Birds – Mashatu GR

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Mashatu is a top destination for birders – more than 350 species have been recorded in the reserve. Most of the game drives are conducted around the dry riverbeds, but drives further afield to the marsh can be very rewarding for birders. As with many private reserves that offer outstanding wildlife viewing of the flagship species, birding is usually not a priority. Avid bird watchers might want to book a private vehicle to avoid disappointment.

Notable Birds in Mashatu GR
Green-winged pytilia
Malachite kingfisher
Senegal coucal
Verreaux's eagle owl
White-browed scrub-robin

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

Best Time for Bird Watching

Mashatu Game Reserve offers first-rate bird watching at any time of the year. However, if you want the best out of the reserve, schedule a visit in the wet months, from November to April, when summer migrants arrive. For mammals and other wildlife viewing, the Dry season months of May to September are better.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Mashatu GR
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr