Hoedspruit Birding Day Trips

Birding Day Trips from Hoedspruit to:

- Kruger National Park
- Mariepskop Forest Reserve
- Blyde River Canyon
- Magoebaskloof State Forest

Options:
1. Kruger National Park
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

2. Mariepskop Mountain Forest Reserve

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.

3. Magoebaskloof State Forest

Birding along Woodbush drive
Visit Debegeni Falls
Agatha State Forest, Bathawk site

18 SPECIAL AFRO-MONTANE SPECIES: Cape Parrot, 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-tailed Drongo, Swee Waxbill and also present Cape Batis, Bar-throated Apalis, Southern Boubou, Collared Sunbird.

4. Blyde Canyon

Early morning forest birding walk: Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Cape Batis, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Chorister Robin-chat, Terrestrial Brownbul, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Crowned Eagle, Purple-crested Turaco, Ashy Flycather, Red-capped Robin-chat, Trumpeter Hornbill, Souther Boubou
2 hour Boat ride on Blyde Dam: African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Eagle
Swadini River walk: African Finfoot, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Bearded Scrub-robin, White-throated Robin-chat, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Black Duck