This is our top of the range arid South Africa tour. A lot of time and resources have been put into producing one of the finest and rewarding tours we have on offer. It is a long tour that covers huge distances taking you to just about every Important Birding Area (IBA) in the arid region.

Day 1 Cape Town – Montagu

We will be stopping at Vrolijkheid and Dassieshoek nature reserves along the way.

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse 
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 186 km
  • Duration – 2 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via N1 and R62
  • Specials along the way – African Black Duck, Layards Tit Babbler, Ground Woodpecker

Day 2 Montagu – Karoo National Park

We have a long drive to Karoo National Park today which is an IBA 2

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 375 km
  • Duration – 4,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar R62 and N1
  • Specials along the way – Cinnamon Breasted Warbler, African Rock Pipit, Short Toed Rock Thrush

Day 3 Karoo National Park - Camdeboo National Park

We will take a game drive on arrival and another the next morning.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 229 km
  • Duration – 2,5 hrs
  • Conditions – gravel then tar via N1 and R61
  • Specials along the way – this park alone has 238 species

Day 4 Camdeboo National Park - Mountain Zebra National Park

This is a relatively new national park and is rated a n IBA 1. The park has two main features namely the Valley of Desolation and the lake.

  • Accommodation – Safari tent
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 142 km
  • Duration – 1,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar on the R61
  • Specials along the way – Verreauxs Eagle, Chat Flycatcher, Rufous Eared Warbler

Day 5-6 Mountain Zebra National Park - Soetdoring Nature Reserve

This reserve is a hidden gem and one of my favourites. It also hosts lions, cheetah, TB free buffalo and black rhino. It has great drives up in the mountain and 4x4 routes.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 430 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar on the R390 and N1
  • Specials along the way – Cape Eagle Owl, Namaqua Warbler and various larks

Day 7 Soetdoring Nature Reserve - Mokala National Park

This reserve is just 30 km west of Bloemfontein and offers both Karoo and Kalahari birds and in summer up to 270 species can be encountered.

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 227 km
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar on the N8
  • Specials along the way – Orange River Francolin, Swainson and Natal Spurfowl

Day 8-9 Mokala National Park - Upington

This is the newest national park and it was established to replace Vaalbos which was taken over for economic reasons. This is now a rare species of ungulate breeding centre which hosts a healthy amount of birds.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 404 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via N8
  • Specials along the way – Black Chested Prinia, Shaft Tailed Whydah, Golden tailed Woodpecker

Day 10 Upington - Twee Rivieren

We will have to keep a sharp eye along this route as quite a few unique species of larks are to be found here as well as Pygmy Falcons which share homes with Sociable Weavers in their massive nests.

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 253 km
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via R360
  • Specials along the way – Eastern Clapper Lark, Spike Heeled and Fawn Coloured Larks

Day 11 Twee Rivieren - Mata Mata

Today we enter the second largest national park in South Africa. It is famous for its vast array of raptors and black maned lions. Our first stop is the headquarters of the park.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 117 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Gravel on R360
  • Specials along the way –  this is raptor central so keep your eyes open

Day 12-13 Mata Mata - Nossob

We will leave the Auob riverbed and cross the red dunes to get to Nossob rest camp on the Nossob river. This is truly stunning country.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 128 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – gravel
  • Specials along the way - Kurrichane Buttonquail, Desert Cisticola and various sandgrouse

Day 14-15 Nossob - Twee Rivieren

This can be quite a gruelling drive but very rewarding. Here you will not only see birds but big game as well.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 149 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Gravel
  • Specials along the way - Lanner, Red Necked and Pygmy Falcon

Day 16 Twee Rivieren - Augrabies

We will take a second look along this road which often provides some wonderful surprises. This is dune country and we will often see the cavernous Sociable Weaver nests in the few trees and on poles along the way.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 371 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via R360
  • Specials along the way - Eastern Clapper Lark, Spike Heeled and Fawn Coloured Larks

Day 17 Augrabies - Springbok

We will check out the incredible falls at the national park before pushing on to Pofadder and the Koa Dunes which is a highly rated IBA (important bird area.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 301 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via N14
  • Specials along the way - Pied wagtail, Pale Winged Starling, Acacia Pied Barbet

Day 18 Springbok - Gifberg

Springbok has the Goegap Nature Reserve and along the way south we will also stop at the Gamoep and Namaqua Mountains.

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 262 km
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel via N7
  • Specials along the way - Karoo Eremomela, Cimmamon Breasted Warbler, Dusky Sunbird

Day 19 Gifberg - Rocherpan

Gifberg is a rewarding retreat in the mountains where quite a few interesting species can be seen.

  • Accommodation - Farm Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 152 km
  • Duration – 2 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via R46
  • Specials along the way - Malachite Sunbird, Black Eagles, Fairy Flycatcher

Day 20 Rocherpan - Cape Town

This nature reserve was a farm where the farmer stopped the river from flowing into the sea and created two large pans behind the dunes. The birdlife there after good winter rains is prolific to say the least.

  • Accommodation - Park Cottage
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – 170 km
  • Duration – 2 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar via R46
  • Specials along the way - Bokmakirie, Great White Pelican, Greater and Lesser Flamingos

Day 21 Cape Town and surrounds

Time providing we will take a look at some of the best birding spots around Cape Town of which there are quite a few.

  • Accommodation - Guesthouse
  • Breakfast, light lunch and dinner
  • Distance – various
  • Duration – various
  • Conditions – various
  • Specials along the way - Jackal Buzzard, Cape Longclaw, Helmeted Guineafowl

Cost - 21 day tour : €12,661 for the both of you in single rooms

Terms and conditions and single client supplement do apply.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange and fuel price fluctuations.