1-day Sani Pass and Lesotho Birding Tour

Tour Details

Duration: 1 day

Tour Start: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu-Natal
Tour End: Underberg, Himeville, or in some instances Creighton, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Tour Costs

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The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg Escarpment and highlands, plus spectacular mountain scenery.

We leave very early in the morning (around 5:30) with a packed breakfast and lunch to ascend the Sani Pass by 4-wheel drive with a local guide. The ascent up Sani Pass, one of the most famed birding routes in South Africa, provides easy access to most of the birds endemic to the Drakensberg Escarpment and highlands, plus spectacular mountain scenery. Patches of temperate forest and scrub, inhabited by sought-after Bush Blackcap, Drakensberg Prinia, Chorister Robin-Chat, and other endemics, are found in the lower reaches of the pass. This habitat is replaced by Protea  savanna a little higher up, where Gurney’s Sugarbird  and Malachite Sunbird occur. Above the tree-line, Drakensberg Siskin and  Drakensberg Rockjumper start to appear, and at even higher altitude  Mountain Pipit, Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), and many other Drakensberg specials occur. We will spend a full day ascending to the top of the escarpment and into the beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho, with frequent stops along the way, in a quest to find all the localized specials.