MORNING WILDERNESS – FOREST & LAKES BIRDING
Wilderness and Sedgefield birding tour.
Morning lakes farmland and forest birding.
Birdwatching for beginners and the more advanced birder.
This birdwatching tour begins either at Sedgefield or Wilderness.
We start by driving along the lake towards the lagoon mouth, stopping at a few spots to scan the area and discuss our options.
At this stage, we expect to see various cormorant species, egrets, herons, coots, dabchicks, and more. At the mouth, we have a good chance to see African black oystercatchers and white-fronted plovers.
On the walkway between the mouth and the parking area, there is a good chance to see or hear Cape Robin-chat, Fiscal Flycatcher, and with some luck, Knysna Warbler in summer. This route has delivered species like Osprey, Goliath Heron, Little Bittern, and other sought-after species in the right season, weather conditions, and time of the day.
From here, we work our way towards Wilderness via Rondevlei. The Rondevlei bird hide is a reliable birding site to find all three grebes, some ducks, cormorants, kingfishers, African Swamphen, warblers, waders, and more. Our route continues via the Rondevlei/Bo-Langvlei connection where we recorded species like Malachite Kingfisher, White-throated Swallow, Little Bittern, Red-chested Fufftail, Blue-billed Teal, and more.
Farmland and Roadside Birding
We continue on the Bo-Rondevlei road towards Bergplaas via farmland where species like Black-winged Lapwing, Jackal and Forest Buzzard, Yellow-billed Kite, and Denim’s Bustard are possible sightings. We will also look out for Cape Crow, African Pipit, Cape Canary, African Stonechat, Swee Waxbill, and more.
Some of the destinations on this tour may include the Woodville Big Tree Forest, the Brown-hooded Kingfisher Trail, and the Half-collared Kingfisher Trail in Wilderness. Frequently observed species in these forests are Knysna Turaco, Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Narina Trogon, Blue-mantled Crested-flycatcher, and Black-headed Oriole.
We travel with our client’s vehicle unless otherwise confirmed. All roads on our route are good for normal sedan and 2 x 4 vehicles. Off-road vehicles can be arranged at an additional cost. We start as early as possible – normally at first light or at sunrise. We return to base before noon – normally between 11h00 and 12h00.
Cost: R1600.00 for the first two guests, R500.00 per person for additional guests.
Items to take with: binoculars, jacket/rain jacket, long pants recommended, close shoes (takkies), hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, water/drinks, Wildcard or cash/card for reserve entry.
Other: Expect the unexpected but remember “birds can fly.”
- This tour depends on the weather and needs to be confirmed a day before the tour date.
- Fitness level is moderate. Participants need to be able to walk 2 kilometres in one stretch. The route might include steep slopes, steps, rocky and slippery paths. Not suitable for unfit persons.
- Not suitable for children under 12 years old.
ITEMS TO TAKE WITH:
- Daypack (Bag to carry small items)
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable walking shoes (takkies or hiking boots)
- Cash for entrance fee at hiking trail or Wildcard
Please contact us for any further enquiries. Custom tours can be arranged.
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- Guided lakes birdwatching
- Guided farmland birdwatching
- Guided forest and riverine birdwatching
- Wilderness forest walk
- Exciting forest species
- Drive and walk along the lakes
- Farmland birding – driving
- Forest Birdwatching
- Walk in indigenous forest
- Visit bird hide on a local lake
- Specialist tour guide
- Entrance to park
Outdoor Heartbeat (Pty) Ltd is a South African based tour operator. We offer unique and exciting guided birding and nature tours with various durations from 1 day to longer tours. Our tours are filled with highlights, adventure and memories. Our guided tours are designed by the best qualified, experienced and active guides in their fields to ensure extreme customer satisfaction.