North East South Africa

Tour Overview
When you think of South Africa you probably think of smiling colourful people, beautiful landscapes, our brilliant sporting achievements, pristine beaches, top quality wine, ideal weather and Africa’s Big Five. However, not only does the country boasts almost 300 species of mammals, it is also blessed with incredible avian biodiversity, with a wealth of endemic and near-endemic species scattered all over the country.

This 8 day birding tour takes place in the northeast of the country, and includes several days in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Also included are some lesser-known, but equally important birding attractions on the way to Kruger. Most of the tour takes place in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa; it means “the place of the rising sun” and the climate and topography vary from cool highveld grasslands through the escarpment to the sub-tropical lowveld plains of the Kruger National Park. This diversity leads to equally fantastic birds, and we should see almost 400 species during the trip, including many endemic and special species. Let’s go birding!
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Safari starts and ends in Johannesburg
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Type of accommodation: Comfortable, mid-range
Next departure dates: To be confirmed
Private and small group, customised safaris can be booked on request for your preferred travel dates
Top Attractions:
Rietvlei Nature Reserve-
Small urban reserve packed with special bird and mammal species
Perfect weekend getaway town, but also a birding hotspot
Mount Sheba-
Stunning Afromontane escarpment forest birding location
Blyde River Canyon-
The planet’s largest “green” canyon and home to some top birds
Kruger National Park-
One of Africa’s best wildlife conservation areas, and home to over 500 bird species as well as the Big Five

Top Birds:
• Martial Eagle
• Tawny and African Fish Eagle
• Southern Ground Hornbill
• Northern Black Korhaan
• Southern Bald Ibis
• Narina Trogon
• Orange Ground Thrush
• Knysna and Purple-crested Turaco

Top Mammals:
• African Elephant
• African Buffalo
• Lion
• Leopard
• White and Black Rhinoceros
• African Wild Dog

Optional Activities:
• Night drive in Kruger National Park

Day 1 Start of tour in Johannesburg,
birding at Rietvlei Nature Reserve & drive to Dullstroom
Day 2 Dullstroom, including Mount Sheba
Day 3 Dullstroom to Blyde River Canyon
Day 4 Blyde River Canyon to Kruger National Park (Satara Camp)
Day 5 Kruger National Park (Satara Camp to Skukuza Camp)
Day 6 Kruger National Park (Skukuza Camp)
Day 7 Kruger National Park (Skukuza Camp to Pretoriuskop Camp)
Day 8 Kruger National Park to Johannesburg and Departure

All our tours can be customised according to your specific requirements.

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