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Aves KZN Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.



 


       Aves Kwa Zulu-Natal Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.   

Aves Kwa Zulu-Natal tour covers Wakkerstroom with its rare highland birds and the rich birding of Zululand which has achieved legendary status in birding circles internationally. The tour includes four Important Bird Areas: -

  • Wakkerstroom.

  • Mkuze Game Reserve.

  • Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. [Ramsar site]

  • Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Park.

Wakkerstroom has been propelled into the International Birding limelight by grassland specials, such as the localized Rudd�s Lark, Botha�s Lark, and Yellow-breasted Pipit.

Mkuze Game Reserve is the richest birding area for its size in South Africa.

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is one of the most important breeding areas for water birds in South Africa.

Hluluwe-Mfolozi Parkis large, almost 100,000 hectares, a �Big Five� reserve, offering great birding. Birders should be rewarded with 100 + specie a day.

 

IBA

4

Endemic's

71

Near Endemic's

27

Breeding Endemic's

2

  

Bird Lists: -

 

Wakkerstroom            

302

Mkuzi    

450+

Bonamanzi     

300+ 

Hluhluwe/ Mfolozi 

400+

 

Specials: -

  • Birds:-

Blue Crane, Southern Bald Ibis, Bateleur, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Grey Crowned Crane, Crested Guineafowl, Green Malkoha, Southern Ground Hornbill, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Green Twinspot.

 

  • Mammals: -

Elephant, Lion, Black and White Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, [Big 5] Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Hippopotamus, Nyala and Suni.

 

  • Trees: -

Sagewood � Buddleja salviifolia, Mountain Hard Pear � Olinia emarginata, Cape Chestnut � Calodendrum capense, Cape Ash � Ekebergia capensis, Fever Tree � Acacia xanthophloea, White Stinkwood � Celtis Africana,

 

Accommodation: -

 

 

Wakkerstroom 

Wakkerstroom Country Inn****

2 nights

Mkuze

Mkuze Falls Lodge***** 

2 nights

Hluhluwe / Mfolozi

Hilltop Camp****

2 nights

 

Tour Price Range: -

From as little as $885  per person sharing to $1,898 per person sharing for the Aves KZN seven day Birding Tour. 

 


Day 1

 

08:30

Depart from O.R.Tambo Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa for Wakkerstoom via Heidelberg, Standerton and Volksrust.

 

Birds: -

Karoo Thrush, South African Shelduck, Grey-winged Francolin, Northern Black Korhaan, Cape Shoveller, Secretarybird, Helmeted Guineafowl, Yellow-billed Duck, Egyptian Geese, Red-knobbed Coot, Reed Cormorant, Black-shouldered Kite, Steppe Buzzard.

 

12:30

Book in at Wakkerstroom Country Inn.

 

Wakkerstroom Bird List -                                        302

 

13:15

Lunch at Inn.

 

14:30

Bird the Wetland Loop

 

Birds: -

African Shelduck, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Weaver,African Rock Pipit. Barn, South African Cliff, White-throated, Greater Striped Swallows, House and Brown-throated Martins, Little and White-rumped Swifts, African Rail, Malachite Kingfisher, African Grass Owl, Grey Crowned Crane, African Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Yellow-billed Egret, African Snipe, Levaillant�s Cisticola, Little Rush Warbler, Little Bittern, Red-chested Flufftail and Ballion�s Crake.

18:00

Return to Inn.

 

17:30

Dinner

 

Day 2

 

06:30

Breakfast.

 

07:15

Bird Botha�s and Rudd�s Lark Loops.

 

Birds: -

Botha�s, Eastern long-billed, Spike-heeled and Rudd�s Larks, Blue Korhaan, Blue Crane, Southern Bald Ibis, Cape Longclaw, Ground Woodpecker, Sentinel Rock Thrush, Buff Streaked Chat, Bush Blackcap, Red-capped Larks, Amur Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Denham�s Bustard, Banded Martin, Great Crested, Black-necked and Little Grebe�s, Maccoa Duck, Southern Pochard,  Red-winged Francolin, Yellow-crowned Bishop, African Pipit, Wing-snapping Cisticola,

 

Mammals: -

Yellow Mongoose, Suricate, African Clawless Otter, Grey Rhebok, Black Wildebeest and Blesbok.

 

12:30

Lunch in the Village and return to Wakerstroom Country Inn.

 

14:45

Bird Yellow-breasted Pipit Drive and Dirkiesdorp plain.

 

Birds: -

Black Harrier, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Ground Woodpecker, Sentinel Rock Thrush, Buff Streaked Chat, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Rudd�s Lark, Southern Bald Ibis, Bush Blackcap, Drakensberg Prinia, Mountain Wheatear, Greater Double Collared Sunbird, Red-headed Finch, South African Cliff Swallow, Black-winged Lapwing, Black-bellied and Denham�s Bustards.

 

18:00

Return to Wakkerstroom Country Inn.

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 3

 

06:30

Breakfast

 

07:30

Depart for Mkuze.

 

Birds: -

Natal Spurfowl, Bush Blackcap, Drakensberg Prinia, Greater Double Collared Sunbird, Buff-streaked Chat, Cape Batis, Secretarybird, Wattled Crane, Crowned Crane, Black-bellied and Denham�s Bustards, Brown Snake Eagle, Martial Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Black Sparrowhawk, African Goshawk, Amur Falcon, Lemon Dove, African Olive-pigeon, Shelley�s Francolin, Magpie Shrike, Common Fiscal, African Stone Chat.

 

13:00

Lunch at Ghost Mountain Inn. And Bird the Grounds.

 

Birds: -

Southern Tchagra, Southern Boubou, Streaky-Headed Seedeater, Red-faced Mousebird,  Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Black-backed Puffback, Pin-tailed Whydah, Black-collared Barbet, Cape Robin-chat, Scarlet Chested Sunbird.

 

 

14:30

Depart for Mkuze Falls Lodge

 

Mkuze Bird List                                             450+

 

15:30

Book into Lodge.

 

16:30

Birding and Game drive.

 

Birds: -

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Burchell�s Starling, Crested Francolin, Pied Kingfisher, White-Faced Duck, Fulvous Duck, Red-billed Teal, Crested Guineafowl, Black-headed Heron, Goliath Heron, African Grey Hornbill, Crested Barbet, Magpie Shrike, Olive-tree Warbler, Bennett�s Woodpecker, Green Wood-hoopoe, Lilac-breasted Roller, White-Fronted Bee-eater.

 

Mammals: -

Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Eland, Nyala, Impala, Red Duiker, Suni, Warthog, Leopard, Baboons and Vervet Monkey�s, Hippopotamus, Crocodile.

 

18:00

Return to Lodge.

 

20: 00

Dinner

 

Day 4

 

06:00

Birding and Game Drive

Birds: -

Pink-Throated Twinspot, Neergardt�s Sunbird, Brown Scrub Robin, Purple Banded Sunbird,  Narina Trogon, Square-tailed Drongo, Bearded Scrub Robin, Barred Owlet, Sombre and Yellow-bellied Geenbuls, Rudd�s Apalis, Crested Guineafowl, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Woolly-necked Stork, Dwarf Bittern, Lesser Moorhen, Allen�s Gallinule,  Lesser Masked Weaver, Thick-billed Weaver, Green Twinspot, Grey Waxbill,

 

09:00

Breakfast

 

10:00

Birding and Game drive.

 

Birds: -

Pink-throated Twinspot, White-throated Robin-chat, African Swamphen, African Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, Eastern Nicator, White-eared Barbet, Crowned and Trumpter Hornbills, Narina Trogon, Brown-headed Parrot, Purple Crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Black- Bellied Starling, African Wattled Lapwing, Water Thick-knee, Whiskered and White-winged Terns, African Fish Eagle, African Cuckoo Hawk, Green Malkoha, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Yellow-billed Storks, Goliath Heron, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Pel�s Fishing Owl, Southern Banded Snake-eagle, Sooty Falcon.

 

13:30

Lunch at Lodge

 

16:00

Birding and Game drive

 

Birds: -

Sabota Lark, Cape White-eye, Lemon-breasted Canary,  Martial Eagle, White-headed and Lappet-faced Vultures, Bateleur, Lizard Buzzard, Bushveld Pipit, Striped Pipit, African Broadbill, Broad-billed Roller, Bearded Woodpecker, Sombre Geenbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Lesser Masked Weaver, Thick-billed Weaver, Water Thick-knee, Collared Pratincole, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Grey Tit-flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Jameson�s Firefinch.

 

18:00

Return to Lodge.

 

19:00

Dinner

 

19:45

Night Bird and Game drive.

 

Birds: -

Barn Owl, Marsh Owl, Wood Owl, Grass Owl, Scops Owl, Barred Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Giant Eagle Owl, Pel�s Fishing Owl, Natal Nightjar, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Fiery-necked Nightjar, European Nightjar, Mozambique Nightjar, Freckled Nightjar.

 

21:30

Return to Lodge.

 

Day 5

 

06:00

Birding and Game drive.

 

09:00

Breakfast

 

10:00

Depart for Bonamanzi in Hluhluwe River Flood Plain.

 

11:30

Bird Bonamanzi.

