November 2016


Cape Sugarbird

These photos were taken during our 2016 tour by Phil Palmer


This Spotted Eagle Owl lived by our hotel in Simons town


a Grey Mongoose letting us know what he thought of tourists


White-throated Swallow

African Penguins on Boulders Beach, just across the road from our hotel


A visit to a Cape Gannet colony was a treat, allowing us amazing views

Cape Cormorants brave the waves


Blacksmiths Plover with extra legs soon reveal secrets

Blue Crane - we saw several pairs with chicks


just out of reach!

Bookend Rhinos in Kruger


Oxpeckers are regularly found on the animals here



Hello Hello, what's going on ear - what's that echo


at the end of the day when we were off for dinner, look what came running down the road!!!


Saddle-billed Stork


Orange-breasted Bush-shrike


Lilac-breasted Roller


Wild Dogs are not easy to find but our views were superb as we spent time with a large family


Ground Hornbills love scorpions for breakfast


One can never tire of seeing Leopards, this one was a very big male.


Bushveldt Agamas lived close to camp in Kruger

not an Ox in sight!

Purple-crested Turacos were taking sticks to build their nest with

Verreaux's Eagle Owl

Stierling's Wren-warbler building a nest

White-throated Robin-chat

Yellow-billed Hornbill


Giant Kingfisher


Kurrichane Thrush

Knysna Turaco

Greater Striped Swallow

Blyde River Canyon is truly spectacular.


The pictures below were taken by Paul Kingsnorth on the same trip.

Paul never misses a trick when it comes to spotting creepy crawlies that are often missed or taken for granted while spotting the birds too.





































November 2015







We visited South Africa with a group in November 2015. We enjoyed superb weather and outstanding bird and wildlife sightings.

Here is a short video of some of the highlights (make sure to watch to the end!), as well as a few of Paul and Patrick's photographs.





White-throated Swallow


White-browed Robin-chat


The first of 15 White Rhinos, this one near Lower Sabie, Kruger


Southern Giraffes are regularly seen in Kruger


Red-chested Cuckoos are common, but not often seen like this


A pride of lions near Nottens Bush Camp


We saw two beautiful Leopards, including this female near Notten's Bush Camp.

She was stalking a Grey Duiker when a Spotted Hyena appeared on the scene. The safest place for her was up a tree!



The famous Three Rondavels, at Bryde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world.


Who says there are no Gorillas in South Africa?







Watching African Penguins






Cape Sugarbirds are common on the Cape, seen feeding on protea flowers at this time of year.


There are just six Cape Gannet colonies in the world. We visited this thriving one at Lambert's Bay.








Tat Taylor sent us his photographs taken on our 2015 trip. Here is a selection....


Black-bellied Korhaan


White Helmet-shrike


A beautiful female Leopard


Lesser Black-winged Plover


Dwarf Mongoose


Grey Go-away-bird




A big jowly male Leopard near the Kruger gate.


Nile Crocodiles are common along the rivers and ponds.


One of 15 White Rhinos we saw.


Common Scimitarbird


A Thick-tailed Bush-baby at its daytime roost.


Red-billed Oxpecker and Giraffe


Pearl-spotted Owlet


African Elephants are numerous in Kruger.


A dazzling male Plum-coloured Starling


Samango Monkey at Mount Sheba


Orange Ground-thrush


Olive Bush-shrike


Gurney's Sugarbird


A pair of Blue Cranes with their chick, on the West Coast


Cape Gannet at Lambert's Bay


Common Terns winter in huge numbers on the Cape


The scarce and very local Chestnut-banded Plover.


White-fronted Plover


Orange-bellied Sunbird in common on the Cape


Cape Sugarbird and protea plant


Chacma Baboon in fynbos habitat.






April 2014

Here are a few photographs from Paul's visit to South Africa.

















































Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.






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