2 Day Early Bird Watching Safari
The Early Bird Safari offers more than 300 different species as well as more than 40 endemics. The route covers a combination of woodlands, lakeshores and riverine habitats. A variety of raptors, cuckoos, bee-eaters, kingfishers, shrikes, warblers and seed-eaters are present on this route. Accommodation is in a lodge and includes dinner, bed and breakfast.
You leave early in Pretoria on a 1.5 hour drive to Zaagkuildrift. At 07:00 you start the 26 km drive from East to West along the Pienaars River until lunch. After lunch you continue to Kgomo Kgomo and then return on the same road to Wolfhuiskraal Farm for the afternoon session. After the afternoon session you will go to your overnight accommodation for a well-earned dinner and a good night's sleep.
You get up early and drive to Borakalalo Nature Reserve to visit various viewing points during the morning. By noon, you return to Pretoria.
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This dirt road follows the Pienaars River and after about 15 km end at the Kgomo Kgomo floodplain where the Pienaars, Plat and Tshwane rivers meet. The habitat along the road is mostly Acacia woodland with areas of grasslands. This area is renowned for the variety of warblers that can be found here, Barred-, Wren-, Olive-tree-, Marsh-, Great-reed and Icterine Warblers are found here as well as Common White-throat, River Warbler and even Thrush Nightingale.
About Kgomo Kgomo
The grassland around the Kgomo Kgomo area has Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Kittlitz's Plover, Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark and African Quailfinch. When the floodplain inundates it attracts Black-, Goliath and Purple Heron as well as Yellow-billed Stork, Allen's Gallinule, Lesser Moorhen and Corn-, Ballion's and African Crake.
About Borakalalo National Park
Borakalalo is situated 120km north of Pretoria. It consists of 13 000 ha of woodland and open bushveld – in a remote and peaceful area of unusual beauty and diversity set in Kalahari veld and woodland country, along the banks of the Moretele River and the 800 ha Klipvoor Dam. An abundance of wildlife and more than 350 bird species can be viewed. The reserve which is some 13 000 ha in size conserves a wide variety of antelope, giraffe, white rhino, leopard and numerous smaller mammal species. Birdlife is particularly abundant with over 350 species recorded, including 11 eagle and 18 smaller raptors.