Birds – Shamwari GR

With over 250 species recorded, Shamwari is an excellent birding destination. However, as in many private reserves, birding tends to be overlooked with ticking off flagship species like the Big Five being the main emphasis. Sharing game drives with other people that might not share a birding interest could be frustrating. In that case, it is advisable to book private wildlife drives. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Shamwari
African sacred ibis
Martial eagle
Crowned lapwing
Namaqua dove
Pied kingfisher

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African darter
  • African fish eagle
  • African shellduck
  • African spoonbill
  • Ant-eating chat
  • Black harrier
  • Black-shouldered kite
  • Bokmakierie
  • Booted eagle
  • Cape glossy starling
  • Cape weaver
  • Familiar chat
  • Karoo scrub-robin (NE)
  • Knysna woodpecker (E)
  • Malachite kingfisher
  • Pale chanting goshawk
  • Red-billed oxpecker
  • Secretarybird
  • Sombre greenbul
  • Southern black korhaan (E)

Best Time for Bird Watching

Bird watching is good throughout the year, but at its best from November to April, when the migrants from north Africa and Europe are present. The drier months, June to September, are best for viewing wildlife.

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 Shamwari GR
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr