Birds – Mapungubwe NP

Philip Briggs
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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.

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
Common
Bronze-winged courser
Common
Goliath heron
Common
Grey crowned crane
Common
Spotted eagle owl
Common

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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
400+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr