Crested francolin are the exception to the ‘francolin-spurfowl’ rule having the red legs of the spurfowl group and being prone to roosting in trees at night (not on the ground as other francolins do). It also tends to flee danger at a run into thick vegetation rather than being primarily flushed like other francolin. When it does take to the sky it flies low and weaves between the trees until out of sight. Its small size and rhythmical (although not musical) call make it a francolin. Crested francolin are especially territorial and the monogamous pair proclaim their turf by use of a duet that supposedly sounds like they’re saying ‘Beer and cognac… beer and cognac…beer and cognac’.


Chapman’s Peak Drive on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as “Chappies” and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic scenery of Cape Town. Initially constructed during the First World War, this 9km route with its 114 curves, skirts Chapman’s Peak, the 593m high southerly extension of Constantia Berg, and follows the rocky coastline to unfold breathtaking views in both directions.


Karoo thrush – A typical mostly olive-brown thrush, with rufous coloration, restricted to the center of the belly. It is most easily identified by range. Pairs occupy dense scrub and thickets in arid savanna and Karoo, grassland, and urban gardens on the South African highveld. The species gives a varied song and typical thrush “chk-chk” or thin “tseeep” calls. It is an understory specialist that sometimes skulks, but at other times can be quite bold. The similar Olive Thrush differs from Karoo Thrush in its rufous (not olive) flanks, its brown (not yellow-orange) eye-ring, its dark brown (not yellow) base to the upper mandible of the bill, and its streakier throat.