Birds – Ithala GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guide to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guide 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 300 species recorded in a small area, Ithala is a great birding destination. The mountain grassland and sandstone cliffs are habitats which offer a good number of South Africa specials. This includes the southern bald ibis, which can be found nesting in breeding colonies of up to 100 birds on the mountainsides. The Verreaux’s eagle, South Africa’s largest and most impressive eagle, can often been seen soaring over the cliffs. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Ithala GR
Mocking cliff chat
Common
Ostrich
Common
Purple-crested turaco
Common
Red-billed oxpecker
Common
Shelley's francolin
Locally common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

November to April is the best time for bird watching in Ithala, since this is the migratory season for species from Europe and northern Africa. Breeding colonies of southern bald ibis are present from July to October. The best time for general wildlife viewing is during the dry months of June to September.

Best Parks for Birding Includes Birding Rating

Kruger is great for general birding, while Mkhuze is a real birding hotspot, offering almost as many species in a much smaller area with an incredible number of specials. The dry Kgalagadi is known for its raptors.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Ithala GR
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr