Trip report: South Africa Fairest Cape to Kruger (January 2020) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Emma Juxon. This was a set departure tour, and it included the Drakensberg extension

South Africa has it all, from mind-blowing wildlife to incredible scenery to fantastic people and cultures, not to mention the delicious food! This tour really gives clients a wonderful insight into life in this fantastic and varied country. We cover a huge area of the country, taking us through many different habitats and thus allowing us the opportunity to enjoy large species numbers. This tour follows our tried and tested route through the rugged Western Cape and along the south coast into the Garden Route. From there we move inland to the arid landscapes of the Karoo and Tankwa Karoo before hopping across country via airplane to Johannesburg and exploring the world-famous Kruger National Park. Then back to Johannesburg before winding our way through the mid-altitude grasslands of Wakkerstroom to Zululand, visiting Mkhuze Game Reserve, the St. Lucia estuary, the montane forests of Eshowe and oNgoye and the agricultural lands of Howick and Underberg. A final adventurous ascent takes us into the striking high-altitude vistas of Lesotho before winding our way back down to the tropical Indian Ocean shores of Durban.
This particular tour was very much treated as a custom tour due to there being just two participants, so there were times where we took things a little easier than on a hard-core birding trip. This along with the weather being against us for most of the tour, extremely strong winds most days and also heavy rains, meant that at times birding was challenging. Our trip numbers show that pure enthusiasm and perseverance prevailed and we encountered a brilliant 479 species of bird, 60 mammal species and 23 herptile species throughout the whole trip, making it a truly unforgettable tour.

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South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger trip report (14 MB PDF)