Birds – Timbavati NR

Philip Briggs
Expert
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.

With more than 350 bird species recorded, Timbavati is a birders paradise. As with most private game reserves, the emphasis is on mammals, and birders sharing a vehicle with non-birders might well be in for a disappointing experience. Serious birders should, therefore, book private game drives. The combination of open vehicle drives and walking safaris is ideal to check off many species, while night drives might offer a few nightjars, coursers and owls. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Timbavati
African spoonbill
Common
Chinspot batis
Common
Dideric cuckoo
Common migrant
Grey-headed kingfisher
Common
Southern carmine bee-eater
Common migrant

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Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

  • Collared pratincole
  • Harlequin quail
  • Horus swift
  • Kurrichane buttonquail
  • Little bittern
  • Montagu’s harrier
  • Pallid harrier
  • Plain-backed sunbird
  • Southern black flycatcher
  • Southern carmine bee-eater
  • White-headed lapwing
  • Woolly-necked stork

Best Time for Bird Watching

Timbavati’s bird watching is good all year, but a premier birding experience comes with the migration of birds from Europe and north America, from November through April. The drier months of June to September makes for the best general wildlife viewing.

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 Timbavati NR
Bird Species
350+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr