Easter weekend in the Kruger National Park 

After a long drive on the N4 from Joburg through heavy rain, we finally dropped down into the Lowveld and were welcomed by blue skies and a noticeable temperature increase. We arrived at the bridge overthe Crocodile River heading to Malelane gate and instantly I took in a deep breath because this is the place […]

The lastest day trips into nature… 

Well it has definitely been a while since I last updated my blog, so here goes….. I’ve done a few one day trips here and there and most recently long weekend trip out to Kruger National Park. We’ve had some nice birds, butterflies and moths in the garden lately starting with an unusual visit from […]

Stanger and Umhlanga 

While staying in Umhlanga over Christmas I managed to drag my Dad up to Stanger to visit the Sappi Mill Bird Hide for the second time this year. My first visit to this spot produced quite a few Lifers and one rather interesting looking Baillon’s Crake – a leucistic form. I was hoping for an […]

A quick visit to Pilanesberg Game Reserve

I recently spent a night camping at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in the North West province with my bush bud Kat who was up from Cape Town. I arrived at Pilanesberg hoping to find some of the birds I’ve missed all year but I know can be quite easily found in the park. The first […]

Birding Big Day 2016 

Last Saturday my Dad and I took part in Birdlife South Africa’s Birding Big Day, a 24 hour period in which you have to see how many bird species you can count. You have from midnight to midnight to record birds seen or heard, but we are not that crazy so we didn’t wake up at midnight!  Our […]

Marloth Park and Kruger 

What a better way than to fall asleep to the sounds of a tiny Scops Owl and then wake up in the morning to the sounds of a hyaena.  That was my alarm clock for the first morning I woke up in Marloth Park. As I got myself dressed and ready for the day I […]

Marievale and an Owl 

So after a few long weeks of trying to plan a weekend birding getaway for myself and my birder friend Jaclyn, we ended up just having one day out at Marievale Bird Sanctuary.    We had originally wanted to go to the Rust De Winter area or Dinokeng Game Reserve, all close by just north […]

Cape Town 

We arrived in Cape Town on a Friday afternoon, so after battling through some traffic we eventually arrived at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. My aim for visiting the gardens was to look forMalachite Sunbirds, Cape Sugarbirds and to walk along the newly built Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway (The Boomslang). Soon after entering the gardens I […]

Langebaan and West Coast National Park 

Day 6: Darling to Langebaan  We arrived in Langebaan where we would be staying at Club Mykonos, a huge resort designed to resemble Mykonos in Greece. Cute white buildings with brightly coloured doors, window frames and shutters. The section we stayed in has been built on a hillside so getting from your vehicle to the […]

Karoo National Park to Darling 

Day 3: Karoo NP to Darling.  Our journey continued from the Karoo National Park down to Darling to stay with my Aunt for a few days. The landscape change from the Karoo to the West Coast is amazing. From relatively flat, dry land with a few koppies you eventually start seeing the mountains. Its awesome […]