Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Greater Flamingos. Photo © Adam Riley 47 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel Park stretches 220 mi. (354 km) along South Africa's northeastern border and protects a staggering 7,580 square mi. (19,632 square km) of pristine lowveld habitat. This park is part of the 13,500 square mi. (34,965 square km) Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which in- cludes adjacent reserves in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The park boasts numer- ous world-class tourist facilities, including a selection of modern camps with excel- lent accommodations and restaurants, a superb network of roads, and numerous picnic and viewing sites. Both self-driving and guided trips can be done in the park, making it a popular venue for local and in- ternational tourists. Two weeks can easily be spent traveling through the park, but at least four days should be set aside as a minimum. Kruger is excellent year round; however, bird diversity is augmented dur- ing the warmer austral months (October to March) by numerous "winter" visitors from Eurasia and farther north in Africa. The park consists of 13 habitat zones, ranging from open grasslands to dense woodlands, plus isolated rocky outcrops and the Lebombo Mountains. The park's bird list is impressive. More than 550 spe- cies have been recorded, and frst-time visitors are astounded by the sheer volume of birds encountered the moment they en- ter the park. Because the mixed woodlands (also known as bushveld) have the high- 7-South Africa.indd 47 3/4/14 1:12 PM

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