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Birding the Kruger: the Raptors.

Posted by Leon on Wed April 6, 2022 in Birds and Birding.

Raptors of Kruger.

What raptors can you see on a Kruger National Park Birding Safari?

For many a birder, the raptors are a firm favorite, embodying power, grace and beauty, and seeing a new species of raptor is sure to get the pulse rate up for a few minutes. They make great photographic subjects and, when on an African birding safari, new species of raptor are bound to be seen pretty regularly, adding up to an exciting experience indeed...

With an abundance of food, there are few places that offer such a number and variety of birds of prey as the savannas of Africa. And there are few large, savanna-dominated parks that are as affordable and easily accessible as the Kruger National Park of South Africa, which offers some superb raptor viewing indeed...

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Western Cape Voyager Tour Trip Report

Posted by Leon on Fri September 17, 2021 in Trip Reports.

Safari greetings!

This month we ran a Western Cape Voyager tour for two clients from Washington, USA, as part of an almost month-long sojourn in South Africa. And what a great place to start! The Western Cape is about as un-African as it gets without leaving the continent. Indeed, the scenery and landscapes are definitely not what one thinks of when thinking about Africa! But it's an incredibly beautiful part of the world, particularly at this time of the year, the austral spring, when wild flower displays make the vistas truly spectacular in some places. Indeed, this action-packed tour is also one of the most cost-effective, offering a whole lot of bang for your buck!

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Birds of Nelspruit gardens and parks

Posted by Leon on Fri March 12, 2021 in Birds and Birding.

The idea for a blog on the birds of Nelspruit gardens and parks came when I needed to add in a day in Nairobi to our Birds & Wildlife of Kenya itinerary, as the clients wanted to come in a day early and relax at the hotel. So I wanted to mention some of the birds they may see in the hotel grounds. I did a Google search, consulted eBird, and did some digging on the internet, and in the end it wasn't too hard to thrown in a few common species that one could find in gardens in Nairobi, with the caveat that I didn't want to mention very common species such as Dark-capped Bulbul and Speckled Mousebird that are common garden birds here in eastern South Africa (which the clients would already have seen). And then I had the thought that there may be birders out there searching for common garden birds of my town (for some reason!), which is Nelspruit (also known as Mbombela), in Mpumalanga, South Africa....

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