Cape vultures

The Cape griffon, also known as the Cape vulture, is among the most majestic raptors you’ll see in South African skies. Intelligent, far-sighted, blessed with a sense of humour and (mostly) not too smelly, griffons are often the first vultures you’ll see arrive at a kill or a ‘vulture restaurant’. more

African black oystercatchers

African black oystercatchers are threatened, but are relatively easy to see along many of South Africa’s beaches, particularly rocky shores. This coastal bird has a particular knack for harvesting tit-bits in the intertidal zone. Specialising in stubborn limpets, it is skilled at living life on the edge. more

Cape gannets

Cape gannets are consummate fishers. These coastal birds can dive deep under water, plummeting down from 30 metres above the sea. They are masters of the air, but on the ground, as you’ll see at Bird Island, they are comically clumsy, forever making up for ungainly crash landings. more

Animal sanctuaries

South Africa’s animal sanctuaries take in large numbers of injured or vulnerable animals in order to nurse them back to health and, if possible, release them back into their natural habitat. These sanctuaries provide a vital service and are interesting and educational places to visit. more