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Cape Town Tours

Pelagic Birding Cruise - Private Full-Day Tour

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Black-browed albatross seen on a pelagic birding cruise
Return to Cape Town & Cape Winelands Tours          © Chris Fallows

Depart the city for Simonstown harbour to meet our Birding Guide and board a boat at sunrise. Head out along False Bay and into the Atlantic some 20-30 miles off Cape Point in search of trawlers that fish these waters - a magnet for many bird species.

The coastal area around this Peninsula offers some of the world’s best pelagic birding. This is largely thanks to the coasts’ 2 prevailing currents - the plankton-rich waters of the cold Benguela Current from the south (the core of a food chain for pelagic fish), and the warm Agulhas Current from the east coast, which brings a host of sub-tropical marine species. Both currents help provide a veritable larder for sea birds.

Throughout the year, one can usually sight White-chinned Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Cape Gannet, Sub Antarctic Skua, Wilson's Storm Petrel and 4 species of Albatross. During winter, one might encounter Giant and Pintado Petrel, Antarctic Prion and Tern. Summer species are supplemented by the likes of Manx Shearwater, Arctic, Pomarine and Long-tailed Skua, Great-winged and European Storm Petrel, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern and Grey Phalarope.

Light snacks and refreshments are served on board the boat, which is custom-built for birding activities, with a layout ideal for photography, filming, and surface observation.
Note: Warm clothes and binoculars are essential. (Minimum of 4 guests)

NOTE: Boat trip is scheduled, transfers are private.

Pelagic birding cruise from Cape Point Shy albatross Indian Yellow-nosed albatross Black-browed albatross Pintado petrel
All images © Chris Fallows

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