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Getaway to Punda Maria and Pafuri Gate

GETAWAY TO KRUGER PARK FROM PUNDA MARIA AND PAFURI GATE

Central Soutpansberg is close to Kruger National Park especially Punda Maria and Pafuri.Enough habitat types within a short distance of each other.Birders can stop to do some birding on their way to Kruger Park and in the Central Soutpansberg sites like Hanglip Forest,Roodewal Forest,Muirhead Dams,Entabeni Forest and Thohoyandou Botanical Garden.Birders can be rewarded with birds like African Finfoot,White Backed Night-Heron,Blue Spotted Wood-Dove,African Broadbill,Mottled Spinetail,Bat Hawk,Scaly Throated Honeyguide,Narina Trogon,Pink Throated Twinspot,African Wood Owl.etc
Birders can stop for whole day before leaving to Punda and explore one of the sites in the Soutpansberg or Venda.
We can plan a day outing to Pafuri Picnic site or Punda Maria which can be a full day outing around the park.


Birding Trips and Tours

BIRDING TOURS AND EXCURSIONS

I specialise on birding trips throughout Soutpansberg and Venda areas in the Limpopo Province.Soutpansberg Mountain is a wonderful place with lots of endemic birds and beautiful scenery lots of fauna and animals.
While staying in Louis Trichardt a specialised birding trip can be organised to Hanglip Forest,Ben Lavin Nature Reserve,Sewarage Dams,Roodewal Nature Reserve,Albasini Picnic Site,Entabeni Forest,Luvuvhu River and Thohoyandou Botanical Garden

BIRDING TOURS

Morning birding walk.

A morning birding walk can be arranged from where you will be staying for about 2 and half hours.Birds you will likely to see include special birds Gorgeous Bushshrike,Crested Guineafowl,Olive Bushshrike,Red Faced Cisticola,Cape Grassbird and the resident African Wood Owl.

Half Day Birding Tour

Time is about 5-6 hours in the escarpment of Soutpansberg mountains.I can lead you to Roodewal Nature Reserve which is best done early morning,and then to Muirhead Dams.Roodewal Nature Reserve the only place to see the African Broadbill in the Central Soutpansberg.other birds common are Eastern Nicator,Narina Trogon,Scaly Throated Honeyguide,Green Twinspot and the resident African Crowned Eagle.

Full Day Birding Tour

Time 8-9 hours of birding under toe canopy of Afro-Montane Forest.Entabeni Forets and Hanglip Forest is an ideal sites for full day.Entabeni Forest birds that are common are Bat Hawk,Orange Ground Thrush,Yellow Streaked Greenbul.Other places we can visit for the day include Thohoyandou Botanical Garden and birds easily located is Blue Spotted Wood-Dove.This is the only reliable place to get the Blue Spotted Wood-Dove in South Africa.Other resident birds are Pink Throated Twinspot,Green Twinspot,Gorgeous Bushshrike,Red-Capped Robin-Chat and Eastern Nicator.

Weekend Birding Tour.

We can organise a birding weekend tour to various camp sites around Venda.Gundani Camp site,the only patch of Miombo woodland in South Africa.Two tent that can accomodate 4 people and a camping site is available for extra people.Birds that we are likely to see are White Breasted Cuckooshrike,Pink Throated Twinspot,Southern Hyliota,Narina Trogon,Scaly Throated Honeyguide.While staying at Gundani camp we can also visit Sagole Big tree a 25 minutes drive from the camp.Birds to see there include Mottled Spinetail that roosts in the cave inside the biggest Baobab tree in South Africa.

A day or weekend birding at Punda Maria or Pafuri Picnic Site.I can accompany you for a day visit to either Punda Maria or Pafuri Picnic Sites to look for birds like Pel's Fishing Owl,Black-Throated Wattle-Eye,Arnot's Chat,Southern Hyliota,Grey-Headed Parrot,Senegal Coucal,Tropical Boubou etc

ABOUT SAMSON AND THE GUIDING

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Louis Trichardt & Thohoyandou, Central Soutpansberg Venda Limpopo RSA, South Africa
Limpopo Specialist Birdguide.Trained and accredited in general guiding and bird identification through the SASOL/Birdlife South Africa.An expert in leading any birding focussed excursions through-out Soutpansberg,Venda and Northern Kruger.Tours arranged to fit in with your needs and plans-anything from 3 hours or half day to a full day even weekend birding tour. Cell:083 662 9960 Fax:086 217 0006

RECENT SIGHTINGS AND TOP BIRDS SEEN IN THE CENTRAL SOUTPANSBERG & VENDA


TOP BIRDS SEEN SOUTPANSBERG AND VENDA

1.Blue Spotted Wood-Dove
2.African Broadbill
3.Pink Throated Twinspot
4.African Finfoot
5.Whte Backed Night Heron
6.Orange Ground Thrush
7.Bat Hawk
8.White Starred Robin
9.Scaly Throated Honeyguide
10.Green Twinspot
11Half Collared Kingfisher
12.Eastern Nicator
13..Crested Guineafowl
14African Crowned Eagle
15.Allen's Gallinule
16.Lesser Jacana
17.African Pygmy Goose
18Yellow Throated Woodland Warbler
19.Red faced Cisticola
20.Yellow Streaked Greenbul


CONTACT DETAILS AND AVAILABILITY

My Contact details

Cell No:083 662 9960
Fax:086 217 0006
Email:mulaudzims@gmail.com
Email:samson@birdingsoutpansberg-venda.co.za


Availability.

Booking is very essential either by calling 083 662 9960 or send an email to mulaudzims@gmail.com OR samson@birdingsoutpansberg-venda.co.za

Monday, June 27, 2011

Soutpansberg and Venda Winter Birding

Hi All.

I had a couple of outings during June months with some of the birders
Richard and friend,McDonalds from Gauteng and Cape Town and others
most of them they stopped over on their way to Kruger Park as is only
100 km away from Central Soutpansberg.It was cold here in the
Soutpansberg but birding was good as always.We went to most birding
sites in the central Soutpansberg such as Roodewal Nature
Reserve,Muirhead Dams,Entabeni Forest,Thohoyandou Botanical Garden and
Golwe Vhuri vhuri Campsite to name a few.
At a private Springfield Farm dams we had a nice sightings of of a
pair of White Backed Night-Heron and African Finfoot.

The highlights at Roodewal Nature Reserve were sightings of African
Broadbill,Narina Trogon,Green Twinspot,Gorgeous Bush-shrike,African
Crowned Eagle sitting on top of the Pine Tree,Crested Guineafowl,Olive
Bush-shrike,Orange Breasted Bush-Shrike,Red Faced Cisticola amongst
others.

Muirhead Dams produced special birds like Blue Spotted
Wood-Dove,Tambourine Dove,African Pygmy Goose,African Black Duck,Half
Collared Kingfisher,Red Backed Manikkin,Scaly Throated
Honeyguide,Olive Woodpecker and Golden Weaver.

Entabeni Forest highlights were Bat Hawk,Orange Ground Thrush,Grey
Cuckooshrike,White Starred Robin,Forest Buzzard and along the
Lutanandwa river we had African Broadbill and Mountain Wagtail.

Thohoyandou Botanical Garden highlights amongst others were Blue
Spotted Wood-Dove,Pink Throated Twinspot,Tambourine Dove, Eastern
Nicator,Bearded Scrub Robin,Gorgeous Bushrike and Green Twinspot.

At Venda Vhuri Vhuri Campsites special birds there were African
Broadbill,Narina Trogon,Pink Throated Twinspot and Green
Twinspot,African Wood Owl,Gorgeous Bush-shrike,White Crested
Helmet-Shrike,Southern Boubou and Eastern Nicator.


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SAMSON MULAUDZI
LIMPOPO BIRD GUIDE(BIRDLIFE SA Accredited)
Specialist for Soutpansberg and Venda
Cell:+27(0)83 662 9960
Fax:+27(0)867626473
Email: mulaudzims@googlemail.com
Samson.birdguide@webmail.co.za
Web:www.birdingroutes.co.za
Operating Areas:Central Soutpansberg & Venda-Roodewal Forest.
Entabeni Forest,
Muirhead Dams,
Hanglip Forest,
Thohoyandou B Garden,
Thathe Holy Forest
Sagole Big Tree(Mottled Spinetail)
North of Kruger Park in Limpopo Province.
BLOG: www.samsonbirding.blogspot.com
Registered SABAP & BIRP Observer No:2187

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