Best Birding Drives
Bigger raptors such as the Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle and the Bateleur are visible all year round. Kruger's biggest grassland birds - Common Ostrich*, Secretarybird and Kori Bustard - are often seen along the S100 that follows the N'wanetsi River between Satara and the Lebombo. These plains have a wide variety of smaller grassland species, particularly starlings.
In summer, there are many Southern Carmine Bee-eaters along this road, which has several inspiring stopping points in the bush along the N'wanetsi. Specialities associated with this area are the Sabota Lark and African Pipit*.
N'wanetsi Picnic Site is downstream from Singita Lebombo on the N'wanetsi River and is renowned for the Violet-eared Waxbill and Yellow-bellied Greenbul*. Sweni Water Hole, just south of N'wanetsi on the Trichardt Road (S37) is a good winter birding spot. In summer, it's the most reliable spot in Kruger to see the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater.
(Read also: Satara to Nwanetsi).