We are so excited to be going on a trip at sea with 1000 other birders in March 2013. Flock at Sea, by MSC in conjunction with SA Birdlife have put together an annual trip for birders that takes you on a five day trip (1st March to 5th March 2013), from Cape Town to Walvis Bay in Namibia and return. It promises to be packed with seabird sightings as well as a day of outings in Walvis Bay.

This is the Flock Itinerary
MSC Opera Cape Town to Walvis Bay return – 4 nights
1 March 2013 – Depart Cape Town – 14h00
2 March 2013 – Fun Day at Sea
3 March 2013 – Walvis Bay – 08h00 till 15h00
4 March 2013 – Fun Day at Sea
5 March 2013 – Return Cape Town – 08h00

Please note these are the normal shore excursions and not the birder-specific excursions. The birding options will be uploaded as soon as there is more information from MSC Cruises.

Get onboard SOON – some cabin categories are sold out! Over 1 000 birders booked for Flock at Sea 2013 so far. This will be the largest gathering of birders in Africa, ever – so be a part of it.

Go here to book if you are interested. Book Now

See the available accommodation here:
Single accommodation
Shared accommodation

Included in the fare is:
• Accommodation in category booked
• 3 Meals daily plus midnight snacks daily
• Captains Gala Cocktail Party and Dinner
• Floorshows Nightly
• Discotheque
• All games and daily activities
• Casino access
• Aerobics & Gymnasium

This year’s Annual Gathering of Members of BirdLife South Africa “Flock 2013”
offers a spectacular opportunity on a cruise in the Atlantic Ocean as they showcase
and celebrate their work, with emphasis on the Seabird Division and the Albatross Task Force. It promises to be one of the best Flocks ever and definitely should not be missed.
BirdLife South Africa has negotiated special rates for this cruise. In addition to the AGM and Gala Dinner, birders can look forward to:

A seabird ID course
Expert guides, on watch “dawn to dusk”, to help with seabird identification and alert everyone to any special seabirds that we might encounter
Photography workshop, with an emphasis on seabirds
Talks on marine biodiversity and conservation Conservation updates from the Albatross Task Force The Gill Memorial Medal presentation
4 meals a day
All the usual onboard entertainment and activities
There will be a selection of shore-based tours at Walvis Bay including:
An excursion to the dunes for some range restricted species – Dune Lark, Gray’s Lark , etc. Spectacular shorebird and wader watching at the famous Walvis Bay saltpans
A visit to the town of Swakopmund
A huge diversity of seabirds, including albatrosses, petrels, skuas, etc. can be expected. Who knows what ‘specials’ might also turn up?

Not to mention that the MSC Opera that we will be travelling on is a luxury passenger liner. We see this as a trip of a lifetime at these special rates.

Hope to meet you onboard and will report back with pictures of our adventure next year.