[Oversea] South Africa - August 2016 (Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon)

South Africa - August 2016 (Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon)

Visited South Africa at the beginning of the August. Will like to thanks Captain Wong for initiating the trip and also Ah Yuen for the great company through our journey to Kruger and Blyde River Canyon. South Africa is well worth visiting for those who want to get a taste of Africa for the first time, it's also a much more budget friendly country to visit compare with Kenya or Tanzania. South Africa offers quite a lot of endemic species and even a few endemic families. Our timing was not the best for birds, but we still had quite a few interesting and target species. We managed to get the BIG FIVE at Kruger, even the Leopard!

We only hired a guide for our short stay at Cape Town, Brian Vanderwalt was extremely helpful and very experienced local bird guide, I highly recommend spending a day or two with him at Cape Town. He found us both Blue Cranes and Cape Rockjumpers fairly easily. The rest of our trip was self driven, Kruger offers very good game watching even without any guiding, Blyde River Canyon is highly recommended for the amazing sceneries!

Will no doubt visit this unique corner of earth again in the near future. For full trip report and more photos, please visit the links below:

Trip Report:
Part 1 - Cape Town + False Bay
Part 2 - Cape Town + Johannesburg + Kruger (Crocodile Bridge)
Part 3 - Kruger (Crocodile Bridge + Satara)
Part 4 - Kruger (Satara + Letaba)
Part 5 - Kruger (Letaba) + J G Strijdomtunnel + Blyde River Canyon
Part 6 - Blyde River Canyon

Blue Crane - endemic (National Bird of South Africa)

Cape Sugarbird - endemic

Cape Rockjumper - endemic

Cape Grassbird - endemic

African Penguin - endemic

Cape Cormorant - endemic

Crowned Cormorant - endemic

Southern Bald Ibis - endemic

Orange-breasted Sunbird - endemic

Southern Double-collared Sunbird - endemic

Malachite Sunbird

Cape Batis - endemic

Spotted Eagle Owl

Giant Eagle Owl

African Scops Owl

Lilac-breasted Roller

Purple Roller

White-browed Robin-Chat

Crested Francolin

Swainson's Spurfowl

Kori Bustard

Red-crested Korhaan

Green Wood-Hoopoe

Golden-tailed Woodpecker

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Red-billed Hornbill

African Grey Hornbill

White-backed Vulture

Lappet-faced Vulture

Martial Eagle

Southern Masked Weaver

Cape Weaver

Cape Canary - endemic

Swee Waxbill - endemic

African Elephant

White Rhino

Blue Widebeest

Plain Zebra

African Buffalo





Blyde River Canyon - Three Rondavels

[ Last edited by kmatthew at 29/08/2016 09:49 ]
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Great and excellent shots.


One of the best trip reports I've seen posted here for a long while.
Superb photography you'd done and I enjoyed reading your well written blogs on this trip too.
Well done and thanks for sharing, Matt!
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Thanks 9Wi and KK, I really think SA deserves more attention from HK birders, even a casual trip like ours yielded some pretty good birds, while our itinerary also managed to cater for a lot of non-birding friends on our trip. It's also one of the best value birding location I've ever been on for the amount of birds and animals the country can deliver.
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與有榮焉 My pleasure to travel with young stars

BTW, Southern Ground Hornbill (Bird of the trip)


與有榮焉 My pleasure to travel with senior birders~thanks Captain and Matthew

Trumpeter Hornbill

Common Ostrich


Great shots of the 3 species I missed!!!
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