Birds – Mapungubwe NP

With over 400 bird species recorded, Mapungubwe is a birder’s paradise. The park opened in 2007 and is still relatively unexplored with no definitive bird list compiled yet. The Limpopo treetop boardwalk offers a superb birding opportunity by allowing visitors a view into the canopy of a stretch of riverine forest. At the end of the boardwalk is a well-positioned bird shelter on the bank of the Limpopo River. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mapungubwe
African fish eagle
Bronze-winged courser
Goliath heron
Grey crowned crane
Spotted eagle owl

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African barred owlet
  • African pygmy goose
  • Allen's gallinule
  • Barred wren-warbler
  • Black stork
  • Black-backed puffback
  • Black-faced waxbill
  • Black-winged pratincole
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Burchell's sandgrouse
  • Caspian plover
  • Cinnamon-breasted bunting
  • Common cuckoo
  • Crimson-breasted shrike
  • Dusky lark
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Eastern paradise whydah
  • Eurasian golden oriole
  • Greater painted-snipe
  • Grey-headed kingfisher
  • Harlequin quail
  • Kori bustard
  • Lesser spotted eagle
  • Meves's starling
  • Meyer’s parrot
  • Monotonous lark
  • Olive-tree warbler
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Retz's helmet-shrike
  • Saddle-billed stork
  • Senegal coucal
  • Southern boubou
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • Southern ground hornbill
  • Southern pied babbler
  • Square-tailed nightjar
  • Striped pipit
  • Swallow-tailed bee-eater
  • Thick-billed cuckoo
  • Three-banded courser
  • Tropical boubou
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • White helmet-shrike
  • White-headed lapwing

Best Time for Bird Watching

Since birds migrate to Mapungubwe through November to April, this is the best time for bird watching, although birding is generally good year-round. However, wildlife viewing is at its best from June to September.

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 Mapungubwe NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr