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Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng

As part of a Ramsar wetland with adjoining grassland, Marievale Bird Sanctuary on the East Rand simply abounds with birds

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, near Greyton, Kwazulu Natal offers wide biodiversity in beautiful surroundings. Birdwatching, Hiking ...

Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

Out of the six sites world-wide where Cape gannets breed, Bird Island is the only breeding site that is easily accessed by the...

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – a little-known gem Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – a little-known gem

Nestled amongst the mountains in the foothills of the Drakensberg lies Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – an area of unique natural...

A festival of birds in the Kruger National Park A festival of birds in the Kruger National Park

On a recent day trip to the Kruger National Park I was introduced to the private Mananga Trail – a discrete off-road route that...

Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game Reserve Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game Reserve

Superb specials await in the Southern Cape, at the world’s only Big Five fynbos reserve. It was a welcome break for my wife and...

Blonde bombshell Blonde bombshell

We were doing a game count near Xaranna Lodge in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, when we caught sight of this pale bird, which we...

Garden gems Garden gems

As birds go, sunbirds must be among gardeners' favourites. Why? Well, apart from being seriously attractive, they go for gaudy...

Stanford birding Stanford birding

In this Overberg village, a nature reserve, dam,. lagoon, river and fynbos offer abundant birdlife. And then, nearby, there are ..

Variations on a Theme Variations on a Theme

Nothing if not variable, starlings are a bit of a mixed bag. Some definitely have an affinity for the urban environment, where ...

Bonamanzi Birding Bonamanzi Birding

Just a hop away from the town of Hluhluwe, the Bonamanzi Game Reserve is a brilliant birding destination. I had checked into ...

Rockin Rockin' Robins

Birds are pretty adaptable creatures. They can, and do, make themselves at home in environments that to a greater or lesser ...

Forest Birding in Eshowe Forest Birding in Eshowe

Peter Chadwick heads for central KwaZulu-Natal in the hope of finding his 'lifer'. These days its not often I get the ...

Birding in Northern Gauteng, close to Tshwane (Pretoria) Birding in Northern Gauteng, close to Tshwane (Pretoria)

Bird watching in Northern Gauteng is most rewarding for broadleaved woodland species and water birds. Exciting endemics lure bird

All at Sea - Pelagic Birding in Cape Town All at Sea - Pelagic Birding in Cape Town

Cape Town is a beautiful city with a multitude of attractions. For birders the city offers the ideal opportunity for Pelagic ticks

Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

Balgowan, in the Natal Midlands, forms part of the “KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route” - a Bird Watching paradise. This route consists

Sandveld Nature Reserve, Northern Free State Sandveld Nature Reserve, Northern Free State

The Sandveld Nature Reserve on the border between the Free State and the North West offers superb angling, bird and game viewing

Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast

Combine bird watching on the Darling and Yzerfontein Routes with the spring flowers or visit in summer - a most enjoyable outing.

Namaqua Coastline Birding Namaqua Coastline Birding

A dramatic 4x4 trail along the West Coast in the Namaqua National Park offers abundant birdlife...

Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa

Velddrif birding is a hotspot for waders with over 200 species in the area at the estuary of the Berg River, a proposed RAMSAR ...

Cobham Nature Reserve Cobham Nature Reserve

Great birding begins on the 15km gravel road leading up to this unspoilt slice of KZN's Little Berg.

Magoebaskloof - Polokwane Magoebaskloof - Polokwane

Magoebaskloof - Limpopo. A birding paradise amid misty mountains and tranquil natural forest.

Madikwe Game Reserve Madikwe Game Reserve

Lying in a transition zone, Madikwe Game Reserve is particularly rich in habitats and species ...

Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve, Lady Grey Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve, Lady Grey

Known for its breathtaking beauty, mountain-biking trails and activity offerings, Lammergeier is a destination for a week at least

 Montagu Leiwater Dam Birding Site Montagu Leiwater Dam Birding Site

The Leiwater Dam in Montagu is a unique urban setting for roosting birds of 18 species including Sacred Ibis, Herons, Cormorants

Soutpansberg Birding - The forest delivers on its promise Soutpansberg Birding - The forest delivers on its promise

After the successful and energetic day's birding at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge and Hangklip Mountain in the Soutpansberg

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. The fynbos in the park supports endemic birds ...

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town is a haven for endemic birds and a must for bird watchers. The beautiful setting ...

Kommetjie, Bird Watching, Cape Town, South Africa Kommetjie, Bird Watching, Cape Town, South Africa

Kommetjie is a birding spot on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town. Blessed with beautiful stretches of pristine sandy beaches ...

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Cape Town Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Cape Town

Boulders Beach located in Cape Town is one of the best places in the world to view wild African Penguin ...

Seductive shores Seductive shores

The somnolent village of Chrissiesmeer, capital of South Africa's lake district, has deep roots in history, vibrant biodiversity

Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast

Th Berg River estuary and flood plain cover a vast area around the town of Velddrif, extending 40km inland along one of ...

Birds amongst the rat race - birdwatching in Gauteng Birds amongst the rat race - birdwatching in Gauteng

Gauteng is the undisputed heavyweight champion of South Africa when it comes to the economic driving force of the country...

Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast

Die Vlei, in the Rocher Pan Nature Reserve on the West Coast is a prime birding spot...

Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast

Verlorenvlei is one of the most important eco-systems in the Western Cape and one of the largest natural wetlands in South Africa.

Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape

The Tankwa Karoo National Park protects one of the most beautiful parts of the unique Tankwa Karoo in South Africa.

Birding in Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, Namaqualand Birding in Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, Namaqualand

Goegap Nature Reserve in the Namaqualand becomes a riot of flowers from August to October, attracting many opportunistic species

Richtersveld Birding Route, Namaqualand Richtersveld Birding Route, Namaqualand

On the shores of the Orange River on BirdLife South Africa's Richtersveld Birding Route live a myriad of spectacular birds.

West Coast Birding Day Trip West Coast Birding Day Trip

See the diversity of birds in the seashore, tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, strandveld, cultivated fields and Renosterveld habitats ...

The Niewoudtville Birding Route The Niewoudtville Birding Route

The Niewoudtville Birding Route is a favourite on BirdLife South Africa's birding list as the area is famous for its wild flowers.

Luvuvhu to Limpopo - Punda Maria Kruger National Park Luvuvhu to Limpopo - Punda Maria Kruger National Park

Known as the birding mecca of South Africa, the Punda Maria-Pafuri region of Kruger is the jewel of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park....

Birding in the Succulent Karoo Birding in the Succulent Karoo

Endless fields of orange and yellow Namaqualand daisies, gazanias and pale blue or purple dainty flowers had brought us, like ...

Hide and seek Hide and seek

Wild's editor was inspired to shortlist a few parks with new bird hides, opened in the past year...

Goegap Birding Goegap Birding

The heat was already starting to put a shimmering haze onto the horizon and it was only nine in the morning....

Best South African Park for Birding: Ndumo Best South African Park for Birding: Ndumo

If you enjoy birding, there's one park that should be at the top of your list....

Desert Detour for Damaras Desert Detour for Damaras

The exotically named Baia dos Tigres is one of the most remote and inaccessible places in southern Africa...