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Aves Arid Tour / Safari / Adventure.

 

Aves Arid Tour / Safari / Adventure.

The southern Kalahari is not a �true� desert with its red dunes, yellow grass and dry riverbeds lined with gnarled Acacia trees which gives it a wonderful atmosphere. The tour / Safari includes four Important Bird Areas: -

  • Benfontein Game Farm
  • Dronfield Farm
  • Kamfers Dam
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Benfontein Game Farm has breeding White-backed Vulture, Blue Crane and Blue Korhaan. The plains hold Ludwig�s Bustard, Orange River Francolin, Burchell�s Courser and Pink-billed Lark.

Dronfield Farm holds White-backed Vulture, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Crimson-breasted Shrike and Scaly-feathered Finch.

Kamfers Dam for exceptional numbers and diversity of water birds. Greater Flamingo, breeding Lesser Flamingo, Black-necked Grebe and Chestnut-banded Plover.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast wilderness area of 3,6 million hectares. It is best known for it�s diversity and abundance of Raptors.


IBA

4

Endemics

28

Near Endemics

46

Breeding Endemic

1                                      

Bird Lists: -

    Marrick Game Farm

     


    Benfontein Game Farm

    260

    Dronfield Farm

    140

    Kamfers Dam

    180

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    238

     

    Specials: -

     

    • Birds:-

    Lappet-faced Vulture, White-backed Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, Brown and Black-chested Snake-Eagles, Gabar Goshawk, Lanner Falcon, African Pygmy Falcon,  Red-necked Falcon, Greater Kestrel, Verreaux�s Eagle Owl, African Scops-Owl, White-faced Owl, Kurrichane Button-Quail, Lesser Grey Shrike.

    •  Mammals: -

    Elephant, Lion, Rhinoceros, Leopard, Buffalo, [The "Big 5"] Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Bat-eared Fox, Eland, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest.

     

    • Trees: -

    Umbrella Thorn � Acacia tortilis, Sweet Thorn � Acacia karroo, Kalahari Currant � Rhus tenuinervis,Terminalia sericea, Shepherd�s Tree � Bosica albitrunca, Camel Thorn � Acacia erioloba, Black Thorn � Acacia mellifera, Grey Camel Thorn � Acacia haematoxylon. 

     

    Accommodation: -

    Kimberley

    Marrick Game Farm****

    2 nights

    Kuruman

    Die Mynhuis***

    1 night

    Van Zylsrus

    Van Zylsrus Hotel***

    1 night

    Kgalagadi TF Park

    Twee Rivieren***

    2 nights

    Accommodation Pricing Options: -

     

    1. Guest Houses [ 2 � 3 Star rating]

    Price range $35 to $65

     

    1. Guest Houses / Hotels [3 � 4 Star rating]

    Price Range - $65 to $110

     

    1. Exclusive Boutique Hotels / Game Lodges [ 4 � 5 - 6 Star rating]

    Price Range - $110 to $1,371

     
    Tour Price Range: -

    From as little as $838 per person sharing to $4,447 per person sharing for the Aves Arid seven day Birding Tour. 

     

    Day 1

     

    06:30

    Arrive at O.R.Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg South Africa and transfer to Domestic Departure Hall to book in to fly to Kimberley.

     

    09:00

    Board flight to Kimberley.

     

    10:30

    Met at Kimberley Airport by Aves Birding Tours / Safaris and transferred to Marrick Game Farm, 11km West of Kimberley.

     

    11:30

    Bird around Marrick Game Farm accommodation area.

     

    12:45

    Lunch

     

    14:00

    Depart for the Kimberley Big Hole to see Bradfield�s Swift then on to Kamfersdam for a diversity of water birds and the Greater and Lesser Flamingo�s. We then head for Beaconsfield Park for Long-tailed and Kimberley Pipits. [Kimberley�s new Pipits. These were first described by Dr Richard Liversidge in the 1990�s.]

     

    18:00

    Return to Marrick Game Farm.

     

    19:30

    Dinner

     

    Day 2

     

    06:30

    Breakfast

     

    07:30

    Depart for the De Beers Farms and bird these beautiful farms.

     

    Birds: -

    Ant-eating Chat, Kimberley Pipits, Short-clawed and Rufous-naped Larks, Crimson Breasted Shrike,Red-crested Korhaan, Northern Black Korhaan,

     

    13:30

    Lunch in Kimberley

     

    14:45

    Depart to Bird the other De Beers Farms near Kimberley.

     

    Birds: -

    Orange River Francolin, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Burchell�s Couser, Karoo Thrush, Orange River White-eye, Pink-billed Lark, Sabota Lark, Eastern Clapper Lark, Spike-heeled Lark, Dusky Sunbird, Black-shouldered Kite, Red-capped Lark, Double-banded Courser.

     

    18:00

    Return to Marrick Game Farm.

     

    20:00

    Dinner

     

    Day 3

     

    06:00

    Bird Marrick Game Farm.

     

    07:30

    Breakfast

     

    08:15

    Depart for Kuruman

     

    Birds: -

    South African Shelduck, Karoo Thrush, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Red-billed Spurfowl, Palewinged Starling, Greybacked Sparrowlark, Secretarybird, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Helmeted Guineafowl, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black Crow, White-fronted Bee-eater, Brubru, Bokmakierie, Wattled Starling, Common Waxbill.

     

    12:30

    Lunch in Kuruman

     

    14:00

    Book into Die Mynhuis Guest House

     

    15:30

    Visit Northern Cape Raptor Rehabilitation Centre and Bird surrounding Area.

     

    18:00

    Return to Die Mynhuis Guest House.

     

    20:00

    Dinner

     

    Day 4

     

    07:00

    Breakfast and book out of Guest House.

     

    08:00

    Depart on Northern Cape Raptor Route via Hotazel, Sonstraal to Van Zylsrus.

     

    Birds: -

    Southern Pied Babbler, Red-headed Finch, Glossy Starling, Cape Sparrow,  Secretarybird, White backed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Black Eagle, Gabar Goshawk, Rock Kestrel, Greater Kestrel, Kori Bustard, African Grey Hornbill.

     

    12:30

    Book in to Van Zylsrus Hotel

     

    13:30

    Lunch

     

    15:30

    Bird Farms around Van Zylsrus

     

    18:00

    Return to Hotel

     

    19:00

    Dinner

     

    20:30

    Night Drive

     

    Birds: -

    Northern Black Korhaan, Red-crested Korhaan, Spotted Thick-knee, Barn Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar.

     

    Mammals: -

    Springhare, Cape Fox, Aardwolf, Brown Hyena, Suricate, African Wild Cat, Black-backed Jackal,  

     

    Day 5

     

    06:00

    Bird around accommodation.

     

    06:30

    Breakfast

     

    07:45

    Depart on second leg of Raptor Route to Twee Rivierien via Askham, Witdraai and Bokspits.

     

    Birds: -

    Jackal Buzzard, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Red-crested Korhaan, Southern Pied Babbler, Black-chested Prinia, Sociable Weaver, Black-eared Sparrowlark, Lark-like Bunting, White-backed Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Spotted Thick-knee, Namaqua Dove, Cape Turtle Dove.

     

    12:30

    Book in at Twee Rivieren Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

     

    13:30

    Lunch

     

    14:30

    Depart on Game Drive up the Nossob River to Kij Kij waterhole, across on the Dune road to the Auob Riverbed at Auchterlonie waterhole and then back to Twee Rivieren Camp.

     

    Birds: -

    Burchell�s and Namaqua Sandgrouse, Ashy Tit, Pink-billed, Eastern Clapper, Fawn-coloured and Monotonous Larks, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Marico Flycatcher, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Acacia Pied Barbet, Garber Goshawk,, Greater Kestrel, Secretarybird, Common Scimitarbill, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Kurrichane Buttonquail, Desert Cisticola.

     

    Mammals: -

    Lion, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, Black-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox,

     

    18:00

    Return to Camp.

