Kruger National Park – Berg-en-Dal
About the Birding
Berg-en-dal is a large camp and offers up some excellent general bushveld birding, and typical species such as Magpie Shrike, Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Chinspot Batis, Golden-breasted Bunting, Blue Waxbill, Green-winged Pytilia, Yellow-fronted Canary, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-backed Puffback, Long-billed Crombec, Rattling Cisticola and Southern Black Tit are common and easy to find. The diminutive Pearl-spotted Owlet – a diurnal owl with a lovely, characteristic call – is also a regular in this area, and wherever present or calling it never fails to attract the attention of numerous birds. Inside the camp is a small dam, which occasionally produces some interesting species: even White-backed Night Heron and African Finfoot have been recorded before.
About the Birding Site
This is one of Kruger’s southernmost camps, and it offers a good variety of habitat to explore. The camp is surrounded by rocky hillsides covered in mixed broad-leafed woodland known as Malelane Mountain Bushveld. The camp is built on the Matjulu watercourse within the protective ring of the Malelane Mountains. The large amount of natural bush in the camp is conducive to birding. It has a small, pleasant dam in front of it where the African Fish-Eagle often sits on the dead trees protruding from the water- watch for the Red-billed Buffalo Weavers that breed in the same tree.
The best Berg-en-Dal Camp birding experience is to do the wheelchair-friendly Rhino Walk around the camp perimeter. The gentle, hour-long walk beneath the tall trees that line the Matjulu River is punctuated by a series of interesting, educational boards along the trail. To the east, the Crocodile River and its associated thickets and riverine vegetation can easily reached from Berg-en-dal; while the camp is surrounded by numerous rocky outcrops, which in offer a few unique species that can be tricky to locate elsewhere in the park.
Other Related Information
The southern camps can be accessed through the gates at Crocodile Bridge, Malelane, Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger. The closest access gate to Skukuza is Paul Kruger gate and the closest town is the town of Hazyview.
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