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VENT Tour Leader Rick Wright lectures at New York City Audubon

VENT tour leader Rick Wright, the designer of VENT’s Birds & Art tour program, will... read more

Talk & Book-signing at New York City Audubon

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Free Webinar! September 13, 2017: Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll in 2018

On Wednesday, September 13, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the... read more

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August 17-September 1, 2018 – 2 Spaces Available!

South Africa is one of the most captivating countries in Africa, containing a marvelous array of birdlife and wildlife, wildflower displays, and scenic highlights. Home to many endemic birds, a trip here could produce sightings of as many as 17 species that begin with “Cape,” such as Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rockjumper, Cape Starling, Cape Crombec, and many others. If you have birded East Africa you will see many birds in South Africa that do not occur in Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda. South Africa has excellent infrastructure, so you can be assured of traveling on high quality roads and highways while enjoying fine accommodations and food.

Blue Crane

Blue Crane— Photo: Neil Bradfield—shutterstock


A highlight of our tour is a stay at the wonderful Notten’s Bush Camp in the Greater Kruger Conservation Area. As a result, our tour stays amid one of the very best parts of the country for game-viewing and birding while avoiding the large crowds of Kruger National Park. All of the “Big Five” mammals are found here including one of the largest populations of elephants in the world and healthy populations of Cheetah and Lion. Many people have told us that their time at Notten’s was the highlight of their tour. 

On the optional Wakkerstroom Extension, we may see endemic birds like Southern Bald Ibis, Blue Bustard, Botha’s Lark, and Yellow-breasted Pipit among other birds of the marshes and grasslands.

Both on the main tour as well as the extension, we will seek the national bird of South Africa, the elegant Blue Crane, among the most beautiful of all the world’s cranes.

South Africa: The Southwestern Cape & Kruger, August 17-September 1, 2018 with Patrick Cardwell; $10,195 per person in double occupancy from Cape Town (ends in Johannesburg).

Wakkerstroom Extension, August 31-September 4, 2018 with Patrick Cardwell; $2,095 per person in double occupancy from Johannesburg. 


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