Great Birdlife at Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp
The reserve is open to Kruger, which extends your viewing space. The birdlife is spectacular and the bird list of the reserve sits at around 250 species, with lots of activity around the perennial Olifants River, which runs through the reserve. The camp’s traversing rights take guests through some magnificent fig trees close to the river and we visited a massive quelea colony and watched these fascinating little birds flock along with what seemed to be at least half the raptor population of the Greater Kruger National Park. We saw peregrine falcons, tawny eagles, Wahlberg’s eagles and a dark chanting goshawk; and those were just the ones we could easily identify. The trees around the camp were abuzz with birdlife and butterflies. We also had great sightings of kudu, wildebeest, giraffe, waterbuck, warthogs and impalas, and the guest book shows regular sightings of elephants, leopards and wild dogs, with two prides of lions currently active in the area.