Sea Birding Pelagic Trips South Africa, Cape Town Pelagics

  

  Destination - SubAntarctic Islands: Tristan Archipelago and Gough

 
   

These British islands are home to six endemic landbirds, including the world's smallest flightless bird, and 22 species of breeding seabirds. Four seabird species breed nowhere else. Inaccessible Rail, Gough Moorhen, Tristan Thrush, Gough Bunting, Tristan Bunting and Wilkins' Bunting are endemic to the islands.

Tristan Albatross, Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross, Atlantic Petrel and Spectacled Petrel only breed at these islands, but range more widely through the South Atlantic Ocean. This is the easiest place in the region to see Northern Rockhopper Penguin and White-faced and White-bellied Storm Petrels.

 
 
 
  Recommended Clothing
 
 
  Layering system
 
   

THERMAL UNDERWEAR:

Thermocrew Vest - R260
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large

Thermolegging - R220
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large

Although these products are recommended, they are not essential. Cotton thermal underwear would also be suitable and is most probably a much cheaper option.

FLEECES:

Puffadder - a lightweight and versatile long sleeve fleece: R250.00
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Hotdog - a medium weight fleece with short zip (slightly warmer): R425.00
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Wolfskin - a warm heavy weight fleece (very warm): R450.00
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Reactor - a zip through, windproof, dense fleece (very warm): R795
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

OVERLAYER: In the cold weather, if a sufficiently dense fleece is worn with thermal underwear, a simple wind and rainproof outer shell would be sufficient. However, we have included an insulated jacket should you feel you will need more protection.

Monsoon Jacket - a zip through lightweight and compact, totally wind and waterproof, breathable outer layer with hood and pockets. Can be worn over a heavy fleece: R895.00
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Aerofoil Jacket - windproof but not waterproof, lightweight and breathable with pockets and hood: R295.00
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Cerro Torre Jacket - an zip through well-insulated, windproof and water repellant jacket with handwarmer pockets, internal pockets and pit zips: R1095.00
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

TROUSERS: Cotton trousers or denim jeans worn over thermal undies should be sufficient in the cold. However, we have given a list of recommended trousers should you wish to go the whole hog:

Convertibles - zip-off quick drying, waterproof trousers: R495.00
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Tech Longs - full length waterproof trousers with side zips: R535.00
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

Monsoon Overtrouser - totally wind and waterproof with side zips (matches the Monsoon Jacket) - R425.00
Sizes: Xtra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Xtra Large, XXLarge

ACCESSORIES:

Headwear:
Mountain Hat - A dense fleece with neck and ear warmers - R135.00
Beanie - Standard panelled beanie in a medium weight polarfleece - R85.00
Beanie String - A beanie that converts into a neckwarmer in polarfleece - R90.00

Scarves:
Polarfleece Scarf - R90.00
Beanie String - A beanie that converts into a neckwarmer in polarfleece - R90.00

Gloves:
Ski Glove - a waterproof overglove with a removable fleece liner - R415.00
Windstopper Glove - R529.00
Thermal polypropelene Glove - lightweight knit, not waterproof - R75.00