Birds – Phinda 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.

With more than 360 species recorded, Phinda is an excellent birding destination. Migratory birds are present from November to April. A patch of rare sand forest habitat is home to many South Africa specials such as African broadbill and Neergaard’s sunbird.

Being a private game reserve with very good Big Five sightings, birding in Phinda tends to be neglected on a standard safari. It is advisable to book private game drives if birding is your main interest. Walking safaris and a boat trip on the river can add lots of extra sightings onto your list.

Notable Birds in Phinda
African green pigeon
Common
African swamphen
Common
Great white pelican
Common
Green-winged pytilia
Common
Giant kingfisher
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African broadbill
  • African cuckoo hawk
  • African finfoot
  • Black coucal
  • Collared pratincole
  • Dwarf bittern
  • Eastern nicator
  • Gorgeous bush-shrike
  • Green twinspot
  • Lemon-breasted canary
  • Narina trogon
  • Neergaard’s sunbird
  • Palm-nut vulture
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Pink-throated twinspot
  • Rudd’s apalis
  • Southern banded snake eagle
  • Stierling’s wren-warbler
  • Swamp nightjar

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching is a good experience year-round in Phinda, but when migrants from Europe and northern Africa are present (November to April), it is considered prime time. The dry months of June to September are when general wildlife viewing is at its best.

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 Phinda GR
Bird Species
360+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr