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7 Day Tour (BT1A)

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7 DAY 6 NIGHT NORTHERN NATAL

DAY 1 JOHANNESBURG TO MTUNZINI


We will leave JHB as soon as possible after your flight lands and heads towards Kwa-Zulu Natal viewing birds en route to Umlazi Nature Reserve where we will spend the night.

DAY 2 MTUNZINI – UMLALAZI NATURE RESERVE

The following morning we hope to see some of the following birds:
Mtunzini/Umlalazi Nature Reserve. Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Narina Trogon, Square-tailed Drongo, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Black-bellied Starling, Dark-backed Weaver, Green Malkoha, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Brown Scrub-Robin, African Finfoot, Purple-banded Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Ashy Flycatcher, African Pygmy-Kingfisher, White-eared Barbet, Palmnut Vulture, Mangrove Kingfisher, Woolly-necked Stork, African Fish-Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Osprey, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler (winter) and Red-faced Cisticola.
Overnight at Umlalazi Nature Reserve.

      

DAY 3 RICHARDSBAY

Leaving after Breakfast we then head to Richards bay to spend the night at the Protea Hotel (BB). Richards Bay is one of South Africa's largest estuaries, home to vast numbers of resident waterbirds and a magnet to migrants down the East Coast. Despite increasing industrialisation, the area still offers excellent birding in a variety of habitats: a day here in summer easily produces over 100 species. Include African Pygmy-Goose, Baillon's Crake, Lesser Jacana, Greater Sand Plover, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Lesser Crested Tern, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Black-throated Wattle-eye and Yellow Wagtail. For the tern and wader enthusiast, Richards Bay is hard to beat. In summer, the mudflats teem with shorebirds including a number of species that are difficult to see elsewhere on the east coast: Greater Sand Plover, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew. Lesser Sand Plover and Broad-billed Sandpiper are annual in small numbers, and Crab Plover have been seen regularly in recent years. Other rarities have included Common Redshank, Buff-breasted Sandpiper (the first South African record) and Eurasian Oystercatcher.

DAY 4 & 5 BONAMANZI

After breakfast we leave Richards bay and drive to Bonamanzi.

     

Bonamanzi is a 4200 ha natural wildlife refuge situated on the western edge of St. Lucia Wetland Park. A list of 385 species has been recorded. The bird list includes 4 east coast endemic or near-endemic species, a number of southern African endemic species, 29 red Data book species, a number of range-restricted species, and a number of species whose southern limits end in the Hluhluwe region. Neergaard's Sunbird (endemic), Pinkthroated Twinspot (endemic), Lemonbreasted Canary (near-endemic), Rudd's Apalis (near-endemic), African Broadbill, Natal Nightjar, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Pinkthroated Longclaw, Pel's Fishing Owl, African Finfoot, Cuckoo Hawk, Green Coucal, Crested Guineafowl, Bearded Robin, Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Yellowbreasted Apalis, Lesser Blackwinged Plover, Blackbellied Korhaan, Grass Owl, Black Coucal, Greyrumped Swallow, Rufouswinged Cisticola. Other southern African endemic or near-endemic species that may be found in Bonamanzi are Black Sawwing Swallow, Orangethroated Longclaw, Southern Black Tit, Whitethroated Robin, Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Batis, Southern Boubou, Southern Tchagra, Olive Bush Shrike, Glossy Starling, and Cape White-eye.

        

DAY 6 MKUZE GAME RESERVE

Mkuze Game Reserve is definitely among the top ten birding spots in Southern Africa. It boasts a list of over 450 species, a wide range of habitats, and relatively easy access to most areas. Southern Banded Snake-Eagle, Pel's Fishing-Owl, Broad-billed Roller, African Broadbill, Flappet Lark, Eastern Nicator, Olive-tree Warbler, Rudd's Apalis, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Neergaard's Sunbird, Pink-throated Twinspot, African Pygmy-Goose and Dwarf Bittern.

DAY 7 MKUZE – JHB

Upon leaving Mkuze, we then travel to Johannesburg, arriving late afternoon.

PRICE ZAR17890.00 pp sharing on a DBB basis

Price includes: All Accommodation, Road Transport, Fuel, Tolls and Guiding Fees.
Price excludes: All Flights, Meals not stated, Items of a personal nature, Drink, Gratuities etc.