Birds – Mala Mala GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

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

Philip lives in South Africa and is the author 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.

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.

Notable Birds in Mala Mala
African harrier hawk
Common
African jacana
Common
Crowned hornbill
Common
Grey go-away bird
Common
Ostrich
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African crake
  • African finfoot
  • African green pigeon
  • Bennett’s woodpecker
  • Golden-breasted bunting
  • Gorgeous bush-shrike
  • Harlequin quail
  • Lesser spotted eagle
  • Mocking cliff chat
  • Red-billed duck
  • Rufous-crowned roller
  • Stierling’s wren-warbler
  • Tambourine dove
  • Temminck's courser

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.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Mala Mala GR
Bird Species
200+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr