Birding by Region


This comprehensive Kruger Park Birding Map will provide you with all you need to know about the best birding drives in each region, as well as what accommodation is available in those particular areas...
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Afsaal sits on a great horn of gabbro, a form of basalt, which curves across south-western Kruger from Lwakahle Concession along the Voortrekker Road...
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Red-billed Queleas are the most common bird species in Kruger Park, making up well over half the avian biomass in the Park...
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Tlhalabye Hill and a number of prominent south-western koppies form a protective shield around the Berg-en-Dal valley. In summer, the hills generate thermal updrafts...
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Birds to be seen here include Diderick Cuckoo, Pied Kingfisher, Burchell’s Coucal, and the Green-backed Heron. The White-backed Night-Heron nests nearby...
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The Olifants River between the camp and the Lebombo is one of the main breeding grounds in Kruger of the rare Saddle-billed and Black Storks...
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Thickets may conceal the Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Southern Boubou, Lazy Cisticola and Brown-crowned Tchagra...
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Regularly seen eagles are the resident Martial, Tawny, African Hawk-Eagle, Bateleur and Brown Snake-Eagles, as well as the summer visitors – the Wahlberg's, Steppe and Lesser Spotted Eagles...
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The Biyamiti catchment area is the heart of central southern Kruger. The river has its source close to Shitlhave Water Hole near Pretoriuskop...
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The central grasslands are big game territory, with large herds of grazers and the predators that hunt them. They are therefore also a magnet for vultures...
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Look out for the African Black Duck at the bridge over the Crocodile River. This dark-coloured duck is most active early in the morning and at sunset...
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There are two main routes between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie – the Gomondwane Road through thorn thickets into open woodland and the Nhlowa Road...
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The Crocodile River road is good for birding for two reasons. Firstly, it tracks the Crocodile River, and secondly it crosses several vegetation and climatic zones...
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The two main routes from Crocodile Bridge to Skukuza are via Lower Sabie or along the dust roads through the central rolling woodlands of central Kruger...
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Engelhard Dam provide one of the most sublime birding experiences in Kruger. Close to Lebombo and the Mozambique coastal plains, the tranquility of the bush...
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The far north of Kruger is one of the most exciting birding spots in the subcontinent because it straddles the subtropical and tropical bird ranges...
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Gonarezhou is a 5 000 square kilometre reserve in south-east Zimbabwe, bordering on Mozambique and South Africa. Proclaimed in 1967...
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The best birding sites on the Mopani Road (H1-6) are the Letaba River bridge, Twisappel Water Hole, the Tsendze Loop (S48) and Mooiplaas Picnic Site...
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An alternative route to Shingwedzi, bypassing Mopani, is the S50 which leaves the Letaba Mopani Road (H1-6) just before the crossroads to Phalaborwa Gate (H14)...
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The Kruger National Park is the cornerstone of what will become one of the world's biggest game reserves, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park...
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This is one of the best game viewing routes in Kruger with a number of parallel dirt roads off the main tar road in the vicinity of Mlondozi and Muntshe...
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The main road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza is one of the busiest in the Park, both in terms of traffic and the diversity and number of birds to be seen...
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The Luvuvhu River is one of the most engaging drives in the Park. The combination of riverine forest and richness of the surrounding sandveld ensure a high species...
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Makuleke is a 24 000ha private concession between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, and has huge habitat diversity, including tropical riverine woodland...
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Malelane Gate on the Crocodile River is one of Kruger's busiest points of entry. Cars often have to queue to get into the Park at weekends and during school holidays...
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It is a rewarding drive for raptors, especially the Martial Eagle and the African Hawk-Eagle. However, the development on the other side of the Crocodile River...
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The two main options of getting from Malelane to Skukuza which are good for birding and game viewing are on the tar road via Afsaal or along the dust road via...
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The open grassland suits the Steppe and Tawny Eagles, while small flocks of White-crested Helmet-Shrikes are active, lower-level feeders...
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The road from Numbi to Malelane incorporates the terminalia/bloodwood woodlands of the higher altitudes around Pretoriuskop, the Knob-thorn/Marula savanna...
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Numbi Gate is the closest Kruger gate to White River. The high altitudes and good rainfall ensure there are often bird species around Numbi not usually...
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The Olifants River is generally accepted as the dividing line between southern and northern Kruger. It is a river under threat because of circumstances...
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The road between Olifants and Letaba is one of the most scenic drives of the southern mopaneveld. Just after the H8 turn-off is an excellent stopping point...
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The African Fish-Eagle is often perched in the tall trees around the water's edge, while the African Hawk-Eagle and Black-chested Snake-Eagle are attracted to the rocky landscape...
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Orpen Gate and the cluster of small camps in the area – Orpen, Tamboti Tented Camp and the Maroela Caravan Park – are compelling birding spots because the nearby....
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Pafuri Gate is the northernmost entrance to Kruger and offers the most direct access to the Makuleke Wilderness Area. One should keep an eye out here for the rare Arnot's Chat...
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Paul Kruger Gate is the closest entry point to Skukuza. There is often good birding at the bridge over the Sabie River.The tar road (H11) to Skukuza cuts through...
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Phabeni Gate occupies an island of sweetveld grazing in the surrounding sea of sourveld. It's not a bad birding spot because of its proximity to the Sabie River...
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Phalaborwa Gate is the main access point to central-northern Kruger. Phalaborwa town has a mining tradition that goes back almost 1 000 years when it was colonised...
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The best route to Pafuri from Punda is to take the S60 dirt road. Potential sightings along this road include the Eurasian Golden Oriole, the Racket-tailed and...
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The area around Satara Camp is at its birding best after a summer downpour. Vleis and pans in the surrounding sweetveld plains fill up quickly and the abundance of...
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There is a very good birding spot at the Sirheni turn-off, where the Thick-billed Cuckoo may be seen. Southern Ground-Hornbills, Southern Carmine...
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The Skukuza area is situated in the Sabie River catchment system, which is a magnet for woodland birds. The Sabie is the only river in Kruger that reliably flows...
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The Sabie River Road from Skukuza to Lower Sabie (H4-1) is probably the busiest road in the Park. Hornbills occupy the fringes of the thorn thickets, while...
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There is usually good birding along the first few kilometres of the S114 as it tracks the Crocodile River between Malelane Gate and the Timfenheni Loop (S121)...
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The Sabie and Crocodile Rivers determine the ecosystem of the south-east. A gentle, low escarpment separates their catchment areas. Acacia thorn thickets, known as...
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South-western Kruger has the most rainfall and the highest altitudes in Kruger.The foothills and granite domes on the western border of the Park enjoy an average...
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The birdlife of the North of Kruger park is very rich where there is a combination of riverine bush, mixed woodland and open grassland, but rather poor in the areas of pure Mopane...
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North of Tshokwane, there are many options to explore the central Kruger savanna. In summer, look out for cuckoos at the river crossings and in the vicinity of...
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