Birds – Kwandwe GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author of 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.

The varied thicket vegetation of the Great Fish River Valley supports a considerable diversity of bird species. As a result, the bird checklist of over 300 species is still growing. Kwandwe is an isiXhosa name that translates as ‘Place of the Blue Crane’, which is one of several endangered species likely to be seen here. Other prominent birds include the rainbow-coloured white-fronted bee-eater and Africa’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Kwandwe GR
Black stork
Rare
Blue crane
Locally common
Cape vulture
Locally common
Double-banded courser
Common
Giant kingfisher
Common

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 Kwandwe GR
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

For the optimal bird watching experience (although birding is generally good year-round), plan your trip from November to April, when the migratory birds of northern Africa and Europe have arrived.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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