PELAGIC BIRD WATCHING CHARTERS
We work in conjunction with the highly recommended Africa Birding specialists; Cape Town Pelagics. Click here for their schedule of trips, and for bookings.
For birding enthusiasts, this is a unique opportunity to view the migratory seabirds off Cape Point. These seabirds can only be viewed by boat, 15 to 30 miles off the cape coast. This is a rare opportunity to add approximately 12 new species of birds to your Birdwatching list! These birds include 4 species of Albatross, Petrels, Prions, Shearwaters and Skuas.
Tours depart from Simon's Town at 07h00am. After a safety briefing, we take a scenic ride along the False Bay coastline up to the spectacular Cape of Good Hope, (the most South Westerly tip of Africa). After a short photo session, we leave the coast in a South Westerly direction in search of any fishing trawlers fishing in the deeper waters off Cape Point. These trawlers remain at sea for up to 7 days at a time and are normally processing their catch. The leftovers are then discarded into the sea and this attracts thousands of seabirds! It is not uncommon to have over 5000 seabirds following one single trawler during their feeding frenzy!
(Check out this short clip below)
After lunch, which is served on board our boat Destiny, we return to False Bay and stop at Partridge Point inside False Bay where we view a colony of nesting Cormorants, as well as a small island of Cape Fur Seals. It is also fairly common to sea pods of Dolphins and occasional Whales during these pelagic birdwatching trips!
After returning to Simon's Town at approximately 15h30pm, we will go over a checklist to identify the various sea birds that we have seen for the day.
This experience is a MUST for all keen birdwatchers, nature lovers and photographers!
INCLUDED IN THIS BIRD WATCHING CHARTER
- Fully packed lunch
- Snacks and refreshments
- 6 people max
- Boxed bait and anchovie oils
- Experienced boat guide
- Debriefing with checklist