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Aves Eastern Cape Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.



 

Aves Eastern Cape Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

The Eastern Cape is the main meeting point of South Africa�s biomes. The birding here is a mixture of western endemics and tropical eastern species and is most famous for its excellent coastal birding. The Eastern Cape Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure includes two Important Bird Areas: -

  • Greater Addo National Park.

  • Swartkops Estuary.

Greater Addo National Park includes six different biomes and in the main elephant park the vegetation is principally Addo Bush, a dense vegetation type characterized by Spekboom � Portulacaria afra. This area offers a variety of western endemics and eastern species.

Swartkops Estuary provides some of the best estuarine birding in Southern Africa. The estuary is Tidal for 16km, with extensive inter-tidal banks and salt marshes, which make it an excellent locality waders and terns. Summer [Oct-Apr] is the best time as the highest number of migrant waders are here.


  • IBA

    2

    Endemic's

    49

    Near Endemic's

    22

    Breeding Endemic's

    1

 

Bird Lists: -

 

Addo Elephant National Park   

133+

Swartkops Estuary 

223

Amalinda Nature Reserve  

150

East London and Gonubie

376

Kei Mouth and Surrounds

265

 

    Specials: -

    Birds: -

    Cape Vulture, Southern Tchagra, Blue Crane, Knysna Woodpecker, Martial Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Grey Crowned Crane, Goliath Heron, Barred Owlet, Cape Parrot, Red-capped Robin-chat, Trumpeter Hornbill, African Finfoot, Black-necked Grebe, Little Tern, Thick-billed Weaver, Southern Red Bishop.

    Mammals: -

    Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, White & Black Rhinoceros, [The �Big 5�] Cheetah, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Kudu and Springbok.

    Trees: -

    Cape Ash � Ekebergia capensis, Broad-leaved Yellowwood � Podocarpus latifoluis, Small-leaved Yellowwood � Podocarpus falcatus, Sweet-thorn Acacia � Acacia karroo, White Milkwood � Sideroxylon inerme, Coast Silver-oak � Brachylaena discolor, Spekboom � Portulacaria afra, Wild Plum � Harpephyllum caffrum.

    Accommodation: -

    • East London - Tidewaters / The Birdhouse Guest House **** 

      2 Nights

      Hogsbacks � Hogsback Inn ***   

      1 Night

      Kenton on sea � Riverside Lodge, Kariega Game Reserve *****

      1 Night

      Addo � Nguni River Lodge, Addo National Park *****                     

      2 Nights

     

    Tour Price Range: -

    From as little as $955  per person sharing to $3,465 per person sharing for the Aves Eastern Cape seven day Birding Tour. 

     

    Day 1

     

    06:30

    Met at O.R.Tambo International Airport Johannesburg, South Africa by Aves Birding Tours / Safaris Leader and transfer to Domestic Departure Hall to book in for flight to East London.

     

    08:30

    Board flight to East London.

     

    11:00

    Arrive East London Airport and transfer to Tidewaters / The Birdhouse

     

    12:30

    Lunch

     

    14:00

    Depart for Gonube Bird Sanctuary

     

    Specials: -

    African Black Duck, Black Crake, African Purple Swamphen, African Rail, Baillons Crake, Red-chested Flufftail, Grey Crowned Crane, Malachite Kingfisher and Little Bittern.

     

    15:30

    Depart for Umtiza Nature Reserve.

     

    Specials: -

    Knysna Woodpecker, Knysna Turaco, Narina Trogon, Brown Scrub-Robin, Red-capped Robin-chat,Olive Bush-shrike and African Finfoot.

     

    18:00

    Return to Accommodation.

     

    Day 2

     

    06:30

    Breakfast

     

    08:00

    Depart for Morgans Bay, Double Mouth and Kei River Mouth.

     

    Specials: -

    African Fish Eagle, Long-Crested Eagle, Crowned Eagle, White-starred Robin, Olive Woodpecker, Green Woodhoopoe, Trumpeter Hornbill, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-winged Lapwing and Grey Crowned Crane.

     

    13:00

    Lunch at Kei Mouth.

     

    18: 00

    Return to Tidewaters.

     

    20:00

    Traditional South African Barbeque.

