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Eastern South Africa Birding Endemics Tour - 16 Days

Eastern South Africa Birding Endemics Tour

Eastern South Africa Birding Safari

In this fast-paced 16-day South Africa Endemic Birding tour we’ll tackle the endemics and near-endemics of the wetter eastern side of the country, where habitats are extremely varied, due to massive variations in altitude, and South Africa’s overall biodiversity peaks. One can expect to see 400+ species of birds, including 45 species of endemics and near endemics; and 35+ species of mammals.

This South African Birding Safari eastern leg will start off in Durban on the eastern coast, with participants gathering on the day before the tour starts (or the day the Western leg ends). From Durban, we’ll head inland to the Southern Drakensberg, where the highlight involves a day trip up Sani Pass and into Lesotho, with Drakensberg Rockjumper, Drakensberg Siskin and other endemics as major attractions.

From there we move on to Eshowe and Dlinza Forest, and then down to St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park for some superb coastal forest and grassland birding. Our next port of call is far northern Maputaland, where Tembe Elephant Park combines great Sand Forest birding with some big game viewing.

From Tembe we move on to the endemics hot-spot of Wakkerstroom, where two rare Lark species are near the top of our target list, while big birds such as Cranes and Bustards should provide the awe-factor. From there we visit the famed Kruger National Park, extremely rich in bird species as well as a wonderful range of mammals, including the Big Five. After the Kruger we visit the montane forests of the Eastern Escarpment in the Magoebaskloof area, before the last stop in Polokwane before ending off in Johannesburg.

South Africa Birding tour highlights include:

  • Go on a birding day trip up into Lesotho to look for Drakensberg Rockjumper and other endemics.
  • Do a birding day trip in the Eshowe area, looking for the regional specials with the assistance of a local guide.
  • See some of the rarest larks in Africa in Wakkerstroom.
  • Go op open-sided vehicle game drives in Tembe Elephant Park.
  • See incredible birds and wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

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Alternative Tour Name: Eastern South African Endemics Birding Safari

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19/11/2021 - 04/12/2021 guaranteed ZAR 71,380
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16 Days

Price & Availability

ZAR59,050 / per person
Single Suppliment ZAR 7470
This tour is operated by: Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris
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Tour Facts

  • Eastern South Africa
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Set Departure
  • Max of 8 pax; 4 pax per vehicle / guide.
  • Birds
  • No age restrictions but not suited to young children
  • Challenging
  • King Shaka Airport, Durbam
  • O R Tambo International, Johannesburg
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