to show. Cape Bunting, Grey Backed Cisticola and Karoo Prinia were the most abundant while Orange Breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird and Cape Rockjumper all made good appearances much to the delight of the British guests.

The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens at Betty's Bay was sheltered from the wind and provided a great mix of fynbos and forest birding. More sunbirds and sugarbirds and a few Cape Spurfowl were seen in the fynbos gardens whilst the adjacent forest patch provided excellent views of Cape Batis, Swee Waxbill, African Paradise Flycatcher, Sombre Greenbul and Olive Woodpecker. The river running alongside the gardens also provided opportunities to see a single Giant Kingfisher and a pair of African Black Ducks.

Stoney Point provided an opportunity for the group to see some of the Cape's coastal birds. Cape Cormorants nesting in their hundreds were a highlight for the group and were joined by small groups of White-breasted and Bank Cormorants. Swift and Sandwich Terns were coming to and fro and, as always, the African Penguins and their young were littered across the beach and rocky shore. All in all, a great day out in the Cape!

A Birding Africa Trip Report by Tour Leader Nick Fordyce.

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Many of the birding sites on this trip are described in detail in the Southern African Birdfinder which is widely available in South African bookshops and on the internet. (e.g., or However you're always welcome to contact us if you're interested in a guided trip in this area.

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Focus 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 or both.
Photography 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 photos.
Fitness Only a low level of fitness is required.
Timing Throughout the year.
Climate Moderate; can be warm in summer and chilly in winter.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size This depends on the specific tour. Please enquire.
Top birds Fynbos endemics, Karoo endemics and raptors in a spectacular setting
Top mammals whales, dolphins, Cape Grysbok, Chacma Baboon, Caracal, Grey Mongoose
Booking Please contact us if you wish to book. You will receive the booking form and conditions and a tour information pack.

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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.

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