Birds – Karoo NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Philip is author of the Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa.

Karoo National Park is one of the best birding spots in the Great Karoo. Its bird list of over 200 species includes many Karoo specials, such as Karoo bustard and Karoo long-billed lark. As is often the case, the best birding is in and around the campsite – take a stroll out there even if you’re not camping. Also look out for the Verreaux’s eagle soaring over the cliffs. The bird shelter at the dam is an excellent place to add some waders to your list. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Karoo NP
African red-eyed bulbul
Common
Karoo scrub robin
Common
Karoo prinia
Common
Ostrich
Common
Verreax's eagle
Occasional

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 Karoo NP
Bird Species
200+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

November to April is when migrants are present, so this is, ultimately, the best time for bird watching. This is, however, the hottest time of year and the heat can be extreme. It’s cooler from May to September, and a visit during this period makes for a more pleasant overall experience.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Karoo NP
Bird Species
200+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr