• Narina Trogon in the Blyde River Canyon

Birding - Hoedspruit Day Trips

Hoedspruit is strategically located central to several diverse habitats with an large array of 500+ bird species of which many are well sought-after by world birders like the African Finfoot, Taita Falcon, Narina Trogon, Half-collard Kingfisher, Southern Ground Hornbill, Southern Bald Ibis, Orange Ground Thrush, Crowned Eagle, Kori Bustard, Secretary Bird and Black-fronted Bushshrike.
Afro-montane Forests, savannah thornveld, riverine forest, escarpment and fynbos biomes are all within easy access and can be explored on our day trips.

Birding Day Trips from Hoedspruit:

- Kruger National Park
- Mariepskop Forest Reserve and Blyde Canyon
- Panorama Route and Mount Sheba Forest Reserve

Birding Day Trip options:

1. Kruger National Park

Departing: Sept - Apr 5am; May to Aug 6am

Hoedspruit Pick and Pay parking lot (next to postal boxes)

  • We enter the Kruger Park at Orpen Gate.
  • Birding walk in Orpen Camp
  • Picnic breakfast
  • Birding drive to Satara Camp
  • Bird walk and lunch in Satara Camp
  • Visit to Sweni Bird Hide
  • Return to Hoedspruit via Orpen gate.
  • Arrival between 5-5:30pm

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 Wren-warbler, Melodious Lark, Comb Duck, Green Wood-Hoopoe and many, many more

100 species can be seen on a day trip in summer.

500+ species on the official Kruger National Park List.

2. Mariepskop and the Blyde Canyon

Departing: Sept - Apr 5am; May to Aug 6am

Pick up from Hoedspruit Pick and Pay parking lot (next to postal boxes)

  • Birding along the Mariepskop road
  • Picnic breakfast
  • Birding Walk in Afro-montane Forest
  • Fynbos birding and view over the Blyde River Canyon
  • Driving down to the Blyde River
  • Restaurant lunch
  • Waterfall hiking trail birding walk
  • Return to Hoedspruit arriving between 5-5:30pm

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.

**Important: Please be aware that the weather on Mariepskop mountain is unpredictable and your guide may need to make changes to the itinerary if cloud cover persist or effects visibility. In case of bad weather more time will be spend on the first part of the Mariepskop road as well as the on the waterfall walk; an additional birding walk may be included along the Blyde River if time permits.

3. Panorama route and Mount Sheba Forest

Departing: Sept - Apr 5:30am; May - Aug 6am

Pick up from Pick and Pay parking lot (next to postal boxes)

  • Taita Falcon view point at the Strijdom tunnel
  • Picnic breakfast at Three Rondawels viewpoint
  • God's Window viewpoint forest birding walk
  • Grassland birding
  • Lunch at Mount Sheba
  • Afro-montane forest birding
  • Return to Hoedspruit arriving between 5-5:30pm

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.
GRASSLAND and ESCARPMENT SPECIES: Verreaux Eagle, Taita Falcon, Southern Bald Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Kestrel, Cape Vulture, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Robin-chat, Malachite Sunbird, Lazy Cisticola, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Cape Longclaw, Cape Rock Thrush, Yellow Bishop, Jackal Buzzard, Buff-streaked Chat, Mocking-cliff Chat, African Stonechat and more

**Important: Please be aware that the weather on the Panorama Route and Escarpment is unpredictable and visibility can not be guaranteed; your guide may need to make changes to the itinerary if cloud cover persist or effects visibility. In case of bad weather more time will be spend on those areas with better visibility.