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.