Let's bird

Discover the magic of bird watching in the Lowveld

Bush Blackcap, Kaapsehoop

HEUGLINS LODGE in White River is delighted to offer you, the bird lover, a bird watching weekend.

“As a bird guide, I lead tours all over Africa and the world, but with the restricted travel, I have focused on local birding and have been blown away with the exceptional birding on our doorstep here in the Lowveld.

The stunning, breath-taking Mpumalanga province is famous for the Kruger Park, it’s big 5 and amazing birdlife.”

Marc Cronje, Certified Bird Guide

“This magnificent province has more to offer then one realizes. Even locals have no idea of the avian gems waiting to be seen a stone throw away from the capital Nelspruit”, says Marc. 

With life and local travel reverting back to normal, Heuglins in partnership with Marc Cronje, offer you the opportunity to get away to enjoy some birding.   Based from the charming Heuglins Lodge in White River, Marc will join you on a birding trip to Peddlars Bush in Barbeton, other Lowveld birding spots and Kruger Park, for the day or even hop into your car to enable you to enjoy and learn about the birding the various bird-rich areas have to offer.

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Road trip down the N4 highway to Heuglins Lodge in White River, where you’ll arrive to the sight of birdlife on dams, a dusky orange sunset and a wooded lush garden where your cosy 4-star garden cottage awaits you. 

Take a stroll around the estate to the dams rich with birdlife for a leg stretch and sundowners. 

18h30 Birding Talk by Marc Cronje 

19h30 Dinner at Heuglins with Brian and Frances


Picasso's in White River

05h00 Early bird catches the worm. 
Marc Cronje Kruger Bird Tour on safari vehicle or self-drive. (Coffee, rusks and a packed breakfast)

13h00 Lunch in Kruger – Heuglins packed lunch

16h00 Arrive back – relax in Heuglins shady garden

Evening A braai in Heuglins garden OR dinner out at one of White Rivers trendy restaurants.


05h00 Bird Tour to Barberton  / White River Forests or Kaapsehoop. 

(Coffee, rusks and a packed breakfast)

12h30 Return to Heuglins

13h00 Prego lunch and depart for home

MARC CRONJE – your Bird Guide

Based in Nelspruit, South Africa, Marc spends most of his days in the Kruger Park and also leads tours across southern Africa including Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana.  He has a degree in Nature Conservation, is a FGASA Level 2 Guide and serves on the Birdlife Lowveld Committee. Marc is actively involved in research projects and is continually adding data to the second Southern African Bird Atlas project. Marc has lead birding and wildlife tours across both southern Africa and Africa including Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia. He has also led bird watching tours to Spain, Costa Rica, India and Sri Lanka.

Some of the special birds seen in KRUGER


  • Woolly-necked, Saddle-billed and Marabou Stork
  • African Openbill
  • White-backed and Hooded Vulture
  • Martial and Tawny Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • Kori Bustard
  • Secretary bird
  • Southern Ground Hornbill
  • White-crowned Lapwing
  • Bearded Scrub Robin
  • Thick-billed Cuckoo
  • Brown-headed Parrot
  • Retz’s Helmetshrike
  • Terrestrial Brownbul
  • Bearded Scrub Robin
  • Green-backed Camaroptera
  • Kurrichane Thrush
  • Grey Tit-flycatcher
  • Black-headed Oriole
  • Brubru
  • Retz’s Helmetshrike
  • Marico
  • Collared and White-bellied Sunbird
  • Yellow-breasted Apalis
  • Southern Black Tit
  • Pied and Giant Kingfisher
  • Red-billed and African Firefinch
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Cardinal and Bearded Woodpecker
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Brown-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagra
  • Burnt-necked and Yellow-bellied Eremomela

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Some of the special birds seen around White River

  • Black Sparrowhawk
  • Knysna Turaco
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Narina Trogon
  • Brown-backed Honeybird
  • Striped Pipit
  • Eastern Nicator
  • Gorgeous and Olive Bushshrike
  • Retz’s Helmetshrike
  • African Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Lemon Dove
  • Green and Pink-throated Twinspot
  • Crowned and Trumpeter Hornbill
  • African Black Duck
  • Bronze Mannikin
  • Cape, White-browed, White-throated and Red-capped Robin-Chat
  • Purple-crested Turaco
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • Kurrichane Thrush
  • African Palm Swift
  • African Dusky Flycatcher
  • Mountain Wagtail
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
  • African Firefinch
  • Terrestrial Brownbul
  • Southern Boubou
  • Red-chested, Black, Diederik, Klaas Cuckoo (summer)
  • Green-backed Camaroptera
  • Black Cuckooshrike
  • White-crested Helmetshrike
  • Red-headed, Thick-billed, Spectacled and Holub’s Golden Weaver
  • Amethyst and Collared Sunbird
  • Brimstone Canary
  • Ashy Flycatcher
  • Yellow-breasted Apalis
  • Grey Tit-Flycatcher
  • Orange-breasted and Grey-headed Bushshrike
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Southern Black Tit
  • Willow Warbler (summer) and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird


A weekend can be tailored to days or weekends of your choice

Option 1: Kruger Bird Safari Vehicle with Guide and Barberton/White River/ Kaapsehoop Tour – Self-drive with Guide

Per person sharing: R3900
* Rates exclude Saturday night dinner out

Option 2: Kruger self-drive with guide + and Barberton/White River/ KaapseHoop Tour  Self-drive with Guide

Per person sharing: R3300
* Rates exclude Saturday night dinner out

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Email: admin@heuglins.co.za

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