Birds – Marakele NP

Philip Briggs
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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.

Marakele hosts one of the world’s largest colonies of the endangered Cape vulture. More than 800 breeding pairs nest on the mountain cliffs and groups of them may be seen in the air. Aside from vultures, Marakele is great for checking off many other raptors riding the thermals generated by the Waterberg cliffs. The park has more than 280 bird species and migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Marakele NP
Buff-streaked chat
Locally common
Cape rock thrush
Locally common
Cape vulture
Locally abundant
Jackal buzzard
Locally common
Mocking cliff chat
Common

Birding Rating

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Marakele NP
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

A birding visit to Marakele would be best scheduled during the migrant season, which occurs from November to April. There isn't ever a bad time to visit since bird watching is generally decent throughout the year. However, June to September are the best months for observing wildlife.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Marakele NP
Bird Species
280+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr