Birds – Golden Gate Highlands 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.

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.

Notable Birds in Golden Gate Highlands NP
Black stork
Common
Cape vulture
Common
Jackal buzzard
Common
Martial eagle
Common
Mocking cliff chat
Locally 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 Golden Gate Highlands NP
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
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.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Golden Gate Highlands NP
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr