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Great Kruger National Park Safari



The Kruger Park is the glistening jewel of game reserves in Africa. This massive game reserve was founded in the early 1900's on the eastern lowveld of South Africa. It is home to the Big 5 plus many more. This area also has the greatest collection of birds with the greatest variety of colour anywhere in the region. Kruger is the birding mother lode of South Africa with so much to offer that it fully justifies a long stay. We have designed this tour to provide you ample time in each area. This 'MEGA' tour is also available in a 'LITE' version.

 

 

 

Day 1-2 Centurion - Berg en Dal

You will be collected from your guest house in Centurion at 0900 and transported directly Kruger's Malelane gate. Here we will cross over the Crocodile River, sign into the park and before make our way to our first rest camp at Berg and Dal. This first day will be a long haul but worth every inch of the trip. We will stay here for two nights and be able to track down the many species of birds that inhabit this camp and its surroundings.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow 
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 390 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Cape Glossy Starling, Crested Barbet, Brown Snake-Eagle

Day 3-4 Berg en Dal - Lower Sabie

This morning we drive east along winding gravel roads, along river beds and adjoining forests to our next destination. Lower Sabie sits squarely on the Sabie River. The main deck, restaurant as well as the safari tents overlook the river which is picturesque. Just round the corner is the legendary Sunset Dam where a host of both bird and wildlife is to be found.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 91 km
  • Duration – 4 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Scarlet Breasted Sunbird, Green Wood-Hoopoe

Day 5-6 Lower Sabie - Satara

Today we head off north to big game country where the bush gives way to savannah grassland. The is excellent game viewing area and bird-life in and around the camp is prolific. At night you will hear night-jars, owls, fruit bats and of course lions. We will spend time traversing the area doing morning and evening game drives and taking advantage of the rustic facilities.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 99 km
  • Duration – 4 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Pied Wagtail, African Fish Eagle, Goliath Heron

Day 7-8 Satara - Letaba

Now for another change of scenery as we head north into Mopani country and possibly the loveliest camp in Kruger. Sitting astride the Letaba River this camp bungalows are set out in traditional circles under evergreen trees. With Bush-Buck, Vervet monkeys and unsurpassed bird-life this camp is in a league of its own.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 70 km
  • Duration – 2,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Green Wood Pigeon, Kurrichane Thrush, Mourning Dove

Day 9-10 Letaba - Shingwedzi

Our northern trek continues to Shingwedzi and the northern woodland area. This rustic camp is arranged in two circles and provides the unsurpassed feeling of being in the wild. Particularly in summer the floodplain around Shingwedzi becomes the home for thousands of migrant birds from Europe and Asia. The nesting sites along the Kanniedood dam area particularly dense.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 109 km
  • Duration – 4,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Chinspot Batis, Burchells Coucal, Martial Eagle

Day 11-12 Shingwedzi - Punda Maria

The road to the north continues as we cross the Tropic of Capricorn. The Ebony Jackal-berries, clusters of Fever-trees, Lala-palms, Acacias, Figs and Leadwoods vegetation is dictated by the quality of the soil. Both the Dzundwini Loop and the Mphongolo Loop will provide us with great opportunities to see birds in this area. From Punda Maria we will also be able to make our way to the extreme corner of Kruger and Crooks Corner where three countries meet.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 71 km
  • Duration – 2,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Southern Carmine Bee-Eater, Arrow-Marked Babbler, Green Backed Eromomela

Day 13-14 Punda Maria - Mopani

Today we begin our move south to Mopani camp which we side stepped on our way north. Mopani has a really rustic and desolated feel about it but is situated on the Pioneer dam where there is every chance of seeing not only game but the majestic African Fish Eagle. We will spend our rest day taking in the sites in the surrounding areas.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 130 km
  • Duration – 5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  •  Specials along the way - Red-Billed Firefinch, Lappet Faced Vulture, Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

Day 15-16 Mopani - Satara

We continue our trip south mopping up any routes or birds we have missed on our way north. We have a fair way to go but will take opportunities to search out any birds or animals that take your interest.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 116 km
  • Duration – 4,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Southern Ground Hornbill, African Hoopoe

Day 17-18 Satara - Skukuza  

Today we head further south to the head quarters of the Kruger where it pretty much all began nearly 100 years ago. This is the largest camp in Kruger and has much to offer in terms of birding and recreation. If you have not bought your curios this is your last stop. Our rest day will be spent at Lake Panic, an absolute must see for all birding fanatics.

