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Cape Town Pelagics:

DAY TRIPS FROM CAPE TOWN, weekly and biweekly all year.

Boat:We charter SAMSA licenced boats from Simon's Town and Hout Bay harbours.

Leaders: Barrie Rose, Dalton Gibbs, Clifford Dorse, Peter Ryan, Ian Sinclair, Andrew Hester, Alvin Cope and others.

Approaching a fishing trawler off the continental shelf near Cape Town is a birding experience that will remain engraved in your memory forever. Having thousands of albatrosses only an arm's length away is a highlight of most birding trips to Cape Town. For first-timers, it is an awesome spectacle, and for more experienced hands it's a great chance to search for adrenaline-pumping rarities. Day trippers in winter regularly see over 10 000 seabirds of up to 30 species, making it arguably the world's most memorable yet easily accessible seabirding experience.

Book with us for any pelagic trip off the Cape or South Africa, at the most competitive prices. The aim of the service is to promote sustainable ecotourism, not only by providing a wealth of seabird information and a booking facility for day trips and other specialist trips, but to put all the proceeds back into conservation. See for a list of trip dates and to make your booking or contact us at or call mobile: +27 83 270 7452.

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6/7/2010: New Cape Town Pelagics trip report and photographs. Click here to see photographs and read about the sightings of Wandering Albatross, Humpback Whale and more.

5/7/2010: Trip report, Western Cape: Guide Tertius Gous reports back about magnificent snow-capped scenery with specials such as Karoo Eremomela and Protea Canary. Read more, click here.

31/6/10: Last two places: Cape Town Pelagics trip 4 on July. Join leader Barrrie Rose while you support seabird conservation. Exceptional last minute discount: R795. Click here to book.

22/6/10: Cuckoo Finch research: Cape Birding Route co-founder Dr Claire Spottiswoode, and Dr Martin Stevens, discover how hosts can tell their own eggs from those of brood parasites! Read on here.

4/6/10: Pelagics Trip Report from the Cape Town Pelagics on 29 May 2010 led by guide Dalton Gibbs.

4/6/2010: Trip report, Cape Town: Guide Otto Schmidt went out to see 100 species on 21 April. 'Top drawer' service, wrote Jay. 'Efficient service and excellent guide' said Nigel & Chris.

3/6/2010: Birders spotted another rare Cape leopard! For the second time in May, now thanks to watching Verreaux's Eagles!

1/6/2010: Trip Report, Western Cape: Cape Eagle Owl, Protea Seedeater and more. Dalton, Michael and Otto report about 197 lifers - click here.

27/5/10: A new bird hide opened at Rooisand Nature Reserve - Marje Hemp attended the inauguration and reports about alien timber, Osprey and the Biodiversity Festival: click here.

25/5/10: Cape leopard, mobbed by Pied Crows, seen with Birding Africa! Our guide and the Cape Leopard Trust report back: click here.

24/5/10: Grey-headed Albatross and Black-bellied Storm Petrel, unusual sightings on 15 May with Cape Town Pelagics.

5/3/2010: Trip report: summer birding in February: the Cape Peninsula and Hottentot's Holland with guide Otto Schmidt.

4/3/2010: African Openbills on our Cape Town birding trips. 2010 brought the first ever record of these storks in Cape Town!

15/2/10: Booted Eagle, Sooty Blue butterfly and Marbled Leaf-Toed Gecko seen at the Birding Africa office garden today.

2/2/10: Grey-backed Storm Petrel, the 2nd record for southern Africa! See the pictures taken on our 27 December Cape Town Pelagic trip.

2/2/10: Soccer & Birding: combine the FIFA World Cup with Cape endemics and Karoo specials. Please e-mail or phone +27 21 531 9148

22/12/09:Help find Frodo, Cape Town's juvenile Black Eagle. He left Noordhoek Peak and carries yellow wingtags "Y006". Please contact Lucia Rodrigues.

8/10/09: Take part in the 350-24-24 Bird Photo Challenge. Read more on!

27/09/09: Dalton Gibbs reports back from Gough Island! Read the blog!

26/09/09: New Cape Town Pelagics trip report from trips of 12 and 19 September 2009.

30/08/09: British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water proved very successful, with sunny weather and over 20,000 visitors. Callan's "Birding Namibia and the Okavango" was the most highly-attended lecture on the Saturday, with over 240 people. Congratulations to the winners of the Birding Africa competition and the African Bird Club raffle that we helped sponsor!

12/08/09: New Cape Town Pelagics trip reports from August and July 2009. Highlights: Little Shearwater and more!

07/08/09: The sub-adult Black Sarrowhawk visits our garden again! Read on about Raptor Research in the Western Cape.

27/07/09: Cape Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has grown! And its sibling never had a chance to hatch. See the pictures of the chick, its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more about the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme.

27/07/09: To follow modern nomenclature and systematics, we've adopted the IOC World Bird List, Version 2.1.

13/07/09: The 8th African Bird ID Challenge has launched! Win a 50% discount on a Cape Town Pelagics trip, a copy of Southern African Birdfinder, or African Bird Club membership for 1 year.

6 July 09: Cape White-eye research in our garden.

2 July 09: Cape Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has hatched! See the pictures of the chick, its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more about the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme.

2 July 09: Campbell Fleming, a Cape Town scholar, avid birder and photographer, joined Birding Africa last month as an intern. Click here, to see what he got up to.

2 July 09: New pelagic trip reports from the Cape Town Pelagics trips in June 2009. Highlights: Slenderbilled Prion and Leach's Storm Petrel

30 july 09: Our latest Cape Fynbos and Karoo trip reports feature Hottentot Buttonquail, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler and other fynbos and Karoo endemics...

26 June 09: Tungsten mining threatens RAMSAR site, South Africa's Verlorenvlei. Read the Media Release.

22 June 09: Claire Spottiswoode, one of the Cape Birding Route founders, was part of the exploratory team at Mount Mabu. The mountain is part of the newly discovered largest rainforest in Southern Africa.

11 June 09: A colour-ringed Black Sparrowhawk visits the Birding Africa office garden. Read why it's a 10 months old male!

14 June 09:
Wildlife at the office of The Cape Birding Route, Birding Africa and Cape Town Pelagics.

31 May 09:
Michel Watelet wins the 7th African Bird Club & Birding Africa ID Challenge. Test your African birding skills and WIN a Birding Africa Cape town day trip or a copy of the Birdfinder!

30 May 09: A tragedy unfolds at Kommetjie south of Cape town as 44 beached False Killer Whales were shot. Click here for more details and pictures.

14 March 09: Raptor Watch in Cape Town on 14 March 09