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Cape Eco-Tours is a small but dynamic tour operator based in Cape Town. We offer private and personalised tours designed specifically to suit the needs and interests of each individual client. We guarantee value for money tours with personal attention on all trips. Your trip to any destination in South Africa will be customised to include any one or more of the following (and more):
Birdwatching (whether you are a relaxed birder or a serious “twitcher”);
Botanical rambles (Fynbos, spring flowers, Strandveld, Nama Karoo, Succulent Karoo, etc.);
Ecological walks or drives;
Guided field or mountain walks;
Scenic and country drives, including tours along our spectacular coastline, mountain passes and indigenous forests;
Experiencing the cultures of the South African Rainbow Nation (Township tours, tours of the Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarters), visits to a San cultural centre and real San rock art sites, West Coast fishing communities, seeing how ordinary South African live, etc.);
Trips to working farms;
Whale watching (July to November) and shark viewing by boat;
Wine tours and tastings (including tasting of cheese, olives and chocolates, where applicable);
Tours customised for keen to serious photographers.
Mariana Delport, owner and DEAT registered cultural and field guide, has a very wide interest, varying from the diverse cultures of our rainbow nation to farming and anything nature related. She has many years’ experience of birdwatching and bird guiding, and has “ticked off” 634 Southern African species on her “life list”. Having been chairperson of the Tygerberg Bird Club for 5 years, she had organised and led many bird club outings. Several bird club members are also keen naturalists, which further enriched her passion for nature. She is also a member of the Botanical Society and is passionate about Fynbos, Namaqualand’s spring flowers and the other biomes of Southern Africa. Mariana will either be your guide, or other highly qualified and registered guides will accompany you. We only use air-conditioned vehicles carrying all the required permits, licenses and insurance.
We are looking forward to meeting you and giving you an experience of a lifetime!
KAROO BIRDING SAFARISAddress:
Bird St 126, Box 112, BEAUFORT WEST 6970
Telephone: +27 23 4142980
Cell/Mobile: +27 83 7247916
Fax No.: 086 6060267
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Karoo Birding Safaris is operated by Japie and Ralie Claassen. They were born and bred in the Karoo and are experienced birders with more than 700 species on their South African life-list . Due to this they are able to offer unique nature experiences, not only related to birding, but also in terms of environment and scenery in the Karoo areas. They know where to find the LBJ's and other specials in the Karoo, but they can also teach you about their holistic insights into the Karoo environment, ranging from small insects and plants to the larger mammals roaming the National Parks and game farms. Karoo Birding Safaris caters for all kinds of tourists and birders on trips ranging from a half a day to three weeks. Tours are be tailor-made to suite the client's specific needs.
Japie is registered as a tour operator and guide with DEAT and FGASA and has a passion for the outdoors. He has been a member of Birdlife South Africa for more than 25 years, a founder member of the local bird club and secretary of it since its inception. He has participated in the annual Birding Big Day since 1986, during which time his team has won the Handicap Division several times – this just illustrates why the Karoo has become such a sought after birding destination. He has also been a member of the SANParks Honorary Rangers since 1991 and is a qualified bird ringer. Japie does tours to many parts of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, but specializes in the Great and Tanqua Karoo. He has been a tour guide for more than 10 years and is renowned for his personal attention to clients and focus on detail. Karoo Birding Safaris transport their clients in air-conditioned vehicles and accommodation can vary from 4 and 5 star establishments to good farm accommodation, depending on the specific client's needs and preferences. We regularly post trip reports by Japie on this website and several of these could be studied at leisure – these certainly illustrate Japie's ability to expose his clients to great birding experiences.
Contact KAROO BIRDING SAFARIS for your next unforgettable birding experience in southern Africa.
LANGVLEI BIRDS AND BIRDINGAddress:
Telephone: +27 (0) 44 8821267
Cell/Mobile: +27 (0) 76 8986413
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The Wilderness area of the Garden Route region in the Western Cape Province is a top birding destination. The Lakes are home to a rich variety of water related birds ranging from cormorants, ducks, grebes, coots, and moorhens, to egrets, herons, crakes, rails and flufftails. African Fish Eagles are abundant and their evocative “cry of Africa” call can be heard many times a day especially during the breeding season. According to the SABAP2 (bird atlasing) project, the Lakes pentad (3355_2240) has a species list of 246 putting it on a par with the best pentads in the Western Cape.
The area between the coast and the Outeniqua mountains has a diversity of habitats that further boosts the number of species. On the Indian Ocean coast the iconic African Black Oystercatcher is a dead certainty while White-fronted Plover, Sanderling, and Cape Gannet, as well as several terns and gulls are not difficult to locate.
Between the Lakes and the mountains there is a strip of farmland that is home to weavers, bishops, lapwings, bustards, larks and pipits. Above the farmland is a strip of temperate forest. Forest birding is never easy, but if one gets to know the calls you will hear Chorister Robin-Chat, White-starred Robin, Green Wood-Hoopoe, Terrestrial Brownbul, Knysna Turaco, Narina Trogon, African Goshawk and Knysna Warbler.
Above the forest the famous Fynbos starts and covers the mountain slopes to the summits. The Fynbos is a very special biome as it contains over 10,000 species of plants, mainly indigenous to the Southern and Western Cape. It is also home to several endemic species of birds, such as Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Bulbul, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin`s Warbler, Protea Seed-eater and Cape Rockjumper. There are two species of Spurfowl in the Southern Cape: Red-necked, which frequents the coastal bush and Cape, which is a bird of the Fynbos.
If you still need more variety, the Little Karoo is a half hour trip over the mountains and here there are a number of species you won`t see on the coastal plain, like Chestnut-vented and Layard`s Tit-Babblers, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Cape Penduline-Tit, Grey Tit, Karoo Chat, Large-billed -, Karoo-, and Cape Clapper Lark, Pririt Batis and Long-billed Crombec.
There are a few extremely rare species in the wider Southern Cape. Birds like Baillon`s Crake, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Black-chested Snake-Eagle and Wattled Starling have been reported once or twice only, while species like Wailing Cisticola, Marsh Warbler and Long-crested Eagle have made their appearance recently.
With 500 checklists submitted to SABAP 2, Alan Collett, your guide, knows the area intimately. He is keen to give you the sort of birding experience you want on a half or full day outing. The emphasis is very much on client satisfaction, so an outing can be tailored to meet the client`s needs.