Avian Leisure

Avian Leisure Wildlife Safaris, Birding Tours in Southern Africa & Holiday Apartments in Simon's Town, Cape Town Avian Leisure specializes in tailor-made wildlife safaris & birding tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Uganda as well as wild flower , general nature and photographic tours.

We cater for small groups of friends or families and individuals wanting custom designed self-drive or guided tours. Our private tours and safaris are run at our clients’ desired pace, and our hallmark is tailored itineraries fine-tuned to target 'Big Five' wildlife and bird sightings, while providing sufficient time to relax and enjoy the cultural delights of the areas you are visiting whether th

We cater for small groups of friends or families and individuals wanting custom designed self-drive or guided tours. Our private tours and safaris are run at our clients’ desired pace, and our hallmark is tailored itineraries fine-tuned to target 'Big Five' wildlife and bird sightings, while providing sufficient time to relax and enjoy the cultural delights of the areas you are visiting whether th

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We recently spent a few days at Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg, the highlight of which were the fabulous views of Bea...
19/07/2021

We recently spent a few days at Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg, the highlight of which were the fabulous views of Bearded Vultures - see our blog for more on this https://www.avianleisure.com/the-bearded-vulture-of-the-drakensberg-mountains-and-the-kingdom-of-lesotho/

We recently spent a few days at Giant's Castle in the Drakensberg, the highlight of which were the fabulous views of Bearded Vultures - see our blog for more on this https://www.avianleisure.com/the-bearded-vulture-of-the-drakensberg-mountains-and-the-kingdom-of-lesotho/

02/03/2021
Avian Leisure's accommodation in Simon's Town

Enjoy a virtual tour of our self catering apartments in Simon's Town - the ideal break away destination for a weekend break from the city, honeymoons, staycations and work-away-from-home stays, and birders' accommodation hosted by highly experienced birders
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November is an incredibly special time to be out birding in South Africa ... and especially so in a part of the country ...
11/01/2021

November is an incredibly special time to be out birding in South Africa ... and especially so in a part of the country that experiences such climate extremes as the Kalahari Desert. We stayed on a game farm outside Kimberley and had some fabulous summer birding here with almost every bird carrying food for their young chicks. Read more on our blog https://www.avianleisure.com/kalahari-dreaming-kingston-game-ranch-kimberley/

November is an incredibly special time to be out birding in South Africa ... and especially so in a part of the country that experiences such climate extremes as the Kalahari Desert. We stayed on a game farm outside Kimberley and had some fabulous summer birding here with almost every bird carrying food for their young chicks. Read more on our blog https://www.avianleisure.com/kalahari-dreaming-kingston-game-ranch-kimberley/

On our recent road trip around South Africa we visited the remote, north-east corner of South Africa : Crook's corner, m...
06/01/2021

On our recent road trip around South Africa we visited the remote, north-east corner of South Africa : Crook's corner, made notorious by shady characters and wanderers in days of yesteryear! And today known for some very special bird species. Read Patrick's blog for more :
https://www.avianleisure.com/birding-the-ivory-trail-in-the-far-north-of-kruger/

On our recent road trip around South Africa we visited the remote, north-east corner of South Africa : Crook's corner, made notorious by shady characters and wanderers in days of yesteryear! And today known for some very special bird species. Read Patrick's blog for more :
https://www.avianleisure.com/birding-the-ivory-trail-in-the-far-north-of-kruger/

We're in Rhodes for a few days doing some birding (and fishing ) . In between the rain storms, we had a great day going ...
06/11/2020

We're in Rhodes for a few days doing some birding (and fishing ) . In between the rain storms, we had a great day going up to Naude's Nek to a height of 2500 metres, saw most of the special birds of the area including these charismatic Drakensberg Rockjumper pair. Patrick has posted a blog on our website with more ......

