NEW! South Africa - Kruger National Park

Birding and 'big game' at one of Africa's most famous destinations!

2022 Dates
  • 18 Jan - 28 Jan 2022
Duration11 Days
2022 Price
Price TBC
2024 Dates
  • 16 Jan - 26 Jan 2024
Duration11 Days
2024 Price
Price TBC
Max Group Size12
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Covering an area approaching 20,000km2, Kruger National Park is one of the largest, and one of the most famous game reserves in all of Africa. Established late in the nineteenth century and originally known as the Sabi Game Reserve, the first three tourist vehicles entered the park in 1927 and since then many have enjoyed its wonderful wildlife and in 2022, that number will include Heatherlea!

Famed for its ‘big game’, Kruger is home to more species of large mammal than any other African game reserve. Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros (South-central Black and Southern White), African Elephant and Cape Buffalo make up the so called ‘Big Five’, and with an extended stay of 5 nights in the park, we have excellent chances of multiple encounters with many mammals. Over 500 species of bird have also been recorded in Kruger, of which half are resident and several threatened or range restricted. We have many targets, and of these Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Saddle-billed Stork, Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbill and Pel’s Fishing Owl (and as such often referred to as the ‘Big Six Birds’) are difficult to see elsewhere.

But there is so much more to this tour, and before entering Kruger we explore bird rich locations to its west including Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, the Dullstroom grasslands and Blyde River Canyon – the latter being the third largest canyon in the world! Crossing into the National Park, safari drives can also be great for birding, offering close views and with extra time at Skukuza, on the Sabie river loop we should encounter a wide range of species at this time of year. Later at Wakkerstroom (where difficult to see Rudd’s and Botha’s Lark are possibilities) we will be well placed, as an exciting array of migrants begin to pass through. With 250-300 bird species and perhaps as many as 50 mammals, this superb new tour to one of the most famous African destinations is not to be missed.

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Please note: all itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather).

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Why choose Heatherlea for your African wildlife holiday?

Our overseas holidays are planned with care to offer great birding and wildlife, led by capable Leaders who really look after you. Every holiday is run the 'Heatherlea Way', and we hope our Overseas Adventures remind you of the quality and care so many of you enjoy in Scotland. That means rewarding and exciting days in the field, and good quality accommodation and meals, with a real flavour of the country we are visiting. Heatherlea always seek to include the personal touches that make all the difference.

Heatherlea holidays are not ‘dawn to dusk’ expeditions. Our less-intensive approach is ideal for those who want to relax whilst experiencing the best wildlife watching, and wherever possible we organise early or late activity on an optional basis. We also take sensible breaks when in very hot places and regular comfort breaks on every holiday whenever possible. All itineraries are planned carefully around the best wildlife opportunities, and you won’t miss out on memorable wildlife, whilst enjoying relaxed, informal days that are great fun.

The really important part of any wildlife holiday is the experience for you, our valued customer. Heatherlea invest in many things to offer you the best possible service;

  • We have been organising birding and wildlife holidays for over 30 seasons, and have a highly experienced and capable office team. We also offer a telephone and email service outside normal office hours.
  • Heatherlea overseas holidays have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, putting the emphasis on personal service, and helping you get the best possible experience.
  • Our holidays often include things which others might invite you to pay yourself, for instance Departure Taxes and tips to hotels.
  • All elements of our holidays are sold under our own licence, ATOL 6113. Under ‘Flight-Plus’ legislation it is a legal requirement of any tour operator to hold an ATOL licence for the supply of any overseas holiday where a flight is involved, if that holiday includes either overseas accommodation and/or car hire. It can be a criminal offence for an operator to book flights as part of a package without an ATOL licence. Heatherlea also hold full Tour Operator Insurance for your added protection.
  • Heatherlea is your complete wildlife holiday provider. Our ‘Back Office’ team can organise all your pre-flight and other travel needs. Our specialists will help you book the right services, at the best price. Book holiday extensions through us, and your ATOL protection is extended further. We don’t charge extra for this service.
  • Heatherlea is a limited company, registered in Scotland, and registered to pay VAT (applies to all holidays within the European Union).

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The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

T: 01479 821248