Birds – Pilanesberg GR

Philip Briggs
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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.

The Pilanesberg area is an excellent venue for bushveld birding, with more than 300 species recorded. A typical day may yield 100 species or more in the summer months from November to April when migrants are present. For close-up viewing and photography, you can visit the walk-in aviary with over 80 species of indigenous birds. The self-guided camp walk and bird shelters are also highly recommended for bird watching.

Notable Birds in Pilanesberg
Crested barbet
Common
Groundscraper thrush
Common
Southern pied babbler
Locally common
Speckled pigeon
Common
Spotted thick-knee
Common

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African crake
  • African cuckoo
  • African grass owl
  • African red-eyed bulbul
  • African spoonbill
  • Cape vulture
  • Green sandpiper
  • Kalahari scrub robin
  • Lappet-faced vulture
  • Magpie shrike
  • Marico flycatcher
  • Osprey
  • Red-billed oxpecker
  • Red-chested flufftail
  • Rufous-crowned roller
  • Rufous-naped lark
  • Sabota lark
  • Shaft-tailed whydah
  • Southern pied babbler
  • Speckled pigeon
  • Verreaux’s eagle
  • White-backed mousebird
  • White-backed vulture

Best Time for Bird Watching

In general, Pilanesberg is great for bird watching year-round. November to April is the prime time because the migrant species are present. If it’s general wildlife viewing that you’re interested in, the driest time of year (June to September) is 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 Pilanesberg GR
Bird Species
300+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr