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Falkland Islands 2018

Wildlife experiences are guaranteed and with only a few visitors in many locations, the up-close-and-personal experience is second to none.

Best known for penguins, visitors always enjoy the antics of these birds both at sea and on shore.

When: February 3 - 17, 2018

The Falkland Islands truly are the ultimate birding experience with large, easily accessible colonies of some of the world's rarest and most enchanting birds. Best known for penguins, visitors always enjoy the antics of these birds both at sea and on shore.
 
Majestic king, feisty rockhopper, inquisitive gentoo and shy Magellanic penguins are easy to find with the more elusive macaroni penguin blending into rockhopper colonies in just a few locations. Over 70% of the world's Black-browed albatross breed around the islands. Add to these a large number of other interesting birds including the inquisitive striated cara-cara, the endemic Cobb's wren and Falklands Flightless steamer duck - there are plenty of species for the amateur birder and the enthusiast. Fourteen species of   have been recorded in Falkland waters. A trip out of Stanley to Berkeley Sound affords the opportunity to try to spot some of these at sea with spectacular blows often exhibited by various species of baleen whale. Peale's and Commerson's dolphins regularly accompany boats and trips can be arranged to include the viewing of penguin colonies and sooty shearwaters on the ocean surface as dusk falls.
 
Whale watching or general boat trips can be booked with Stanley agencies; some are also available at other tourist locations.Wildlife experiences are guaranteed and with only a few visitors in many locations, the up-close-and-personal experience is second to none. Up-to-date sightings of wildlife can usually be obtained from accommodation providers. The following locations are suggestions of some of the best wildlife watching experiences around the Islands that are easily accessible to visitors but there are many other locations where wildlife will also be observed.

PRICE: TBA

Key Information:

What's Included?
  • Internal Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Wildlife Excursions
  • Photography & Video tips
What's Not Included?
  • Transfers outside tour itinerary
  • Alcohol
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel. Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, transfer to Gansbaai (an approximately 2.5-our drive) for the great-white shark cage dive. The road winds along the coast with spectacular views of False Bay and you will have the opportunity to stop off at Stony Point to the view the African penguin colony.

On arrival in Gansbaai a light meal and refreshments will be served, after which a white-shark marine biologist will give a short talk on the research being done and what you can expect on your excursion. The crew on the boat attracts the sharks and keeps them interested, giving divers the opportunity to view the sharks underwater while being protected in a steel cage. Light snacks and refreshments are provided on the boat. Drive back to Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Day 3:

After breakfast, depart for Simonstown where you will embark on an ocean safari to see pelagic mako and blue sharks, which are found in the the warm, clear waters off Cape Point. It is a full-morning excursion and en route you'll be able to view Cape Point from the ocean. Being surrounded by blue sharks that interact and come close to divers makes for an exhilarating dive. After returning to the harbor you will drive back to Cape Town in the late afternoon.

Day 4:

After breakfast depart for Simonstown for the sevengill and seal dives. Once kitted up, the boat will drop you off into the magical kelp forests close to the shore, at a depth of approximately 32 feet (10 m). Here in the shallow water one can find the broadnose sevengill shark in its natural habitat. Other possible sightings include the puffadder shyshark. The second dive will be nearby at a seal colony, where the seals are very playful and enjoy showing off their acrobatic skills in front of the divers. A visit to Cape Point National Park will precede the scenic drive via Chapman’s Peak to your hotel. This spectacular scenery, with a 650-foot (200 m) drop-off and high cliffs on either side, will offer a journey to remember.

Day 5:

This day there will be optional excursions, which can include Table Mountain, a wine tour, a beach visit, shopping etc. Additional diving can also be arranged.

Day 6:

Check out of the hotel after breakfast for a day drive to Plettenberg Bay. Check into the hotel in Plettenberg Bay during the late afternoon and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7:

After breakfast check in at the diver center for two dives (seal and reef dives). The dive with the seals is an amazing wildlife experience as they playfully interact with the divers. The reefs in this area are spectacular, and boat trips are often interrupted by sightings of schools of dolphins and whales. The rest of the afternoon (time depending), will be spent doing a walk along Robberg Nature Reserve.

Day 8:

Drive to Port Elizabeth via Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can do the canopy tree-top tour – an adventure of zip-lining from one platform to another through the magnificent tree tops of the Yellowwood forest. After lunch at Tsitiskamma National Park, we will stop at the Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bungee bridge jump in the world, where guests will have the option to bungee. Check into the hotel in Port Elizabeth in the late afternoon and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9 – 12:

Spend four days diving numerous spectacular dive sites in and around Nelson Mandela Bay. The boat, a 26-foot (8 m) RIB launches from the beach within walking distance of the hotel, which is ideally situated on the beachfront. There will be a visit to St. Croix Island to view the colony of African penguins with possible sightings of whales, dolphins, sea birds, and more.The afternoons are spent at leisure, enjoying the beachfront or taking part in optional activities, such as beach hikes, cultural township tours, further game viewing, additional diving, kayaking or shopping.

Day 13:

Transfer to Addo Elephant Park for a morning game drive and lunch in the park. The afternoon will be spent at Schotia Game Reserve doing an afternoon game drive and in the evening you will enjoy a buffet dinner around an African campfire before transferring back to the hotel.

Day 14:

Check out of hotel and transfer back to Port Elizabeth for your flight home.

*Please Note: Due to changing weather conditions, some activities might change or need to be substituted.

 

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