Bird Watching

Bird Watching

South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world.

Birders from around the world come to experience both the great variety of typically African birds, migrants, and endemic birds. Of the +/- 850 bird species recorded in South Africa, about 725 are resident or annual visitors, and 50 of these are endemic or near-endemic to South Africa, and can only be seen in South Africa. Apart from the resident birds, South Africa hosts a number of intra-African migrants such as cuckoos and kingfishers, as well as birds from the Arctic, Europe, Central Asia, China and Antarctica during the year.

Many of the hundreds of nature reserves and game reserves throughout South Africa provide excellent opportunities for bird watching. Facilities include trails, hides, information sheets and checklists, and trained bird guides. In some areas specific birding facilities have been established.

South Africa’s key birding areas: The endemics and endangered species are one of the major attractions for birders visiting South Africa. Many of these endemic species are found in the grasslands, mountains, arid interior and southwestern regions. Kwazulu Natal, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Gauteng – these are just a few areas offering exceptional birding experiences.

An incomparable combination of variety of birds, first class hotels and accommodation facilities, an excellent network of internal airline routes and a multitude of car hire companies (including the large internationals) and a supportive avitourism industry makes South Africa one of the most desirable birding destinations in the world.