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Aves North West Birding Tour / Safari Adventure.

The North West Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure includes grassland, arid woodland, vast wooded bushveld, lowveld with riverine forests, afromontane forests and wetland birding. Fantastic Bird watching sites. This tour includes six Important Bird Areas: -

  • Pilanesburg National Park.

  • Mapungubwe National Park.

  • Blouberg Nature Reserve.

  • The Soutpansberg Range.

  • Polokwane Game Reserve.

  • Nylesvley Nature Reserve. [Ramsar site]

Pilanesberg National Park is a scenically spectacular crater with excellent bird and game viewing opportunities.

Mapungubwe National Park includes riverine forest, mixed woodland, mopane woodland, wetlands, and arid plains resulting in fantastic birding.

Blouberg is an isolated inselberg with a large Cape Vulture Colony and a lone Ruppell�s Vulture that has bred with a Cape Vulture.

Soutpansberg is the most northern mountain range resulting in a rich diversity of habitats resulting in excellent birding.

Polokwane Game Reserve is made up of the following habitats, arid thornveld, open grassland, acacia thickets, and granite outcrops. It is one of the best sites to see the Short-clawed Lark.

Nylsvley Nature Reserve [ A Ramsar Site] offers excellent bushveld and superb wetland birding with 426 species recorded.

 


IBA

6

 Endemics

80 

Near Endemics

24  

Breeding Endemic

1

 

Bird Lists: -

Pilanesberg National Park  

300+

Bobidi Safari Lodge  

290+

Mopane Bush Lodge 

400+

 Shiluvan Lakeside Lodge 

230+

Nylsvley Nature Reserve  

426

 

Specials: -

Birds: -

African Fish Eagle, Martial Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Marabou Stork, Knob-billed Duck, White Headed Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork, Meyer�s Parrot, Southern Ground Hornbill, Orange-breasted Bush Shrike, Black-faced Waxbill.

 Mammals: -

Elephant, Lion, Black and White Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, [Big 5] Cheetah, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Giraffe, Eland, Kudu, Sable and Roan Antelope, Impala, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest [Gnu], 

 Trees: -

Baobab � Adansonia digidata, Common Hook Thorn � Acacia caffra, Fever Tree � Acacia xanthophloea, Common Cluster Fig � Ficus sycomorus, Karree � Rhus lancea, Natal Mahogany � Trichilia emetica, Umbrella Thorn � Acacia tortilis, Velvet Bushwillow � Combretum Molle, Wild Seringa �Burkea africana,

 

Accommodation: -

 

Pilanesberg National Park

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge*****

2 Nights

 Ellisras

Bobidi Safari Lodge**** 

1 Night

Mapungubwe / Tuli

Mopane Bush Lodge****  

1 Night

Soutpansberg

Shiluvan Lakeside Lodge****

1 Night

Nylsvlei Nature Reserve

Chalets***

1 Night

 

Tour Price Range: -

From as little as $1,088  per person sharing to $2,143 per person sharing for the Aves North West seven day Birding Tour. 

 



 

Itinerary: -

 

Day 1

 

08:30

Meet at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa and drive to Pilanesberg National Park, via Hartebeespoort Dam.

 

Birds: -

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Cape Glossy Starling, Go-away Bird, Cattle Egret, Rock Kestrel, Steppe Buzzard, Red-eyed Dove, Laughing Dove, Speckled Pigeon, Grey-headed Gull, Hadeda Ibis, Helmeted Guineafowl, Fiscal Shrike.

 

11:30

Book in at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge and Bird around Lodge. IBA

 

13:00

Lunch

 

14:30

Bird and Game Drive.

 

Birds: -

Cape Vulture, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Northern Black Korhaan, Red-crested Korhaan, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Southern Pied Babbler, Ashy Tit, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Marico Flycatcher,Crimson-breasted Shrike, Short-toed Rock-Thrush,  Barred Wren-Warbler, Great Sparrow, Shaft-tailed Whydah, Long-billed Crombec, Cape Sparrow, Violet-eared Waxbill, African Fish Eagle, White-backed Vulture, Lappetfaced Vulture, Secretarybird, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Flappet Lark, Rufous-naped Lark,  Lilac-breasted Roller, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Desrt Cisticola, Cinnamom-breasted Bunting, Magpie Shrike, White-Helmet Shrike, Black-faced Waxbill,

Mammals: -

 

The Big 5 [Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo] Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Hippo, Common Duiker.

