Cape Sugarbird, Kirstenbosch

Cape Sugarbird, a Fynbos endemic and one of the Cape's top birds, seen here at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. See this bird on our Cape birding safaris.


About Lawson's:

We specialise in creating and leading superb natural history tours which focus specifically on birds and wildlife. Founded in 1990, Lawson’s was the very first specialised bird tour company in South Africa. Our experienced tour planners and group leaders will ensure that your expectations are not only met but exceeded, as we get you to the finest bird and mammal hotspots in southern and eastern Africa. From day-trips to multi-destination private tours or set-departure birding and wildlife safaris, Lawson's are the regional experts and will create the experience of a lifetime for you.


Lawson’s safaris comprise:
  • small groups of up to 12 participants (safaris for larger groups or private tours are available on request)
  • knowledgeable and experienced professional leaders
  • excellent accommodation with birds and wildlife on the doorstep
  • incredible wildlife destinations
  • comprehensive itineraries and species checklists


Take a look at our set-departure safaris or contact us to put together a custom-made itinerary to suit your needs, interests and budget.

We look forward to setting up the trip of a lifetime for you and to meeting you here on African soil!

"You'll want to return to Africa with us time and time again!"



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  Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Kirstenbosch

  Birds and Wild Flowers of the Cape

  A birding, wildlife and botanical journey in South Africa's unique Cape region

  15 - 28 August 2016


The Western Cape is a truly remarkable piece of land. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west and an intricate system of Fold Mountains on the inland side, it is possibly as un-African it gets without leaving the continent. The winter rainfall regime, strong summer winds and unique topography have contributed to a high degree of endemism and a singularly unique floral kingdom, described originally by the Dutch settlers as Fynbos, or ‘Fine Bush’, which characterises the coastal regions of the Western Cape. Further inland the climate becomes drier and the environment harsher and less forgiving. In this region the sparse winter rains give rise to an intense and widespread blooming of wild flowers, a floral phenomenon that draws both botany enthusiasts and casual tourists from all over the world. This uniqueness is augmented by breathtaking scenery, warm and welcoming people, a long and interesting history and superb tourism infrastructure and the result is an unforgettable birding experience. An obvious add-on to this is a week or so in the Kruger National Park to create a more comprehensive South African birding experience. Contact us for ideas and suggestions.


In brief

Areas visited: Cape Peninsula, Swellendam, Ceres, Nieuwoudtville, Lambert’s Bay, Langebaan.


Birding in brief:  excellent variety, forest, marine, coastal, Karoo and mountain habitats covered.


Top birds:  Cape Rockjumper, African Penguin, Cape Sugarbird, Black Harrier, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Ground Woodpecker, Bank Cormorant, Cape Siskin, Karoo Eremomela, Black-headed Canary, Ludwig’s Bustard, Cape Long-billed Lark.


Flowers:  flowers depend on rainfall intensity and timing. Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes covered, including Nieuwoudtville, the bulb capital of the world.

Mammal viewing: Southern Right Whales in season (September to December); antelope species such as the endemic Bontebok, Chacma Baboon and other smaller species. No Big Five.


2016: ZAR 31 370 per person sharing, ZAR   2 500 single supplement

Price subject to change based on external factors. Price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.  Small group surcharge will be levied for groups smaller than 4 participants. Please contact us for more detail.

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