Birding in South Africa’s national parks
South Africa hosts about one tenth of the world’s bird species. The country’s national parks offer excellent venues to view these birds, and with parks located in all corners of the country, in a variety of habitats, each park has its own unique assemblage of species.
BirdLife South Africa ran a series of webinars as part of the Conservation Conversations platform delving into some of our top national parks for birding. These webinars, presented by expert guides and locals, are a fantastic resource for those birders wanting to visit one of our national parks, covering not only the birds, but also other key points of interest, accommodations, habitats, and other facets important to visitors.
Chris Patton (Visitor Services Unit, SANParks) gave us an overall look at what is offered across the SANParks network after which we featured various individual parks.
Below are the links to each of the park features. Make sure to look for each of the parks on our GoBirding map!
- Kruger National Park (Duncan McKenzie)
- Kgalagadi National Park (Dr Albert Froneman)
- West Coast National Park (Trevor Hardaker)
- Addo Elephant National Park (Dr Daniel Danckwerts)
- Mapungubwe National Park (Joe Grosel)
- Garden Route National Park (Mike Bridgeford)
- Golden Gate Highlands National Park (Rick Nuttall)
- Agulhas National Park (Dr Wim de Klerk)
- Mountain Zebra National Park (Wesley Gush)
- Mokala National Park (Dr Doug Harebottle)