Baobabs, Elephants and Eagles is a 12 day / 11 night package tour by Bushcat Safaris

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Package Tour - Baobabs, Elephants and Eagles

Categories: Big 5 / Birdwatching / Wildlife

While the Kruger National Park is undoubtedly the main tourism feature of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces, there is a lot more to see and this is especially true for the birder . The northernarm of the Drakensberg Escarpment breaks up into several smaller ranges in the Limpopo Province to create a va riety of different habitats. Even in terms of the Ďsavannahí, which one may think of as a uniform type of habitat, there is quite a difference between the eastern and western savannahtypes, with many birds that do not usually cross over between the two. This tour aims to make the most of these specific habitats to create a large and diverse bird and mammal list.

At a Glance

Tour duration
12 days / 11 nights
Min / max group size
Minimum of 2 people per tour
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg Airport or your hotel to Nylsvley.
After arriving in Johannesburg head north to Dinonyane, situated alongside the Nylsvley floodplain, one of the most important wetland habitats in South Africa.

You have two nights here and will spend your time birding in the area from vehicle and on foot, and also visiting some of the viewing hides in the reserve.

Birding and wildlife highlights include Dwarf Bittern, Rufous-bellied Heron, Southern Pied Babbler, White-backed Duck, Black Heron, African Marsh Harrier, Lesser Moorhen, Barred Wren-Warbler, Black-faced Waxbill, Crimson-breasted Shrike and many more. Bushpig, Roan Antelope, Giraffe Burchellís Zebra and Impala are some of the mammals to be seen here.

Overnight: Dinonyane

Day 2: Nysvlei
Another day looking for birds and wildlife the the forest

Overnight: Dinonyane

Day 3: Nyslvlei to Magoebaskloof.
After Dinonyane head north-east to Magoebaskloof, a forested region in the eastern escarpment.

We stay here for two nights, with the nearby Woodbush Forest being the main area of interest.

Plenty of time is needed in the forest, as the birding can be rather difficult due to the dim lighting and poor visibility in the forest.

Birding and wildlife highlights include Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Bat Hawk, Orange Ground-Thrush, Cape Parrot, Knysna Turaco, Brown Scrub-Robin, African Crowned Eagle, Emerald Cuckoo and many others.

Overnight: Magoebaskloof Hotel,

Day 4: Magoebaskloof Hotel, to Kruger National Park
Full day in search of birds and wildlife in the forest

Overnight: Magoebaskloof Hotel,

Day 5: Magoebaskloof to Kruger National Park
From Magoebaskloof head further north-east to the Kruger National Park, where your first camp is Punda Maria Rest Camp, the most northerly public camp in the park.

The highlight of this area is the Levuvhu River Floodplain, where we will spend much of our time. Other habitats around the camp include rocky outcrops covered by gigantic Baobab trees.

Birding and wildlife highlights include Tropical Boubou, Meveís Starling, Grey-headed Parrot, Bohmís Spinetail, Pelís Fishing Owl, Crested Guineafowl and spectacular mammals such as Elephant, Hippo, Cape Buffalo and Lion.

Overnight: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Day 6: Punda Maria Rest Camp
Full day exploring in the Kruger park

Overnight: Punda Maria Rest Camp

Day 7: Punda Maria Rest Camp to Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Your second camp is Shingwedzi Rest Camp further south, which is situated on the floodplain of the lazy Shingwedzi River

Overnight: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Day 8: Shingwedzi Rest Camp
Full day in the park

Overnight: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

Day 9: Shingwedzi Rest Camp to Klaseri Game Reserve.
After leaving the Kruger National Park we will head into the adjacent Klaseri Game Reserve, one of several large private conservancies that border and are open to the Kruger.

We stay at Senalala for two nights, where we have the entire camp to ourselves and will be able to devote as much time to birding and game viewing as we wish, which will be conducted via open vehicle safaris and bush walks.

Birding and wildlife highlights include Bronze-winged Courser, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Burchellís Coucal, Tawny Eagle, Brown Snake-Eagle, Bateleur, Red-crested Korhaan, Green Wood-Hoopoe, Purple Roller, Double-banded Sandgrouse and mammals such as Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Steenbok, Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey and many others.

Overnight: Senalala Game Lodge

Day 10: Klaseri Game Reserve
Another day to enjoy game drives and the lodge facilties

Overnight: Senalala Game Lodge;

Day 11: Senalala Game Lodge to Blyde River Canyon
After a last activity at Senalala head westwards into the northern Drakensberg Escarpment to the Blyde River Canyon.

Weíll take in some of the sights of the area, such as the Three Rondavels and Bourkeís Luck Potholes, birding at the same time. The resort grounds also provide excellent birding.

Birding and wildlife highlights include Taita Falcon, Cape Vulture, White-necked Raven, Cape Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Striped Pipit, Black Swift, Rock Kestrel, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Cape Rock-Thrush and many others.

Overnight: Aventura Blydepoort

Day 12: Aventura Blydepoort to Johannesburg Airport or your hotel
After a last morning walk at the resort you will have breakfast and depart for Johannesburg and the airport or your hotel.

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