Birds – Mala Mala GR
Although wildlife viewing in Mala Mala tends to be focused on the Big Five and other flagship mammals, birding in the reserve is excellent. Mala Mala has over 300 species and the guides are knowledgeable about the birds. Being able to do both walking and open-vehicle game drives helps to check off many species, but if you are serious about birding, it is recommended to book private game drives to avoid disappointment. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders
Best Time for Bird Watching
Mala Mala has decent bird watching year-round, but November to April is considered the best time. This is due to the presence of migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa. General wildlife viewing is best from June to September when it is dry.
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.