Birds – Golden Gate Highlands NP
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.
With more than 250 species recorded, Golden Gate is an excellent birding destination. It offers many grassland and montane (forest on mountains above 1006m/3300ft) specials including several endemics unique to South Africa. It is one of the more reliable sites to find the sought after bearded vulture. There is a ‘vulture restaurant’ providing food for these endangered birds, as well as for Cape vultures. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders(E) endemic = only lives in South Africa
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
- Alpine swift
- Bearded vulture
- Black stork
- Black swift
- Buff-streaked chat (NE)
- Cape rock thrush
- Cape vulture
- Common kestrel
- Drakensberg rockjumper
- Drakensberg siskin (NE)
- Greater double-collared sunbird
- Grey-winged francolin (E)
- Ground woodpecker (NE)
- Gurney’s sugarbird (NE)
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
The best time for bird watching in Golden Gate Highlands is November to April (summer) when the Eurasian and intra-African migrants can be found. It gets very cold during the winter (May to September), and some bird species seek shelter in the lower altitudes.