     

    17:30

    Dinner

     

    Day 6

     

    06:30

    Breakfast

     

    07:15

    Depart for Leeudril, Rooiputs, Melkvlei, Gunong, Krans Brak, Jan se draai waterholes.

     

    Birds: -

    Scaly-feathered Finch, Sociable Weaver, Lark-like Bunting, Bateleur, White-backed Vulture, Tawny Eagle, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, African Pygmy Falcon, Common Swift, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Lesser Grey Shrike, Pintailed Whydah,

     Mammals: -

    Lion, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox, Blue Wildebeest, Steenbok, Suricate, Cape Hare,

     

    10:30

    Tea at Dikbaardskolk Picnic site

     

    11:00

    Drive to Nossob Camp via Cheleka, Kaspersdraai, Marie se gat and Rooikop waterholes.

     

    Birds: -

    Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Violet-eared Waxbill, Martial Eagle, Red-necked Falcon, Brown Snake-Eagle, Black Harrier, Lilac-breasted Roller, Temminck�s Courser.

     Mammals: -

    Lion, Brown Hyena, Leopard, African Wild Cat, Red Hartebeest, Springbok and Steenbok.

     

    12:45

    Picnic lunch at Nossob Camp.

     

    Birds: -

    Southern White-faced Owl, African Scops Owl, African Pygmy Falcon and Red-necked Falcon.

     

    14:00

    Depart for Kamqua Picnic Site via Cheleka, Eland, Moravet and Vaalpan waterholes.

     

    Birds: -

    Pink-Billed Lark, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Pirit Batis, Bokmakierie, Acacia Pied Barbet, Lappet-faced Vulture, Lanner Falcon, Pygmy Falcon, Verreaux�s Eagle Owl, Kori Bustard, Namaqua Dove, South African Cliff Swallow, Black Crow, Burchell�s Starling.

     Mammals: -

    Lion, Cheetah, Caracal, Leopard, Eland, Common Duiker, Gembok, Ground Squirrel, Honey Badger.

     

    15:30

    Tea at Kamqua Picnic Site.

     

    15:45

    Drive to Twee Rivieren Camp via Montrose, Kampersboom, Monro and Houmoed waterholes.

     

    Birds: -

    Northern Black Korhaan, Ant-eating Chat, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Black-chested Prinia, Pirit Batis, Yellow Canary, Cape Sparrow, Steppe Eagle, Lappet faced Vulture, Verreaux�s Eagle Owl, Cape Turtle Dove, Laughing Dove, Crowned Lapwing, Double-banded Courser, Cardinal Woodpecker, Fork-tailed Drongo, Grey Tit, Cape Penduline Tit, Red-eyed Bulbul, Familiar Chat, Yellowbellied Eremomela, Rufous-eared Warbler, Chat Flycatcher.

     Mammals: -

    Cheetah, Lion, Bat-eared Fox, Honey Badger, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Eland, Springbok, Gemsbok,

     

    18:00

    Return to Twee Rivieren Camp.

     

    18:30

    Game night drive.

     

    Birds: -

    Northern Black Korhaan, Red-crested Korhaan, Kori Bustard, Spotted Thick-knee, White-faced Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Barn Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar.

     Mammals: -

    Springhare, Cape Fox, Aardwolf, Brown Hyaena, Spotted Hyaena, Leopard, African Wild Cat, Black-backed Jackal,  

     

    20:30

    Dinner

     

    Day 7

     

    06:00

    Drive to Rooiputs Waterhole.

     

    07:00

    Breakfast

     

    08:30

    Leave for Upington via Spitzkop Nature Reserve which is excellent for Spike-heeled,Eastern Clapper and Fawn-coloured Larks.

     

    11:00

    Bird Spitzkop Nature Reserve.

     

    12:30

    Bird Orange River in Upington.

     

    Birds: -

    Ashy Tit, Karoo Thrush, Namaqua Warbler, Abdim�s Stork, African Red-eyed Bulbul, Brubru, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.

     

    13:30

    Lunch in Upington.

     

    15:30

    Book in Upington Airport for flight to Johannesburg.

     











     



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