birding safari

Magnificent birding safari at Kings Camp

Kings Camp offers an incredible three day birding safari as one of their signature products. The Timbavati boasts over 360 species of birds. This incredible bio-diversity offers the perfect backdrop for a sensational and unmatched birding safari. In addition, the vibrant wildlife in the bush peaks heightens the excitement of your birding safari as you are exposed to other animal encounters.

The advantages of a birding safari in a luxury reserve are countless. The decreased number of vehicles and privilege of walking in the bush are invaluable. Kings Camp lodge, in particular, is a great birding base, especially in the summer months. During this time there are frequent visits from woodland kingfishers and red-headed weavers. Other regular visitors include raptors (at night), cuckoos and Burchells Starlings.

Birding at Kings Camp is best in summer (October to March). During this time the migratory birds are present. Birds also breed during this time and males are in their summer breeding plumage. Although this is the optimum time for birding safari, there are also incredible sightings in other seasons. For example, in July, August and September owls are breeding and can be located at their nests.

Three day birding safari - what to expect

Day 1 and 2 - Timbavati birding and game viewing

Choosing between an open safari vehicle or by foot, you can enjoy two days exploring the bushveld birds at Kings Camp. Along with Nic Squires, a specialist SKS bird guide, you will explore a variety of habitats. You can expect to discover an array of species in the Bush Willow/Mopane Woodlands, Olifants River Rugged Veld and Thornveld Gabbro soils.

Day 3 - Drakensberg forest escarpment

After a delicious breakfast you will hop in a vehicle with Nic and venture up Mariepskop/Blyde River Canyon. Here you will explore the opportunities for forest and mountain bird sightings. You will then enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch in the mountains - make sure to keep your camera on hand!

The full package can be found here. Make sure that you bring your binoculars and camera!