Bird Watching in South Africa

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge – Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg is a fantastic choice for bird watchers, offering an abundance of sightings. It is home to over 300 recorded bird species, including the critically-endangered Bearded Vulture and the Lesser Kestrel. With numerous micro-habitats ranging from high altitude alpine sites to forested river valleys, the Drakensberg makes up about 37% of all non- marine avian species in Southern Africa, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

drakensberg bearded vulture
drakensberg cape vultures

!Xaus Lodge – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

!Xaus Lodge is located in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, an immense desert area, with grass-covered sand dunes.  At over 3,5 million hectares, it’s almost twice the size of the Kruger National Park, and is jointly managed by the South African and Botwsanan wildlife authorities. Two hundred and sixty-four species of birds have been recorded in the Park, however the majority of birds are not resident species and are irregular visitors to the Park. Two-thirds of the raptor species found in southern Africa can be seen in the Kalahari.

kgalagadi swallow tailed bee eater
kgalagadi raptor

Moonglow Guest House – Simon’s Town, Cape Town

Situated on the slopes of Glencairn mountain overlooking False Bay and Simon’s Town, Moonglow Guest House is in the perfect location for the birding enthusiast. Visit Boulder’s Beach, part of the largest penguin colony in Africa, where the first two African penguins in Simon’s Town were spotted in 1982. Also look out for the Crowned Cormorant & White-backed Mousebird.

boulders beach penguins
simons town birds
simons town birds

Baleni Cultural Camp – Limpopo

Baleni Camp is situated near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. Bird watchers will be delighted with the variety of birdlife, especially along the Klein Letaba River.

bird watching in south africa

Fundudzi Cultural Camp – Limpopo

Fundudzi Camp is nestled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains. Bird watchers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a beautiful natural environment with stunning forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, where a variety of unique bird species can be found.

bird watching in south africa

Modjadji Cultural Camp – Limpopo

Modjadji Camp is situated in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, where bird watchers have the opportunity of walking through the ancient cycad forest, home to many unique bird species.

bird watching in south africa
bird watching at modjadji cultural camp

Mtomeni Safari Camp – Letaba Ranch, Greater Kruger National Park

Mtomeni Safari Camp, located along the Groot Letaba River in Letaba Ranch, is unfenced from Kruger National Park, offers a large variety great sightings.

kruger national park bird watching
kruger national park bird watching

Mutale Falls Safari Camp – Makuya Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park

Mutale Falls, located in the wild and beautiful Makuya Reserve provides bird watchers with a rugged safari experience and a wide variety of bird species to view. Bird watchers can explore to their heart’s content, or visit viewing points over the Luvuvhu Gorge, and the Mutale River near the potholes and Mutale Falls.

kruger national park bird watching

Machampane Wilderness Camp – Limpopo National Park

Machampane Wilderness Camp is nestled on the side of a secluded river where opportunities for bird watching abound. Set out on foot on early morning and late afternoon walks in this pristine wilderness area to see the many unique bird species it has to offer.

machampane wilderness camp bird watching
machampane wilderness camp bird watching

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!Xaus Lodge
Baleni Cultural Camp
Fundudzi Cultural Camp
Modjadji Cultural Camp
Mtomeni Safari Camp
Mutale Falls Safari Camp