Birding in the Kruger Park

The Kruger Park offers an unbelievable birding experience, boasting an incredible variety of birds - over 500 species. Summertime (October – March) is a birdwatcher's delight as some of the most beautiful birds in the world fly in from the northern winter for a summer holiday in South Africa.

Birds of prey are common – eagles such as martial, black-chested snake, brown snake, African hawk, and African fish are regularly seen. In summer, Wahlberg's, steppe, and lesser spotted eagles make an appearance. Other birds of prey, such as Bateleur, African hawk harrier, and vultures are all regularly seen, as well as various species of falcons, kestrels and goshawks. There is excellent birding to be had at the park's numerous water holes and rivers.

And let’s not forget the hornbills, starlings, rollers, bee-eaters and shrikes that typify the ubiquitous avi-fauna. Pursuing the big 6 (saddle-billed stork, kori bustard, martial eagle, lappet-faced vulture, Pel's fishing-owl and ground hornbill) is a superb birding quest.

One of the pleasures of birding in the Kruger Park is the chance of seeing the Big 5,  as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and the hundreds of other animals, reptiles and plants! Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned birder, you'll be dazzled by the birds of the Kruger Park.