Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set departure tour.
This tour gave clients a wonderful introduction to the birds, mammals and landscapes of this beautiful and varied country. The effects of a nationwide, prolonged drought were particularly evident in Kruger and Mkuze where bird numbers were down considerably. Ironically, our birding was rained out at other sites, meaning that we lost some birding time. Despite these setbacks, we still did well for birds and even had a few surprises, including the rare Mangrove Kingfisher at Umlalazi and Southern Pied Babbler north of Pretoria. We did particularly well on mammals and saw 58 species, including Cheetah, African Wildcat and Cape Porcupine. The diversity of landscapes and natural beauty of the country was an surprise to all the clients and it was certainly an unforgettable trip.