5 Day Magoebaskloof Birding Tour
This 5-Day Birding Tour offers the best forest birding in the country. Visit the afro-montane forests of Woodbush and Magoebaskloof with specials like Brown Scrub-Robin, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, Barratt's Warbler, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, and Orange Ground Thrush. While the eastern lower slopes and valleys of Magoebaskloof provide reliable sites for the elusive Bat Hawk and Green Twinspot. Accommodation is in comfortable lodge rooms and include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. This tour is guided by an experienced guide and wildlife expert
You depart around 11am from Johannesburg and travel to Polokwane - a 3hr drive. Later in the afternoon you will have time for your first bird viewing opportunity at Polokwane Game Reservewhere a suitable spot will be identified.
The morning session will focus on the Aloe Forest in the Polokwane Game Reserve. Birds you’re likely to encounter here are Southern Black Tit, Ashy Tit, Acacia Pied Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, Crested Barbet, Marico Flycatcher, Coqui Francolin, Natal Spurfowl, Marico Sunbird, Barred Wren-Warbler and Crimson-breasted Shrike
Day Three & Four
These two days will be utilised to explore the area which offers various birding hot spots and the agenda is left open for the group and guide to decide. Available birding spots include: Kudu’s Valley, Dap Naude Dam, Woodbush Forest, Swartbos Forest, Haenertsberg Grasslands and the Serala Birding Route. Birds to be expected in this area are Verreaux ́s, Crowned and Long-crested Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Horus, Alpine and African Black Swift, Cape Rock Thrush, Mocking Cliff Chat, Olive Bush-Shrike, Shelley ́s Francolin, Lazy Cisticola, African Green-Pigeon, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike, Purple-crested Turaco, Green-capped Eremomela, White-throated Robin-Chat, African Fish Eagle, Great Egret, Purple Heron, various Indigobird and Firefinch species, Blue Swallows, Wailing-, Lazy-, Croaking-, Cloud- and Wing-snapping Cisticola, Grass Owl, White-necked Raven, Red-winged Francolin, Yellow Bishop, Dark-capped Yellow and Broad-tailed Warbler, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Grassbird. Jackal Buzzard, Long-crested Eagle, Olive Bush-Shrike, African Olive-Pigeon, Cape Batis, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul and Forest Canary.
On the last day you will have an opportunity for a final visit to a hot spot of your choice in the area until 11am when your transport will start the journey back to Johannesburg.
|Roundtrip Transport from Johannesburg||Alcoholic Drinks|
|Two meals per day||Personal purchases|
|Conservation / Entry Fees||Optional extras|
About Polokwane Nature Reserve
The 3200 ha Polokwane Nature Reserve is home to well over 200 species and it is possible to see over 70 species on a visit. The special of this reserve is the endemic Short-clawed Lark and one of the most prominent features is an "Aloe forest" on a small koppie.
About Haenertsberg Magoebaskloof Area
The Haenertsburg village - Magoebaskloof area is located in the north-eastern escarpment section of the Drakensberg, originally made up of grasslands and mist belt forest. The patches of forest have largely remained but the grasslands have been almost entirely planted to gum and pine trees and more recently avocado orchards. Good birding can be found in areas in which the grassland or forest is largely intact.