Travel writer and photographer, Leon Marais, reveals why Pretoriuskop is tops for great bird sightings
With over 500 recorded bird species, the vast Kruger National Park ranks as one of the country’s top birding spots. It draws over a million visitors annually of which many go for the birds.
As a regular bird tripper to Satara in the south-central region – Skukuza on the Sabie River and Pretoriuskop in the southwestern corner – I’ve come to appreciate the specific birds to be found in each of these regions.
Pretoriuskop, in the south-western corner of the park, receives the highest annual rainfall, varying from 600 to 750mm per annum, and the tall, coarse grasses and Terminalia-dominated Pretoriuskop Sourveld, as this veld type is known, don’t add up to ideal grazing conditions for larger animals. To put it simply, there are better areas for game viewing. But for birders the region has a lot to offer.