We have finally completed a major revision and rewrite of our website!! It feels like this image - we've got to the top ...
20/10/2020

We have finally completed a major revision and rewrite of our website!! It feels like this image - we've got to the top of the mountain after a huge amount of work!!
The presence of Covid-19 demanded we completely review our eco-tourism business and additionally we wanted to make it fully mobile responsive, and to include more of our images. So, with the help of Tanya at Spyderweb, who did the hard work of designing the layout and actually producing the website, we now have what we think is a beautiful website that resonates with who we are and what we offer.... We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to your comments and suggestions.
www.avianleisure.com

We have finally completed a major revision and rewrite of our website!! It feels like this image - we've got to the top of the mountain after a huge amount of work!!
The presence of Covid-19 demanded we completely review our eco-tourism business and additionally we wanted to make it fully mobile responsive, and to include more of our images. So, with the help of Tanya at Spyderweb, who did the hard work of designing the layout and actually producing the website, we now have what we think is a beautiful website that resonates with who we are and what we offer.... We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to your comments and suggestions.
www.avianleisure.com

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09/09/2020

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15/07/2020
08/06/2020
Waterberg Bird Life

A fabulous video by Warwick & Michele Tarboton featuring the birds in the Waterberg which is where we have our bush home.

Photos and audio by Warwick & Michele Tarboton Video editing by Waterberg Media Productions

Not sure what the collective noun for sugarbirds is, maybe a 'treacle' of sugarbirds?, but we have lots of them in our g...
28/12/2014
The Saccharine Sweetness of Sugarbirds … | Avian Leisure

Not sure what the collective noun for sugarbirds is, maybe a 'treacle' of sugarbirds?, but we have lots of them in our garden again this summer ...

Arriving in October and departing by end April they provide delightful entertainment as they jostle amicably for positions around our nectar feeder, often in the company of Speckled Mousebird, and Malachite, Southern Double-collared and Orange-breasted Sunbirds. A real festive season treat!

Malcolm Wilson's post a few days ago of the White-bellied Kingfisher he caught in his net, reminded me of a trip we did ...
19/11/2014
Birding in Uganda | Avian Leisure

Malcolm Wilson's post a few days ago of the White-bellied Kingfisher he caught in his net, reminded me of a trip we did in Uganda when we were living there, to a Blue Swallow site. At the time I wrote a short story about the excursion which I have now put on our blog - it's rather long but quite entertaining - especially to those non-birding spouses who have gone along on birding excursions which turned out to be rougher than anticipated ....

Description of a weekend's birding in Uganda, in search of the rare and graceful Blue Swallow; th nk you Warwick Tarboton for the image

If you ever wanted to delve into the finer detail of the distinction between Spectacled and White-chinned Petrels, have ...
07/01/2014
PELAGIC BIRDING CAPE TOWN: WHITE-CHINNED AND SPECTACLED PETRELS | Avian Leisure

If you ever wanted to delve into the finer detail of the distinction between Spectacled and White-chinned Petrels, have a look at our latest blog entry: http://www.avianleisure.com/blog/pelagic-birding-cape-town-leucistic-white-chinned-and-spectacled-petrels-points-of-distinction/

Points of distinction between LEUCISTIC WHITE-CHINNED AND SPECTACLED PETRELS seen on pelagic trips outside Cape Town in the southern Atlantic ocean

Spent a day with my camera on the West Coast and managed to get some photos of the diminutive and delightful Cape Pendul...
03/12/2013
BIRDING IN CAPE TOWN: CAPE PENDULINE T**S – DIMINUTIVE AND DELIGHTFUL in THE WEST COAST | Avian...

Spent a day with my camera on the West Coast and managed to get some photos of the diminutive and delightful Cape Penduline T**s, see my blog at http://www.avianleisure.com/blog/birding-in-cape-town-cape-penduline-tits-diminutive-and-delightful-in-the-west-coast/

Delightful, diminutive Cape Penduline T**s, seen foraging in a group near Jacobsbaai on the West Coast, on a birding trip between Cape Town and the West Coast

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