  • Accommodation - Bungalow
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 93 km
  • Duration – 2,5 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar and gravel
  • Specials along the way - Trumpeter Hornbill, Lilac Breasted Roller

Day 19 Skukuza - Centurion

We sadly leave this legendary game reserve and head back to your guest house in Centurion. We are certain you would have enjoyed the experience and that the bug of Africa would have bitten you.

  • Accommodation - Lodge
  • Breakfast
  • Distance – 434 km
  • Duration – 6 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Go-Away Bird, Grey Headed Parrot, African Jacana

Cost - 19 day MEGA Tour : €3,900/ $5,260 per person sharing (minimum 2 guests/maximum of 8 guests)

        -  10 day LITE Tour : €1,950/ $2,630 per person sharing (minimum 2 guests/maximum of 8 guests)

Magpie Shrike  Urolestes melanoleucus 

 



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Kruger Park Birding Tours

The crown jewel in South Africa's national park collection. Unsurpassed birding and wildlife.


Southern Ground-Hornbill  (Bucorvus leadbeateri) 
African Green-Pigeon  (Treron calvus) 
Chinspot Batis  (Batis molitor) 
Striated Heron  (Butorides striata) 
African Fish Eagle  (Haliaeetus vocifer) 
Black Crake  (Amaurornis flavirostra)
 
Cape Starling  (Lamprotornis nitens) 
Green-winged Pytilia  (Pytilia melba) 
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver  (Bubalornis niger) 
Crested Barbet  (Trachyphonus vaillantii) 
Emerald-spotted Wood Dove  (Turtur chalcospilos)
Groundscraper Thrush  (Psophocichla litsitsirupa) 
Hooded Vulture  (Necrosyrtes monachus) 
Jameson's Firefinch  (Lagonosticta rhodopareia) 
Kurrichane Thrush  (Turdus libonyanus) 
Little Bee-eater  (Merops pusillus) 
Martial Eagle  (Polemaetus bellicosus) 
Mocking Cliff Chat  (Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris) 
Mourning Collared Dove  (Streptopelia decipiens) 
Pearl-spotted Owlet  (Glaucidium perlatum) 
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver  (Bubalornis niger) 
Red-capped Robin-Chat  (Cossypha natalensis) 
Saddle-billed Stork  (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis) 
Southern Red-billed Hornbill  (Tockus rufirostris) 
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill  (Tockus leucomelas) 
White-fronted Bee-eater  (Merops bullockoides) 
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl  (Bubo lacteus) 
Spectacled Weaver  Ploceus ocularis 
White-browed Robin-Chat  Cossypha heuglini 
Terrestrial Brownbul  Phyllastrephus terrestris 
Yellow-breasted Apalis  Apalis flavida 
Arrow-marked Babbler  Turdoides jardineii 
Magpie Shrike  Urolestes melanoleucus 
Retz's Helmet-Shrike  Prionops retzii 
Marabou Stork  Leptoptilos crumeniferus 
African Pied Wagtail  Motacilla aguimp 
Water Thick-knee  Burhinus vermiculatus 
Ashy Flycatcher  Muscicapa caerulescens 
Common Scimitarbill  Rhinopomastus cyanomelas 
Lesser Spotted Eagle  Aquila pomarina 
African Jacana  Actophilornis africanus 
Bateleur  Terathopius ecaudatus 
Crested Barbet  Trachyphonus vaillantii 
Grey-headed Bushshrike  Malaconotus blanchoti 
Lilac-breasted Roller  Coracias caudatus 
White-backed Vulture  Gyps africanus 
Gorgeous Bushshrike  Chlorophoneus viridis 
Red-headed Weaver  Anaplectes melanotis 
Violet-backed Starling  Cinnyricinclus leucogaster 
Martial Eagle  Polemaetus bellicosus 
African Hoopoe  Upupa africana 
Blue Waxbill  Uraeginthus angolensis 
White-throated Robin-Chat  Cossypha humeralis 
Brown-headed Parrot  Poicephalus cryptoxanthus 
Southern Carmine Bee-eater  Merops nubicoides