To whom it may concern,
Details of the Recommendation: "Sean delivers the highest level of professionalism. He works
beyond what is needed to ensure that if any of his clientele should wish for a change in venue he will
have already anticipated that change and had no problem satisfying to the highest degree his

I would recommend Sean for just about any tourism company as his knowledge is large and varied.
He is competent, insightful, and in general an all around super person!

Danielle Montello


My second birding trip to South Africa, this time in the Cape Town area, was absolutely tops ! I was
fortunate to bird for a few days with Sean de Nobrega of Absolute Birding Tours. Not only does Sean
know his area and the many bird species by sight and sound, but he is a warehouse of historical
information ... and an excellent host ! 
Sean took me to the exact locations for easy viewing of rockjumpers, sugarbirds, sunbirds and loads
of difficult to find endemic species from the Cape.  His experience, enthusiasm and laughter made
for a wonderful birding experience.  I recommend Sean and Absolute Birding Tours highly and
without reservation.
Thanks for everything Sean.
Your friend,
 Dave Roelen
Torrance, California


“Thank you for organising such a wonderful trip. Your enthusiasm, energy and humour never
seemed to be dampened. The sightings of the beautiful birds, the Fairy Flycatcher and the Cape Rock
Jumper (just to mention a few) were magic. All the exciting things you had planned for us-the boat
trips, the bonfire, the search for the Cape Eagle Owl, the Black Eagle, were far beyond our
expectations. We were completely spoiled with wine, biltong, chocolates and the goodies. Your
attention to details compiled to make the trip memorable. I must mention our accommodation
which was lovely, along with the wonderful braai and meals (and, of course, the koeksusters). All of
this set in such stunning scenery – unforgettable! ”

Janice and Greg Seymour


United Kingdom



I spent an amazing seven days birding the Cape Town, South Africa area with Sean de Nobrega, of Absolute Birding Tours, in August, 2017. Sean is a gracious, very personable host, a highly knowledgeable guide, and a truly amazing birder.  In my seven days we visited botanical gardens, farmlands, beaches, wetlands, treatment ponds, Nature Reserves, mountains, hillsides, National Parks, and open areas looking for, and finding, many endemic species, migrants, and others completely unexpected.  While I haven’t counted accurately, I
believe Sean led me to at least 125 species, likely more. Sean arranged everything perfectly, including all transportation, the B&B, daily excursions,
suggested dining options, etc. and adapted each outing to my personal physical capabilities.  He was flexible when conditions changed. Sean is also a great photographer (see his Facebook page), and was very helpful in my photography efforts.  And I enjoyed our enlightening cultural and historical conversations about South Africa,
Cape Town, and all of Africa as well. Without reservation, I highly recommend him to the casual or highly discriminating birder. He is reliable, considerate of the habitats and animals, knows the greater Cape Town area very well and, certainly, knows where to find the birds.

Dave Weeshoff
(Los Angeles, California, USA)


To whom it may concern,

My mother and I travelled from Europe to South Africa and booked a private two week safari tour. Sean de Nobrega became our safari guide, with his classic authentic Land Rover. Sean happily greeted us as soon as we arrived at the guesthouse, even though it was late at night and he was good enough to help us with our baggage. During the rest of our tour we got to know Sean as a reliable, serious, loyal, good hearted, ‘happy to be of service’ kind of man with many great attributes. As an ex-military officer it was noticeable that Sean is extremely aware of his surroundings in nature, in traffic and around people. His driving was impeccable. This made us feel nicely safe at all times. Being a safari guide is second nature to him. It quickly became obvious that he is a great lover of nature, making him a fantastic spotter of wildlife and very knowledgable on the subject as well. We very much enjoyed learning from him. Being a (bird) Photographer himself, it was a delight that he understood my wants and desires as a photographer, setting up his Land Rover at a great angle and giving me the time I needed to get a great shot. I felt he was always taking my needs into consideration. Our journey did not all go as planned due to circumstances outside of our control. This caused some very stressful moments for my mother and I as well as for Sean being our guide. However he proved to be very flexible, problem solved like a pro and took the time to clearly explain the troubles at hand. He was ingenious enough to think up adequate options to keep our trip as pleasant as possible for us so that our journey was saved from being doomed a total failure. We warmly recommend Sean of Absolute Birding both as a person and as a wonderful safari tour guide. We are very grateful for the time we got to spend with him. Thanks to his time and effort we can truly say that we were in the best of hands while having a real South African adventure. We finished up our safari in Cape Town at the southern tip of South Africa.

Patricia Ramaer
(Zandvoort, Netherlands, 2015)


I got exactly what I asked for – delighted with the species we saw, especially the African Pitta. It was
a great birding safari; and a great job of leading was done by Sean de Nobrega. His enthusiasm,
knowledge and passion have no bounds. I would definitely recommend Sean to friends and my
fellow bird club members.

Jan Bakker

(Den Haag, Netherlands) 2018


This tour was our first one with Sean to Botswana. I would certainly go with him again. He is an
extremely accomplished birder, quick to locate birds both by sight and by calls and get all of the tour
group on them. He worked hard to get those difficult skulking endemics. His sense of humour added
greatly to the group experience. What I most appreciated about Sean was his method of helping us
to see the necessary topographical markers to identify a bird and to explain the difference between
a bird and others of a similar species. We were therefore sure of the identity of every bird we had.
While in the vehicle he angled the vehicle to allow us to get the shots we needed.

Helmut Wagner

(Nuremberg, Germany) 2017

South African Mammals : The Herbivores

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)
Buffalo (Syncerus caffer)
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchelli)
Bushbuck (Trogelophus scriptus)
Elephant (Loxodonta africana)
Gemsbuck (Oryx Gazella)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopordalis)
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopordalis)
Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
Springbuck (Antidorcas marsupialis)
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
Warthog (Phocochoerus aethiopicus)
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)