3 Day Zaagkuildrift Borakalalo Birding Tour
This 3 Day Bird Watching Tour is a great weekend excursion. The tour takes you to Borakalalo National Park, Kgomo Kgomo and Zaagkuildrift. More than 300 different species as well as more than 40 endemics are present on this route. It 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.
Your transport leaves at 13:00 from Pretoria and takes you to Kgomo Kgomo, where you will visit bird viewing points before continuing the route from a western to an eastern direction to Zaagkuildrift. After sunset you will check-in at your accommodation where you will have dinner and relax before bedtime.
You depart early for Borakalalo National Park where you will spend the day for a morning- and afternoon bird watching session. During the day you might also have an opportunity to photograph some of the wide variety of antelope,giraffe, white rhino, leopard or numerous smaller mammal species. Amongst the 43 endemics you’re likely to see are the Natal Spurfowl, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Burchell’s Coucal, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, White-throated Robin-Chat and Acacia Pied Barbet. After a full day at Borakalalo you will return to your accommodation for a relaxing evening with a delicious dinner.
You will start early in the morning and drive along the Zaagkuildrift road in a east - west direction towards Kgomo Kgomo. Along this route you’re likely to encounter the following endemics amongst other: Swainson’s Spurfowl, Northern Black Korhaan, Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, Acacia Pied Barbet, Sabota Lark, Southern Black Tit, White-throated Robin-Chat, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler and Burnt-necked Eremomela.
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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.