A BIRDER’S PARADISE
Kruger National Park’s Best Birding Destination
The Makuleke (Pafuri) is particularly well known for its year-round prolific birdlife with over 350 species being identified thus far. It’s no wonder the region has been identified by environmentalists as Kruger National Park’s best birding destination as so many of the central African birds as well as most southern African birds are found here.
The birds truly are magnificent... the Crowned Eagle, Wattle-eyed Flycatcher, Bohm’s Spinetail, Racket Tailed Roller (inevitably be found in the Fever Tree forests lining the Limpopo Flood Plain) and of course, the elusive and highly sought-after Pels Fishing Owl (inhabiting sections of the Luvuvhu River), are just some of the specials found in this area (see the list on the right).
In 2007 the Makuleke Contractual Park was declared a Ramsar Wetland Site with prominent features including riverine forests, riparian flood plain forests, flood plain grasslands, river channels and flood pans. These flood pans are depressions in the flood plains which are intermittently filled from floods and rains and are important as they hold water into the dry season, acting as a refuge point for wildlife and waterbirds during both winter and summer months. There are 31 flood pans in the area.
If you are not interested in birds before you arrive in the Makuleke, you probably will be before you leave.
We can tailor-make birding and walking safaris for you - contact us to discuss further.
SPECIALITIES IN THE MAKULEKE
Böhm’s and Mottled Spinetails
Three Banded Courser
Lemon Breasted Canary
Grey Headed Parrot
African Yellow White-eye
OTHER REGULAR SIGHTINGS
African Cuckoo Hawk
FROM OUR GUEST BOOK
I spent 7 days up in the
Makuleki concession in the Pafuri
area and came back home with a
list of 180 ticks (Dec month).