Guided by Keith Barnes, Christian Boix, and Josh Engel.
This was a custom tour, designed to maximize the number of endemic species seen. It was based on Tropical Birding’s usual Cape to Kruger itinerary, with several additional sites visited thanks to extra time and careful planning. With this itinerary we visited Brandvlei in the arid west for several local lark species, securing great looks at all of them, as well as St. Lucia Wetlands Park and Mkhuze Game Reserve in the east for eastern littoral species. The trip was a great success—besides being able to enjoy the incredible diversity of culture, habitats and scenery that South Africa offers we saw a total of 505 bird species and 50 mammals! The full lists are at the end of the report.