 

18:00

Return to Lodge

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 2

 

06:00

Bird and Game Drive

 

08:30

Breakfast

 

09:30

Bird road to Manyane Camp, the trail around camp and Visit the Vulture Restaurant. Bird from the Mankwe Dam Hide.

 

Birds: -

White-backed Mousebird, Sabota Lark, Southern Black Tit, Orange-throated Longclaw, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Cape White-eye, Scaly-feathered Finch, Swainson�s Spurfowl, Black-headed Heron, Grey Heron, Coqui Francolin, White-faced Duck, Eyptian Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Black-shouldered Kite, Yellow-billed Kite, Blackbreasted Snake Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Crowned Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Chinspot Batis, African Pipit, Cape Wagtail, Puffback, Brubru, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike, Plum-coloured Starling, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Long-tailed Widow, Melba Finch,  Blue-billed Firefinch, Red-billed Firefinch, Blue Waxbill.

 

13:00

Lunch

 

15:30

Bird and Game Drive.

 

Birds: -

As above.

 

Mammals: -

As above.

 

17:30

Return to Lodge

 

19:30

Dinner

 

20:30

Night Drive.

 

Birds: -

Spotted Thick-knee, Spotted Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Pearl-spotted Owl, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Freckled Nightjar, Rufous-Cheeked Nightjar, European Nightjar,

 

Day 3

 

06:30

Bird and Game Drive.

 

08:00

Breakfast and Book out.

 

09:00

Depart for Bobidi Safari Lodge via Thabazimbi and Hans Strijdom Dam Nature Reserve.

 

Birds: -

Jackal Buzzard, Natal Spurfowl, Southern Boubou, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Cape Penduline Tit, Swainson�s Spurfowl, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux�s Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Osprey, Crested Francolin, Shelley�s Francolin, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Jacobin Cuckoo, Black and Alpine Swifts, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Pied Wagtail, Water Thick-knee, Grey-penduline Tit, Magpie Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Brubru, Puffback,  Marico Sunbird, Chin-spot Batis, Red-headed Weaver.

 

12:30

Picnic Lunch at Hans Strijdom Dam Nature Reserve.

 

14:30

Depart for Bobidi Safari Lodge.

 

15:30

Book into Bobidi Safari Lodge.

 

16:30

Bird and Game Drive.

 

18:30

Return to Lodge.

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 4

 

06:30

Bird and Game Drive.

08:30

Breakfast and Book out.

 

09:30

Depart for Mopane Bush Lodge via Tom Burke, Maasstroom.

 

12:30

Book in to Mopane Bush Lodge

 

13: 30

Lunch

 

15:30

Bird and Game Drive.

 

Birds: -

Pale Chanting Goshawk,Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Black-chested Prinia, Burchell�s Coucal, Acacia Pied Barbet, Hamerkop, Brown Snake Eagle,  Shrika, Gabar Goshawk, Temminck�s Courser, Crested Francolin, Namaqua Dove, Pearl-spotted Owl, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Lilac-breasted Roller, African Hoopoe, Grey Hornbill, Dark-capped Bubul, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Red-backed Shrike, White-Browed Sparrow Weaver, Blue Waxbill,

 

18:30

Return to Lodge

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 5

 

06:00

Bird and Game Drive.

 

08:00

Breakfast and Book out.

 

09:00

Depart for Langjan Nature Reserve.

 

Birds: -

Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Southern Pied Babbler, Sabota Lark,  Dusky Lark, Ostrich, Abdin�s Stork, Marabou Stork, Bateleur, Kori Bustard, Tawny and Steppe Eagles, Bronze-winged Courser, Emerald-spotted Dove, White-faced Owl, Carmine Bee-eater, European Roller, Purple Roller, Crested Barbet, Groundscraper Thrush, Lesser Grey Shrike, Three-streaked Tchagra, Wattled Starling, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Melba Finch, Paradise Whydah, Golden-breasted Bunting.

 

12:30

Depart for Blouberg Nature Reserve. IBA [Largest Breeding Colony of Cape Vulture]

 

13:15

Picnic lunch and Bird in Blouberg Nature Reserve.

 

Birds: -

Cape Vulture, Monotonous Lark, Southern Pied Babbler, Burnt-necked Eremomela, White-throated Robin-Chat, Kalahari Scub-Robin, Barred Wren-Warbler, Violet-eared Waxbill, White-backed Vulture, Martial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Ground Hornbill, Kurrichane Thrush, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, White-crowned Shrike, White-bellied Sunbird, Black-cheeked Waxbill.

 

15:15

Depart for Shiluvan Lakeside Lodge in the Makhado District.

 

16:00

Book into Lodge and Bird Albasini Dam.

 

Birds: -

Olive Bush Shrikes, Cape Batis, African Finfoot, White-backed night Heron, Giant and Half-collared Kingfishers, Bat Hawk, Woolly-necked Stork, African Broadbill, Gorgeous and Bar-throated Apalis, Yellow-bellied and Sombre Greenbulls, Shelley�s Francolin, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Croaking Cisticola, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Lizard Buzzard, Marico Flycatcher.

 

18:30

Return to Shiluvan Lakeside Lodge.

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 6

 

06:30

Breakfast and book out.

 

07:30

Depart for Polokwane Game Reserve and Bird the Reserve. IBA

 

Birds: -

Short-clawed Lark, Barred Wren-Warbler, Tinkling Cisticola, Dwarf Bittern, African Hawk-Eagle, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Greater Kestrel, Montagu�s Harrier, African Crake, Harlequin Quail, Double Banded Courser, Bushveld Pipit, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Brown-backed Honeybird, Black-faced Waxbill.

Mammals: -

Sable Antelope, Eland, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Tsessebe and White Rhino.

 

12:30

Lunch in Polokwane.

 

14:00

Depart for Nysvlei Nature Reserve IBA

 

15:15

Book in and Bird.

 

Birds: -

Southern Black Tit, Ashy Tit,Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Barred Wren-Warbler,   Fiscal Flycatcher, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Cape White-eye, Acacia Pied Barbet, Cattle Egret, Hadeda Ibis, Hamerkop, Corn Crake, African Jacana, Black Stork, Black Crake, Little Grebe, Yellow-billed Duck, Great White Egret, Common Moorhen, Yellow-billed Stork, Egyptian Geese, African Green-Pigeon, Black-headed Oriole, Black-backed Puffback, Grey-headed Bush-shrike, Marico Sunbird, Ground-scraper Thrush, Bennett�s and Golden-tailed Woodpeckers, African Hoopoe, Pearl Spotted Owlet, Burchell�s Glossy Starling, White-bellied Sunbird, Green Wood-hoopoe and Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-fronted Canary, Common Fiscal, Bronze Mannikin, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Green-winged Pytilia, Violet-eared Waxbill, Blue Waxbill, Red-billed Firefinch.

 

20:00

Dinner

 

Day 7

 

06:30

Breakfast.

 

07:15

Depart for Vogelfontein, visiting Kingfisher, Crake and Dabchick Hides.

 

Birds: -

a. Kingfisher Hide: -

Cape Longclaw, African Crake, Grey Heron, African Snipe, Southern Pochard, Comb Duck, Hottentot Teal, Rufous-bellied Heron, Yellow-billed Egret, Black Egret, Cape Teal, African Sacred Ibis, African Marsh Harrier, Abdim�s Stork, African Fish Eagle, Osprey,White-winged Widowbird, Black-Winged Pratincole.

b. Crake Hide: -

Cape Shoveler, Black Headed Heron, Squacco Heron, African Pygmy Goose, White Backed Duck, Fulvous Duck, African Purple Swamphen, Goliath Heron, Green Backed Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Maccoa Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Spoonbill, African Stonechats, Streaky-breasted Flufftail, White Stork,

c. Dabchick Hide: -

Slaty Egret, Dabchick, Allen�s Gallinule, Greater Painted Snipe, Lesser Moorhen, Spur-winged Geese, Red-billed Teal, Dwarf Bittern, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Eurasian Bittern, African Black Duck, White-faced Duck, Marsh Owl, Striped and Baillon�s Crakes, Lesser Jacana, Saddle Billed Stork, Marabou Stork, Yellow-crowned Bishops, Western Marsh Harrier, Orange-breasted Waxbill,

 

Mammals �

Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Waterbuck, Impala, Roan Antelope, Tsessebe, Giraffe, Plains Zebra, Warthog, Black-backed Jackal,

 

11:00

Book out

 

11:45

Bird and Game Drive.

 

13:30

Lunch at the Camp Restaurant.

 

14:45

Depart for O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa.


 


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