We sent our professional reviewer, Pippa de Bruyn, to find the best accommodation in Ficksburg and the Maluti Mountains. Here are her top 13 cottages and lodges, seven of which are under R375 per person a night.
Blog posts: Birding
The barn swallows are summer chasers and during our Southern Hemisphere summertime we found them swooping in the sunset skies over the marshlands just north of Durban.
The Bahananwa tribe live below the dramatic Blouberg mountain in Limpopo. Jacques Marais and his family get into nature’s rhythm at the African Ivory Route camp within their tribal grazing lands on the edge of Blouberg Nature Reserve.
The Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site; a maze of waterways and floodplains that is celebrated for its value as a unique ecosystem, sustaining an unmatched variety of bird, animal, and plant life in Botswana. If you’re not checking the trees for some of Africa’s most colourful bird species… you ought to be!
It seems a little unfair that an amateur birder can hop onto a mokoro in the Okavango Delta and see three Pel’s fishing owls, and then follow that up with a little champagne on the water… but that’s exactly what happened on my Mapula Lodge excursion!
On a recent day trip to the Kruger National Park I was introduced to the private Mananga Trail – a discrete off-road route that follows the winding river and provides solace for an astounding amount of game. And birds!
Wildlife film maker Zack Vincent managed to capture remarkable footage of South Africa’s rare blue swallow hatching.
The heavy summer rains brought floods to Botswana, yet avid campers persevered and the reward was great. Birds of every colour fill the trees and wade at the water’s edge feeding triumphantly on the season’s medley of insects.
Night brings a special gift to birdwatching: darkness re-engineers sight and ears become extra eyes as you look up for a quietly gliding owl among the stars.
The trunk of a tree can become a musical instrument when a woodpecker is about. With sharp, chisel-like bills, woodpeckers are adapted for tree-tapping.