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Aves West Coast Overnight Tour / Safari / Adventure.

 

Day 1

 

07:00

Depart for Tienie Versveld Nature Reserve between Yzerfontein and Darling.

This is an excellent site for Cloud Cisticola,Cape Longclaw, Common Quail, Capped Wheatear, Red-capped Lark, Large-billed Lark and African Pipit.

 

09:00

Depart for West Coast National Park. IBA Bird the area from the entrance gate to Tsaarsbank via Abrahamskraal waterhole.

 

Bird List - 282

 

Specials for this area include Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Penduline Tit and African Rail.

 

11:30

Bird the area from Geelbek Manor House to the bird hides.

 

Bird Hide specials: -

Red Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Common Greenshank, White-fronted Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Eurasian Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Mongolian Plover.

 

13:00

Lunch at Geelbek Manor House

 

14:00

Depart for Seeberg Hide.

 

14:45

Depart for the Velddrift. IBA [Berg River Estuary]

The estuary and flood plain cover a large area. The mudflats support the highest density of waders on the west coast during the summer months.

 

Bird List � 200+

 

Specials: -

Chestnut-banded Plover, Greater and Lesser Flamingo�s, Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Grey-headed Gull, South African Shelduck and Jackal Buzzard.

 

17:30

Depart for the Oystercatcher Lodge, Shelley Point, West Coast, South Africa.

 

20:00

Dinner at Oystercatcher Lodge.

 

06:00

Bird shoreline at lodge for Cape Cormorant, Bank Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, Hartlaub�s Gull, White-fronted Plover and African Black Oystercatcher.

 

06:30

Breakfast and book out.

 

07:30

Depart for Rocher Pan Nature Reserve, north of Dwarskersbos, West Coast, South Africa. The pan supports a wide variety of water birds, [70 species] and the surrounding strandveld vegetation, [113 species] is good for many of the fynbos specials. Rocher pan is one of the Cape shoveler�s most important breeding and moulting sites.

 

Bird list: - 183+

 

Specials: -  

African Black Oystercatcher, South African Shelduck, Cape and Red-billed Teals, Cape Clapper Lark, Karoo Lark, Pearl-breasted Swallow, Yellow-bellied Eremomela and Rufous-eared Warbler.

 

10:45

Depart Velddrift and bird Laaiplek and Velddrift.

 

Bird list: - 200+

 

Specials: -

Chestnut-banded Plover, Greater and Lesser Flamingo�s, Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Grey-headed Gull, South African Shelduck and Jackal Buzzard.

 

12:45

Depart for West Coast National Park.

 

13:45

Lunch at Geelbek Manor House.

 

 

14:45

Bird the area around Geelbek Manor House and the two hides.

 

Specials: -

Cape Spurfowl, Cape Weaver, Acacia Pied Barbet, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Large-billed Lark, Levaillant�s Cisticola, Greybacked Cisticola, Kittlitz Plover and Peregrine Falcon.

 

17:00

Depart for Cape Town, arriving at hotel at 18:30

 

 

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