BIRDING

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The Eastern Cape Drakensberg has prolific birdlife with over 230 species recorded - contact us if you would like us to send you a full list. Specials include the Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), Cape Vulture, Drakensberg Rock-jumper, Blue Crane, Grey Crowned Crane and the Black Harrier. Click here for a link to further details from SA Birding.

bald ibis nesting sites

Our base at Wildside lives up to its name, and keen birders should look out for our resident Black Eagles, Gymnogene (African Harrier Hawk), Bald Ibis, Fish Eagles and 3 species of kingfisher. The variety of habitat on-site includes river, forest, sandstone cliffs, farmlands and grassveld giving sighting opportunities for a wide variety of species. We have bird books and lists available for our guests to browse and can also suggest other good places to try in the area. 

Drakensberg Birding

 

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We can give advice on day tours encompassing montane grasslands, rocky cliffs, riverside meadows and forest to provide maximum sighting opportunities.Climb to the top of high peaks to get an eye to eye view of the numerous raptors, or scour outcrops for Ground Woodpeckers, Rock-jumpers and Rock-thrushes. Mountain streams and thickets attract Tit-babblers, Flycatchers and Warblers, This is one of the few places in South Africa where 8 species of chat can be found. South Africa's third largest breeding colony of Cape Vultures is located between Barkly East and Lady Grey.

 

To complement your birding holiday we offer a wide range of optional activities including fly-fishing, hiking, horse riding, river rafting, overnight camping trips and 4x4 trails. 
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