• Mariepskop Blyde River Canyon

Birding - 6 Day Kruger to Canyon, South Africa

This trip focus on the Kruger-2-Canyon Biosphere Reserve and include savannah, afro-montane forests, riverine forest and fynbos habitats where 500+ bird species occurs.


Day 1 - 2, Southern Kruger

  • Road transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the Kruger National Park
  • Accommodation in a Kruger Rest Camp, 2 bed chalets

We will spent the next two days visiting bird hides and doing morning and afternoon drives in Southern Kruger. The Kruger National Park is host to 400+ bird species.

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, Hammerkop, White-crowned Lapwing and many, many more.

Day 3, Central Kruger

  • Accommodation in Satara or Olifants Camps, 2 bed chalets
  • Birding in open savanna

Day 4, Mariepskop Reserve

  • Birding in Afro-montane Forest and Fynbos Summit
  • Lodge accommodation in Hoedspruit


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


Gurney’s Sugarbird, Barrat’s Warbler, Forest Canary, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Robin-chat, Malachite Sunbird, Lazy Cisticola, Southern Double-collared Sunbird


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 5, Blyde River Canyon

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

Day 6, Departure


Return road transfer from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg with a birding stop en-route in Dullstroom to pick up on some grassland species like Ant-eating chat, Buff-streaked chat, Blue Crane, Crowned Crane, Long-tailed Widow bird and many more