Birds – Tembe EP

Tembe Elephant Park has over 340 bird species recorded and is a birder's paradise. Some tropical birds are at the very southernmost 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.

Notable Birds in Tembe
Ayres's hawk-eagle
Rare migrant
Crested guineafowl
Common
Pin-tailed whydah
Common
Purple roller
Occasional
Rufous-bellied heron
Rare

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • African broadbill
  • Ayres's hawk-eagle
  • Bat hawk
  • Black coucal
  • Brown scrub-robin (NE)
  • Chestnut-fronted helmetshrike
  • Crested guineafowl
  • Eastern nicator
  • Gorgeous bush-shrike
  • Green twinspot
  • Lemon-breasted canary
  • Narina trogon
  • Natal nightjar
  • Neergaard's sunbird
  • Palm-nut vulture
  • Pink-throated twinspot
  • Plain-backed sunbird
  • Purple-banded sunbird
  • Retz's helmet-shrike
  • Rosy-throated longclaw
  • Rudd's apalis
  • Rufous-bellied heron
  • Southern banded snake-eagle
  • Swamp nightjar
  • Woodward's batis

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.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Tembe EP
Bird Species
340+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr