BIRDING IN THE KRUGER PARK

by Stefan Kruger
(White River South Africa)

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)

Birding is my passion & I just love to go birding in the Kruger National Park. As any birder would know, the best birding in Kruger is in the far North (Punda & Pafuri) - a couple of days spent here can produce a great & large bird list with 200 or more ticks over a period of 7 - 10 days.

I spent 7 days up in the Makuleki concession in the Pafuri area and came back home with a list of 180 ticks (December month). Obviously it will be less in Winter as our migrants are not here. I was on a specialist advanced bird guide course that Eco-Training provided & Bruce Lawson (a very well known bird guide & he is also high up on the FGASA board) (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) was our lecturer / course instructor. I really learnt alot from him - thanx Bruce if you are reading this! We have seen Mottled Spinetail, Pel's Fishing Owl , Meves's Starling, Arnot's Chat, Jameson's Firefinch & much more.

Do your selves a favour & next time you want to visit the Kruger BOOK a COURSE (SPECIALIST ADVANCED BIRD COURSE)with Eco-Training it will only cost you about R6700-00 per person (if it is that much just call Eco-Training & make sure).It's great it's also worth the money it will cost you close to that price in anyway if you were to spend a few days in Kruger that price is for 7 days meals & accomodations in large canvas safari tents (Unfenced)are included as well as a drive & a walk or two drives every day plus you learn more about our birds in short its just worth it. like I said I was there in December 2009 it was relaxing & I gained a hole lot of new konwledge & we even had a pride of lions on one of our birding outings that had a kill we were about 16 students if I can remember correctly & we all had a ball out there & you really learn a lot from Bruce & his wife.

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Punda / Pafuri - the wildest part of Kruger
by: Anton

You're spot-on Stefan - the Pafuri / Punda Maria area is tops for birding in the Kruger Park. We often go out looking for birds and end up seeing lions or wild dogs so the area is good for general game too and the 4X4 Northern Plains Trail is the best of the Kruger 4X4 trails in our opinion.

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