Blyde River Canyon – Swadini Dam
About the Birding
The Swadini Dam is situated at the mouth of the Blyde River Canyon. The dam is fairly steep-sided but there are a number of fantastic trails and birding opportunities in the vicinity of the dam and surroundings. A boat cruise on the dam itself may yield specials such as the African Finfoot, White-backed Night Heron, Half-collared Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, African Black Duck and the occasional Bat Hawk.
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
Travelling from Hoedspruit or the Strydom tunnel on the R527 turn onto the R531 heading south towards Kampersrus. Approximately 2km before the turnoff to Kampersrus is a tar road to the right. Directions to the dam are signposted. Drive up to the gate, past the Aventura resort and onto the dam.