Blyde River Canyon and surrounds – Strijdom Tunnel
About the Birding
The R527 road which meanders through the Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strydom Tunnel offers some of the best raptor birding on the route. Sheer cliffs hem the road and provide roosting sites for a number of different species whilst thickly wooded valleys offer a different habitat type supporting a wide range of species. A number of lay-bys near the pass offer an opportunity to scan the cliffs and forests.
About the Birding Site
The majority of birders actively plan birding trips to areas where they can either see a large number of birds in a short space of time or around rarities/localized species that would not easily be seen elsewhere. The Kruger to Canyons Birding Route offers both these highlights and a captivating wildlife experience to visiting birders.
Other Related Information
While this area is not considered an unsafe area to visit, birders should always remain mindful as petty crime is a possibility when visiting these remote areas. The Strydom Tunnel is located on the R527 between Hoedspruit and Ohrigstad. Travelling from Ohrigstad, drive up and through the Abel Erasmus pass and down towards the Strydom Tunnel. The Taita Falcon nesting site is on the Hoedspruit side of the tunnel besides a craft market and is well signposted.