Birding in and around Dullstroom
Dullstroom is in relatively close proximity and easy drive on the N4 from not only Johannesburg and Pretoria but also Nelspruit and it has become a prime weekend destination and it provides a sample of the very best birding the Escarpment of Mpumalanga has to offer. Dullstroom offers great accommodation options with comfortable guesthouses, luxurious hotels, and lodges.
FFF Safaris has the privilege to take birders to many privately-owned properties in the area offering excellent photographic opportunities.
Dullstroom is situated on the Escarpment of Mpumalanga at 2000m above sea level.
Due to its location, it’s a fascinating area for a birder offering a variety of habitats that makes Dullstroom and surrounds a unique birding location with rare, localized, elusive, and spectacular species on offer.
Some of the habitats around the town:
Wetlands, grasslands, rocky outcrops, mountain slopes with sugar bushes, plantations, and dams.
Specials in the area to look out for:
Wetlands: Wattled Crane, Grey Crown Crane, Blue Crane, Red-chested flufftail.
Grasslands: Blue Crane, Denhams Bustard, Redwing Francolin, Cape Grassbird, Wailing Cisticola, Secretary Birds, Jackal Buzzard, Long Crested Eagle, and Southern Bald Ibis.
Rocky Areas: Sentinel Rock Thrush, Buffstreak Char, Mountain Chat, Cloud Cisticola, Wailing Cisticola, and Raptors
Mountain Slopes: Gurney’s Sugarbird, Malachite Sunbird
It’s a prime spot for grassland birding, birding around the wetlands in the area, birding along many of the local dams and ponds.
Dullstroom town itself offers a wide variety of species and then within a radius of 25km from town especially towards the north of town we find scrub and bushveld savanna.
What to expect on a day tour:
Our day starts early morning in Dullstroom where we will focus on local hot spots in the town.
From town, we will head northeast to a private property where we will focus on grassland and wetland species.
From there we will head further west covering mountain slopes, wetlands, and grassland species.
Our routes will present visitors with a good selection of birds and habitats on a day’s birding in and around Dullstroom and the Escarpment.
We will, however, customize our routes in the area depending on the species requested by our guests.
Terms and Conditions:
Please complete the inquiry form and we will forward you a quotation and requested information.
Waiver of Liability
FFF Safaris and its guides will endeavor to make your experience as safe and enjoyable as they are able but can accept no responsibility for any injury sustained during any of our tours.
FFF Safaris cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to any personal property. Adequate Medical and personal Insurance is highly recommended for travel whilst on tour.
The Client hereby acknowledges that the activities of Birding can involve inherent risks, and participates willingly with that knowledge. These risks can result in major injury or death. Furthermore, the Client hereby certifies that they are appropriately medically fit to participate in Birding activities.
Any medical conditions must be made known.
Deposit upon Booking
A 25% deposit is required to confirm your Tour dates and initial bookings.
(Should you be traveling within 30 days of booking this deposit falls away and full payment is due.)
The deposit in advance is for purposes of booking arrangements, guide bookings, and other incidentals.
The Balance payment of 75% is due 30 days before your starting tour date.
Should accommodation venues require full payment before this, we will advise regarding any amendments to payment requirements.
Cancellation / Rescheduling
Should a client cancel the tour within 2 weeks (14 days) of the first date of the tour, a minimum fee of 25% will be retained as non-refundable.
Any accommodation venue cancellation fees and rulings are over & above this and will be advised on request.
Should the guide cancel any part of the tour due to weather or other circumstances beyond his control and the client fails to reschedule the event, a minimum fee of 25% will be retained as non-refundable.