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Tankwa Karoo - Two Days

Top Birds

•   Cinnamon-breasted Warbler
•   Karoo Korhaan
•   Black-headed Canary
•   Layards Tit-Babbler
•   Rufous-eared Warbler
•   Karoo Eremomela
•   Karoo Chat
•   Pririt Batis
•   Fairy Flycatcher
•   Namaqua Warbler
•   Karoo Lark
•   Grey-backed Sparrowlark

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Detailed itinerary

It can be difficult visiting the Tanqua Karoo in one day, so we usually suggest that the area is explored over at least two days.

Typically our tours encompass a relaxed drive, via Paarl for some superb fynbos and water birding (and perhaps some lunch!), arriving in the Tanqua Karoo with enough time to do some afternoon birding, before we treat ourselves to some excellent Karoo hospitality at a local guest farm.

The “real” birding will begin when we arrive at Karoopoort with Namaqua Warbler, Mountain Wheatear, and a host of scrub species including one of our personal favourites, Fairy Flycatcher, typically putting in an appearance. From Karoopoort we will work our way northwards along the edge of the Karoo to a series of prime sites, in search other desirable species such as Karoo Eremomela, Spike-heeled Lark, Tractrac Chat and Pririt Batis.

The fresh Karoo air should have us up early on day two, ready for a pre-breakfast foray for the enigmatic Burchell’s Courser. This species can be very tricky to find, but Karoo Longbilled Lark, Namaqua Sandgrouse and Tractrac Chat should keep us company as we search.

The remainder of the day will be spent searching the parched brown expanses, aloe-lined escarpments and lonely isolated hills of the area. Cinnamon-breasted Warbler (with some expert knowledge and luck!), Layard’s Titbabbler, Rufous-eared Warbler, Karoo Korhaan, Karoo Chat and Pale-chanting Goshawk should also be added to the days list!

Our return loop to Cape Town can be incorporated with a series of three mountain passes which offer plenty of fynbos specials (e.g. Cape Rockjumper and Victorin's Warbler) in addition to spectacular Cape mountain landscape, but does require sufficient time.

The Tanqua Karoo can also be successfully combined with visits to the West Coast and Overberg regions, but this requires a few additional days. Let us know if you are interested in this combination, it makes for an excellent trip!




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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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