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South Africa: Cape to Kruger Tour Report

           Tour dates: 8 – 22 February 2020
           Tour Leader: Vincent Ward

This two-week tour explored a multitude of habitats and landscapes to target South Africa’s unique birdlife and incredible mammal diversity. Starting in the Western Cape, we toured the endemic-rich fynbos heathland, birded a large saltwater lagoon, and visited the world-famous Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. A short flight to Johannesburg brought us to high- altitude Grasslands and Afromontane forests of the northern Drakensberg escarpment, later ending in the game-rich Kruger National Park.

Total number of bird species seen: 392

Total number of mammal species seen: 42

BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: African Penguin, Lesser Moorhen, Southern Bald Ibis, Secretarybird, 36 species of raptors (including Ayre’s Hawk-eagle and several vultures), five species of bustards, Blue Crane, Knysna Turaco, Southern Ground Hornbill, European and Purple Roller, Southern Tchagra, Cape Rockjumper, Cape, Eastern and Agulhas

Long-billed Larks, Cape Clapper Lark, Cape and Gurney’s Sugarbird, Buff-streaked Chat, 9 species of sunbirds, and Cape Siskin.

MAMMAL HIGHLIGHTS: Leopard, Lion, Hyena, Bat-eared Foxes, Giraffe, African Elephant, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Eland, Kudu, Klipspringer, Rock Hyrax, and both Cape Mountain and Common Zebra.

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