     

    Day 3

     

    06:30

    Breakfast and book out of Tidewaters

     

    07:30

    Depart for Amalinda Nature Reserve

     

    Specials: -

    Giant Kingfisher, Thick-billed and Yellow Weavers, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Chinspot Batis and White-browed Scrub-robin.

     

    10:30

    Depart for Hogsback Via King Williamstown and Alice.

     

    12:30

    Book into the Hogsback Inn

     

    13:00

    Lunch at the Inn

     

    14:30

    Bird in Hogsback Village and surrounding areas which include Indigenous Forest, Exotic Plantation, Montane Grassland and Protea Stands.

     

    Specials: -

    African Crowned, Long-crested and Martial Eagle, Cape Parrot, Bush Blackcap, Knysna Woodpecker, Grey-winged Francolin, Buff-streaked Chat, Cape Eagle Owl, African Wood Owl, Orange Ground Thrush.

     

    18:00

    Return to the Hogsback Inn

     

    20:00

    Dinner

     

    Day 4

     

    06:00

    Bird the Village surrounds.

     

    08:30

    Breakfast and Book out of the Hogsback Inn.

     

    10:00

    Depart for via Alice, Fort Beaufort and Grahamstown.

     

    12:30

    Lunch in Grahamstown.

     

    14:00

    Depart for Riverside Lodge.

     

    15:00

    Book into Riverside Lodge.

     

    16:30

    Depart on Birding Cruise on the Bushmans River

     

    Specials: -

    Brown Scrub-Robin, Southern Tchargra, Crowned and Trumpter Hornbills, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Knysna Turaco, Black CrakeBooted Eagles, Jackal Buzzard, Green-spotted Wood-Dove.

     

    18:45

    Return to the Lodge

     

    20:00

    Dinner

     

    Day 4

     

    06:00

    Depart on Bird and Game Drive

     

    08:00

    Breakfast

     

    08:45

    Bird around the Lodge

     

    10:30

    Book out and depart for Addo National Park via Sidbury and Paterson

     

    12:45

    Book into Nguni River Lodge in the Addo National Park.IBA

     

    13:30

    Lunch

     

    14:30

    Bird around the Lodge

     

    16:00

    Depart on a Bird and Game Drive

     

    Specials: -

     

    Birds: -

    Martial and Booted Eagles, Secretarybird, Crowned Hornbill, Jackal Buzzard,Blue Crane, Southern Balack Korhaan, Southern Tchagra, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, African Red-eyed Bulbul, Green-spotted Wood-dove, Pearl-breasted Swallow, Red-fronted Tinkerbird.

     

    Mammals: -

    Elephant, Black Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, [The Big 5] Eland, Red Hartebeest, Kudu and Common Duiker.

     

    18:30

    Return to Lodge

     

    20:00

    Dinner

     

    Day 6

     

    06:00

    Depart on Bird and Game Drive

     

    09:00

    Breakfast

     

    10:00

    Drive the Nzipondo Loop and Gorah Loop looking out for Denham�s Bustard and Red-billed Oxpecker

     

    12:30

    Return to Lodge for lunch

     

    14:30

    Bird around the Lodge

     

    15:30

    Game Drive

     

    18:00

    Sundowners in the Bush

     

    19:15

    Dinner

     

    20:30

    Night drive looking for Owls and Nightjars.

     

    21:00

    Return to Lodge.

     

    Day 7

     

    06:30

    Depart on Bird and Game Drive.

     

    08:00

    Breakfast and Book out.

     

    09:30

    Drive through park to Addo and on to Port Elizabeth.

     

    11:45

    Bird Swartkops Estuary. IBA

     

    Specials: -

    Caspian and Little Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Greater Sand Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit. Common Whimbrel, Greater Flamingo, Goliath Heron, Cape Teal, Southern Tchagra.

     

    13:15

    Lunch in Port Elizabeth

     

    14:15

    Depart for Cape Recife Nature Reserve.

     

    Specials: -

    African Black Oystercatcher, Damara Tern, Southern Tchagra, Cape Gannet, Roseata and Antarctic Terns, African Purple Swamphen, African Rail and Black Crake.

     

    16: 00

    Depart for Port Elizabeth Airport.

     

    17:30

    Fly to Johannesburg

     

    19:00

    Book in for International Flight.

     


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