Birding - 5 Day Hoedspruit Day-trips

3 day trips to: Kruger National Park, Mariepskop and Blyde river Canyon. (These can be done as separate day trips on their own as well, please inquire).
Afro-montane forest, savannah, riverine forest, fynbos and middleveld habitats, home to a plethora of sought-after species like Black-fronted Bushshrike, Gorgeous Bushshrike, African Finfoot, Crowned Eagle, Green Twinspot, Knysna Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Orange Ground Thrush, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird, Narina Trogon, Martial Eagle, Ground Hornbill, Trumpeter Hornbill, Stierling's Wren-warbler, Bathawk, the list is endless....


Day 1 Arrival, Hoedspruit

Road transfer from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. Afternoon birding and game viewing walk

Possible species: Stierling’s Wren-warbler, Retz’s Helmet-shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Acacia Pied-barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, African Fish Eagle, White-backed Vulture, Bearded Woodpecker, Marico Sunbird, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Brubru, Grey Penduline Tit, Grey-tit Flycatcher, Fairy Fly-catcher (winter)

Day 2 Kruger National Park daytrip

100 species can be seen on a day trip in summer. 500+ species on the official Kruger National Park List.

  • We enter the Kruger Park at Orpen Gate.
  • Bird walk in Orpen Camp
  • Birding drive to Satara Camp
  • Bird walk and lunch in Satara Camp
  • Visit to Sweni Bird Hide
  • Return to Hoedspruit via Orpen gate

Possible species: Martial Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Fish Eagle, Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Secretary bird, White-headed Vulture, Lapped-faced Vulture, Bateleur, Brown Snake-eagle, Purple Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Carmine Bee-eater, Senegal Lapwing, Southern Ground-Hornbill, Red-breasted Swallow, Black-headed Oriole, Marico Sunbird, Violet-backed Starling, Long-tailed Paradise Whydah, Green-winged Pytilia, Sabota Lark, Stierling’s Barred-warbler, Melodious Lark, Comb Duck, Green Wood-Hoopoe and many more

Day 3 Mariepskop Mountain daytrip

  • Birding along the Mariepskop road
  • Birding Walk in Afro-montane Forest
  • Coffee break with view over the Blyde River Canyon
  • Birding on summit in Fynbos biome

18 SPECIAL AFRO-MONTANE SPECIES: Narina Trogon, Orange Ground-thrush, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Olive Bush-shrike, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, White-starred Robin, Chorister Robin-chat Knysna Turaco, Bush Blackcap, Brown Scrub-robin, Terrestrial Brownbul, African Emerald Cuckoo, Blue-mantled Crested-flycatcher, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Green Twinspot, Olive Woodpecker, Square-taliled Drongo, Swee Waxbill and also present Cape Batis, Bar-throated Apalis, Southern Boubou, Collared Sunbird.

FYNBOS SPECIES: Gurney’s Sugarbird, Barrat’s Warbler, Forest Canary, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Robin-chat, Malachite Sunbird, Lazy Cisticola, Southern Double-collared Sunbird.
SAVANNAH & FORESTED MOUNTAIN SLOPES: Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Broad-billed Roller, Jackal Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, Lizard Buzzard, Mountain Wagtail, Black Duck, Pygmy Kingfisher, Black Saw-wing, White-fronted Bee-eaters, Red-faced Cisticola, Little Bee-eaters, Broad-tailed Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Purple-crested Turaco, Brown-crowned Tchagra.

Day 4 Blyde River Canyon daytrip

Early morning forest birding walk: Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Cape Batis, Scaly-throated Honeyguide. 2 hour Boatride on Blyde Dam: African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Eagle


Afternoon riverine forest walk along Blyde river: Crowned Eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Bearded Scrub-robin, White-throated Robin-chat, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher

Return to lodge

Day 5 Departure

Road transfer from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg. Birding stop en-route in Dullstroom.