Kruger National Park – Lower Sabie
About the Birding
Heading north-west on the main road to Skukuza, just a short distance from the camp gate is a small dam called Sunset Dam that regularly attracts a variety of storks, including Marabou Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, African Openbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Saddle-billed Stork and Black Stork. Red-billed Buffalo Weaver and Village Weaver both nest in the dead trees located in the dam. Sunset dam is also a great spot to scan for waders with common ones being: Wood and Common Sandpipers, Common Greenshank, Three-banded Plover- but watch out for any rarities as the dam played host to a Pectoral Sandpiper in the summer of 2019. The overhanging branches close to the parking area sometimes host a White-backed Night Heron in them. A short distance to the south-east of camp, the causeway over the Lower Sabie River is a good spot to look for waterbirds including African Jacana, Goliath Heron, Green-backed Heron and Wire-tailed Swallow- some of the rarities here have been Lesser Moorhen, Greater Painted Snipe, Bat Hawk, Dwarf and Little Bittern.
About the Birding Site
Lower Sabie is located along the Sabie River east of Skukuza towards the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains. The surrounding plains are covered in a low scrubby savanna. The rest camp is busy, but the gardens are pleasant and the camp overlooks the Sabie River. Some of the birds one may encounter in camp include: Terrestrial Brownbul, Bearded Scrub Robin, Green-backed Camaroptera, Kurrichane Thrush, Grey Tit-flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole, Brubru, Retz’s Helmetshrike, Marico, Collared and White-bellied Sunbird, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Southern Black Tit, Pied and Giant Kingfisher, Red-billed and African Firefinch, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpecker, Coqui Francolin, Brown-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagra, Burnt-necked and Yellow-bellied Eremomela and many others.
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 Lower Sabie is Crocodile Bridge Gate and the closest town is the town of Komatipoort.