Date: 5/2/18 10:17 am From: <mvjohnski...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: Birding South Africa
What a trip and at that reasonable cost...wow...
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:56:18 AM UTC-6, Norman Erthal wrote:
> Posting of these announcements have been previously approved by the CFO
> I have a trip to South Africa on October 24 through November 11. It had
> filled from an earlier announcement. Due to a cancellation, I have up to 3
> spaces available. Estimated cost is about $4,600. This does not include the
> flight to Johannesburg. I expect we should see over 400 species and of
> course, many mammals and other critters. We will have experienced local
> guides. If you are not able to take advantage of this trip, please forward
> to anyone you think might be interested.
> *Day 1 Tue Oct 22: Arrive in Johannesburg. *Night in Johannesburg
> *Day 3 Wed Oct 23: *Recovery day and maybe some light birding near the
> *Day 3 Thu Oct 25: Arrive in Johannesburg *Day in the thornveld of
> Rust-de-Winter area and Zaagkuilsdrift Road for Southern Carmine Bee-eater,
> Shaft-tailed Whydah, and Greater Painted-Snipe. Sunset 6:15 pm. 2 hours to
> Kgomo-Kgomo. Night in Bela Bela. Birding from vehicle and on foot.
> *Day 4-5 Fri-Sat Oct 26-27: To Polokwane. *Sunrise 5:30 am. Drive to
> Polokwane Reserve for birding in grassland, reedbeds, and riverine bush on
> 26th. All day at the mountains and Afro-montane forest at Magoebaskloof and
> at New Agatha Forest Reserve for Bat Hawk for second day. Nights at Kurisa
> Mayo Lodge. Birding generally on foot.
> *Day 6-7 Sun-Mon Oct 28-29: *Early morning birding on second day
> depending on if we have missed anything then drive 3 hours to the amazing
> Kruger National Park. Night at Punda Maria Camp in north end of Kruger NP.
> Birding in Kruger will be mostly by car, although there are some trails and
> birding within the camp compound will also be done. Will do a night drive.
> *Days 8-9 Tue-Wed Oct 30-31: Kruger National Park*. Travel to southern
> Kruger through the National Park birding on the way. Nights at Satara Rest
> Camp in Kruger NP. Will do a night drive.
> *Day 10 Thu **Nov 1: To Wakkerstroom *Early morning at Kruger then a
> 7-hour drive south to Wakkerstroom with a stop at Abel Erasmus Pass for the
> very rare Taita Falcon and a possible stop in Swaziland for the rare Blue
> Swallow. Night in Wakkerstroom. Driving and walking. Night in Wakkerstroom.
> *Day 11 Fri Nov 2: Wakkerstroom.* Day at Wakkerstroom in grassland and
> wetlands with primary targets being two very local lark species, Rudd’s and
> Botha’s as well as White-bellied and Blue Bustards. Night in Wakkerstroom.
> *Day 12 Sat **Nov 3: Mkuze Game Reserve*. Early morning at Wakkerstroom
> then a 3-hour drive to Mkuze Game Reserve for it's acacia savanna, sand
> forest, riverine forest. Night *at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge in Hluhluwe.
> Walking and several blinds.*
> *Day 13 Sun Nov 4:* *Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve*. Driving, walking in
> low elevation grassland and coastal scarp forest, and maybe a boat cruise.
> Night at Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge in Hluhluwe.
> *Day 14 Mon **Nov 5: Saint Lucia area. *Visit nearby coastal dune forest,
> lakes and estuary of the Saint Lucia system and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
> Night drive in Eastland shores section of iSimangaliso. Night at Gooderson
> DumaZulu Lodge in Hluhluwe. Livingstone’s Turaco, Woodward’s Batis,
> Neergard’s Sunbird. Driving and walking.
> *Day 15 Tue **Nov 6: *We will visit the coastal forests of Ongoye Forest
> and Dlinza Forest with a canopy walkway*. *Night in Eshowe.
> *Day 16 Wed Nov 7: *Visit the coastal lowland Entumeni Forest and
> Amatikulu Reserve. Night in Durban at Faraway Lodge
> *Day 17 Thu 18 Nov 8: Durban Pelagic. *In addition to birds, especially
> highlights of albatross, there can be whales, dolphins, and fur seals.
> Depart at 7 and return between 2 and 3. Night in Durban at Faraway Lodge
> *Day 18 Fri **Nov 9: Karkloof Mountains *Sunrise 5:04 am. Here we will
> travel in spectacular terrain in mist belt forest and high altitude
> grassland. Possible sites are Darvill Park, Karkloof Conservancy and
> Hella-Hella Pass. Walking and canopy tour. Night in Himeville.
> *Day 19 Sat **Nov 10: Sani Pass and Lesotho. *Night in Underberg Sunset
> 6:16 pm. Take 4-wheel vehicles to Lesotho for alpine grassland and protea
> savanna. Driving and walking. Night in Himeville. Start at 6 am and
> conclude about 5:30.
> *Day 20 Sun Nov 11:* Bird at Marutswa Forest in the morning or other
> location depending on what we have not seen. Drive to Johannesburg 6 hours
> with possible stop at Marievale near Johannesburg, Evening flight home.
> Day 21 Nov 12: Arrive home