South Africa: Kruger NP and the Northeast - Birding Tour
South Africa is a spectacularly beautiful country that is rich in wildlife. The richest part of this rich country is the northeast, which has high-elevation grasslands, rugged and rocky escarpments, and the vast lowveld savanna of Kruger National Park. This tour is designed for those who want a short trip: people with limited vacation time, or those who are already in South Africa for other reasons. It’s guided by local expert Edward Themba, who spends most of his time in Kruger, and knows the park like the back of his hand. As Edward lives in the area, this tour is easily done any time of year as a short custom tour. If you’re interested, please write to ask the Tropical Birding office for more information about that option. This itinerary will provide an excellent introduction to Africa for those who have done little or no birding on the continent before. Spectacular species include a host of bee-eaters, hornbills, kingfishers, barbets, and sunbirds, plus some fine endemics like Gurney’s Sugarbird and Buff-streaked Chat. Kruger has a full array of big mammals, including the “Big Five” and other delights such as Hippo, Giraffe, Common Zebra, and Cheetah. We will enjoy Kruger in a luxurious open-topped land-cruiser, making sure we do not spend unnecessary hours driving in a car, nor having a cramped game-viewing experience in a van like many of our competitors.