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Tailor-made Birding Trips

A trip to match your needs!

Our Itineraries
Day Trips

Our speciality is putting together tailor made birding trips for birders who want to get the most of the time they have available, whether it be a half-day after a business meeting in Johannesburg, or a month-long birding feast in the region.

Let us know what you want to do, and the type of birding you most enjoy! Whether you have a few difficult species you still want to see, or a specific need to take good long looks at beautiful birds in superb surroundings, Indicator Birding can create a top-class birding experience.

We have a range of suggested itineraries with visitors who have from half a day, to 3 weeks to spend, and you are welcome to "mix and match" you itinerary, to combine independent touring, with some guiding in key localities. Here we will recommend the top local guides, and can help with accomodation and transport.

Popular trips include short tours to Wakkerstroom, or the Kruger Park. We are also very popular as regards the "business break" type of trip, where a business trip to South Africa is combined with a couple of days of quality birding, either taken as one continuous tour, or broken up into short birding outings on free days. See our illustrative itineraries below:

Typically we take care of all arrangements, transport and choosing the best itinerary for your needs, and most of the hassle is taken out of this.

If you think this option might be very expensive - try us!

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Illustrative Itineraries

1. 4 Day, Pretoria and Wakkerstroom

Day 1 consists of a drive through to Wakkerstroom, where we will stay for 2 nights. This is sufficient to find almost all of the highland endemics which the area is famed for. Day 2 is a full day of birding in the Wakkerstroom area, and on day 3 we leave early so as to spend a few hours of quality birding in the Suikerbosrand area. (Can be replaced with Marievale if the emphasis is on Waterbirds). On day 3 we will stay in Dinokeng, and will arrive early enough to start enjoying the great bushveld birding in the area. Day 4 is a full day birding in the Dinokeng area and neighbouring North-west province, which has a huge bird diversity and plenty of specials and endemics. We will deliver you back to your hotel, or see your off at the airport. This short trip (which can be squeezed into three days) usually delivers from 250- 300 species.

2. 5 Day, Kruger Park with highland and forest specials.

Day 1 is a drive through to Dullstroom, via some wetlands near Pretoria, and will concentrate on grassland birds. Day 2: After an early morning session, we will head for Mt Sheba, where superb forest birding is to be had. Day 3 will be spent firstly in the forests around Mt Sheba, looking at specials like Orange Ground Thrush and Knysna Turaco. We will then depart for the Kruger National Park, where we will spend two nights. Recommended camps for birding on this sort of itinerary are Skukuza and Lower Sabie, although Pretoriuskop also provides a nice contrast and is also good for big mammals.

2. 5 Day Eastern SA Twitchers Special

For those wanting to focus on the specials, this trip will concentrate on maximising the specials available in the northern part of Eastern SA. Day 1 finds us in near-pristine highveld near Suikerbosrand, looking for a host of grassland endemics. In the early afternoon we head east to Dullstroom. Day 2 After an early morning session, we then head north towards Tzaneen, taking in perhaps the only accessible Taita Falcon site in Southern Africa. Overnight near Magoebaskloof, allows us to start day 3 in the forests, where we will be looking for Cape Parrot, Blackfronted Bush shrike and Barrat's Warbler. A visit to a Bat Hawk site will slow the rush northwards to Punda Maria, in the Northern Kruger Park. Day 4 will be spent in the Pafuri area, and we will leave the park late, to drive to Polokwane. Here we start early again, main target being the very range restricted short-clawed lark, which we are likely to locate before breakfast. Conditions allowing we will then stop on the Nyl River Floodplain, to take in some sub-tropical wetland species. The afternoon will find us in the thornveld north of Pretoria concentrating on birders endemics such as Southern Pied Babbler, Barred Warbler and Shaft-tailed Whydah.

We get to the airport with time to spare..... and about 350 species under our belt!!

There are many other great itineraries you can build on - to see our full range go here....
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