Birds – South Africa
South Africa has over 840 species listed. It has the highest number of endemic (occurring in South Africa only) and near-endemic (occurring in South Africa and it neighboring countries only) birds in Africa with more than 140 birds in this category. Most of these species are confined to South Africa’s unique biomes (large, naturally occurring communities of flora and fauna): grassland, fynbos and Karoo. The migratory birds are present from November to April.
Endemic & Near-Endemic Birds(E) endemic = only lives in South Africa
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries
Other Birding Specials–Treats for Avid Birders
Facts & Figures
Nov to Apr
Best Time for Bird Watching
The birdlife in South Africa is at its best from November to April, when the Eurasian and intra-African migrants are present. At this time, many resident bird species are nesting and are in breeding plumage. However, for wildlife viewing, the Dry season is better.
Best Parks for Birding –Includes Birding Rating
Kruger is great for general birding, while uMkhuze 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.
- Hluhluwe-iMfolozi GR
- Kgalagadi TP
- Kruger NP
- uMkhuze GR