Birds – Mkhuze GR

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

Mkhuze is the richest birding area for its size in the whole of South Africa. It has more than 420 species recorded, including several tropical species at the southern limit of their distribution. Guided bird walks are offered twice daily and can be booked at the main camp. Some of the sought-after specials include Pink-throated twinspot, Pel’s fishing owl and Neergaard’s sunbird. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mkhuze
Crested guineafowl
Common
Eastern black-headed oriole
Common
Golden-breasted bunting
Common
Great white pelican
Common
Pale flycatcher
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) = endemic to South Africa & (NE) = near-endemic to South Africa

  • African broadbill
  • African grass owl
  • African green pigeon
  • African pygmy goose
  • African yellow white-eye
  • Black-winged lapwing
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Crested guineafowl
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Half-collared kingfisher
  • Jameson’s firefinch
  • Knysna turaco (NE)
  • Narina trogon
  • Neergaard’s sunbird
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Pink-throated twinspot
  • Purple-banded sunbird
  • Rudd’s apalis
  • Rufous-crowned roller
  • Southern banded snake eagle
  • Stierling’s wren-warbler
  • Swee waxbill (NE)
  • Woodwards' batis
  • Western nicator

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching in Mkhuze is excellent the entire year, but November to April, when migrants from Europe and northern Africa are present, is considered the best time. General wildlife viewing is best during the drier months of 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 Mkhuze GR
Bird Species
420+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr