Birds – Augrabies Falls NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Augrabies Falls is an excellent birding destination with more than 280 species recorded. It is especially good for raptors, with the Verreaux’s eagle being the star attraction as it breeds on the cliffs of the gorge. Several Karoo specials are resident, including Ludwig’s bustard and Karoo long-billed lark. Several short self-guided hiking trails are a bonus for bird watchers. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Augrabies Falls NP
African fish eagle
Common
Black stork
Occasional
Double-banded courser
Occasional
Kori bustard
Common
Martial eagle
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in South Africa
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Augrabies Falls NP
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Although it can get extremely hot from November to April, this is ultimately the best time for birding in Augrabies Falls. It’s the time to observe migrant bird species in addition to resident birdlife. If general wildlife viewing is the focus of your visit, April to September is optimal when the weather milder.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Augrabies Falls NP
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr