top of page

South Africa Birding and Wildlife Spectacular

2024 & 2025 Main Tour Pricing: $4,990 US Dollars, or £3,930 GBP* for 15 Days and 14 Nights

 

2024 & 2025 Cape Ext. Pricing: $2,200 US Dollars, or £1,730 GBP* for 6 Days and 5 Nights:

 

we can add a pelagic extension or visit the scenic and vineyard delights of the Stellenbosch wine lands and Franschhoek

 

Inclusions: 

 

  • The Tour package includes all lodging, meals*, and access fees to reserves, parks, and other birding sites. 

  • Premier Bird Guide: All of our tours use the services of an excellent bird guide, often a well-recognized expert on birding in this area. Most trips have two excellent local birding guides.

  • Top-Rated Preparation Services: We support your preparation for the trip. We provide information on the birds you will see and all the travel details, including all logistic details (arrival plans, trip itinerary, lodging details, and more), information on entry into South Africa, information on travel health issues, packing information, and more. Most of our clients comment that our Trip Participation Guide is the best they have ever seen. 

  • Transport and Airport Transfers

    • Local ground transport is included. This includes a large transport van for most of the trip and jeeps in some locations.

    • We arrange transport to the hotel at the airport upon arrival, and we arrange for a transfer back to the airport at the end of the trip.

    • The tour will likely include one internal flight, and this costs extra. 

  • Acre for Bird Conservation: As part of our efforts to support bird conservation, we purchase in the name of customers (for each booking) at least one acre (but averaging between three and four acres) of wilderness to support bird conservation. As our trip prices are often 20% (and often even a better deal) less than our competition, this does not cost you more and it is a great way to support bird conservation around the world.

  • Small-Group PricingAll the prices mentioned above are for tour groups of seven or eight participants.  We will offer reasonable small-group supplements for group sizes of 4 to 6.

  • Private and Custom Group Pricing: We are glad to provide pricing for smaller groups (including couples) or custom groups.

 

Possible Additions to Basic Trip Pricing:

  • Extension Trip: 2024 & 2025 Cape Extension (6 days): $2,200 US Dollars, or £1,730 GBP.

 

*Pricing Notes and More Details:

 

  • Trip fixed in ZAR: Most trip costs in South Africa are fixed in South African Rand (ZAR). However, we have fixed the tour price in US Dollars. The price above is based on 18.4 ZAR to USD, and an exchange rate supplement will be charged if the US Dollar to ZAR changes substantially. On most tours in the past, the US Dollar has improved against the ZAR, and most clients have been able to pay less for the tour. Over the last decade, we have not charged an exchange rate supplement.

  • US Dollar Pricing: (1) Our 2025 (and late 2024) price estimates are mostly based on US Dollars; so, our GBP/British Pound pricing is based upon an exchange rate of .79 GBP (British Pound) per US Dollar (the exchange rate on March 19, 2024). (2) We will charge you the actual transaction rate here, but please note that we work to minimize transaction costs. Using Transferwise, we usually pay under one-half a percent (and sometimes less) on the actual exchange. (3) Due to costs related to UK travel regulations, our tours booked and paid through BlueTailBirding.com (for the UK and European clients) will cost 200 GBP more. Please contact us anytime with questions. 

  • Bank Fees: We do not charge bank fees for wire transfers for clients paying into our accounts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and/or Canada.

  • Note on Meal Inclusion: Meals include three meals per day during any full day of the trip. The arrival day does not include any meals. The departure day includes only breakfast, as most flights leave in the morning.

  • Note on Beverage Inclusion: Most of our meals are provided by the lodges, and we follow their practices in providing beverages at mealtimes. Most beverages are your choice and are an additional expense that you pay to the restaurant directly. We provide water at the table for supper. We also provide bottled water during the birding day. 

  • Group Size: We anticipate a group of 7 or 8 participants, and pricing is based on this group size.

Optional Costs for Booking the Trip:

 

Single Room Supplement: 

2024 and 2025

  • 15 Days and 14 Nights: $470 USD or £370 GBP*

  • Cape Extension: $280 USD or £220 GBP*

 

The price we charge for the additional cost of anyone not sharing a room with another birder (and/or a spouse). If you want a single room, please let us know. We are often able to find a roommate for those wanting to share a room with a person of the same sex.

 

Pre-Paid Tipping for Meals/Lodging: Gratuities for drivers, hotel, and restaurant staff are included in the pricing for this tour. However, this does not include your trip leader/bird guide. 

 

Notes on Other Tour Costs: Exclusions: 

  • You will need to pay for any flight costs involved in this trip. 

    • This will include flights to Johannesburg from your home airport. 

    • The main trip ends in Durban, and from there you will have to fly to Johannesburg.

    • The main trip ends in Durban, and from there you will have to fly to Johannesburg (for flights home).  Flights from Durban to Johannesburg cost about $50 to $60 USD (40 to 50 GBP).

    • If you do the Western Cape Extension, you will likely need two internal flights. (1) The flight from Durban to Cape Town costs $60 to $80 USD (50 to 60 GBP), and (2) the flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg costs about the same.

    • You may save a little bit by booking these flights together.

    • We do book flights at actual costs, and we charge you actual costs. No booking fees are added.

  • The tour fee does not include taxes/fees for entering or exiting the country, telephone calls, laundry, and other items of a personal nature.

  • Tips for birding guides are not included in the tour price.

 

Want More Tour Information or Have Questions about Pricing?

 

Please call Charles (in the USA at 720-320-1974 in Colorado or toll-free at 888-203-7464, ext. 912) or Jennifer (in the UK at +44 7500 185 058, in Suffolk), and/or email info@pibird.com.

 

We are happy to answer any question you may have and/or provide you with trip reports (reports of birds and other wildlife seen on our trips) or more details on trip logistics (from vehicles used to lodging details).

Like to Book these Trips:

 

Booking by Phone in the USA: Call Charles at the Partnership for International Birding toll-free at 888-203-7464, ext. 912. Charles can also be reached on his cell phone at 720-320-1974.

 

Booking by Phone in the UK: You often reach Leio or Jennifer De Souza in the UK (at Bluetail Birding and the PIB UK Office). Leio can usually be reached at +44 7881 685 779. Call Jennifer at +44 7500 185 058.   

Tour Pricing Update Note: These tour prices were updated on May 27, 2024, for all 2025 tour dates.  

REV

More details about this Trip:

bottom of page