by on October 14, 2019
This Kruger National Park Birding Checklist is compiled from over 13 million SABAP2 records for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The checklist includes a count of the number of times each species has been recorded in SABAP2 for both South Africa and Kruger National Park. This will provide users with a good indication of how frequently the species is seen in Kruger. As you will see from these observation counts, there are a number of species that have only been seen in Kruger a handfull of ti...
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by on October 14, 2019
There is nothing like relaxing in a nice bird hide and settling in for a good days birding. If you are living in or visiting Cape Town, there are myriad beautiful places to visit for some great birding. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain and Cape Point are all spectacular and well-known locations to spot our feathered friends. There are, however, some other dedicated spaces with the opportunity to see fantastic water birds. These are the top 4 nature reserves with bird hides around C...
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by on July 26, 2019
A 4:30am alarm is early, even when you are going on holiday. Our first stop on a 10-day road trip to Durban is the Karoo National Park, just outside the N1 town of Beaufort West. This was to be our second visit to the park but our first with a 4x4 and hence our newfound ability to explore the furthest half of the park which is restricted to 4x4 vehicles only. The long and windy Klipspringer Pass This also gave us the option to stay in one of the two remote cottages in this section of t...
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by on July 25, 2019
Five years ago, the idea of doing a back to basics overland trip through the wilds of Southern Africa was definitely not on my radar. Back then I was a pale-faced Brit who’d barely stepped foot in Africa.  Now, married to a die-hard ‘bush warrior’ and running our own wildlife social platform, Tracking the Wild, a month of soaking up the wonders of the African bush has fast become my idea of heaven. Our trip would take us 32 days and over 8,000km – the final odometer count was 8,610km – across...
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by on July 24, 2019
Back in 1851, on his quest to find the source of the Zambezi River, Scottish explorer David Livingstone stumbled upon a piece of paradise in the southern most corner of the Caprivi Strip. Now renamed the Zambezi Region, this narrow strip of land boasts areas of extraordinary wilderness just waiting to be explored. Five years ago, the idea of doing a back to basics overland trip through the wilds of Southern Africa was definitely not on my radar. Back then I was a pale-faced Brit who’d barely ...
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by on July 23, 2019
Colombia is without doubt the country with the most birds species. The exact number of species in Columbia however depends on who is counting! Accoring to Birdlife International, columbia is home to 1,878 species of bird. Avibase on the other hand counts species based on many different taxonomies and put the number at 1,958 Clements 2018 taxonomy, 1,908 based on IOC 9.2 taxonomy and 2,016 based on HBW and Birdlife 2018 taxonomy. Finally, volume 25 of Fundación ProAves’ scientific journal Cons...
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by on July 22, 2019
So, you’ve got major gaps in your life list and grown a little tired of your backyard American Robin! It’s time to plan a trip to spy some new plumage! You’re looking to maximise the bang for your buck so the choice for most people would be to start by looking at the states with the greatest bird diversity. If you already have a healthy number of ticks on the list already, then another option would be to start looking at states with the most endemics, most threatened species and most birds wi...
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by on June 26, 2019
  Kenya Bird Watching Safari, Birding Safaris Destinations Safaris takes you into the world of Kenya’s avi-fauna! See first-hand the gangly gait of ostriches, the daredevil hunting skills of African fish eagles and the carpets of rose-colored flamingos that cover many of Kenya’s terrestrial and aquatic wildernesses. Kenya Bird Watching Safari, Birding Safaris Destinations or birding sites in Kenya offer an abundance of bird species, ranging from 200 and 600+ at any given location. You ...
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by on October 20, 2017
After three days on the road we were getting used to our early wake ups. And today there was a great reason to be up, dressed and coffee-fueled by 6am, we were going rhino tracking on foot.  Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand is a 12,000 hectare community owned reserve and the first of its kind to become part of the endangered Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme, which released a number of black rhino onto the reserve in order to promote their breeding and expand their range. The land itsel...
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by on October 20, 2017
De Hoop Nature Reserve is often cited as one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa, and we couldn’t agree more. The last time we were here it was April 2013, for our wedding, and the scenery looked markedly different. Travelling along the N2 from Cape Town, the landscape was dry and thirsty then, but at this time of year the fields are full of rich greenery and vibrant yellows that make everything look alive and flourishing. The reserve itself is managed by CapeNature, wi...
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