Birding Day Trips In Johannesburg, such as the Highveld and Wetlands, host a wide variety of bird species. This means exploring the regions south of Johannesburg guarantees a great day’s birding. Seeing over 100 bird species isn’t unheard of for a full-day birding tour.
Exploring the remarkably wild Suikerbosrand Nature reserve, we target species such as Marsh Owl, Red-throated Wryneck, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Sentinal Rock Thrush, Red-winged Francolin and Orange-breasted Waxbill.
Once we’ve had our fill at Suikerbosrand, we head on over to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary. Marievale is hands down one of the most productive and unique birding sites in all of South Africa. Here we’ll target the likes of African Rail, Little Rush Warbler, Cape Shoveler, Blue-billed Teal, African Marsh Harrier and many more.
You don’t need to travel far to enjoy birding day trips in Johannesburg. So join us as we show you the wonders of Johannesburg Highveld.
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve:
Starting bright and early, we’ll pick you up anywhere in Johannesburg to start the drive to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. On the outskirts of the reserve, we’ll bird for Ant-eating Chat, Orange River Francolin, Marsh Owl, Orange-breasted Waxbill, Cape Longclaw and more. Upon entering the reserve we can expect the likes of Red-throated Wryneck, Crested Barbet, Cape Rock-Thrush and Mountain Wheatear.
After spending some time around the picnic area, looking for Cape Robin-Chat, Cape Bunting, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Malachite Sunbird, Red Collared Widowbird and more, we’ll start the one-way route that traverses the reserves mountain ranges, acacia woodland and open grassland. Throughout the reserve, we’ll be looking for specials such as Secretarybird, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Nicholson’s Pipit, Yellow Canary, African Red-eyed Bulbul, Wing-snapping Cisticola, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Striped Pipit and depending on the time of the year, Fairy Flycatcher.
Marievale Bird Sanctuary:
Once we’ve finished up in Suikerbosrand, we take a 30-45 minute drive to the well-known Marievale Bird Sanctuary. It’s en route to Marievale that we will stop for a quick lunch in the heat of the day, befor.
Throughout the various wetlands, reedbeds and bird hides, we’ll be searching for specials such as African Rail, Arican Snipe, Greater- and Lesser Flamingo, Goliath Heron, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Black Crake, African Reed Warbler, Blue-billed-, Red-billed- and Cape Teal, Little Bittern, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Knob-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Brown-throated Martin and many more.
The day’s birding will end here, after which we’ll drive back to Johannesburg to drop you off at your specified location.
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