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"Seeing Grizzly Bears, Bison and the two wolves really close in the Hayden Valley, what a wow moment!"
Ann Thitchener, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Birds, Bears, Beaver, Bisons and Beer! Amazing mountain scenery!"
Jenni & Keith Williamson, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Seeing a bison corpse being devoured by a grizzly bear with a coyote and ravens in attendance and than joined by a bald eagle - pure magic!"

Sonia & Clive Adkin, Yellowstone Spring 2014

The best views we have had of Black Shouldered Kite, Montagus Harrier sky dancing and Spanish Imperial Eaglesand will be remembered forever."
Chris and Andy Mortimer, Extremadura 2015

"There were so many highlights - the gasp from my young son when he put his eye to the telescope and saw the eagle owl with its chick; watching two imperial eagles barking at a vulture as they dive bombed it; watching a male Great bustard displaying and then actually winning his female I could go on and on and on …"
Alex, Jess and Tom Rafinski, Extremadura 2014

"Seeing the Spanish Imperial Eagle, one mobbing a vulture and another with a Genet in its beak."
Alan Willison, Extremadura 2013

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South Africa

A multi-centre tour with the best of birdlife and big game in stunning South Africa. From bird-rich tropical lowlands and highland grasslands, to the world-famous Kruger National Park and Limpopo, for the complete safari experience. Lion, Leopard, Wild Dog, Elephant, Rhino, Giraffe and a host of birds will feature. Fully inclusive with Birding Africa guide; travel by minibus; safari and night drives.

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Dates 28 July - 12 August 2017
Prices £5,795pp (£500 single supp)

Leader Darren Rees and Joe Grosel
Flights South African Airways, scheduled
Outbound: Overnight, Heathrow-Durban (via Johannesburg)
Inbound: Overnight, Johannesburg-Heathrow

Days 1-2 Overnight flight from London to Johannesburg, then an onward flight to Durban and travel to St Lucia - 1 night at Lodge Afrique.
Days 3-4 Travel to Bonamanzi Reserve - 2 nights at Lalapanzi camp.
Days 5-6 On to Wakkerstroom highland grasslands - 2 nights at Wetlands Country House.
Days 7-8 Drive to Kruger National Park - 2 nights at southern rest camp.
Days 9-10 Move to the central plains in Kruger - 2 nights at central rest camp.
Day 11 On to the Afro-montane area of Magoebaskloof - 1 night at Magoebaskloof Hotel.
Day 12 Travel to Polokwane Game Reserve - 1 night at Plumtree Lodge.
Days 13-14Drive to Madikwe Game Reserve - 2 nights at Jaci’s Tree Lodge.
Days 15-16Return to Johannesburg for flight home, arrive UK Day 16.

Weather This is the South African winter, so cool mornings, warm afternoons and chilly evenings. In Kruger and KwaZulu-Natal, it will be mild, with tempertures from 15°-25°C. In Wakkerstroom, the coolest place, from 5°-20°C.
Walking No serious hiking, mostly short walks along country roadsides. In the National Parks, we bird from the vehicles and have short walks around the rest camps. In Madikwe and for the Kruger night drives, we use special open sided vehicles.
Insects Malaria is present in Kruger, so please consult with your travel clinic/doctor.
Meals All included from lunch on Day 2 to lunch on Day 15.
Accom We stay at a combination of comfortable lodges, guest houses and rest camps, all with private facilities.
Group 12


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CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK BRAND - Increasing quality whilst reducing impact

We've been granted use of this Brand by the Cairngorms National Park Authority. This is only given to those businesses who have agreed to a set of quality standards in respect of their visitor experience, together with a commitment to reducing their impact on the natural environment.

VISIT SCOTLAND - Quality Assurance Scheme - Wildlife Experience

Speyside Wildlife is one of 40 wildlife businesses to be assessed under Visit Scotland's pilot scheme for Wildlife Experiences achieving 4 Star status for our day tours. Watch out for the designation throughout Scotland. We were delighted to receive our letter of confirmation from Visit Scotland so thought we'd share some of it with you here, ''Thank you for participating in the pilot of the new Wildlife Experience Designator within our Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions. Your feedback and contribution to the introduction of this new development has been invaluable and we would like to welcome you as a new member of the Quality Assurance Grading Scheme".


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