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Some of the best cliff birding is at the Strjidom Tunnel (Abel Erasmus Pass) just outside of Hoedspruit on the Lydenburg road. The Taita Falcon is a very popular sighting at the tunnel. Other birds you can see around the tunnel are European Honey Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Jackal Buzzard. This is just a few of the species that you can catch a glimpse of in this area.

Another birding spot is Mariepskop which is a popular area to visit. The dense curry-bush thickets close to the top are very good habitat for Crowned Eagle and Barratt’s Warbler. The Afromontane forests are worth a full day’s birding as there are a number of species that can be seen here including Bush Blackcap, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Black-fronted Bushshrik.

Take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam and look out for the African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron and the Bat Hawk.

Swaziland is home to more than 500 species of birds and 52 Southern African endemics and is rich in raptors with 48 species recorded and many species are still common.

December to February is probably the best time to visit. Resident species and inter-African migrants, such as the Cuckoos, are in full breeding plumage, which certainly helps with identifying the Weavers and Widowbirds and it is the time when the Palaearctic migrants are present.  

Magoebaskloof is a picturesque mountainous area with pristine forest patches. Beautiful forests host a number of bird specials making it a worthwhile destination.

Specials in the area are: Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Cape Parrot, Black Cuckoo, Narina Trogan, green Twinsport, Orange Ground Thrush, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Buff-spotted Flufftail and the Starred Robin.

The Kruger National Park is the finest birding area in southern Africa. Kruger is situated in the North-east of South Africa and borders Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It covers an area of more than 20 000km2 and is about 360km long and 60km wide which now also forms part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park with Mozambique (Limpopo National Park) and Zimbabwe (Gonarezhou National Park).

There is a list of over 550 species of birds in the Kruger National Park and attracts a large amount of large raptors and many other scarce and migrant species.

The months between October and March is when the bird population swells by approximately 200 migrant species that have flown south from elsewhere in Africa and from Eurasia.

Migrants and nomads normally arrive after the first summer rains when the availability of water ensures that food is plentiful. Most depart by the second week of April.

Late summer (January and February) is an excellent time for birding in Kruger, compensating for the poor wildlife visibility at this time of the year. Kruger attracts a diversity of birds because it straddles so many eco-zones.

The most rewarding birding in Kruger National Park experiences are probably on the guided wilderness walking trails.