Sugarbird hummingbird sitting on the endemic fynbos pincushion protea flower in Cape Town, South Africa

21-Day South Africa: Birding Safari

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Umhlanga, Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Makuleke Contractual Park...

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Suggested Duration

21 Days

Let South Africa’s cosmopolitan cities seduce you, its vast, rich landscapes inspire you, its iconic animal sightings allure you, and its fabulous colorful birdlife enchant you on this safari and birding exploration from Umhlanga to Cederberg. On the journey, history and culture will come to life as nature awakens within the plains and bushveld surrounding you, an experience that will be richly rewarding.

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Trip Highlights

  • Relish a unique birding bushwalk through Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve that will allow you to scan the sprawling bushveld in search of the North Coast’s iconic feathered creatures
  • Climb into a boat settling sail across the St. Lucia Estuary and capture the remarkable wildlife sightings and birdlife experiences that await on the banks of this picturesque riverside setting
  • Attune with nature as you come closer to cheetahs and elephants than ever before during a visit to the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre and Elephant Interaction near Hluhluwe
  • Scour the open plains and low-lying bushveld mapped across Phinda game reserve in search of Africa’s iconic and sensational Big Five animals, which includes lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and cape buffaloes
  • Visit a traditional Zulu village and delve into the rich history and heritage of the local community as you witness customary performances and tuck into their distinct cuisine during your stay
  • Step into the groves of the world’s largest fever tree forest and admire the breathtaking riverside spectacles that will present themselves to you during an exploration of Crook’s Corner in Makuleke Contractual Park
  • Explore Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve before the sun rises as your guide illuminates the bushveld with a spotlight and you survey the landscape for hunting predators, nocturnal birds, and more
  • Travel through Cape Town city’s suburban and heritage districts, visiting fabled museums and contemporary art galleries that showcase the height of South African creative talent and the country’s memorable history
  • Wander along the Cape coastline to Cape Point, stopping at sparkling Blue Flag beaches en route and capturing the incredible birdlife that finds refuge in the region’s nourishing environments
  • Learn more about wine alongside a sommelier during visits to the Cape Winelands elite estates, where you will savor the award-winning vintages, peer into the barrel-laden cellars, and absorb the region’s mesmerizing vistas

Starting Price

$12,595 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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