Birds – Karoo 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.

Karoo National Park is one of the best birding spots in the Greater Karoo. It has a bird list of over 200 species with many Karoo specials. The park has a high concentration of Verreaux's eagle. The bird shelter at the dam is an excellent place to spend time and add some waders and other water-associated birds to your list. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Karoo NP
Black stork
Occasional
Jackal buzzard
Common
Lilac-breasted roller
Occasional
Pale chanting goshawk
Common
Purple heron
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 to visit 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.

Want to Visit Karoo NP?

Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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