Birds – Hwange NP

With over 420 species recorded, and its good infrastructure, Hwange is Zimbabwe’s birder’s hotspot. Hwange is probably best known for its huge population of raptors.

There are two main birding areas: the one around Main Camp and one to the north of the park, around Robins and Sinamatella Rest Camps. Both areas are linked by a network of roads that take visitors through a variety of habitats, including many waterholes that attract large numbers of animals and birds. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Hwange
Bradfield's hornbill
Locally Common
Bronze-winged courser
Burchell's sandgrouse
Locally Common
Red-billed francolin
Rufous-naped lark

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Zimbabwe doesn't have endemic birds, although several near-endemics can be found in the Eastern Zimbabwe Mountains Bird Area (EBA), which includes Nyanga NP.

  • African golden oriole
  • African swamphen
  • African skimmer
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Black-winged pratincole
  • Bradfield’s hornbill
  • Collared pratincole
  • Eastern black-headed oriole
  • Egyptian vulture
  • Goliath heron
  • Greater flamingo
  • Lesser moorhen
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Southern pied babbler
  • White-headed black chat

Best Time for Bird Watching

Birdlife is plentiful year-round, but at its very best from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa are present. Resident birds can be seen nesting and in their bright breeding plumage as well. June to October (the Dry season) is the best time for wildlife viewing.

Best Parks for Birding Including Birding Rating

The Eastern Highlands, including Nyanga NP, is a well-known birding hotspot. Hwange has over 420 species recorded, and the parks in the Zambezi valley have rich birdlife as well.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Hwange NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr