Bird Lovers Tour in Kruger National Park

Searching and photographing bird species.

Kruger has a list of over 500 species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa. This tour is exclusive for bird searching.

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Key aspects of bird life in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park offers a rewarding experience for bird enthusiasts, combining the thrill of game viewing with the joy of discovering the park’s diverse and captivating bird life.

Migratory Birds

European bee-eater on a branch. Colorful bird. blue, yellow, orange and red

European bee-eaters migrate between their breeding areas in Europe and Asia to their non-breeding areas in sub-Saharan Africa

The park serves as an important wintering ground for many migratory bird species that escape the harsh winters of the northern hemisphere. These migratory birds add to the park’s bird diversity during certain times of the year.

Birds of Prey

African fish eagle in a tree

The African Fish Eagle is seen as a symbol of power, strength, and freedom.

Kruger National Park is home to a variety of birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, vultures, and owls. These birds play a crucial role in maintaining the park’s ecological balance by controlling rodent populations.

Water-Dependent Species

African Darter sitting in the sun with its wings open

African Darters spear their prey with their long, sharp bills. After fishing they sit on a perch with open wings to dry

The park’s numerous rivers and water sources attract a wide array of water-dependent bird species. Herons, storks, kingfishers, and various waterfowl can be spotted along the park’s waterways.

Grassland Birds

Secretary Bird in Kruger National Park

Secretarybirds prefer open areas that they patrol, looking for prey.

The open grasslands of Kruger National Park provide a habitat for species adapted to this environment. Ostriches, bustards, and various larks are some of the birds commonly found in these areas.

Birding Hotspots

Bird hide on water with hippos in water in Kruger National Park

Shipandani Hide is a viewing hide in the daytime, but at night guests can book the hide to sleep over.

Different regions within the park offer unique birding opportunities. Areas along rivers and waterholes are particularly attractive to both birds and birdwatchers. Bird hides and viewpoints are strategically located throughout the park to provide enthusiasts with excellent opportunities to observe and photograph various species.

The Big Six

Southern Ground Hornbill, Martial Eagle, Kori Bustard, Pel’s Fishing Eagle, Saddle-billed Stork, Lappet-faced Vulture.

Avid birders and conservationists often group the most sought-after birds in Kruger as the Big Six. All of them are magnificent in appearance and in behaviour.

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