There is nothing more inspiring than waking up to the call of the African fish eagle. It conjures up the hearty African beat and brings the soil under your feet alive. At Karkloof Safari Spa, over 270 species have been counted so far, so why not pick up a bird book and see if you can add to the list? Or, how many species you can tick off the list?

Ostrich wander in flocks as turacos and robins call to each other from the trees. High above, eagles and buzzards ride thermals, gliding, elite, unconcerned with the goings-on at ground level. See if you can find the bronze-naped pigeon, unique to the area. At night, wise-eyed owls wait and watch while a chorus of clicking frogs serenade the open skies.

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Some of the more conspicuous are ostrich (introduced), eagles (fish, crowned, black, long crested, Wahlbergs and martial), yellow-billed kite, jackal and steppe buzzard, pigeons (Rameron, rock and green), doves (tambourine, laughing, cinnamon, red-eyed and Cape turtle), kingfishers (giant, pied, half-collared, malachite and brown-hooded), robins (Cape, Natal, chorister and starred), ducks (white-faced, yellow-billed, black and white-backed), geese (spurwing and Egyptian), thrushes (groundscraper and olive), louries (Knysna and purple crested) and a host of other species.

Some of the special finds include Cape parrot, African finfoot, narina trogon, grey cuckooshrike, bush blackcap and blue-mantled flycatcher.

For a detailed list of all the birds one can find click here.