18 days: Kruger, Swaziland & Kwa-Zulu Natal

“All credit to Casper Badenhorst for choosing an excellent itinerary and for being an exemplary and knowledgeable companion. A list of 411 species is quite acceptable!” 

Dr Jeremy Robertson, Adelaide, Australia, 2-14 Feb 2014

 2015-07-03 10.30.26

2 DAYS BLYDE RIVER CANYON, 6 DAYS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, 2 DAYS SWAZILAND, 4 DAYS KWA-ZULU NATAL, 2 DAYS WAKKERSTROOM

16 days birding + 2 days transfer Johannesburg

You can expect to see 400+ bird species on this tour and good African Wildlife sightings

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Road Transfer Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

DAY 2: MARIEPSKOP MOUNTAIN

Birding the Afro-montane forests and Fynbos summit of Mariepskop

Accommodation in a Hoedspruit Lodge

18 SPECIAL AFRO-MONTANE SPECIES: Narina Trogon, Orange Ground-thrush, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Olive Bush-shrike, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Yellow-breasted Woodland Warbler, White-starred Robin, Chorister Robin-chat Knysna Turaco, Bush Blackcap, Brown Scrub-robin, Terrestrial Brownbul, African Emerald Cuckoo, Blue-mantled Crested-flycatcher, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Green Twinspot, Olive Woodpecker, Square-taliled Drongo, Swee Waxbill and also present Cape Batis, Bar-throated Apalis, Southern Boubou, Collared Sunbird

FYNBOS SPECIES: Gurney’s Sugarbird, Barrat’s Warbler, Forest Canary, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Robin-chat, Malachite Sunbird, Lazy Cisticola, Southern Double-collared Sunbird

SAVANNAH & FORESTED MOUNTAIN SLOPES: Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Broad-billed Roller, Jackal Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, Lizard Buzzard, Mountain Wagtail, Black Duck, Pygmy Kingfisher, Black Saw-wing, White-fronted Bee-eaters, Red-faced Cisticola, Little Bee-eaters, Broad-tailed Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Purple-crested Turaco, Brown-crowned Tchagra

DAY 3: BLYDE RIVER CANYON

Early morning forest birding walk: Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Cape Batis, Scaly-throated Honeyguide

2 hour Boat-ride on Blyde Dam: African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Eagle

Lunch

Afternoon riverine forest walk along Blyde river: Crowned Eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Bearded Scrub-robin, White-throated Robin-chat, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher

Accommodation in a Hoedspruit Lodge

DAY 4-9: KRUGER PARK NORTH TO SOUTH

Day 4 and 5: Punda Maria – Northern Kruger Park

Day 6 and 7: Letaba – Central Kruger Park

Day 8 and 9: Lower Sabie or Skukuza – Southern Kruger Park

100 species can be seen on a day trip in summer. 500+ species on the official Kruger National Park List. Possible species: Dickonson’s Kestrel, Grey-headed Parrots, Meve’s Starling, Tropical Boubou, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Martial Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Secretary bird, White-headed Vulture, Lapped-faced Vulture, Bateleur, Brown Snake-eagle, Purple Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Carmine Bee-eater, Senegal Lapwing, Southern Ground-Hornbill, European Nightjar, Red-breasted Swallow, Black-headed Oriole, Marico Sunbird, Violet-backed Starling, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Green-winged Pytilia, Sabota Lark, Stierling’s Barred-warbler, Melodious Lark, Comb Duck, Green Wood-Hoopoe and many more

Accommodation in 2-bed chalets

DAY 10-11: SWAZILAND

Visiting Hlane Royal National Park

Birding walks in the Lebombo Mountains

Accommodation on Mabuda Farm B&B, Siteki

Possible species: Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Pink-throated Twinspots, Livingston’s Turaco, White-browed Robin-chat, Wood owl, Trumpeter Hornbill, Red-chested Cuckoo, Crowned Hornbill, Marabou Stork, African Emerald-cuckoo, Little Sparrow-hawk, Forest weaver, Bateleur and many more

DAY 12-13: NDUMU GAME RESERVE, KWAZULU-NATAL

Birding around the lakes and in forest

Accommodation at Ndumu River Lodge

Possible species: Pel’s Fishing-owl, Giant Eagle-owl, Great White-pelican, Southern-banded Snake-eagle, Lesser Jacana, Blue-cheecked Bee-eater, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Pink-throated Twinspot, African Pygmy Goose, Pink-backed Pelican, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Greater Painted-snipe

DAY 14 – 15: ITHALA GAME RESERVE

Birding in middle-veld and grasslands along the escarpment

Accommodation in 2-bed chalets

Possible Species: Bald Ibis, Secretary Bird, Black Eagle, Cape Vulture, Gabar Goshawk, Rock Kestrel, White-bellied Korhaan, Bronze-winged Courser, Bokmakierie, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Grass Owl, Marsh Owl, Flappet Lark, Lesser Honeyguide, Grassbird, Fantailed Cisticola, Neddicky, Spotted Prinia, Lesser Grey-shrike, Yellow-throated Petronia, Cape Canary and many more

DAY 16 – 17: WAKKERSTROOM

Excellent grassland birding with a local guide

Possible species: Ground Woodpecker, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wheatear, Ant-eating Chat, Buff-streaked Chat, Rudd’s Lark, Botha’s Lark, Spike-healed Lark, Pink-billed Lark, Dark-capped Yellow-warbler, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Long-tailed Widowbird, Blue Korhaan, Barrow’s Korhaan, Denham’s Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Western Marsh-harrier, South African Shelduck, Wattled Crane, Grey Crowned Crane and more

DAY 18: Return transfer to Johannesburg

PRICES: Please inquire

info@birdingandwildlifesafaris.com

Price excludes extra accommodation in Johannesburg before or after the tour, international flights, alcoholic beverages

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