Baobabs, Elephants and Eagles - 12 day / 11 night package tour

Bushcat Safaris

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Package Tour by Bushcat SafarisBaobabs, Elephants and Eagles

Big 5 Birdwatching Wildlife

At a Glance

  • Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights
  • Group size: Minimum of 2 people per tour
  • Tour departs from: Johannesburg
  • Price: No price range submitted

Tour Highlights

  • Kruger National Park
  • Wetland Birding
  • A stay in Private Game Reserve
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Elephants and Eagles
  • Ancient Baobabs

Tour Itinerary

  1. 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 Burchell’s Zebra and Impala are some of the mammals to be seen here.

    OVERNIGHT: Dinonyane

  2. DAY 2: Nysvlei

    Another day looking for birds and wildlife the the forest

    OVERNIGHT: Dinonyane

  3. 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,

  4. DAY 4: Magoebaskloof Hotel, to Kruger National Park

    Full day in search of birds and wildlife in the forest

    OVERNIGHT: Magoebaskloof Hotel,

  5. 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, Meve’s Starling, Grey-headed Parrot, Bohm’s Spinetail, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crested Guineafowl and spectacular mammals such as Elephant, Hippo, Cape Buffalo and Lion.

    OVERNIGHT: Punda Maria Rest Camp

  6. DAY 6: Punda Maria Rest Camp

    Full day exploring in the Kruger park

    OVERNIGHT: Punda Maria Rest Camp

  7. 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

  8. DAY 8: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

    Full day in the park

    OVERNIGHT: Shingwedzi Rest Camp

  9. 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, Burchell’s 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

  10. DAY 10: Klaseri Game Reserve

    Another day to enjoy game drives and the lodge facilties

    OVERNIGHT: Senalala Game Lodge;

  11. 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.

    We’ll take in some of the sights of the area, such as the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s 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

  12. 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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Contact: Marie McCrae

Telephone: +27(0)83 302 - 6228

Postal Address:
Stand 29, Letamo Estate, Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, 1739, Gauteng, South Africa

Quick Facts

Tours are conducted in air-conditioned 4X4 vehicles, with game drives in open game viewing vehicles.

You will be picked up and dropped off at either Johannesburg International Airport or your hotel at the beginning of and the conclusion of all tours. Your personal safety and enjoyment is of the utmost importance to us.

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February 2002 - 14 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

We found Marie to be the perfect guide for keen photographers when we spent a very rewarding week with her criss-crossing the lower section of the Kruger...

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