Clients : Kim & Sunneva Frost, Denmark
Dates : 11 to 22 November 2007
Duration : 12 days

Route: Tailored tour followed the Great North Road from the Waterberg Mountains and acacia studded plains of the Springbuck Flats north of Pretoria to the forests of the Northern Drakensberg before descending into the savanna and mixed woodland of the central part of the Kruger National Park.

As such the route embraced a medley of five distinct habitat types within one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, noted for its unsurpassed mix of colourful and charismatic birds as well as mega fauna, including the much sought after ‘Big 5’ – African Elephant, White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, African Lion and Leopard.

Bat Hawk, W Tarboton
Crested Barbet

In this latter regard we were not to be disappointed with all five recorded in two days! On the avian ‘Big 5’ we were treated to great views of Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork and Martial Eagle but failed to connect with Southern Ground Hornbill in spite of hearing the deep booming call on two occasions at dawn

Listings: A total of 306 species were recorded. Highlights included Coqui Francolin, Shelley’s Francolin, Comb Duck, Kurrichane Button Quail, Lesser Honeyguide, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Purple Roller, Little Bee-eater, Striped Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Emerald Cuckoo, Cape Parrot, Brown-headed Parrot, White-faced Scops Owl, Tambourine Dove, Kori Bustard, Black-bellied Korhaan, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Collared Pratincole, Bat Hawk, Lappet-faced Vulture, Saddle-billed Stork, Gabar Goshawk, Martial Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Taita Falcon, Dwarf Bittern, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Black-fronted Bush Shrike, Olive Bush Shrike, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow-streaked Bulbul, Burnt-necked Eremomela, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Yellow White-eye, Monotonous Lark, Short-clawed Lark, Starred Robin, Chorister Robin, Mocking Cliff Chat, Crested Barbet, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Red-headed Weaver, Cut-throat Finch, Green Twinspot, Violet-eared Waxbill, Steel-blue Widow Finch, Long-tailed Wagtail, Lemon Dove and Temminck’s Courser.

In the client’s own words: ‘Patrick was an exceptional guide, not only on account of his unique knowledge of birds but because of his personality, friendliness and truly indefatigable endeavor to ensure his clients a holistic and optimum experience of nature and social conditions. In addition to pleasant and considerate driving practices, he provided us with the best accommodation, meals and wine! To the last minute we were taken care of including shuttle arrangements to the airport terminal. Thus I can give Avian Leisure my warmest recommendations!’

Kim Frost – Denmark

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