With over 900 bird species listed in South Africa, it’s expected that there’s a boundless list of bird watching spots in the country. While you can enjoy bird watching just about anywhere in South Africa, there are a few that you should not miss! Here are our top five bird watching locations in South Africa.
1. Stanford Bird Club
The diverse destination offers a view of a stunning mountain, coastal fynbos, wetlands, river, and lagoon, which makes for a spectacular bird watching location. Some of the bird species you’ll get to see:
- Blue Crane
- White-backed duck
- Olive woodpecker
- Agulhas long-billed lark
- Orange-breasted sunbird.
Stanford Bird Club is more than an Overberg village, it has a combination of other attractions, which include:
- Nature reserve
2. Breede River
The Breede River is a popular location for bird watching. What makes it a paradise is the wide variety of bird species such as sugarbirds and the Fish Eagle. Over 200 bird species have been identified to feature along the banks of the Breede River.
The Breede River boasts many other water activities to keep you entertained for an entire weekend. Accommodation in the Breede River Valley offers a mesmerising view of the astounding river, the mountains, and biodiversity nearby.
3. iSimangaliso Wetland Park
A World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park will be worth the visit. Sporting over 420 bird species, the park is a wonderland for avid bird watchers. Marvel at the sight of elegant flamingos and a variety of robins. Other bird species include:
- Grey plover
- Saddle-billed stork.
A bonus of visiting the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is that the land has such great diversity; from the estuary, dune forest and mangrove swamp. Also, you’ll enjoy wandering along the self-guided trails and hides where you’ll have the opportunity to spot the odd hippo.
4. Kruger National Park
Limpopo and Mpumalanga
The “Big 5” may be the reason for the thousands of tourists that visit the Kruger National Park, but the game reserve is also well known for having over 507 species of birds. It’s been said that the northern part of the reserve is considered to be the best and is where you’ll have the best time bird watching. What’s more, there’s information on an annual 24-hour Birding Big Day, simply visit the SANParks website for more information.
5. Southern Drakensberg
The Drakensberg is an awe-inspiring destination to add to your bucket list. It is the mountains and foothills of the Southern Drakensburg that is closest to the towns of Barkly East and Rhodes where you’ll find a bountiful of birdlife close to 230 species. Approximately 30 of the bird species have been regarded as endangered. Some of the birds that you’ll see at the Southern Drakensberg:
- Grey crowned cranes
- Variety of eight species of warblers.
- European bee-eaters.
If you want to explore all that the area has to offer you should visit the Lotheni Nature Reserve and Sani Pass, which is also home to some 350 species of birds as well as astounding scenery.