Birds – Kruger NP

Kruger National Park is home to more than 500 bird species – more than half of the birds recorded in South Africa. Approximately 200 of these are migratory species from Eurasia and north Africa. Migrants are present from November to April. Kruger is the best place in the country to see birds of prey; almost 80 species have been recorded, including 15 out of 17 eagles. The less visited northern part of the park (Pafuri and Punda Maria regions) offers the best bird watching. All the rest camps tend to be hot spots because there is a high concentration of trees and shrubs.

Notable Birds in Kruger
Lilac-breasted roller
Saddle-billed stork
Swainson's spurfowl
White-fronted bee-eater

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African finfoot
  • Bearded scrub robin
  • Brown-headed parrot
  • Greater blue-eared starling
  • Kori bustard
  • Lappet-faced vulture
  • Martial eagle
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • Senegal lapwing
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Tawny eagle
  • Thick-billed cuckoo
  • Thrush nightingale
  • White-headed vulture
  • Yellow-billed oxpecker

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching in Kruger Park is good year-round, but at its best from November to April, when migrants from Europe and northern Africa are present. The best time for general wildlife viewing is during the dry months of June to September.

Best Parks for Birding Including 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 Kruger NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr