Treeswifton Nov 10, 2022
We organized a bespoke 2 night/ 3 day birding tour with Roof of Africa from Durban to Underberg and up the Sani Pass into lesotho. Firstly, let me just say it was excellent: spectacular in terms of birding and landscapes. From the get go, Emile was extremely prompt and helpful in his replies and in planning out our perfect trip, which went through a few versions before finding the right itinerary. Our guide, Dr. Aldo Berruti, was one of the best guides we have ever had, with matchless knowledge not only about the birds and nature, but about all the geology and history of this stunning and fascinating region. He was also excellent company. We really had a fantastic time, seeing all the high altitude bird specials such as Drakensberg Rockjumper and Drakensberg Siskin, Ground Woodpecker, Mountain Pipit, and Lammergeier, as well as several unique mammal species such as Sloggett's Ice Rat and Grey Rhebuck. We also had fantastic birding on the way to and around Underberg, seeing the endangered blue swallow, as well as all thee species of Southern African cranes. Plus, the scenery throughout our tour was just unbelievable. Roof of Africa Tours is extremely professional and accommodating and I would highly recommend them for whatever tour you have in mind. The lodging and food was all lovely and Emile even went out of his way while driving back to Durban to stop in Mtunzini to look for Mangrove Kingfisher. What a fantastic tour!