 

Birds: -

Rudd�s Apalis, Neergaard�s Sunbird, Pink-throated Twinspot, Lemon-breasted Canary, African Broadbill, African Cuckoo Hawk, Senegal Lapwing, Square-tailed Drongo, Eastern Nicator, Bearded Scrub-Robin, Grey Waxbill, Yellow-fronted Canary.

 

12:45

Lunch at Bonamanzi.

 

14:00

Depart for Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Game Reserve.

 

Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Bird List -                                  400+

 

Birds: -

Sabota Lark, Fiscal Flycatcher, Southern Bald Ibis, Chorister Robin-Chat, Cape Batis, Olive Bush-Shrike, Black Stork, Secretarybird,  Bateleur, White-Backed Vulture, White-headed Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Tawny Eagle, Lanner Falcon, White-backed Night Heron, Verreaux�s Eagle Owl, Buff-spotted Flufftail, African Finfoot,  Lemon Dove, African Green Pigeon, Purple Crested Turaco, Black Coucal, Green Malkoha, Narina Trogon, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Southern Ground Hornbill, White-fronted Bee-eater, Black-collared Barbet, White-eared Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Flappet Lark, Bushveld Pipit, Mocking Cliff Chat, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, African Pied Wagtail, Brown-crowned Tchargra, Common Fiscal, Red-backed Shrike, White Helmet-Shrike, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike, Red-headed Quelea, Paradise Whydah, Black-bellied Starling, Grey Sunbird, Red-billed Oxpecker, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Green-winged Pytilia, Green Twinspot, Blue-billed Firefinch, Blue Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Red-backed Mannikin, 

 

Mammals: -

Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, White and Black Rhino, [Big Five] Hippopotamus, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Spotted Hyaena, Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Nyala, Impala, Kudu, Waterbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Warthog.

                                                                                   

15:00

Book into Camp.

 

15:45

Bird the Gontshi Loop Area.

 

Birds: -

Natal Spurfowl, African Fish Eagle, African Finfoot, White-faced Duck, Water Thick-knee, Tambourine Dove, Purple Crested Turaco, Black Coucal, Giant Kingfisher, Red-headed Quelea,

 

18:00

Return to Camp

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 6

 

06:00

Bird the Maphumulo Picnic Site Area.

 

Birds: -

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, African Green Pigeon, Green-spotted Wood-Dove, Lemon Dove, Crowned and Trumpeter Hornbills, Narina Trogon, White-eared and Black-collared Barbets, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Ashy Flycatcher, Black-bellied Starling.

 

08:00

Breakfast

 

09:00

Bird the Thiyeni Hide area and the surrounding area of the Siwasamakhosikazi Picnic Site.

 

Birds: -

Jackal Buzzard, Cape White-eye, Lanner Falcon, White-backed, White-headed and Lappet-faced Vultures, Black-bellied Korhaan, Spotted Thick-knee, Cape Turtle Dove, Verreaux�s Eagle Owl, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Crested Barbet, Mocking Cliff Chat, Striped Pipit, Blue Waxbill, 

 

13:00

Lunch at Mpila Camp in Imfolozi.

 

Birds: -

Sabota Lark, Black Stork, Southern Ground Hornbill, White-fronted Bee-eater, Bearded Woodpecker, Bushveld Pipit, Mocking Cliff Chat, Red-backed Shrike, Brown-crowned Tchargra, White-helmet Shrike, Green-winged Pytilia.

 

14:30

Bird the Sontuli Loop, Msaneni Area and the Route back to Hilltop Camp.

 

Birds: -

White-throated Robin-Chat, Southern Boubou, Black Stork, White-fronted Bee-eater, Water Thick-knee, African Hoopoe, Red-breasted Swallow, Lesser Stripped Swallow, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Red-throated Wryneck, Fork-tailed Drongo, Flappet Lark, Stonechat, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Village Weaver / Spotted Backed Weaver.

 

18:00

Return to Camp

 

19:00

Dinner

 

20:00

Night Drive.

 

Birds: -

Bronze-winged Courser, Water and Spotted Thick-knee�s, African Scops Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, African Wood Owl, Fiery �necked Nightjar.

 

Day 7

 

06:00

Bird Hilltop Camp area.

 

Birds: -

Cape Batis, Chorister Robin-Chat, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Green Malkoha, Lemon Dove, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Olive Bush Shrike, Green Twinspot.

 

08:00

Breakfast

 

09:00

Depart for Durban Airport.

 

Birds: -

African Black Oystercatcher, Yellow-billed Kite, Black Shouldered Kite, Common Tern, Caspian Tern, Common Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Sanderling, Eygptian and Spur-winged Geese, Goliath Heron, Grey Heron, African Spoonbill, Sacred Ibis, Hadeda Ibis, Osprey, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher,

 

13:30

Lunch in Durban

 

16:00

Fly from Durban to Johannesburg.

 



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