Birds – Khutse GR
By Anthony Ham
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.
Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.
Khutse GR borders the Central Kalahari GR and is part of the same environment. A lot of the bird species overlap, but the park is a lot easier to visit. The reserve is particularly good for raptors due to the plentiful numbers of small animals for them to feed on. Ostrich and kori bustard are common in the area and big flocks of sandgrouse come to drink at the water holes.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders
- Black-chested snake eagle
- Chat flycatcher
- Common kestrel
- Double-banded sandgrouse
- Eastern paradise whydah
- Kori bustard
- Marico flycatcher
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
Khutse is a great reserve for bird watching year-round. However, the ideal time is from November to April, which are the wetter months. At this time, migrants are present, and many birds are breeding with some species such as the whydahs transforming their plumage from drab to spectacular. The best wildlife viewing months are around the same time.