Birds – Madikwe GR

With over 300 species recorded, Madikwe is a great birding destination. As with all private game reserves, serious birders might get disappointed since birding is never the focus on game drives with other guests. It might be worth booking private game drives if birding is a priority. Walking safaris and night drives tend to add to the birding opportunities. Some of the more conspicuous specials to look out for include the yellow-throated sandgrouse, which occur in large flocks on the plains, as well as southern pied babbler, which are easily spotted due to their characteristic babbling sounds. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Madikwe
Crested francolin
Double-banded courser
Golden-breasted bunting
Southern pied babbler
Southern yellow-billed hornbill

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African finfoot
  • Barred wren-warbler
  • Black-backed puffback
  • Black-throated canary
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Bronze-winged courser
  • Burchell's courser
  • Cardinal woodpecker
  • Gabar goshawk
  • Green-winged pytilia
  • Kori bustard
  • Marico flycatcher
  • Red-billed buffalo-weaver
  • Short-toed rock thrush
  • Southern pied babbler
  • Temminck's courser
  • Violet-eared waxbill
  • White stork
  • White-throated robin-chat
  • Yellow-throated sandgrouse

Best Time for Bird Watching

Although November to April tends to be the best time (due to the presence of migratory species), birding is always good in Madikwe. For wildlife viewing June to September is best.

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 Madikwe GR
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr