Birding by Region


  • Saddle-billed Stork.

    A Map to 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

  • Crested Francolin.

    Afsaal

    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

  • Southern white-crowned Shrike.

    Afsaal to Skukuza

    Red-billed Queleas are the most common bird species in Kruger Park, making up well over half the avian biomass in the Park

  • The Steppe Buzzard.

    Around Berg-en-Dal

    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

  • Nshawu Water Hole.

    Around Mopani

    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

  • Black-winged Stilt.

    Around Olifants

    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

  • Terminalia woodlands around Pretoriuskop.

    Around Pretoriuskop

    Thickets may conceal the Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Mocking Cliff-Chat, Southern Boubou, Lazy Cisticola and Brown-crowned Tchagra

  • Racket-tailed Roller.

    Around Punda Maria

    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

  • The Biyamiti River.

    Biyamiti Region

    The Biyamiti catchment area is the heart of central southern Kruger. The river has its source close to Shitlhave Water Hole near Pretoriuskop

  • Central Grasslands.

    Central Grasslands

    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

  • A Diderick Cuckoo.

    Crocodile Bridge Area

    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

  • Kruger Park Birding by Region: Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie.

    Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie

    There are two main routes between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie – the Gomondwane Road through thorn thickets into open woodland and the Nhlowa Road

  • Southern Ground Hornbill chick.

    Crocodile Bridge to Malelane

    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

  • Three-banded Plover.

    Crocodile Bridge to Skukuza

    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

  • Sycamore on the banks of the Letaba.

    Engelhard and Mingerhout Dams

    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

  • Luvhuvhu River daybreak.

    Far North

    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

  • Tropical Boubou.

    Gonarezhou

    Gonarezhou is a 5 000 square kilometre reserve in south-east Zimbabwe, bordering on Mozambique and South Africa. Proclaimed in 1967

  • Twisapel Water Hole.

    Letaba to Mopani

    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

  • Central Lebombo near Shilowa.

    Letaba to Shingwedzi

    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)

  • White backed Night Heron. Nigel Dennis.

    Limpopo Trans-Frontier Park

    The Kruger National Park is the cornerstone of what will become one of the world's biggest game reserves, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park

  • The Tawny Eagle.

    Lower Sabie to Satara

    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

  • Sunset Dam.

    Lower Sabie to Skukuza

    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

  • Luvuvhu River Drive at dawn.

    Luvuvhu River Drive

    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

  • Makuleke Fever Tree Forest.

    Makuleke Wilderness Area

    Makuleke is a 24 000ha private concession between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, and has huge habitat diversity, including tropical riverine woodland

  • White-bellied Sunbird.

    Malelane Gate

    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

  • Yellow-throated longclaw.

    Malelane to Crocodile Bridge

    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

  • A Golden Breasted Bunting.

    Malelane to Skukuza

    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

  • Purple Roller.

    Mopani to Shingwedzi

    The open grassland suits the Steppe and Tawny Eagles, while small flocks of White-crested Helmet-Shrikes are active, lower-level feeders

  • Magpie Shrike.

    Numbi Gate to Malelane

    The road from Numbi to Malelane incorporates the terminalia/bloodwood woodlands of the higher altitudes around Pretoriuskop, the Knob-thorn/Marula savanna

  • The Grey Go-away-bird.

    Numbi Gate to Skukuza

    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

  • Olifants Rugged Veld.

    Olifants and Letaba

    The Olifants River is generally accepted as the dividing line between southern and northern Kruger. It is a river under threat because of circumstances

  • Birding in Kruger.

    Olifants to Letaba

    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

  • Timbavati Riverbed.

    Orpen Gate to Olifants

    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

  • Red-billed Queleas.

    Orpen Gate to Satara

    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.

  • Golden Breasted Bunting

    Pafuri Area

    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

  • Lake Panic.

    Paul Kruger Gate to Skukuza

    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

  • A Grey Heron in the reeds.

    Phabeni Gate to Skukuza

    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

  • Masorini Iron-Age Village.

    Phalaborwa to Letaba

    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

  • Sunset after bushfire near Baobab Hill.

    Punda to Pafuri

    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

  • White-backed Vultures.

    Satara Area

    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

  • Black Crake.

    Shingwedzi to Punda Maria

    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

  • Sabie River near Skukuza.

    Skukuza and Surrounds

    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

  • Low level bridge near Skukuza.

    Skukuza to Lower Sabie

    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

  • Sunset fish-eagle. Nigel Dennis.

    Skukuza via Biyamiti

    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)

  • Crocodile River from Hippo Pools.

    South East Region

    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

  • Granite hills near Pretoriuskop.

    South West Region

    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

  • Shingwedzi River Landscape.

    The North

    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

  • View over the Eastern Plains.

    Tshokwane to Satara

    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