There are 34 tours available in South Africa
There are 34 tours available in South Africa
South Africa - Mega Birding Tour IV 2017
25 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017 (25 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR81,000
No Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Eastern I 2018
5 Jan 2018 - 19 Jan 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
No Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Mega Birding Tour I 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 30 Jan 2018 (25 days)
Tour Leader: Wayne Jones
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR86,000
No Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Cape Extension I 2018
19 Jan 2018 - 24 Jan 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
No Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Eastern II 2018
26 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
No Spaces Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension I 2018
31 Jan 2018 - 4 Feb 2018 (5 days)
Tour Leader: Wayne Jones
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega Birding Tour I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR21,500
1 Space Available on this guaranteed departure
South Africa - Eastern III 2018
16 Feb 2018 - 2 Mar 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension III 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Mega Birding Tour II 2018
24 Feb 2018 - 20 Mar 2018 (25 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR86,000
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension III 2018
2 Mar 2018 - 7 Mar 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern III 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension II 2018
21 Mar 2018 - 25 Mar 2018 (5 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega Birding Tour II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR21,500
2 Spaces Available
South Africa - Budget Western I 2018
11 May 2018 - 22 May 2018 (12 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Budget Eastern I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR30,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Budget Eastern I 2018
22 May 2018 - 2 Jun 2018 (12 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Budget Western I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR30,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern V 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension V 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Budget Eastern II 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018 (12 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Budget Western II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR30,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Budget Western II 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 26 Jun 2018 (12 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Budget Eastern II 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR30,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension V 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 20 Jun 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern V 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Best of Cape & Kruger I 2018
10 Aug 2018 - 20 Aug 2018 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Extension I 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR49,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Wildflowers, Birding & Big Game I 2018
19 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Jeremy Exelby

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,000
Spaces Available
South Africa - Best of Cape & Kruger II 2018
24 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018 (11 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR49,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Wildflowers, Birding & Big Game II 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 17 Sep 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Jeremy Exelby

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,000
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern VI 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension VI 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Birds, Wine & Big Game 2018
8 Sep 2018 - 19 Sep 2018 (12 days)
Tour Leader: Keith Valentine

Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR53,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension VI 2018
21 Sep 2018 - 26 Sep 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern VI 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern VII 2018
28 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension VII 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Mega Birding Tour III 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 23 Oct 2018 (25 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension III 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR86,000
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern VIII 2018
5 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension VIII 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension VII 2018
12 Oct 2018 - 17 Oct 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension VII 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension VIII 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: Greg de Klerk
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern VIII 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern IX 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension IX 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Mega: Kruger Extension III 2018
24 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018 (5 days)
Tour Leader: Gareth Robbins
Can be linked with: South Africa - Mega Birding Tour III 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR21,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension IX 2018
2 Nov 2018 - 7 Nov 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: André Bernon
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern IX 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
Spaces Available
South Africa - Eastern X 2018
9 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018 (15 days)
Tour Leader: Heinz Ortmann
Can be linked with: South Africa - Cape Extension X 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR52,500
No Spaces Available
South Africa - Cape Extension X 2018
23 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018 (6 days)
Tour Leader: Heinz Ortmann
Can be linked with: South Africa - Eastern X 2018
Tour Price (Per Person): ZAR23,500
2 Spaces Available

South Africa Birding Tours

 

Our home country of South Africa is quite simply one of the most pleasurable birding tours destinations, offering unrivalled wildlife viewing, world-class infrastructure and unbeatable value for money. This makes birding tours in South Africa a popular choice among birders across the world. South Africa also boasts the most regionally endemic bird species of any African country, as well as a rich seabird assemblage and vast numbers of more widespread, yet no less spectacular African birds and wildlife. Add to this the rich botanical heritage, fine food and wines, friendly people, fascinating history and the scenic splendour of Africa’s most varied nation, and it’s not hard to see why South Africa is our most popular birding destination!

 

The combination of Rockjumper’s two-week Eastern South Africa tour and six-day Cape Extension is one of our top sellers. Eastern South Africa offers the classic African savannas of the world-renowned Kruger National Park along with the teeming Zululand game reserves. Besides the exhilarating array of colourful bushveld birds, we spend time seeking big game and other wildlife. We also explore endemic-rich mist-belt forests and Highveld grasslands, as well as scaling the lofty peaks of the Drakensberg into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Target birds include Drakensberg Rockjumper, Ground Woodpecker, Blue Crane, Southern Bald Ibis, Taita Falcon and the lovely Pink-throated Twinspot. On our Cape Extension, we spend unforgettable days exploring the breathtaking Cape Peninsula and its offshore pelagic waters, before searching the succulent Tanqua-Karoo and flower-laden West Coast for endemics. Cape birding targets include African Penguin, Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, the glittering Orange-breasted Sunbird, gaudy Cape Sugarbird and Cape Rockjumper. These birding tours in South Africa typically produce up to 500 bird and 50 mammal species.

 

Our Cape Wildflowers, Birding & Big Game tour is scheduled to take in the very best of the fairest Cape at a time when the Cape Fynbos and Namaqualand spring flowers are at their peak. This is the greatest wildflower display on earth in one of Mother Nature’s most colourful spectacles and a once-in-a-lifetime event that no nature lover should miss! In addition, we spend time searching for endemic birds on the plains of Bushmanland and also big cats and other game in the famous Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on this South African birding tour.

 

Our South Africa – Mega Birding Tour is the ultimate South African birding adventure. We visit every far-flung corner of our beautiful land and target almost all 143 regionally endemic bird species! From Barlow’s Lark in Port Nolloth to Knysna Woodpecker at Agulhas and Short-clawed Lark near Polokwane, we traverse deserts, Fynbos, high mountain passes, rolling grasslands, tropical dune forests and prime Acacia savanna in our quest. In the course of this 24-day birding tour in South Africa, we can expect to amass a very impressive bird list, observe scores of mammal species and intimately get to know one of the world’s most spectacular countries. Our new Kruger Extension takes us to one of the world’s grandest and most famous reserves in our search to locate some of Africa’s most iconic birds and big game, including the legendary “Big 5”. The park’s rich bushveld will also provide us with opportunities for some of the most exciting and rewarding birding to be had anywhere in Africa. Of special note here are species requiring vast areas of wilderness, such as Common Ostrich, Southern Ground Hornbill, Martial Eagle, Bateleur and an incredible diversity of other raptors.

 

Our new Cape & Kruger tour encompasses three of South Africa’s most biodiverse and productive regions; the fantastic Cape Peninsula, the stark yet endemic-rich Tanqua Karoo, and the world famous, bird-and game-filled Kruger National Park. This birding tour of South Africa’s Western Cape and the north-eastern bushveld biome offers some of the very best birding and game-viewing in Africa and is suitable for both hard-core birders and more general nature enthusiasts alike.

 

Rockjumper’s Budget Eastern South Africa and Budget Western South Africa birding tours showcase the most important birding and wildlife sites in the country. With fewer frills than our classic departures, these tours will appeal to the avid birder looking for an inexpensive but thorough exploration of our vast and biodiverse nation.

 

 

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From the Gallery

What our clients say about tours to South Africa

  • The faster pace of the tour (South Africa Mega) was just what I wanted, and maximized chances for as many endemics as possible without adding more days.  Markus was on top of things throughout, his timing and logistics were flawless, and his spotting skills are excellent.  His precision served the group well and the group size (6) was ideal.  He also was great with the many mammals, positioning the vehicle for the best viewing and photography, and sharing information about life histories.  I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and just wish I could do it all over again!

    RB, SA Mega
  • Glen’s pacing of the tour was particularly good – relaxed whenever possible and upping the pace when necessary. His responsiveness and attention to client requests was admirable, as was his general demeanor throughout. Nice to spend such a long trip with someone so enthusiastic and sociable.

    AC, South Africa Mega
  • Gareth was very considerate of all tour member and kept everything on schedule. He went out of his way to find bird species of particular interest to those on the tour and very enthusiastic about birding.

    South Africa 2015
  • Gareth was very considerate of all tour members and kept everything on schedule. He went out of his way to find bird species of particular interest to those on the tour and is a very enthusiastic about birding.

    NK, South Africa Comp V 2015
  • Jeremy was fabulous – great general natural history knowledge and laid-back attitude.

    EG, South Africa
  • Our guide, Gareth Robbins was excellent. His knowledge of the area covered was exceptional, sometimes down to the rock the bird might land on. His repertoire of the bird calls and songs was impressive. He was adamant about getting each of us on the bird, and his delight when we saw it was transparent.

    AE, Eastern South Africa VIII 2015
  • My wife and I were part of a six person tour of South Africa that was led by David Hoddinott. Our trip was excellent and seamless. David was the perfect guide for our group and, as I’m sure you’re aware, is an extraordinary birder and bird finder…. Thank you to Rockjumper, and David especially, for taking the time to create such a wonderful trip for our group.

    As always, I’m sure that it’s a challenge to accommodate numerous personalities within a group and David was great at it. We all liked him from day one and he was always positive and up for anything. He was an absolute joy to be with.

    We’d previously been to Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Botswana and South Africa was a totally different experience. We really enjoyed the people that we got to meet and the sheer beauty of the country is breathtaking. David’s enthusiasm and pride of his homeland was inspiring and infectious. We can’t thank him enough for making it come alive for us.

    And thanks to all who had a part in setting it all up. We’d happily recommend Rockjumper to anyone thinking about a trip led by you.

    EB, South Africa 2014
  • A first rate, very satisfying…tour that met all expectations. We missed two species we were especially interested in but our guide made an extra effort to find them and we were very pleased with him. A first rate birder. He is a great addition to the Rockjumer Team.

    IT, Private South Africa
  • The lynchpin for our entire experience was the guide – and Greg de Klerk was simply brilliant. He was extremely skilled in knowing where the birds might be, and finding them once we got there. He carefully made sure that we all saw the bird. He was very knowledgeable about bird and mammal behaviour, and shared a lot of information with the tour members. He smoothly handled logistics, is a good driver, and patient with non-nationals who are unfamiliar with South African customs. He has a wonderful sense of humour; and a very warm and outgoing personality, which stimulated good relations between tour members. We would be very excited to go on another Rockjumper trip with him!

    WB & BB, South Africa
  • Gareth was an excellent guide. He was always on hand to give help and advice when needed and didn’t favour one guest over another. His enthusiasm could not be faulted and local and birding knowledge faultless.

    SM, South Africa 2016
  • Rainer established what each of the participants expected from the tour [Cape to Wiindhoek, South Africa] and then managed to excel expectations without seeming to try to do this. We saw all our favourite birds and animals and even plants. Yes we even enjoyed the wildflowers too! His birding skills, including recognition of calls, were exceptional. His effortless ability to manage logistics and his energy for making it happen, made this tour easy and stress-free; something I’m exceptionally grateful for. His enthusiasm for new finds (not just birds!) was totally contagious and added to the enjoyment. His broad knowledge met all my needs for information about this new continent – and that made this tour particularly satisfying for me.

    Cape to Windhoek
  • Both Eliza and I really enjoyed our trip with you. Great birds, animals, landscape and people. Your dedication and sincere interest in our wishes exemplify the perfect guide. It has been such a great pleasure getting to know you and traveling with you. I hope that we can do it again.

    E, Private (Eastern) South Africa
  • Gareth is a first class guide both in his ability to hear and find birds as well as being able to handle clients in an understanding manner which at times cannot be easy. I cannot compliment him highly enough on his inter-personal skills. He is both amusing and entertaining, yet serious when the need arises. This tour, as with my previous tour with him, ran so smoothly without any problems, probably due to his foresight in planning and telephoning ahead for the next or even following days.

    SM, Budget Western South Africa
  • We were very happy to have Heinz Ortmann as our guide. He operated the tour very skilfully in every way and with flexibility when needed to try to get all possible targets. We were also very positively surprised that he had such a great knowledge about mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians beside the birds. Since we also are very interested in all these groups this was a most welcome bonus. A great tour that we will remember for a long time. We would be very happy doing another private trip with Heinz as our guide.

    JM, South Africa 2016 (Private)
  • The tour was great. I got along well with the other participants and I greatly appreciated Greg de Klerk. I quickly realised he knew what he was doing and could relax. He was careful to make sure we all got to see all the birds. I will definitely use Rockjumper again… Can’t go wrong!

    DL, South Africa
  • This was my first tour with Rockjumper and hopefully will not be my last. The service provided was excellent and Gareth Robbins was an excellent guide. I would have no hesitation in travelling with him again.

    HL, South Africa 2015
  • Greg de Klerk was one of the best guides I have – EVER. Excellent with bird ID, calls and habitat. And probably just as important in a group setting, VERY good with people, fun, friendly and left no one out. I have heard good things about Rockjumper Tours for years and now I see why. Keep up the good work.

    JS, Best of South Africa: Cape & Kruger I 2016
  • Greg handled all personalities with poise, humor and attentiveness and constantly checked to see if everyone was happy. If someone had a problem, he immediately worked on a solution. It is obvious he loves his job, and he went out of his way to find birds for us, even in the most difficult weather conditions. His knowledge of the area was superior. He took excellent care of us and made us feel very welcome!

    CB, South Africa 2017
  • Wayne Jones is one of the most incredible bird and wildlife guides I have ever encountered.  Always helpful and professional.

    AM, Budget Eastern South Africa