Birds – Mokala NP

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.

Due to the park being only recently established, its bird list is incomplete, with many more species still to be recorded. This offers an exciting opportunity for birders to help map the birding profile of the park. Located in a transition zone, the park hosts an interesting mix of Kalahari and Karoo species. Some of the arid savannah specials to look out for include the desert cisticola, Kalahari scrub-robin and pied barbet. The distinctive, repetitive call of the freckled nightjar can be heard at night. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Mokala NP
Golden-breasted bunting
Occasional
Goliath heron
Common
Kori bustard
Occasional
White-quilled bustard
Locally common, near-endemic
White-fronted bee-eater
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in South Africa
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Best Time for Bird Watching

The best time for birding is from November to April since this is when the migrant species are present. This time of year is characterized by intense heat, so it is best to plan most activities for the mornings. Wildlife viewing is best from May to September.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Mokala NP
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr