Orange-breasted Sunbird

The brilliant Orange-breasted Sunbird, another Flynbos Endemic of the Western Cape. See this bird on our set-departures to the region.


About Lawson's:

We specialise in creating and leading superb natural history tours which focus specifically on birds and wildlife. Founded in 1990, Lawson’s was the very first specialised bird tour company in South Africa. Our experienced tour planners and group leaders will ensure that your expectations are not only met but exceeded, as we get you to the finest bird and mammal hotspots in southern and eastern Africa. From day-trips to multi-destination private tours or set-departure birding and wildlife safaris, Lawson's are the regional experts and will create the experience of a lifetime for you.


Lawson’s safaris comprise:
  • small groups of up to 12 participants (safaris for larger groups or private tours are available on request)
  • knowledgeable and experienced professional leaders
  • excellent accommodation with birds and wildlife on the doorstep
  • incredible wildlife destinations
  • comprehensive itineraries and species checklists


Take a look at our set-departure safaris or contact us to put together a custom-made itinerary to suit your needs, interests and budget.

We look forward to setting up the trip of a lifetime for you and to meeting you here on African soil!

"You'll want to return to Africa with us time and time again!"



 Lawsons Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris





Lilac-breasted Roller

  Cranes, Rollers and Raptors

  A birding and wildlife journey through Eastern South Africa

15 - 28 November 2015


South Africa is well known as a land of diversity. From its landscapes, people, and cultures to its fauna and flora, change is the constant in South Africa. For the international traveller this is both a blessing and a curse, as there’s so much to see yet most don’t have the time to see it all, or even a large part of it for that matter. To showcase some of the best of South Africa we’ve developed this Kruger National Park and KwaZulu-Natal itinerary, incorporating the best of Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, which will give participants a wonderful introduction to the fauna, flora and landscapes of Eastern South Africa. The itinerary includes the grassy highlands of the Dullstroom region; the forests of the escarpment; the mighty Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship wildlife destination; the Wakkerstroom countryside, home to some of the world’s rarest lark species; the coastal sand forest and elephants of Tembe; the wonders of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park; and the aerial boardwalk in Dlinza Forest. This tour promises to deliver a rewarding and memorable birding and wildlife experience and can be combined with our Penguins & Sugarbirds, 6 – 14 November, to create a comprehensive South African natural history experience.

Areas visited: Dullstroom, Kruger National Park, Wakkerstroom, Tembe Elephant Park, iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and Eshowe.

Birding in brief: excellent variety, forest, marine, coastal, savannah, grassland and mountain habitats covered.

Top birds: Sentinel Rock Thrush, Buff-streaked Chat, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Orange Ground Thrush, Narina Trogon, White-starred Robin, Martial Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, African Finfoot, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, African Scops Owl, Blue Crane, Grey Crowned Crane, Blue Korhaan, Rudd’s Lark, Botha’s Lark, Pink-throated Twinspot, Rudd’s Apalis, Woodward’s Batis, Spotted Ground Thrush, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon.

Mammal viewing: Excellent, especially in the Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Tembe. Other destinations also include chances for additional mammal species.

Top mammals: The Big Five (Lion, Leopard, African Elephant, White and Black Rhinoceros and African Buffalo), Cheetah, Wild Dog, African Wild Cat, Oribi, Meerkat, Blue Duiker, Suni.

Price: ZAR 38 450 per person sharing, ZAR 4 520 single supplement

Price subject to change based on external factors. Price is based on a minimum of 4 participants. Small group surcharge will be levied for groups smaller than 4 participants. Please contact us for more detail.




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