A birding tour to Dullstroom, Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park
This action-packed birdwatching safari will take you to some of South Africa’s very best birdwatching and wildlife destinations. Beginning in Dullstroom, home to Blue Cranes and the endemic Gurney’s Sugarbird, our tour moves to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon – the third largest canyon in the world – before the grand finale of 4 nights in the world-famous Kruger National Park. Past tours have enjoyed sightings of over 300 species of birds and nearly 40 species of mammal. Highlights may include Taita Falcon, African Finfoot, Purple-crested Turaco and Gorgeous Bush Shrike, plus mammals such as Elephant, Southern Giraffe, White Rhino and perhaps African Wild Dogs. Kruger night drives open another world of nocturnal possibilities.
- 4 nights in the world famous Kruger National Park
- View the Blyde River Canyon, third largest canyon in the world
- Explore the upland grasslands of Dullstroom
- Around 300 species of birds typically recorded
- Up to 40 species of mammal
- Night Drives in Kruger National Park
- Expertly guided by our local South African ornithologists
Lunches and dinners are not included, and will be taken at the varied restaurants, shops and bars of Dullstroom and the Kruger rest camps. You are likely to spend £100-£150 on the tour on these meals, depending on your appetite! Breakfast is included.
Simple, comfortable tourist chalets and furnished en-suite tented accommodation.
Day 5/8 Kruger National Park
Day 9 Depart Johannesburg
About the region
Dullstroom, a small town three hours north-east of Johnannesburg, is our first stop on this tour. The habitat here is mainly montane grassland interspersed with rocky ridges and marshes (vleis).
Our next destination is the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.
The world famous Kruger National Park extends across almost 2 million hectares, and is roughly the size of Wales. Kruger holds a wonderful diversity of animal life and there’s a wide variety of habitats within the park including grassland and thornveld.
The tour ‘in a nutshell’
A 10-day tour in search of the birds (and mammals) of Kruger National Park, as well as the upland grasslands of Dullstroom and the Blyde River Canyon.
What birds might I see?
The rolling hills landscape we find around Dullstroom is entirely different to that of the Kruger National Park and holds birds we will not see elsewhere on the trip such as the beautiful Grey Crowned Crane and Blue Crane among many others.
En route to Kruger National Park we’ll break our journey at the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. The endangered Cape Vulture is a common sight here, while other species to look out for include Verreaux's Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, the rare Taita Falcon and Gurney's Sugarbird. We should see hornbills such as Southern Yellow-billed as we pass through Acacia veld on the last leg of our drive to Kruger.
We will be based for four nights in Kruger and can expect to see a wonderful array of bird life. Here’s a selection of some of the species we may see: breeding colonies of Lesser Masked Weavers, Kori Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, Yellow-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Mocking Cliff-chat, Striped Pipit, Lazy Cisticola, Red-winged Starling, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Natal Francolin, Purple-crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Spotted Eagle Owl and Bronze-winged
Rock Hyrax at Blyde River Canyon.
Optional night-drives at Kruger to look for owls, nightjars and nocturnal mammals.
Many mammals within Kruger, including Burchell’s Zebra, White Rhinoceros, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog, genets, Thick-tailed Bushbaby, African Porcupine and Buffalo among many other species. There’s also a chance of seeing predators such as Lion, Wild Dog, hyena and Cheetah.
Excellent holiday with no hitches (my first ever south of the equator). Strongly recommended.
I have never met such “sensitive” leadership, and the careful driving in the park as well as the spectacular bird and animal spotting ability was remarkable.
The holiday was extremely well organised and the service, knowledge and manner of the local guide, Martin, was second to none. I feel the success or failure of any holiday depends on good ground agents and good guides, and of course Naturetrek’s care and attention to detail and planning.
Once again the standards were excellent. You have a great person in Martin Benadie, and his knowledge of the area and sounds of the birds is next to none. He is an asset to the company
Martin, the leader, was excellent.
The two local guides were both excellent in every way. We couldn’t speak more highly of them. Nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to ensure that everyone saw all the birds and mammals wherever humanly possible. We all enjoyed our holiday in South Africa. A really super tour and holiday. Many thanks Naturetrek
Both trip leaders were excellent in finding and identifying target bird and mammal species and in organizing everything smoothly.
Mr & Mrs R.
The two local guides, Martin and Richard, were excellent, being very knowledgeable of the local wildlife and made certain everyone saw all the species if at all possible.
G. & N.F.
The trip leaders were fantastic. Apart from their bird expertise they provided lots of general wildlife info. They were also totally committed to giving the group the best possible holiday and were very friendly and sociable.
I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, and Warren and Michael could not have been more helpful and professional in every respect. I even wanted to get up early not to miss anything!
Excellent value. Both the itinerary and the knowledge of the guides was outstanding.
I dont think words could express how fantastic the two guides, Warren and Michael were. Their knowledge of the areas we visited was infinite, and they were both so enthusiastic about the wildlife they were showing us. I found their enthusiasm so contagious I have definitely caught the bug!