Birding - 10 Day Kruger to Coast, South Africa

A shorter version of our 18 days Kruger to Coast birding trip with all the best venues and great opportunities for a good list in a short visit.


Day 1 - 2, Kruger National Park


Road transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the Kruger National Park
Birding along the Sabie and Crocodile rivers
Accommodation in Skukuza, Berg-en-dal or Pretoiuskop Camps


We visit a bird hide and follow the Crocodile river back to camp
Accommodation in Crocodile Bridge Camp

100 species can be seen on a day trip in summer. 500+ species on the official Kruger National Park List. 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 - 4, Swaziland

  • Visiting Hlane Royal National Park
  • Birding walks in the Lebombo Mountains
  • Accommodation on Mabuda Farm Bed and Breakfast, Siteki

Possible species: Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Pink-throated Twinspots, Livingston’s Turaco, White-browed Robin-chat, Wood owl, Trumpeter Hornbill, Red-chested Cuckoo, Crowned Hornbill, Marabou Stork, African Emerald-cuckoo, Little Sparrow-hawk, Forest weaver, Bateleur and many more.

Day 5 - 6, Mkuze Game Reserve

Mkuzi Game Reserve (KZN)
  • Birding walk and visiting birding hides
  • Accommodation in twin rooms

Possible species: Pel’s Fishing-owl, Giant Eagle-owl, Great White-pelican, Southern-banded Snake-eagle, Lesser Jacana, Blue-cheecked Bee-eater, Gorgeous Bush-shrike, Pink-throated Twinspot, African Pygmy Goose, Pink-backed Pelican, Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Greater Painted-snipe.

Day 7 - 8, Wakkerstroom

  • We have a long drive but excellent birding opportunities along the way
  • Excellent grassland birding with a local guide around Wakkerstroom
  • Accommodation in Bird-friendly B&B

Possible species: Ground Woodpecker, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wheatear, Ant-eating Chat, Buff-streaked Chat, Rudd’s Lark, Botha’s Lark, Spike-healed Lark, Pink-billed Lark, Dark-capped Yellow-warbler, Yellow-breasted Pipit, Long-tailed Widowbird, Blue Korhaan, Barrow’s Korhaan, Denham’s Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Western Marsh-harrier, South African Shelduck, Wattled Crane, Grey Crowned Crane and more.


Day 9 - 10, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, departure

Road transfer to Rietvlei Nature Reseverve near Pretoria.

We will spend the rest of the day visiting the reserve and our focus will be on grassland species as well as water- and wetland specials like:

Great Crested Grebe, Little Bittern, Cape Shoveller, Secretarybird, African Fish Eagle, Greater Kestrel, Purple Gallinule, African Rail, Northern Black Korhaan, Greyheaded Gull, African Grass Owl, Giant Kingfisher, Halfcollared Kingfisher, Greater Honeyguide, Spikeheeled Lark, Capped Wheatear, Anteating Chat, Fairy Flycatcher(winter), Desert Cisticola, Buffy Pipit, Orangethroated Longclaw, Thickbilled Weaver, Longtailed Widow and Orangebreasted Waxbill. In summer this list includes: Hobby Falcon, European Roller, Banded Martin, African Yellow Warbler, White Stork and Common Quail

On our last day we will return for a morning's birding at Rietvlei before your transfer to Johannesburg International Airport in the afternoon.