Birds – Waterberg Plateau

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the 'Botswana & Namibia' guide.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

Anthony is the author of the 'Botswana & Namibia' Lonely Planet guide.

The Waterberg plateau is an excellent birding destination. The park has more than 250 species recorded in a relatively small area. This is due to the different habitats; broad-leafed woodland on top of the plateau, thornbush savanna below the plateau and cliffs. Nine self-guided walking trails are very productive for bird watching. The park is home to Namibia’s only breeding colony of Cape vultures. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Waterberg Plateau
African green pigeon
Locally common migrant
Augur buzzard
Common
Cape vulture
Rare
Coqui francolin
Common
Lanner falcon
Common

Birding Rating

Birding Specials Treats for Avid Birders

(E) endemic = only lives in Namibia
(NE) near-endemic = also lives in neighboring countries

Facts & Figures

Birds in Waterberg Plateau
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr

Best Time for Bird Watching

Waterberg Plateau can be visited throughout the year. Bird watching is best in the wet months from November to April, when summer migrants are present. Most birds of prey are resident and can be seen throughout the year.

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Birding Rating

Facts & Figures

Birds in Waterberg Plateau
Bird Species
250+
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr