Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Map © Kei Sochi 40 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 South Africa South Africa offers 846 bird species, in- cluding more than 160 regional endemics, so there are many choices to make when planning a trip. This article covers just two areas in South Africa: Cape Town and Kruger National Park. The combination of these two key regions provides the best that South Africa offers. Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities, and Kruger is renowned for its vast size and teeming populations of large mammals. Both offer superb birding opportunities. Nestled beneath the impressive, fat- topped Table Mountain, Cape Town is situated on the southwestern tip of Africa (not the southernmost tip, as is some- times claimed—an accolade belonging to Cape Agulhas). This windswept peninsula was originally settled by a now-extinct Khoisan hunter-gatherer tribe known as the Standlopers (meaning "beachwalk- ers"), but the city was founded in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck was sent by the Dutch East India Company to set up a 7-South Africa.indd 40 3/4/14 1:11 PM

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