Birds – Tembe Elephant Park
Tembe Elephant Park has over 340 bird species recorded and is a birder’s paradise. The extensive checklist is due to the variety of habitats, such as sand forest, scrub and acacia woodland. Some tropical birds are at the most southerly point of their range, including African broadbill and Rudd’s apalis. The guides are knowledgeable, and most birders will walk away with several lifers under their belt. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
Birding Specials –Treats for Avid Birders(E) = endemic to South Africa & (NE) = near-endemic to South Africa
Brown scrub robin
Best Time for Bird Watching
Tembe Elephant Park is a birder’s paradise year-round, but November to April, when migrants from Europe and northern Africa are present, is the very best time. General wildlife viewing is better during the dry winter months of June through September.
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.