Birds – MalaMala GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides 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 MalaMala tends to be focused on the Big Five and other flagship mammals, birding in the reserve is excellent. MalaMala 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 MalaMala GR
African harrier hawk
Common
Crested barbet
Common
Grey go-away bird
Common
Saddle-billed stork
Common
Red-billed hornbill
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Facts & Figures

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

Best Time for Bird Watching

MalaMala 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 Eurasia and elsewhere in Africa. General wildlife viewing is best from June to September when it is dry.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

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