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9 TOP BIRDING SPOTS

9. MAGOEBASKLOOF

Province: Limpopo

Limpopo province as a whole has over 600 recorded species, and 90% of all raptor species found in the country. In this upper crescent of South Africa, roughly north-west, north and north-east of Johannesburg up to the Limpopo … Read More

8. OVERBERG

Province: Western Cape

When you drive through the Overberg region of the Western Cape, keep an eye out for South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, that gathers in numbers on the wheat fields here. During spring and summer, breeding … Read More

7. KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

Province: Northern Cape

If raptors are your thing, then the Kgalagadi is the place to be – over 40 species have been identified in this region. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared in 2000, formalising an ecological entity that was … Read More

6. PELAGIC BIRDING TRIPS

Province: Western Cape & KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa is one of the world’s best locations for a pelagic tour. See wandering albatrosses, endemic coastal and migratory oceanic species, and petrels. Sightings of marine mammals are an added bonus. Pelagic birding trips … Read More

5. WAKKERSTROOM

Province: Mpumalanga

A favourite grassland birding spot in South Africa, many of South Africa’s endemic bird species (including a number of larks) can be seen here. Going birding in Wakkerstroom is almost compulsory if you’re a birder. This is one … Read More

4. SANI PASS

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range is the highest in South Africa and offers incredible natural beauty and a wealth of recreational activities. Because of its range of plant life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, … Read More

3. MKUZE GAME RESERVE

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

Mkuze Game Reserve, part of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, combines steep cliffs with riverine forests, wetlands and lakes with rare sand forests. It’s no wonder there are 420 species of birds recorded here, along with rhino, elephant and giraffe. … Read More

2. LANGEBAAN

Province: Western Cape

The tidal lagoon at Langebaan is arguably the ‘richest stretch of water in South Africa’, visited annually by 60 000 birds, with around 200 species to delight bird-lovers at any time. The West Coast National Park is … Read More

1. NYLSVLEY

Province: Limpopo

This wetland site covers some 4000 hectares across the Nyl floodplain in Limpopo province and is one of South Africa’s most important and prolific birding sites. Birding in South Africa is most spectacular at Nylsvley Nature Reserve, which … Read More

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